Sally to gov't: Please help take care of my kids

Posted at 03/30/2011 11:19 AM | Updated as of 03/31/2011 1:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Sally Ordinario Villanueva, one of 3 Filipino drug couriers scheduled for execution in China Wednesday, asked the Philippine government to ensure that her children have an education.

Peter Ordinario, Sally's father, said her daughter wept and hugged the pictures of her two children, Princess May Joy, 12, and Lex Bert, 10, during their brief visit. Sally last saw her children in 2008.

"Huwag pababayaan ang pamilya at bahay niya at hihingi daw po kami ng tulong sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas para sa pag-aaral  ng mga anak niya," Peter told ABS-CBN News.  

Peter said Sally cried when she learned that Princess was graduating salutatorian of her grade school graduating class.

He said Sally also asked her mother, Edith, why she had lost so much weight. "Mama, bakit ang payat payat mo na? Wag mo ako isipin dito. Ako andito lang ako. Isipin niyo rin sarili niyo," Sally told her mother. 

Sally also told her siblings that she loved them, and that they would be losing a big sister. "Wala na kayong ate," she told younger brother Jason who accompanied Peter and Edith in Xiamen.

'She knew it was time'

Jason said the family only had an hour to talk with Sally. Chinese authorities then gave the Ordinarios Sally's belongings.

He said Sally asked them "Mamamatay na ba ako?" but they refused to answer. He said the whole family was crying, giving Sally a hint of what was about to happen.

Jason said Sally told her to be careful about who to trust. "Wag magtiwala sa mga kaibigan dahil baka sila din ang bumiktima," he recalled Sally as saying.

He said that after their visit, a priest came to anoint Sally.

Peter said Sally kept her spirits up while in prison by helping her fellow inmates. "Marami siyang kaibigan at natuturuan," he said.

He said Sally asked why her husband failed to visit her in Xiamen. It was learned Sally's husband has been missing for the last 3 days.

Drug couriers

Sally is one of 3 Filipinos scheduled for execution in China Wednesday morning. The other 2 are Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain.

The Philippine government had insisted that the three, who are among 227 Filipinos jailed in China for drug offenses, were from poor families and had been duped by international crime syndicates into becoming drug couriers.

It had heavily lobbied Chinese authorities to spare the lives of the trio, and Vice President Jejomar Binay was even sent to Beijing last month on a mercy mission.

Chinese authorities briefly postponed the executions due to his visit, but later announced that they would still go ahead.