Death penalty in China: Last hours of Ramon, Sally and Elizabeth
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Death penalty in China: Last hours of Ramon, Sally and Elizabeth

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila released a timeline of today’s major events leading to and after China’s execution of Elizabeth Batain, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Ramon Credo who were convicted of drug trafficking charges.

The Philippines earlier pleaded for leniency for the three overseas Filipino workers, citing both respect for Chinese laws and humanitarian ground. But China relented to only a short postponement after Vice President Jejomar Binay personally brought the Philippines’ request to Beijing. The Philippines has long removed the death penalty from its laws.

Ramon, Sally and Elizabeth were executed before noon today, March 30.

In Xiamen, where Ramon and Sally were executed:

0750H Family members, accompanied by Philippine Consulate General officials, arrived at Xiamen No. 1 Detention House

0800H-0900H Respective families and Consulate officials visit Mr. Ramon Credo and Ms. Sally Ordinario-Villanueva at separate visitation booths

0900H Families depart the Detention House for the Intermediate People’s Court

0940H-1040H Final and executory sentences on Mr. Credo and Ms. Villanueva promulgated at the 2nd Criminal Tribunal of the Intermediate People’s Court

(Credo’s promulgation first and then followed by Ms. Villanueva).

1040H Mr. Credo and Ms. Villanueva taken to the venue of carrying out of capital punishment

1200H Ordinario family, with Philippine Consulate General officials, went to the Xiamen Funeral Parlor for the formal presentation and viewing of Ms. Villanueva’s remains

The Corpse International Travel to undertake the shipment of Ms. Villanueva’s remains to the Philippines

1350H Death certificates of Mr. Credo and Ms. Villanueva turned over by the Intermediate People’s Court officials to the Philippine Consulate General officials

Passports and other personal effects of Mr. Credo and Ms. Villanueva also turned over to the Philippine Consulate General officials

The Credo family and Consulate officials to claim Mr. Credo’s cremated remains at the Xiamen Crematorium at Jimei District

Meanwhile, in Guangzhou, where Chinese authorities carried out the deah penalty on Elizabeth:

0900H Batain family members, accompanied by Philippine Consulate General officials, arrived at Shenzhen No. 3 Detention House

0930H-1030H Final and executory sentence on Ms. Elizabeth Batain promulgated at Shenzhen No. 3 Detention House

The Batain family members and Philippine Consulate General officials attended the promulgation

1040H The Batain family members and Consulate officials visit

Ms. Elizabeth Batain

1118H Ms. Batain taken to the venue of carrying out of capital punishment

1230H Philippine Consulate General received notification from Guangdong High People’s Court that the carrying out of the capital punishment has been completed

Arrangements with respect to the shipment of remains of Ms. Batain are being made.