MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Tuesday said she respects the legal processes in countries still imposing the death penalty even as she laments the impending execution of a Filipino drug mule in China.
In an interview with reporters, De Lima stressed that what is important is that due process is being accorded to Filipino offenders overseas.
She said the government is doing what it can to urge the Chinese government to reconsider meting the death penalty on the alleged drug mule.
De Lima, a former chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), is a staunch anti-death penalty advocate. She recently attended a global forum on the abolition of the death penalty in Madrid, Spain.
"As a fellow Filipino, lalo na sa sistema natin wala tayo, death penalty. Pwede natin tulungan sana ang isang kababayan natin na nahahatulan ng death penalty, lalo na wala tayo death penalty pero siempre kelangan din igalang natin yung sistema ng ibang bansa even if we join the global advocacy for the abolition of death penalty," she said.
"We are one with those advocating for the abolition of death penalty but of course its a question also of sovereignty on the part of certain countries or certain states na patuloy pa rin na nag-i-impose ng death penalty based on their respective legal systems. As long as dumaan sa proseso naman yung kababayan natin and wala naman indication she was not accorded due process.. may efforts naman gobyerno," she added.