The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the execution of two Filipino nationals in China on November 24 for drug trafficking offenses. The identities of the individuals were withheld out of respect for their privacy until the formal notification of their execution was received from Chinese authorities.
In a solemn statement, the DFA expressed its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased. The announcement was intentionally delayed to honor the families’ request for privacy during this difficult time.
The individuals in question were arrested in 2013 and subsequently convicted in 2016. The Philippine government made exhaustive efforts to appeal to the relevant Chinese authorities to commute their sentences to life imprisonment on humanitarian grounds. Despite high-level political representations and repeated appeals aligning with the values of the Philippines that prioritize human life, the Chinese government, based on their internal laws, upheld the conviction.
The DFA also facilitated the families’ compassionate visit to Guangzhou and emphasized the urgency for all Filipino travelers to remain vigilant of the tactics employed by drug syndicates and to reject carrying any package that has not been personally packed and thoroughly inspected.
While the Philippine government remains committed to exhausting all possible avenues to assist its overseas nationals, the DFA underscored the paramount importance of respecting foreign countries’ criminal laws and legal processes.
This heartbreaking event underscores the critical need for awareness and vigilance when traveling abroad. It serves as a poignant reminder of the severe consequences of involvement in drug trafficking and highlights the imperative of adhering to both Philippine and foreign laws and regulations.
The execution of these two Filipinos underlines the devastating impact of drug trafficking and reiterates the ongoing necessity to combat illegal drug activities, both domestically and internationally.