March 30, 2011. For the first time, China executed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) found guilty of drug trafficking. Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain learned of their fate only during the promulgation of their sentences hours before the execution.
The three were dubbed as “drug mules,” mostly innocent persons used by drug trafficking syndicates to “ship” drugs by hiding it in the former’s baggage.
Also on the Covers (Mar 31):
- Umar Patek, the suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings, was arrested in Abbottabad, Pakistan
- Dr. Julito Sabornido Jr., the first liver transplant survivor in the country
Also on the Covers (Mar 30):
- PLDT, which acquired a majority stake in Digitel (Sun Cellular) for P69.2 billion March 29
- Mrs. Erlinda Ligot, the wife of former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot; she named Mrs. Teresita Reyes, wife of the late Angelo Reyes, as her frequent companion in various travels abroad during their husbands’ terms in early 2000.
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.