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Binay back in Manila

VICE President Jejomar Binay returned to Manila Saturday after his trip to Beijing, China for the three Filipinos facing death row.

After his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport onboard Philippine Airlines flight PR307 Saturday night, Binay faced the media and answered questions regarding his trip.

Binay, when asked what made China postpone the execution, said "I don't want to speculate… basta walang execution sa Lunes.”

On Friday night, the Philippine and Chinese governments jointly announced China’s Supreme People's Court decision "to postpone the execution within the scope of Chinese law.”

This was after the Vice President's trip to China to make a last-ditch effort to save the lives of the three Filipinos -- Sally Ordinario, 32; Ramon Credo, 42; and Elizabeth Batain, 38.

Binay said the postponement was historical as the Chinese government has never postponed executions in the past.

“If you'll go all the way the incidents in the past, lahat ipinagpatuloy nila. In that sense, ang laking victory niyan,” the Vice President said.

However, he could not tell how long the postponement will last as China has different legal process.

The Philippine delegation led by Binay arrived in China Friday noon. They carried a letter from President Aquino for China’s President Hu Jintao to appeal the death sentences on the three Filipinos. (Sunnex)



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