Despite repeated pleas by the Philippine government for mercy, a 35-year-old Filipino drug trafficker was executed in China.
The man was being allowed to meet with some family members and a Filipino Roman Catholic priest before he was given a lethal injection.
He was very calm but sad. The Chinese authorities made no public statement about the execution.
Jejomar Binay acted as the Philippines’ unofficial envoy for Filipinos in trouble, overseas. He visited China last week to make a direct appeal to Chinese leaders for mercy, but authorities in Beijing refused his request.
President Benigno Aquino even wrote a letter to his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, asking the sentence to be commuted to life in prisonment but was bluntly told in reply that the court’s decision was final.
Thursday’s execution brought to four the number of Filipinos put to death in China this year, for drug trafficking.
The Catholic Church in the country condemned the execution of the drug mules in March, where capital punishment was abolished in 2006.
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