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Aside from Mary Jane Veloso, over 80 other Pinoys facing death penalty abroad


(Updated 7:17 p.m., April 29, 2015) Aside from Mary Jane Veloso, the 30-year-old Filipina facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, over 80 other Filipinos are on death row in other countries for various crimes, most of them involving illegal drugs.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), most of the 88 Filipinos in death row are in Saudi Arabia. Seventy-seven of them are in:

Saudi Arabia: 28 (26 for murder and one for drugs)
Malaysia: 34 (17 for murder, 16 for drug trafficking; 28 cases in Sabah, 6 in Peninsular Malaysia)
China: 21 (all for drugs)
USA: 2 (both for murder)
Vietnam: 2 (both for drugs)
Kuwait: 1 (for murder)
Indonesia: 1 (for drugs)
Thailand: 1 (for murder, rape, and theft)

DFA spokesperson Charles Jose told GMA News Online through email that Filipinos in China have a two-year reprieve during which they may have their death sentence commuted to life imprisonment for good behavior.

He also named the Filipino in Kuwait as Jakatla Pawa and the Filipino in Thailand as Mark Alvin Antonio.

All death row cases are currently on appeal, Jose said.

Executed Pinoys

Since 2010, seven Filipinos were executed, most of them in China.

In 2011, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo, Elizabeth Batain were executed by lethal injection in China for drug smuggling. Ordinario-Villanueva and Credo were executed in Xiamen, while Batain was executed in Shenzhen.

In the same year, a 35-year-old unnamed Filipino male was also executed China, specifically in Liuzhou County, Guangzi, also for drug trafficking.

In 2013, a 35-year-old Filipina who was convicted in China for carrying six kilos of heroin in January 2011 was executed.

The following year, Carlito Lana was executed in Saudi Arabia for killing his Saudi employer in 2010. He was beheaded.

Earlier this year, Joven Esteva, 39, convicted for killing his employer and injuring his employer's son in 2007, was executed in Saudi Arabia. —KBK, GMA News

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