CHINA POSTPONED EXECUTION OF 3 FILIPINOS
Beijing, China (CNN) -- China postponed Friday the planned execution of three Filipinos, following a visit to Beijing by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, appealing for clemency. China has decided to "postpone the execution within the scope of the Chinese law," the two nations said in a joint statement after Binay met with Wang Shengjun, president of CHINA'S Supreme People's Court (SPC) and senior foreign policy officials. "The Philippine side stated that it fully respects China's law and the verdict of the SPC," the statement continued. "The Philippines and China are determined to work together in the fight against transnational crimes. Including drug trafficking." Binay told CNN: "We express sincere appreciation to China for the SPC decision." Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain had been convicted of drug trafficking in China, a crime punishable by death. All three were arrested separately in 2008 and scheduled to be executed early next week.
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