SAYS DFA

Execution of Filipina drug mule in China ‘very imminent’

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Foreign Affairs Spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The execution of a Filipina who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China was “very imminent,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

“We have not yet received any specific date or time of the execution, but it seems it is very imminent,” DFA Spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez told reporters in a briefing.

“We don’t know if we will be informed before or right after [the execution]; there were cases that we were informed before and there were cases where it happened right after the visit of the family of the accused,” he said.

The death sentence was handed down by China’s Supreme People’s Court last June 26 upholding the decision of a lower court.

Philippine Consul General Charles Jose had received the note verbale about the execution on June 27. It stated that the execution might be carried out within seven days of the receipt of the note verbale. The deadline ends on July 3, Wednesday.

The Filipina, along with her cousin, were arrested at the Hangzhou international airport in January 2011 for trying to bring into the country six kilograms of heroin. Her cousin was likewise sentenced to death but was given a two-year reprieve for good behavior.

Hernandez stated previously that Chinese authorities have evidence which indicate the Filipina had smuggled illegal drugs at least 18 times into the country since 2008.

Vice-president Jejomar Binay was previously set to travel to Beijing to personally deliver a letter of appeal from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry however sent word that it was “not a convenient time” for Binay to come to China forcing him to cancel his trip.

The letter requested that her sentence be commuted to life imprisonment instead. The Chinese government has yet to respond to the appeal.

The relatives of the Filipina had flown to China Sunday and was able to talk for 30 minutes with her Monday, Hernandez told reporters in a briefing. That was the only time they were able to talk with her, he said.

They were also not informed of the date of execution, Hernandez said.

He said that there are 213 Filipinos that were involved in drug trafficking and drug related offenses, 28 were sentenced to death but with a two-year reprieve, 67 were given life imprisonment, 107 were given term sentences, and around 10 still have pending cases.

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  • Jet Pilot

    I believe PH should bring back capital punishment to teach criminals and want to be criminals lessons. Its pretty obvious that people do not respect the law and the government. Likewise the government do not respect the people. Maybe, just maybe implementing captial punishment is one way, I don’t know. But it is very imminent that this will cause the country to create a civil war.

    • flip1sba

      Priests and nuns in this country are better off giving confessions to the condemned rather than opposing capital punishment!

  • Imeldita

    Stop making this country beg for Filipinos who only thought of themselves and not their country. I mean, trafficking drugs 18 times? That must be a lot of money for her.

    Dont make Philippines a laughing stock. Justice be served.

  • eigendik

    A better option is for you gorment officals to make policies and plans for better opportunities for the Filipinos in the Philippines so they NEED NOT leave the country and take on these ‘jobs.’

    • Serom

      These people are not poor or wanting in life. I bet they are richer than most of us here. They are tourists. They are jet-setters. They receive no less than $5000 per delivery. They are motivated by GREED. They do the risky job for the easy money. They do not want to sweat. See the family that visit her? They go there as tourists.

      I want to correct the impression that they are force to do the job because there is no opportunity here. They don’t want to work with the regular pay each one of us is receiving. They just want big money no matter where it came from.

      • eigendik

        … reeking of ignorance…

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Correct ka dyan!

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      On the contrary, the reverse should be encouraged. If you get these rascals to stay at home, they will simply peddle their drugs in the local market. Do you think these drug mules will be interested in ordinary local job? Are you on drugs bro? These drug mules are in this trade only for one thing. Easy money. The Filipina just executed was said to have done drug trafficking 18 times in the past in China alone. She was so confident of her criminal style that she even has the temerity to bring her sister into this underworld business.

      I’d say, get all these drug mules executed in public to be an eye opener to would be drug mules. Drug trafficking does not pay. It will get you killed one way or the other.

      Get your head checked bro.

      • eigendik

        My head is fine, I am sure. On the other hand, have your eyes checked, sis. You can see for sure, but you are blind to the realities. You can read but you seem to have problems comprehending. Never did I defend what she did. I am not here to judge anyone. My point is that had there been better opportunities, there are less chances for these incidents to occur, as she was not the first and unfortunately, nor the last to be executed due to drug crimes. Open your eyes and mind, sis.

        Unlike you, I was never on drugs. But I won’t judge you sis. To each his own. Happy trip sis.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Are you sure your head is fine? For how could you possibly be sure that this drug mule will take on your local job opportunity when she is earning fast money as a drug mule. Ano ba namang logic yan nasa utak mo?

      • eigendik

        In the same way… had there been better opportunities, how could you possibly be sure that they will not take a decent job that is both not risky and gives them dignity?

        Your argument reflects what kind of person you are – and indicates your course of action should you be faced with the same predicament..

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Absolutely defendable. No drug mule who earns big bucks for every transaction will revert to a low paying hard work locally. If they will decide to scale their international drug transactions, it will just do their drug transaction locally. Ano ka ba naman. The only way these people will stop is pag nabaon sila 6 feet under.

        Ang sinasabi mong local jobs ay applicable sa ordinary Filipino and not to drug mules already operating internationally. Bugok!

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Dapat sa mga drug mules na yan, execution in public para hindi na pamarisan pa ng iba.

      • eigendik

        Ok… read carefully… I will place 3 dots every time so you can pause … and digest the meaning of my short sentences, sis… I never defended the drug mules on my post… I am not judging them too … I am saying, perhaps, had there been better opportunities, there are LESS CHANCES for these incidents to happen … again … LESS CHANCES for these to happen… get mo??? LESS CHANCES … intindihan mo??

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Bro, iniiba mo ang claim mo ngayon. Hindi yan ang claim mo kaya binatikos ko. Read your original post. Nag capital letter ka pa for emphasis. SO yan ang ipaliwanag mo. SABI MO:

        “A better option is for you gorment officals to make policies and plans for better opportunities for the Filipinos in the Philippines so they NEED NOT leave the country and take on these ‘jobs.'”

        I did not see the words LESS CHANCES there bro. Try to digest and then write back.

  • BakbakanNa

    Death to all drug pushers and dealers. Death to all who deal in drugs be it domestic or foreign nationals . Let the full force of the law punish these people.

  • KaiEr

    With a 99% conviction rate, guilt or innocence does not matter in China.

  • Bino Rocha

    Huh?? your mother died??? condolence to you, one less scum indeed..LOLLL

  • Pinoy

    funny. You made my day ;=)

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