My Google Page Rank

'Let's respect rule of law' of other countries - SC

PDFPrintE-mail

BAGUIO CITY - The Philippines' highest tribunal has thrown in its words worth in the continuing debate on why three Filipino criminal convicts were executed in China despite pleas for their lives for humanitarian reasons.

“We have to respect the rule of law" in other places, said lawyer Jose Midas Marquez, spokesman and Administrator of the Supreme Court, which is now in summer sessions here.

Marquez was referring to Elizabeth Batain, Sally Villanueva and Ramon Credo, who were executed in the morning of March 30 for the crime of heroin smuggling.

The Chinese Government has repeatedly said that the process from their arrest in 2008 in southern China to affirmation of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of their conviction and the eventual execution this year were all "in the purview of Chinese laws."

The original date of execution on February 21 and 22 was postponed to March 30 after a failed personal attempt by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay for clemency. But he was told that it will be postponed "in consideration of the feelings of the Filipino people."

Binay met with President (Chief Justice) Wang Shengjun, of the Supreme People’s Court of the SPC on February 18, and a joint statement of that visit confirmed that the postponement was "within the scope of Chinese laws."

Judicial cooperation was also discussed in that quick meeting, attended also by a foreign ministry official and a key member of China's Cabinet.

The Philippine side stated that it fully respects China’s law and the verdict of the SPC.

”It’s very unfortunate that three of our countrymen were executed,” Marquez told reporters covering the Baguio sessions. However, "we have to respect the rule of law in the same way that we have our own rule of law in our jurisdiction,” he added.

Marquez said the death sentence was difficult for Filipinos to accept because the death penalty has been abolished in the Philippines.

”It becomes worse actually for us because, we, as a country, have suspended the death penalty,” Marquez added.

He noted that in the Philippines, those who have been “convicted of much greater offenses cannot be executed because we do not have that death penalty anymore.”

China is unwavering about death sentences for violators of its anti-illegal drugs law, which imposes death for possession of just 50 grams.

SPC President Wang and SC Chief Justice Renato Corona personally know each other, with the latter having arranged a Chinese university honorary degree in law for the latter.

Currently, two more Filipinos are serving life terms in China, a decision handed down only last February by the SPC.

The Appeals Court wanted them executed but a review of their case by the SPC led to a two-year reprieve. This meant that with good behavior in prison they will not be administered the lethal injection -- as was the case on March 30 -- but only imprisoned for life.

The families of Batain, Credo and Villanueva had wanted life imprisonment for their now-dead loved ones. (PNA)





Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

D’PHOENIX… EG BOY

17 Aug 2017 Hits:50 Be the first to comment!

Este si Euroe gene Sosas Soriano, su palayao “EG Boy”, 28 años de edad 5’8” el altor , casao cun Al Jean B. Soriano , diila anak si Bayle B. Soriano y residente de Pasay Drive, San Roque Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si Fernando C. Soriano y Ofelia M. Sosas y su hermana si Lea S. Soriano . Ya gradua elementaria na Claret School , secondaria y colegio na Western Mindanao State University na curso Bachelor of Science in Management . Este su istoria … Ya huga yo basketball antes cuando bata pa iyo na ICAS Tetuan , edad mio 13 años 3 on 3 el juego diamun junto maga amigos . Si Michael Jordan mi Idol poreso quire gayod [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

TEAKWONDO SUPER KIDS… ANGEL.. TOH DON.. FARIS.. GANDHI

15 Aug 2017 Hits:69 Be the first to comment!

Este istoria aserca con el maga anak di Don Mustafa Arbison Loong y Titina Anni Faraown Loong, residente de Km 4, Pasonanca road, Ciudad de Zamboanga . Este el cuento di [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO FANTASTIC SISTERS... ELIZA Y CHINA

13 Aug 2017 Hits:89 Be the first to comment!

Este el dos man hermana si Elizabeth Talisha B. Chan , su palayao “Eliza” , 16 años de edad y Nathalie B. Chan , su palayao “China”, 14 años de [...] Read more


City fetes outgoing police commanders

12 Aug 2017 Hits:109 Be the first to comment!

As a show of gratitude for all their hardwork and sacrifices, the seven (7) outgoing police station commanders were recognized by Mayor Beng Climaco in fitting ceremonies Friday noon that [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO SUPER KID... AARON

