Despite the pleas of the Philippine government to spare the lives of the three Filipinos who are sentenced to death in China, the execution still pushed through. The execution took place yesterday, March 30 and announced by Vice President Jejomar Binay. Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain were executed via lethal injection in the case of drug trafficking.
Both Credo and Ordinario-Villanueva had been confiscated with a large amount of cocaine at Xiamen while Batain was apprehended at Shenzen. The three were executed after they were given visitation rights by the Chinese court with their family. Villanueva implored for the government to support her children with their education during the last hours of her life. Her relatives witnessed her dead body around 11:45 am over an hour after the execution and they stated that her corpse still has tears in her eyes. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda offered sympathy to the families of the 3 in behalf of the Philippine government.
“The nation sympathized with the families of the condemned, sharing their sense of looming loss. We sympathize with these families now. Their deaths are a vivid lesson in the tragic toll the drug trade takes on entire families,” he said.
In the death of three, the Department of Foreign Affairs still has a long way to go as there are 72 other Filipinos also on death row in China with the same drug-related cases most of which are being drug mules.
The highest judicial system of the country, the Supreme court, respected China‚Äôs execution to pursue the execution. Filipinos has to realize that death penalty is imposed on China even if Philippines has already abolished the death penalty. SC administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez described the executions as ‚Äúunfortunate.‚Äù
‚ÄúI suppose we have to respect the rule of law in the same way that we respect the rule of law in our jurisdiction,‚Äù he said.
With the execution of three, Lacierda noted the government‚Äôs plan to weigh on the recruiters and pushers who had used the victims as drug courier so they could distribute their drugs. He also voiced out that Malacanang‚Äôs “is resolved to ensure that the chain of victimization, as pushers entrap and destroy lives in pursuit of their trade, will be broken.”
Hopefully, many Filipino going abroad will instill fear and refused to be used as drug mules for pushers who would be taking advantage of them in exchange for significant amount of money. Travelers will also be aware on how to safeguard themselves as they have a tendency to be unwittingly used as drug mules. In the end for the three, they realize that money could not really equate to life and it is a rather painful way that they will learn this lesson but it is already too late.
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