MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino appealed to the public not to allow the executions of the 3 Filipino drug mules affect the “historic friendship” of the country with the Chinese people.
In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Aquino said “consistent with the laws and values of our country, we pleaded with the Chinese government to commute their death sentences to life imprisonment. Unfortunately, the Chinese government did not agree, and we must respect their legal processes.”
Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain were executed via lethal injection before noon on March 30.
Aquino condoled with the family, as he noted that they too were victims of the system even if they had been convicted of drug trafficking.
“They can also be considered victims—victims of unscrupulous recruiters and drug traffickers, and victims of a society that could not provide for them enough gainful employment in their home country,” he said.
He noted the problem will not stop with the deaths of the 3 Filipinos.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a situation where people are not pressured to resort to these things, where they can find enough gainful employment in the Philippines. Let us remain steadfast and focused on this goal, for it is the ultimate means to bringing a better life for all,” he said.