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Chinese to execute Filipino

Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- China's Supreme People's Court upheld the death sentence of a Filipino man convicted of drug trafficking, the Philippine government said Wednesday.

A statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs said the death sentence the man received for smuggling heroin into China three years ago would be carried out Dec. 8, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has sent a letter of appeal to Chinese Premier Hu Jintao requesting that the man's sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.

The prisoner's name was not released.

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