An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday expressed pessimism that China will listen to President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s appeal to lower the death sentence to life imprisonment of the 35-year-old Filipina convicted of drug trafficking.
“In my opinion, our appeal may not be granted because of the political angle. Let us admit that the foreign relationship between the Philippines and China is unstable, so I doubt if any miracle can happen,” the CBCP – Episcopal Commission on Itinerant People (ECMI) Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Corros said.
Corros said Malacañang failed to prevent the execution of other Filipinos in China’s death row in the past.
“We know what happened in the past… and now it is happening again almost a year and a half later,” the CBCP official related.
However, Corros said the Catholic Church will still pray for the Filipina to be spared from the execution.
“Is there still hope? We remain hopeful especially for the family that is here,” the priest said.
On Wednesday, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of China convicted a Filipina of smuggling 6.198 kilos of heroin to China, she is now scheduled to be executed anytime until July 2.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN