Palace to save Filipinos on China death row

A February 18, 2011 press release by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte assured the country yesterday that all is being done to prevent three Filipinos from being executed for transporting drugs in the People’s Republic of China.

“Talagang itutulak po natin ang ating efforts … to have leniency for the three Filipinos who are facing death row,” Valte said in a press briefing in MalacaƱang.

The Philippine government’s main goal for this particular mission, she said, is to ask the Chinese authorities to commute their sentences from death to life imprisonment.

The Philippines, however, is not the only country facing this problem: “Singapore and the United Kingdom have also been in the same situation,” Valte said, pointing out that their requests were also turned down. On the other hand, out of the six Filipinos facing the death sentence in China, one case has been remanded to the lower court; two have been granted reprieves.

“’Yung tatlo po ang iyong pinagpupursigihan natin na mabigyan ng leniency,” Valte said.