China executes Filipino woman for drug trafficking
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China executes Filipino woman for drug trafficking

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government says a 35-year-old Filipino woman convicted of drug trafficking in China has been executed.

Foreign Affairs Department spokesman Raul Hernandez says the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed publicly, was executed Wednesday.

There was no immediate word from China, which usually doesn’t announce executions except in especially high-profile cases.

Beijing had served notice to Manila that it would not receive Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had planned to deliver a letter Sunday from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, seeking a commutation of the death sentence to life imprisonment. Binay then canceled his trip.

The woman was arrested at the Hangzhou International Airport in January 2011 and was convicted of hiding heroin in her luggage.