The Philippine government expressed hopes that a court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia would commute the Filipino convict’s death sentence to life imprisonment, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said.
The Philippine government is trying to prevent the execution of a Filipino woman, who faces death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug smuggling, DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said.
The Filipino woman was arrested at Yogyakarta airport in April 2010 carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin on a flight from Malaysia.
A district court in Yogyakarta will review the case of the Filipino convict to determine if her death sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment or not, Jose said.
“The process is already under way after Indonesia’s Supreme Court transmitted the Filipina’s case records to the lower court,” Jose said during a press briefing.
“We are hopeful that after completion of review, there will be a commutation of the death sentence,” the DFA official said.
The review was undertaken following a request from the Philippine government in a bid to save the Filipino from execution by firing squad.
All death penalty cases in Indonesia are entitled to at least one judicial review even if the conviction has already been upheld by the Supreme Court.
“We have one more remedy in this case so let us wait for the outcome,” Jose said. “We are taking this one step at a time.”
A total of 805 Filipinos are detained abroad for drug-related offenses, and Filipino drug couriers were put to death in China through lethal injection.
In a related development, the Labor department on Monday warned of a recruitment agency operating globally as an immigration services provider that lured Filipino job seekers to work in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that ICS Global Visas, Inc., with parent company in UK has reportedly collapsed.
“Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported “collapse”. It had victims here in the Philippines, particularly in Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao. We have checked with our DOLE regional office in Cebu which reported that some of the victims filed cases of estate and illegal recruitment against the company upon learning that Global Visas maintained offices in Cebu,” Baldoz said.
The Labor department has already filed charges of illegal recruitment and estafa against the Global Visas in Cebu.