OCHOA: CONTINUE PEOPLE POWER THROUGH PRAYERS FOR 3 PINOYS ON DEATH ROW

MANILA, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 (BULLETIN) (PNA) -- Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Monday rallied the nation to continue with the people power through prayers for three Filipinos who are still facing the prospect of execution by lethal injection in China for drug trafficking.

Despite a temporary victory in securing a reprieve for the three condemned Filipinos – Elizabeth Batain, Ramon Credo and Sally Villanueva – Ochoa encouraged the people to unite in prayers that the Beijing government will grant the appeal of the Aquino Administration to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment.

“Allow me also to ask that you all continue praying for our three countrymen in China who are currently on death row so that we may possibly be given another miracle –– the commutation of the sentences of our kababayan,” Ochoa said in a speech read by Maria Montelibano, chair of the committee overseeing preparations for the 25th Anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution at the book launch of “Noynoy: Triumph of a People’s Campaign.”

Ochoa said that he was pleased with the decision of China to postpone the execution and hoped that the three will be spared from death penalty.

At the book launching in Greenbelt, Makati City to kick off the weeklong celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, Ochoa underscored the importance of people power, calling it Filipino’s legacy that continues to inspire every nation around the world seeking to install democracy and institute reforms through non-violent means.

He said the peaceful and orderly election of 2010 was a testament to this peaceful change and a “triumph of democracy, the triumph of the nobility of Filipinos.”

On behalf of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Executive Secretary congratulated Ambassador Wilfredo Villacorta, the book author, for chronicling the “hard work and sacrifices of millions of Filipinos who believed that change was possible and who unselfishly and unconditionally offered their share in realizing this change.”

“This book captures on paper, for future generations, the essence of and examples of sacrifice, selflessness, and love of country. This should motivate our youth to read and learn about the struggle of their parents in order to achieve justice, good governance, and end poverty in our country,” Ochoa said


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