The Highest Court in China allowed a reprieve for the three Filipinos condemned to die by lethal injection. They were caught trying to smuggle in four to five kilograms of illegal drugs. The Philippines came out to express their sentiments for those slated to die.
My guess is that the Filipinos as a whole knew the facts, as effectively presented by the media, and knew the score. The Philippine government assumed the position of mea culpa, in that they realized the gravity of the crime committed, and that there was no defense presented. In fact, the Philippine Vice-President Binay went to China to appeal the sentence and not contest it. Sort of coming in on bended knees to reduce the sentence to life imprisonment.
For this reprieve, it is expected that the Philippine government will reciprocate with an equivalent favor. Perhaps the prosecution of those that facilitated drug smuggling into China may do for a starter.
From all this, the Filipinos have again demonstrated to the world that they do not approve of drug smuggling, and the great value that they give for life.