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China executes woman for drug trafficking

July 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM   |   Comments

MANILA, July 3 (UPI) -- A woman from the Philippines sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China was executed Wednesday, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs said.

"The DFA would like to express its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the Filipino as they mourn the loss of their loved one. We certainly do not want other Filipino families to go through the same experience," DFA spokesman assistant secretary Raul Hernandez told the Philippine Inquirer.net.

The execution was carried out despite an appeal from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to have her sentence reduced to life in prison.

The woman, a mother of two from Manila, was arrested in January 2011 for carrying more than 13 pounds of heroin into China.

She was arrested with her cousin, who was carrying the same amount of the drug but was given a two-year reprieve from his death sentence to qualify for life in prison.

The family of the woman flew to China Sunday and was able to talk to her for 30 minutes.

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