Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
China executes Filipina drugs mule
Second woman gets reprieve for good behavior
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- July 3, 2013
The Foreign Ministry in Manila announced on Wednesday that China executed a 35-year-old Filipino woman for trafficking drugs.
Spokesman Raul Hernandez said that the death sentence was carried out despite a government appeal for the sentence to be commuted to life after the woman was found guilty of trafficking six kgs of heroin through Hangzhou Airport in January 2011.
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm that our fellow Filipino was executed in China this morning,” he told reporters in Manila.
Another Filipino woman who was also sentenced to death was given a two-year reprieve for good behavior.
Reports said the family of the executed Filipino woman had flown to China on Sunday and were able to talk with the woman for 30 minutes on Monday.
The woman had smuggled illegal drugs into China at least 18 times, the Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier in the day, leftist congressman Neri Javier Colmenares called on the Chinese government to commute the death sentence, claiming that she may not have been accorded her due process right to a competent counsel.
"This is among the predicaments many [overseas Filipinos workers] are facing. They are being imprisoned for allegedly being drug mules or illegal drugs traffickers," Colmenares said in a statement.
There are 710 Filipinos in jails across the world for acting as drug couriers of high-profile international syndicates.
China has imprisoned the highest number of Filipinos on drug-trafficking charges with 205 people behind bars, 28 of which are on death row.