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Thursday, February 17, 2011

3 Filipinos in China's Death Row

Vice President Jejomar Binay was tasked by the president  to go to China and do what he can to lower the death sentence of three Filipinos. He was supposed to leave today but the Chinese government replied to their request that it's not the right time.

In Binay's press conference this morning he said that they are very optimistic and hopeful that something better can happen as long as the execution  is not yet at hand although the Chinese said it's already final. Sally Ordinario Villanueva is one of the convicted Filipinos.She is sentenced to death by lethal injection on the 21st.Sally was caught having 4 kilos of heroin upon entering Xiamin on Christmas Day of 2008.

The Philippine government strongly believes that they've been doing their part to help the Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs. If you ask me, I don't think we can change China's decision about the incident because the crime happened in their jurisdiction.My country would probably do the same if a foreigner breaks our law.However, we don't know the real story because according to Sally, she doesn't own the drugs. She just did a favor to her employer by bringing an extra suitcase when she left for China that contains prohibited drugs. On the other hand, that's still considered as possession and thus violates the anti-drug law.

What do you think? Is it right for us to save a Filipino soul like Sally Villanueva?

Update: ( March 29,2011)

The execution was postponed when Binay went to China to appeal.Elizabeth Batain and  Ramon Credo along with Sally Villanueva are scheduled to be executed tomorrow (March 30) in China. The Philippine government helped their families to fly to China and see their love ones for the last time. They will be given an hour to be with their convicted family member before the execution.Vice President Binay sent another letter for China informing that the NBI has the custody of Sally's recruiter and still hoping that the death penalty will be lifted.Binay is calling every Filipino to be with him in prayers.It was reported that China's decision is final and all we can do is accept it.


Cathy Kennedy said...

Trafficking or possessing drugs is really bad news. Countries have different laws and punishment for such crimes. In the USA, I don't believe I've ever heard of such extreme punishment. We have murderers who get the death sentence and it can take years, if then, before the execution is carried out. I'm not oppossed to the death penalty as punishment, if the crime suits such judgement. I'm not familiar with the case you're referring to. If these individuals knew they were in possession of the drugs, but the drugs weren't theirs then punishment should be enforced. However, giving them the death sentence would be a bit too strict.

~Cathy Kennedy, Children's Author
The Tale of Ole Green Eyes

ladyinpurple said...

As far as I'm concerned, there's a certain amount of prohibited drugs stated that would lead to death penalty and 4 kilos from Sally is not a small amount whether it's hers or not. China has their own regulations. It was good news for Sally's family that our vice-president is already allowed to go.He's leaving for China tomorrow morning.

Thank you for your input Cathy.

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