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66 Filipinos face death in China on drug charges
January 11, 2010, 2:45pm

MANILA, January 10, 2010 (AFP) - At least 66 Filipinos face the death penalty in China for drug smuggling, the Philippine foreign ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry revealed the statistics following China's controversial December 29 execution of a British national convicted of drug smuggling.

Nine of the Filipinos face execution with no chance of reprieve while 57 were sentenced with possible reprieve, said Foreign Under-secretary Esteban Conejos.

Another 30 Filipinos are serving life imprisonment, while 44 are serving lesser terms of up to 50 years on drug charges. Another 55 still have cases pending, he added.

He said that under Chinese law, smuggling of 50 grams (1.76 ounces) or more of any illegal narcotic drug into the country was punishable by death.

However he said Chinese judicial authorities in the past had "demonstrated remarkable forbearance and accommodation" towards Filipinos charged with drug smuggling.

He said the Philippines also had to show it was making an effort to stem cases of Filipinos being used as "drug mules" to smuggle narcotics into China.

"We have to take this very seriously. It is important for us to demonstrate that we continue to address this problem," he said.


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Manila to respect Beijing's drug laws
By Cheng Guangjin and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-01-12 08:58

Country won't seek reprieve for smugglers sentenced to death

The Philippines will not intercede on behalf of any of its citizens who have been sentenced to death in China for smuggling drugs, a spokesperson for the country's top anti-narcotics body told China Daily Monday.

"They violated the law in China, so we'll follow the Chinese law," Carreon Berrict, a spokesperson for the Philippines' Drug Enforcement Agency said, indicating that it would not follow in the footsteps of the British government, which had sought clemency for Akmal Shaikh, a UK national executed last month in Urumqi for carrying over 4 kg of heroin into the country via Tajikistan.

Berrict was responding to news reports over the weekend which said 195 Filipinos were currently in Chinese jails on charges of drug smuggling.


Of these, seven have been sentenced to death without reprieve, while 59 others were facing death with a two-year reprieve. All the 195 Filipinos were detained last year, Berrict said.

Fifty-three of the 66 Filipinos on death row were women, the Philippines' Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs, Esteban Conejos, said.

All the 66 Filipino nationals were caught trying to smuggle in between 500 and 4,000 g of heroin, he said. As per Chinese law, smuggling more than 50 g is punishable by death.

According to the official, 30 other Filipinos have been sentenced to life terms in China, 44 penalized with a fixed term of 15 years' imprisonment, and 55 cases were still pending.

Conejos made it clear that "the (Philippine) government will not intervene in such cases", adding they were taking seriously the issue of China's execution of Akmal Shaikh.

Despite 27 appeals made by UK ministers - including a personal plea for clemency from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown - China defended its judgment and put to death Shaikh using lethal injection on December 29.

"It demonstrates the strong resolve of China against drugs. We have to take this seriously," Conejos told a press briefing. "We are committed to joining hands with the Chinese government to address the problem."

The official also thanked Beijing for showing "remarkable forbearance and accommodation" toward the Filipinos slapped with drug smuggling charges.

The website of the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation said Friday that the Philippine government expressed its commitment because it was alarmed by the execution of Shaikh.

The Chinese embassy in Manila told China Daily that the local government had made no mention of the Filipinos' cases to it.

Liang Shuying, a professor of international law at the Beijing-based China University of Political Science and Law, said the flood of media reports regarding Shaikh's case have led readers to believe, falsely, that Beijing had stepped up execution of foreign drug smugglers.

"China has been consistent in respecting its laws. The sentence of a drug smuggler depends on the amount he carries and how many times he has violated the law," she pointed out.

China is also cautious when handling cases of non-Chinese citizens, Liang said.

"The relevant embassies or consulates will be notified of the cases. These cases are submitted to an intermediate court or above, and it will only be judged by people who are familiar with this field," she added.

The Philippine Embassy in China did not give any details of the case when contacted. "The information is still private," said an unnamed embassy official.

An official surnamed Xu at the Information Office of the Supreme People's Court told China Daily Monday they were unaware of such cases.

Reports in Chinese media about Filipino drug smugglers have not been uncommon over the past year. In two cases, reported in Fujian in July and Macao in March, heroin smuggled into the country surpassed 1 kg in each case.

Filipinos seeking employment abroad have provided drug syndicates with ingenious ways of transporting illegal drugs overseas, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The Filipino Foreign Ministry has put the number of its citizens in foreign jails for drug smuggling at about 500.

Wang Jingqiong contributed to the story

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Then read this ....

What China Daily made out of this ...

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Post time 2010-1-13 19:58:13 |Display all floors

fact is

most of the economy of the RP is run by Chinese

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Post time 2010-1-13 20:00:39 |Display all floors

who do you think is behind the drug smuggling?

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Post time 2010-1-13 20:01:50 |Display all floors

it's not some hill billy igorot

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Post time 2010-1-13 20:03:05 |Display all floors
I mean, with no word the original news from the Philippines is in support of the Death Penalty. The Philippines are rather bowing to their masters, but the news article is also talking about the misuse of Filipinos used as "drug mules".

The Chinese article in China Daily is taking advantage and showcasing this as if the Philippine government is in full support of the Chinese judicial system.

A poorly made propaganda story.

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