MANILA, Philippines - A convicted Filipino drug trafficker was executed in China at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. This is a timeline of events leading to his execution.
Sept. 13, 2008: The Filipino was arrested for possession of 1.495 kilos of heroin at the Guilin International Airport in southern China.
Nov. 28, 2011: The Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou learned from the High People’s Court (HPC) of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region about the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) in Beijing’s affirmation of the lower court’s decision on the carrying out of the death penalty against the Filipino. His identity has not been revealed.
Nov. 30: DFA announced the scheduled execution of the 35-year old Filipino in China. The DFA clarified that the Filipino was not an overseas Filipino worker but entered China as a tourist.
DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez also revealed that President Aquino wrote a letter of appeal to Chinese President Hu Jintao, requesting commutation of the death sentence to life imprisonment.
The family was informed of the development of the case and requested the media, through the DFA, to respect their privacy..
Dec. 1: Vice President Jejomar Binay awaits confirmation from the Chinese government before he travels to Beijing to personally hand over the letter of appeal of President Aquino
The Chinese Foreign Ministry defended its court's decision imposing death penalty on the Filipino drug mule.
Dec. 2: Vice President Jejomar Binay has yet to receive word from the Chinese government regarding his trip to Beijing. He hopes the Pinoy will be able to at least spend Christmas with his family.
Dec. 3: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had said that the Filipino convicted of drug trafficking in China was a veteran drug mule receiving about $4,000 to $6,000 for every smuggling operation. The agency also vowed to go after the drug mule's recruiter.
The DFA said China was unable to arrange the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay to Beijing. Despite this, the Philippine government continued to air its appeal for the death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.
Dec. 5: Palace still hoped that the Filipino will be spared from execution in China
Dec. 6: Two siblings and 2 cousins of the convicted drug mule travelled to China to visit him before the execution.
Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered President Aquino's letter of appeal to the Chinese Embassy in Manila instead, as China was unable to arrange his visit to Beijing.
Dec. 7: Amnesty International protested China's decision to execute a Filipino convicted of drug trafficking.
In Kuala Lumpur, the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community arranged prayers sessions to provide solace and courage to the family and the convicted Filipino drug trafficker
Dec. 8: The family of the Filipino convicted drug trafficker was allowed to visit him at the Guilin detention center before the court promulgated his case.
The Filipino was executed by lethal injection at around 12:30 p.m in Liuzhou, 2 hours away from Guilin.