Philippines asks China to not execute drug convict

MANILA (AP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is asking his Chinese counterpart to spare the life of a Filipino woman facing execution for trafficking six kilograms of heroin into the country.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the 35-year-old woman is scheduled to be executed anytime between Thursday and July 2.

Spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters that the woman was arrested at a Chinese airport in January 2011 along with a Filipino man. She traveled as a tourist and has been convicted of hiding the heroin in her luggage. Her companion was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.

Mr Hernandez says Mr Aquino's letter asking for the death sentence to be commuted will be delivered Thursday. China has previously ignored such appeals. It executed four Filipino drug convicts in 2011.