Bishops mourn 3 executed Pinoys in China

March 31, 2011 4:54 am 

MANILA, March 30 — Catholic bishops are mourning the death of three Filipino drug mules who were executed in China Wednesday.

At the same time, the prelates said it should serve as a lesson for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be extra careful abroad.

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo said OFWs should make sure they know the laws of the country they are in to avoid troubles.

“We cannot control the administration of justice in other countries,” said Quevedo, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

"I also wish to extend my deep condolences to the families of those executed and I pray for the eternal repose of their souls,” he said. “I also pray for all those OFWs who are under great suffering at this time.”

Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz also said he is saddened by what happened and expressed his condolences over the death of the three Filipinos.

“I’m sorry for the families who are bereaving now. I hope that this will also serve as a lesson for the future that our OFWs should be more careful,” he said.

“We already know that there are laws in each country about drugs… this is a lesson for all to be careful and to respect the laws of other nations also,” dela Cruz added.

Ramon Credo, 42, Elizabeth Batain, 38, and Sally Villanueva, 32, were executed by lethal injection on Wednesday morning after they were found guilty of illegal drug trafficking.

The execution took place despite earnest appeal from the Aquino administration to have their death sentence commuted to life. (PNA) DCT/jmc

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