In a live interview of Vice President Jenjomar Binay on ANC, he confirmed that the 3 Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking in China have been executed on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2011.
The executions of Ramon Credo, Elizabeth Batain and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva were carried out by the Chinese authorities via lethal injection.
The death sentences of Ramon Credo and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva were both meted out in the city of Xiamen while Elizabeth Batain was executed in Shenzen.
The news was also confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda who said that the entire nation sympathizes with the families of the 3 Filipinos.
"The nation sympathized with the families of the condemned, sharing their sense of looming loss. We sympathize with these families now. Their deaths are a vivid lesson in the tragic toll the drug trade takes on entire families," Lacierda said.
Under the Chinese law, smuggling 50 grams or more of any illegal narcotic drug into China is punishable by death.
The three Filipinos were caught separately in 2008 carrying at least 4,000 grams of heroin.
Separated from wife with 5 children, Ramon Credo (42) of Cavite was arrested after possession of 4,113 grams of heroin into Xiamen on December 28, 2008. He was allegedly recruited to be a drug courier by a certain Prescy Evangelista.
Married with 2 kids, Sally-Ordinario Villanueva (32) from Echague, Isabela was caught carrying 4,110 grams of heroin on December 24, 2008.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Batain (38) whose family requested concealment of her personal info was jailed after smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin in Shenzhen on May 24, 2008.
The three drug mules were convicted and sentenced in 2009.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, they are among the 72 Filipinos senteced to death in China due to drug-related cases.
Info courtesy of ABS-CBNnews.com