Just like any mother, Sally Ordinario-
Villanueva dreams of better times for her
children away from the poverty she has
known all her life. That’s what she had
in mind when she left her home and
boarded a flight from Manila to Xiamen,
China, on Christmas Eve in 2008.
There was only hope the family fortunes
would turn around when she takes on
her promised job in China that would
allow her good monthly earnings.
Sally had worked as a domestic helper in
Macau in 2006 before this job offer
came. There, she was promised by a
former dorm mate that the new job
would just be easy. She would just
supervise the delivery of delicate spare
parts. Sally was given a package by her
former Macau dorm mate. “It’s for the
boss,” she was told. She had to deliver
the package at the factory in Xiamen.
When she arrived at the Xiamen airport,
Chinese customs authorities found in her
possession 4.110 kilograms of heroin.
Sally was executed before noon, March
30. 2011. She was executed by lethal
injection in Xiamen city. She was only
told of her death sentence on the day
she was to be executed.
Sally was 32 years old.
Based on a timeline of events sent by the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen to the Department
of Foreign Affairs and read to media, Sally was taken to the execution chamber at 10:40 a.m.
Her relatives were allowed to talk to her from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Xiamen No. 1 Detention House.
Sally asked her family to take care of her children, to take care of each other and to help one
another. The costs of her relatives flight was paid by the Philippine government.
The final sentence on Sally was read to her at the 2nd Criminal Tribunal of the Intermediate People’
s Court at 9:40 a.m.
Sally’s remains were presented to her relatives at noon at the Xiamen Funeral Parlor. A firm called
Corpse International Travel shipped her remains to the Philippines.
The body of Sally Ordinario-Villanueva was flown home from China, and was temporarily brought
to her aunt’s home in Quezon City. Sally’s simple white coffin, donated by some barangay
councilors, was placed just outside the house, visible from the narrow, muddy alley that cuts
through the neighborhood.
A lone funeral wreath stood by the coffin, while tarpaulins bearing messages of support from
militant groups draped the exterior of the house. A steady stream of friends and relatives paid their
|Sally's body arrived home one week after the execution.