Aquino congratulates Binay for securing reprieve for 3 Pinoys in China

February 21, 2011 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 21 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday congratulated Vice President Jejomar Binay for successfully securing a reprieve for the three Filipinos facing execution in China.

In a meeting in Malacanang, the President personally conveyed his gratitude to Binay for a good job.

Binay, in a press briefing, said that while the reprieve may only be temporary, “let us hope that the Chinese government would eventually grant the appeal that their sentence be commuted to a penalty lesser than death.”

China postponed the execution of three Filipinos found guilty of drug smuggling after Binay met with Chinese leaders in Beijing. Binay traveled to Beijing to make a last-ditch plea for the three Filipinos.

Binay said the Supreme People’s Court postponed the execution “within the scope of Chinese law.”

He said that he met with Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, top foreign policy maker Dai Bingguo and the president of the Supreme People’s Court Wang Shengjun. (PNA)

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