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article imageChina postpones execution of three Filipinos for drug trafficking

By Leo Reyes     Feb 18, 2011 in World
The Chinese government has decided to postpone the execution of three Filipinos who were convicted by Chinese courts for drug trafficking.
The postponement announcement came after Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay made a last ditch appeal to Chinese officials during his visit Saturday.
Binay said the Chinese side informed Philippine officials of the decision of the Chinese supreme people’s court to postpone the executions “within the scope of Chinese law.”, reports.
Binay carried a letter to China’s president and separately appealed to the president of China’s supreme court and the government’s most senior foreign affairs official for a stay in the cases that have drawn glaring media coverage in the Philippines, the report said.
A joint communique by the governments of the Philippines and China called the postponement of the scheduled death by lethal injection on Monday and Tuesday of the three Filipinos an unprecedented diplomatic triumph, the report added.
“The Chinese side briefed the Vice President on the final verdict of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on the three Filipinos sentenced to death for drug trafficking and the decision of the SPC to postpone the execution within the scope of Chinese law,” it read.
Many of those charged for drug offenses in China and elsewhere in the world were victims of drug syndicates using Filipino couriers in transporting drugs to their markets.
During the court proceedings, the victims claimed they were used by the international syndicates in their operations.
Following the development, the DFA reiterated its appeal to all Filipinos not to be victimized by international drug syndicates.
"At the airport, do not agree to carry any luggage for strangers. Avoid falling for other modus operandi employed by drug-trafficking syndicates, like agreeing to carry packages in exchange for money or falling for individuals they meet online and then agreeing to carry items for them," the DFA said.
"Our people must take full responsibility for their actions by always being on guard against inducements," it added.
Details of the postponement of execution by lethal injection have not been released. Philippine officials are hoping the death verdict will be commuted to life imprisonment at least.
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