DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia — The efforts of the Philippine government to save from death by lethal injection the three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking in China may just be for naught.
In a report from the Philippine Star, a national broadsheet, the Chinese embassy, in its earlier statement, said the decision of the Special People’s Court in China is final.
“No one is privileged to transcend the law,” the embassy added.
The embassy also said that in China, any person, whether he or she is a Chinese citizen or a foreigner, who commits a crime, especially drug-related, shall be brought to justice in accordance with the law, and that drugs is a menace to the society.
However, Philippine president Benigno C. Aquino III vowed Wednesday to exert all efforts to save the Filipino convicts from death by lethal injection though he admitted it is difficult to convince the China government to commute their penalty to life imprisonment.
Aquino is hoping reciprocity from the Chinese government after at least 14 Taiwanese nationals, alleged members of an international crime syndicate, were deported to mainland China. He stressed we cannot compare the case of these convicts with those Chinese caught for illegal drugs in our country since we already abolished capital punishment.
Even with the deportation of these Taiwanese nationals that triggered an uproar in Taiwan and even resulted in a freeze hiring of Filipinos, Aquino said the Philippines still has very good bilateral ties with China.
According to Aquino, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay will be sent as an emissary to China to emphasize to them how important it is for the Philippines the commutation of their penalty to life imprisonment. Binay said these Filipinos decided to work abroad to better their lives but ended up as mules for drug syndicates.
For her part, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said it is hard to request for the deportation of these convicts to our country, as there is no treaty for this matter between China and the Philippines.
She added what we can do is send the Secretary of the Foreign Affairs to beg for the lives of the three convicts, as there is no legal remedy to lift the death sentence. (With a report from Philippine Star, Pilipino Ngayon and Yahoo News)
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