China to Execute Three Filipinos

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The Chinese Supreme People's Court (SPC) upheld the death sentences of three Filipinos, two women and one man, convicted of drug trafficking in China, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

While the SPC gave two-year reprieves to two other Filipinos, the high court’s Feb. 11 ruling sustained a lower courts' decisions sentencing the three will be executed.

A release posted on the DFA website states, "For three of the cases, after a thorough and serious review process, the SPC sustained the lower courts' decisions, and the death sentences will be carried out in accordance to Chinese law."

Although DFA did not name the convicted Filipinos, its release described them as:
a male, age 42, convicted for smuggling 4,113 grams of heroin on Dec. 28, 2008, in Xiamen; a female, 32, convicted for smuggling 4,110 grams of heroin on Dec. 24, 2008, also in Xiamen; and a female, 38, caught smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin on May 24, 2008, in Shenzhen.