12 Aug 2017 Hits:91 Be the first to comment!

Este si Aaron Josh Niu Dee , ta lama conele Aaron, 9 años de edad, 121 cm el altor y un grade 4 estudiante de Ateneo de Zamboanga University . [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO SUPREME KID... MIGGY

12 Aug 2017 Hits:82 Be the first to comment!

Este si Paolo Miguel Tianzon Pagteilan , ta lama conele na palayao “Miggy”, 10 años de edad, 4’11” el altor y un grade 5 estudiante de Ateneo de Zamboanga University [...] Read more


ZCPPO No. 2 Mid-Year Assessment: Exceeding Targets

12 Aug 2017 Hits:96 Be the first to comment!

The Parole and Probation Administration is mandated by law not only to investigate potential convicted offenders who would likely respond positively to community-based corrections but also to supervise their much [...] Read more


Metro Rotarians on the move

11 Aug 2017 Hits:137 Be the first to comment!

Members of the Rotary Club of Metro Zamboanga organized a blood letting activity together with the Sharaffa Ysabelle Foundation at the Red Cross Blood Center in Petit Barracks on August [...] Read more


BILLIARD CUE STAR... CHEZKA

11 Aug 2017 Hits:96 Be the first to comment!

Este si Chezka Luy Centeno , ta lama conele na palayao “Joe”, 18 años de edad , 5’3” el altor, y residente de Veterans Avenue Extension, Tetuan, Ciudad de Zamboanga [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO POWER KICK... BRANDON

09 Aug 2017 Hits:98 Be the first to comment!

Este si Brandon  Dizon  Recinto , 17 años de edad , 161 cm el altor, anak di Borman Luna Recinto y Evangeline Dizon Recinto y residente de Luistro drive , [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO WONDER WOMAN... TINA

07 Aug 2017 Hits:113 Be the first to comment!

Este el istoria de un familia nana y anak athleta de Taekwondo Este si Titina A. Faraown Loong, Ta lama conele na palayao “Tina”, 42 años de edad, 150 cm el [...] Read more


STREET RACE KING... RUBEN

06 Aug 2017 Hits:115 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ruben Juaton Arquiza, 56 años de edad , 5’6” el altor , casao cun Ma. Soledad , tiene sila 5 anak y ta esta na Morning Breeze ,Talon [...] Read more


INTREPRENEUR RIDER…. CHOY

05 Aug 2017 Hits:121 Be the first to comment!

Este si Nelson Fernandez , conosido na palayao “Choy”, 52 años de edad, 5’4” el altor , casao cun Shirley Fernandez , tiene sila 3 anak y residente de Aurora [...] Read more


TAEKWONDO LADY STRIKER… GENNE

04 Aug 2017 Hits:125 Be the first to comment!

Este si Algene Marhee Pecson Amiruddin , ta llama conele na palayao “Genne” , 17 años de edad , 161 cm el altor y residente de Uy’s Drive , Lumiyap, [...] Read more


ZAMBOANGA PENCAK SILAT… SUPREME PERFORMANCE… CRIS ANN, RAVEN, HANNAH Y ALESSANDRA

31 Jul 2017 Hits:154 Be the first to comment!

Este el Pencak Silat Association que ta encabesa el Presidente del asociacion si Rommel L. Bernardo , El persona que ya discubri o ya principia grupu, amo si Sultan Jamalul [...] Read more


ZAMBOANGA CITY BIKERS ON THE RUN

30 Jul 2017 Hits:164 Be the first to comment!

“Este el Team Zamboanga City Bikers , el team Kalayat kay el miembro del team de otro otro grupu mga athleta pero todo  quiere juga este clase de desportes . [...] Read more


2017 INTER OFFICE BASKETBALL CHAMPION – CEO

29 Jul 2017 Hits:157 Be the first to comment!

Este el CEO City Engineer’s Office Basketball team , el maga empleado del oficina del CEO amo el maga miembros del team : Este canda Nelson Tarroza, Engr. Sherwin Rabago, [...] Read more


Beng lauds add’l air routes

28 Jul 2017 Hits:247 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco has highly praised Cebu Pacific for the opening of new routes to Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City from Zamboanga stressing that it will help boost economy [...] Read more


DEPENDABLE SHOOTER… BON

28 Jul 2017 Hits:200 Be the first to comment!

Este si Mar-Khayyam Lao Basiri, conosido na nombre “Bon”, 35 años de edad, 5’5” el altor, casao cun Mica Jire L. Basiri y diila anak si Mackhayla Justinne L. Basiri [...] Read more