DFA: China approves Binay visit for plea of 3 Pinoys execution

By on Feb 18, 2011 in Asia, Current Events Comments

Updated February 19, 2011 4:39 p.m.

China suspends execution of 3 Pinoys convicted of drug trafficking

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Thursday night that China had approved the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay to personally plea for the lives of 3 Pinoys, who are subject for execution on Monday, February 21, 2011.

According to DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Beijing was informed that government of the People’s Republic of China already approved the visit of the Vice President of the Philippines, who is schedule to leave the country on Friday, 7:15 a.m. (local time)

Binay was said to be having a meeting with the People’s Court President and the Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister on Saturday, and is being expected to bring a letter signed by President ‘Noynoy’ Aquino (PNoy).

“In receiving Vice President Binay, the Chinese government took into serious consideration the sentiments of President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Filipino people,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo was quoted as saying.

Apparently, the letter contains a request to the China government to stop the execution of 3 Pinoys, who were convicted for drug-smuggling, and to lower their punishment to life imprisonment.

Two of the three convicted Pinoys were females, while the male was identified as Ramon ‘Monchito’ Credo, 42, whose mother was interviewed by ABS-CBN news on Thursday and admitted that her son is a drug user, but was never a drug pusher.

Meanwhile, four family members of Sally Ordinario, one of the two females, were said to be going to China on Friday, apparently to see her before the execution, in which the all of them were sentenced to die via lethal injection.

However, a lot of Filipinos, especially the family of the 3 Pinoys, are hoping that the appeal will be considered by China, and although reports say that the decision is final, they believe that prayers can possibly make a twist of fate.

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