MANILA, Aug 30 (Mabuhay) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., on Tuesday said as many as three Filipinos are facing the death sentence in China for illegal drugs.
“We have for instance in China , two to three are facing death sentence. They have not been scheduled for execution,” he said.
Yasay also revealed that there are 2,492 Filipinos across the world facing cases for drug-related offenses.
But in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to restore the death penalty for illegal drugs offenses.
Yasay also confirmed there are seven Filipinos in Saudia Arabia who are in detention for murder charges and are in need of assistance.
Yasay told lawmakers at the House Appropriations Committee that the agency has a legal defense fund of P100M. He said, this amount is accumulated annually since the allocation doesn’t get exhausted.
“We have 7 Filipinos detained in KSA for murder. They continue to require legal assistance. This amount will also be made to answer for such a contingency this amount so far has been adequate in terms of the needs of our legal defense.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs was told to submit a list of Filipinos linked to cases of illegal drugs and how many of these are on death row. (MNS)