A total of twenty-one Filipinos who have been awaiting execution in China for drug-related offences have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
Lawyer for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Roy Ecraela, revealed the reprieve at a hearing last week.
Other Filipinos who committed more serious crimes are remain on death row.
Today, more than 1,200 Filipinos are locked up in overseas jails after being found guilty of drug related offences. A majority of those are in Malaysia and an estimated 720 of the 1,200 are detained in other nearby Asian countries.
Ecraela told the Department of Foreign Affairs in a recent hearing that the government has funding to assist Filipinos who are in distress abroad.