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US backs PH on China executions
« on: April 02, 2011, 06:12:12 am »
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:11:00 04/02/2011


WASHINGTON—The United States on Thursday voiced support for the Philippines after China’s execution of three Filipinos on drug charges in defiance of repeated appeals.

“I believe that this is something that we will want to support our Filipino friends on,” Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told Congress in response to questions by Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican whose district in Southern California has many Filipino-Americans.

Campbell said he would speak with Philippine officials in coming days.

“It’s fairly unusual in Asia when a government makes a very, almost personal, appeal at the very highest levels,” Campbell said.

“I think you know how strongly the Philippine government and President Benigno Aquino III’s own Cabinet felt about this issue. To be turned away in such a manner, I think it was a little bit of a surprise to Filipino friends,” he said.

But he added that he was not suggesting that the three should have gone unpunished.

The Philippine government had pressed China to spare the lives of drug trafficking convicts Elizabeth Batain, Ramon Credo and Sally Villanueva, saying they were victims of drug syndicates.

In December, Mr. Aquino said the Philippines had skipped the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in hopes of persuading Beijing.

The United States has a long-standing alliance with the Philippines, a former US colony. A number of Asian nations have recently sought closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a rising China.



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Re: US backs PH on China executions
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 06:12:54 am »

Open communication

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila was noncommittal when asked on Friday to comment on the expression of support aired by the US assistant secretary of state for East Asia.

“Filipino diplomats talk with US diplomats all the time, in the same manner that we talk with Chinese and other counterparts. And we think there’s much value in keeping lines of communication open,” DFA spokesperson J. Eduardo Malaya told the Inquirer in an interview.

Malaya said the Philippine government’s position on capital punishment was clear: “Our courts by law do not impose the death penalty anymore. To the extent possible, we encourage other countries not to impose the death penalty as well. But that is, of course, for them to decide.”

Most US states still impose the death penalty, a contentious issue among Americans.

Malaya said the execution of the three Filipinos in China only underscored the severity of the drug menace and the need to address it in a “holistic and comprehensive manner.”

“We believe that, like a doctor, we need to not only look at the symptoms. It’s more important to address the illness itself,” he said, adding:

“We believe that the carrying out of the death penalty on Wednesday was but the symptom of the larger sickness. That’s why we need a comprehensive and holistic approach toward curing the disease.”

Malaya also said “cooperative endeavors may be explored with the US and other partners on preventive and law enforcement measures, including possible joint police operations against international drug smuggling syndicates.”

“Further cooperation on poverty-alleviation measures can likewise be discussed, in order to address the often economic root causes of the problem,” he said.

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011, 06:14:03 am »

No laughing matter

President Aquino himself said he would not stop seeking clemency for Filipinos on death row overseas.

“We will continue to make appeals with regards to our citizens, we will try to exhaust all possible remedies that they may be spared the death penalty,” he told reporters in Iloilo where he inaugurated a coal-fired power plant.

Mr. Aquino said Filipinos were facing the death penalty not only in China but also in other countries “for so many different reasons.”

He said that while “we, as a country, have abolished the death penalty as a recourse to our dealing with criminal elements,” other countries have different ways of dealing with the drug problem.

“In our country, our problem with drugs is also no laughing matter,” he said.

Mr. Aquino said he had directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to look into the low conviction rate among drug cases in the country.

He said there would be a permanent justice undersecretary to review such cases.

The President said it had reached his attention that a certain provincial prosecutor was favoring “people suspected as engaged in drugs.”

“He is now under investigation; he will go through the process. But if it is proven, I will see to it that he is dismissed from the service and that every [possible] sanction will be [imposed],” Mr. Aquino said.

He said it would be “the first case to show everybody how serious we are with this problem.”

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011, 06:15:28 am »

Chinese poachers

In Manila, the Chinese Embassy said the case of six Chinese fishermen caught poaching in Philippine waters should not be linked to the Wednesday execution of the three Filipinos.

“The issue involving the Chinese fishermen is a different case,” Ethan Sun, the embassy spokesperson and deputy chief of political section, said in a text message to the Inquirer.

“We are still checking on the details. We hope that the issue would be addressed in an appropriate manner,” Sun said.

He did not respond to questions on whether China expected Philippine law enforcement or judicial bodies to take a retaliatory stance toward Chinese nationals facing charges in the Philippines.

On Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported that Philippine authorities had vowed to seek long jail terms for the six Chinese fishermen caught poaching fish and sea turtles, as part of a crackdown against foreigners stealing local marine wildlife.

The report quoted Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, the head of a multiagency task force against illegal entrants, as saying that he planned to take a hardline stance against all foreign poachers, unlike previous officials who had allowed them to be released.

In earlier cases of Chinese poachers caught in Philippine waters, the Chinese Embassy has successfully lobbied for their release.

The DFA declined to comment.


Reports from AFP, DJ Yap, Norman Bordadora and Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 07:43:56 am »
Chinese poachers

In Manila, the Chinese Embassy said the case of six Chinese fishermen caught poaching in Philippine waters should not be linked to the Wednesday execution of the three Filipinos.

“The issue involving the Chinese fishermen is a different case,” Ethan Sun, the embassy spokesperson and deputy chief of political section, said in a text message to the Inquirer.

“We are still checking on the details. We hope that the issue would be addressed in an appropriate manner,” Sun said.

He did not respond to questions on whether China expected Philippine law enforcement or judicial bodies to take a retaliatory stance toward Chinese nationals facing charges in the Philippines.

On Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported that Philippine authorities had vowed to seek long jail terms for the six Chinese fishermen caught poaching fish and sea turtles, as part of a crackdown against foreigners stealing local marine wildlife.

The report quoted Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, the head of a multiagency task force against illegal entrants, as saying that he planned to take a hardline stance against all foreign poachers, unlike previous officials who had allowed them to be released.

In earlier cases of Chinese poachers caught in Philippine waters, the Chinese Embassy has successfully lobbied for their release.

The DFA declined to comment.


Reports from AFP, DJ Yap, Norman Bordadora and Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

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Re: US backs PH on China executions
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011, 02:48:57 pm »
Hunungon na pud unta sa Pilipinas ang pagdeport sa mga Chinese drug manufacturer dinhi nga madakpan.

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 06:30:17 am »

Hunungon na pud unta sa Pilipinas ang pagdeport sa mga Chinese drug manufacturer dinhi nga madakpan.

He he, atong himoong chorizo?

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011, 01:05:19 pm »
Hunungon na pud unta sa Pilipinas ang pagdeport sa mga Chinese drug manufacturer dinhi nga madakpan.

about time.  sila ra ba diay ang magsigeg hangyo unya kita pay ma-bullied.  life sentence pod intawon sa atua nang chinese drug manufacturers no?

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2011, 01:06:01 pm »
Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act of 1998, Philippines), as amended and strengthened by House  Bill 6893 of 2013--- violation means a maximum of P250,000 fine with a corresponding three-year jail term and a minimum of P30,000 fine and six months imprisonment

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2011, 01:07:05 pm »
about time.  sila ra ba diay ang magsigeg hangyo unya kita pay ma-bullied.  life sentence pod intawon sa atua nang chinese drug manufacturers no?

 The Philippines is a merciful country.



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