China executions of Filipino drug mules push through

The People's Republic of China on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 has executed three Filipino drug mules namely Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain who were sentenced with death penalty via lethal injection for drug trafficking.

Sally Villanueva, Ramon Credo
Vice President Jejomar Binay first broke the news to ANC just minutes before noontime today, saying he also urges the nation to offer prayers for the three Filipinos executed in Xiamen, China.

MalacaƱang issued an official statement saying the Philippine government “had taken every available opportunity to appeal to the authorities of China for clemency in their cases, to which the Chinese government responded with a postponement of the execution.”

“In the end, however, the sentence was imposed,” deputy spokeperson Abigail Valte said, adding that the deaths “are a vivid lesson in the tragic toll the drug trade takes on entire families.”

The Palace in its statement ensures the public “that the chain of victimization, as pushers entrap and destroy lives in pursuit of their trade, will be broken.”

Meanwhile, the Ordinario family held a press conference at their home noontime Wednesday, saying they were deeply hurt.

Mirasol Ordinario, Sally's sister who spoke in behalf of the family, criticised the DFA for the lack of action leading to the sad fate of their beloved.

She, however, thanked Vice President Binay for not losing hope and for doing everything he can to appeal for the clemency of Sally.

The Batain family, on the other hand, did not allow media interviews and requested reporters to respect their privacy. They reportedly refused to show in public any photo of Elizabeth.