DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia — Three Filipinos, who are now in queue to lethal injection in China for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking, allegedly claimed to have been framed up, a claim that does not hold water in any legal argument, thus their conviction. Two others were given a two-year reprieve after being convicted of the same felonious act.
And I salute to the Government of the Philippines for its gesture of helping the embattled five Filipinos by sending Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, as an attache, to China to discuss possible reduction of their penalty from death by lethal injection to reclusion perpetua (i.e., 20 years and 1 day to 40 years, if the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines were to be followed).
Here again, another Filipinos, after Angelo Reyes, hit the limelight for yet another shameful act with, this time, international exposure. And I felt so mad at what happened just recently, and I am hoping no more happenings with the same magnitude of negative effect on us Filipinos will happen in the future. I am tired of hearing news like this; it will always unmake my day.
Though feeling offended of what these convicted Filipinos have done, I am praying their penalty be reduced to at least reclusion perpetua. I am looking at the effect their death penalty may have on those they will leave behind — especially their families to whom they are responsible to give financial support — since I know how it feels to lose loved ones. But what if talks that were rife were true that they were just being framed up or made to do, without their knowledge, a routine work of taking more than a thousand grams of heroin to their bosses’ clients? They would end up another victims of injustice, and, unlike that of Angelo Reyes, theirs would be more hurting to their loved ones.
Regardless of whether they are guilty or not, I believe they do not deserve to die.