Binay flies to Beijing to appeal for clemency for 3 OFWs

VICE Pres. Jejomar Binay  left  for Beijing, China Friday morning to make this last plea on behalf of these three Filipinos and their families.

Binay, before his departure, said  “As instructed by President Aquino, I leave this morning for Beijing to appeal for clemency for our three kababayans on death row.

Our Embassy in Beijing informed me this visit is a special consideration for the Philippines, in view of the close friendship between our two countries and peoples.

We thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China for accommodating our request to make this last plea on behalf of these three Filipinos and their families.”

We were informed that our three Filipino nationals have been sentenced in accordance with China’s law.

The Philippine Government respects the decision of the Chinese courts.

The Department of  Foreign Affairs said the three Filipino nationals sentenced to death are:   A male, 42 years old, who was convicted for smuggling 4,113 grams of heroin on 28 December 2008, in Xiamen;  A female, 32 years old, who was convicted for smuggling 4,110 grams of heroin on 24 December 2008, in Xiamen; and   A female, 38 years old, who was convicted for smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin on 24 May 2008, in Shenzhen.

Binay said “We do not condone drug trafficking.  However, we believe that these Filipinos were merely victims of international drug syndicates.  I carry with me the prayers of the Filipino people that clemency could be granted on humanitarian grounds.”

He said  he will meet   the President of the Supreme People’s Court of China and other high-ranking Chinese officials too discuss with Chinese officials how both countries can further work together to address the drug menace.

“I hope that we will continue to pray for our kababayans and their families,” Binay said before his departure.

Deputy Presidential Spokeperson Abigail Valte earlier said: ” We welcome the recent development in the case of the three Filipinos sentence to death in China. A door which was otherwise closed has just opened and we remain steadfast in our hope that the trip of  Vice President Binay will further our appeal for leniency to the Chinese government.” –D’Jay Lazaro/Kris Jose

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