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article image3 Filipinos executed in China for drug smuggling

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 30, 2011 in World
Manila - Despite last minute appeals made by the Philippine government for clemency, three Filipinos were executed in China on Wednesday after being convicted for smuggling drugs into the country.
In a live television interview, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay confirmed that Ramon Credo (aged 42), Elizabeth Batain (aged 38), and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva (aged 32) all died today by lethal injection at 11:56am local time. Batain was executed in a facility in Shenzhen while Ordinario-Villanueva and Credo were executed in a facility in Xiamen.
Following the execution, Malacanang issued a statement which was read to the public by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. "Our government had taken every available opportunity to appeal to the authorities of China for clemency in their cases," she told reporters. "In the end, however, the sentence was imposed."
A minute of silence was observed at the Department of Foreign Affairs in their memory at 12 noon.
Batain was convicted on May 24, 2008 for smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin into Shenzhen. Ordinario-Villanueva was convicted on December 24, 2008 after trying to bring in 4,110 grams of heroin into Xiamen. Credo was convicted four days later for smuggling in 4,113 grams of heroin also into Xiamen. The amount of heroin the three tried to smuggle into the country immediately warranted the death penalty as the Chinese criminal code imposes the punishment of death for criminals caught with at least 50 grams of heroin or any other narcotic drug into China.
The three were initially scheduled to be executed last February 20 and 21, after they were sentenced by the Supreme People's Court of China last February 11 this year. The executions were put on hold following the humanitarian visits of Vice President Jejomar Binay in Beijing.
A total of 630 Filipinos are currently imprisoned for drug trafficking in foreign countries. 250 of them are imprisoned in China with 72 currently in death row.
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