P-Noy asks Jejomar Binay to seek clemency for 3 Pinoys sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China
Vice President Jejomar Binay will fly to China today to seek clemency from their government regarding the three Filipinos sentenced to death for drug trafficking, reports GMA News. Asked by President Noynoy Aquino to do so, Binay will appeal for the convicts to be given a two-year reprieve and for the death sentence to be reduced to life imprisonment.
Yesterday, the Chinese embassy in Manila said that China’s Supreme People’s Court sustained the death sentences. According to GMA News, the three convicted Filipinos are expected to be executed next week. The Chinese embassy said in a statement, "The Chinese law prescribes that any person... who commits crime shall be brought to justice in strict accordance with law. No one is privileged to transcend law."
In a GMA News report, Aquino said Chinese nationals have been arrested in the Philippines for being involved in drug-related cases but "we don’t execute any because we have done away with the death penalty." He said, "We’d like to see reciprocity sana."
Aquino said the government has made attempts earlier to commute the death sentences to life imprisonment, reports Inquirer.net. Last year, he wrote to Chinese leaders and mentioned the case when he met the Chinese ambassador, he said.
The three Filipinos sentenced to death are Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, 32; Ramon Credo, 42; and Elizabeth Batain, 38. Villanueva’s family maintained that she was framed, reports GMA News. They said she was unaware that the bag her agency asked her to bring to China in 2008 contained heroin.