THE remains of the 35-year-old Filipina who is to be put to death “anytime” in China for drug trafficking will be cremated right after her execution.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said the family of the Filipina, who was meted the death sentence for bringing in 6 kilos of heroin into China, had requested that the woman’s remains be cremated.
“Ang pakisuap ng pamilya kung mai-execute rin lang ay mai-cremate ang bangkay (If the execution pushed through, the family is requesting that her remains be cremated),” Binay told reporters on Tuesday.
“The cremation will be done in China immediately after the execution if it happens,” he added.
Binay, who is also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) concerns said the unidentified woman’s family also wants a total news blackout of the execution.
“Ang pakiusap nila ay kung maaari ay huwag nang banggitin pa kung kailan o kung na execute na dahil ayaw nilang malaman ng lahat ang nangyari sa kanilang kaanak (They are requesting not to report the execution because they don’t want everybody to know what happened to their relative),” he added.
As of press time on Tuesday, there was no word whether the woman has been executed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said her execution “was imminent.”
The condemned woman met her family for the last time on Monday at the Zhejiang Detention Center.
Under China’s prison rule, convicts who are due for execution will be given a chance to talk to their family for 30 minutes.
Binay said that the Filipina’s family will not be receiving any assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) since she is not a documented overseas worker.
Raul Hernandez, spokesman of the DFA, confirmed that the woman’s execution was “very imminent.”
President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment.
“We will be informed right before or after the execution [of the Filipina]. There are cases when we were informed before and there were cases where it [execution]happened right after the visit of the family,” Hernandez said.
He said it is likely that the woman will be executed through lethal injection.
The Filipina’s family will not be allowed to witness the execution, Hernandez said.
Hernandez said the Filipina’s family has requested that the identity of the convict be kept secret.
“We would like to honor that request. They have been asking . . . there should be no naming of the Filipina to be executed and if possible, they will not be pursued in their homes.”
In 2011, China executed three Filipinos -Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain.
Meanwhile, Filipino migrants’ sectoral group MIGRANTE called for real concerted efforts to combat drug syndicates victimizing OFWs and Filipinos abroad.
MIGRANTE Vice Chairman John Leonard Monterona, also the group’s coordinator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) described the execution as a “national misfortune.”
“It’s really a sad reality. What saddened us more is that we again for the nth time will be witnessing any moment from today the execution of another Filipina, convicted by the Chinese court for drug trafficking, in a foreign land,” said Monterona.