This week, whole nation waited with bated breath to see whether or not Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo, and Elizabeth Batain, the three Filipinos who were charged for being drug mules, would face execution in China. Their imprisonment and revelations of how they came to be in possession of four kilograms of heroin became a hot topic, with people from all walks of life expressing their disbelief over how such large amounts of the illegal drug were not detected as they left the country.
Despite repeated pleas for clemency from the government and the victim's families, the Chinese government pushed through with the executions just before noon today. According to the ANCAlerts Twitter feed, Vice-President Jejomar Binay himself confirmed that all three Filipinos were executed via lethal injection.
A statement from Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was soon posted on the Philippine government's official website. In the statement, Mr. Lacierda said, "Our 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."
Click here for a video showing the report of the death of Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo, and Elizabeth Batain.
(Screencaps courtesy of GMANews.tv)