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53 Filipinas in China Death Row for Drugs

Inquirer.net, Posted: Jan 15, 2010

MANILA, Philippines Of the 66 Filipinos facing the death penalty in China for illegally bringing in huge amounts of heroin and other narcotics into the communist country, 53 are Filipinas, INQUIRER.net learned Monday.

Last Friday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said that of the 66, nine have been meted out the capital punishment without reprieve, while 57 received a reprieve, but must serve a two-year sentence. Eight of the nine without reprieve, as well as 45 of the 57 who received a lighter sentence, are women.

Since the Philippines is also serious about cracking down on drug trafficking, it will not help Filipino drug smugglers in foreign jails, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary on Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos said. The (Philippine) government will not intervene in such cases, he said.

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