PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 35/45/99
26 October 1999
Further information on EXTRA 64/99 (ASA 35/15/99, 24 May 1999) and follow-ups
(ASA 35/16/99, 27 May 1999, ASA 35/24/99, 28 June 1999, ASA 35/29/99, 23 July
1999 and ASA 35/43/99, 15 October 1999) - Imminent execution
PHILIPPINESPablito Andan, aged 27, tricycle driver
Pablito Andan was executed by lethal injection on 26 October 1999 at 3pm local
time. The execution went ahead despite last-minute appeals for a reprieve by
Pablito Andan’s children, lawyers and the Catholic Church. The Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has renewed its appeals for an end to
the death penalty.
In a statement the CBCP said: “We hope our President will finally listen to
our call to stop the cycle of violence and vengeance in our city. Killing Pablito
Andan and the other people on death row diminishes all of us and is a sign
of growing disrespect for human life”.
Amnesty International is dismayed that the execution went ahead despite concerns
that Pablito Andan had been tortured to coerce him to confess. To the
organization’s knowledge, despite making repeated requests to the Philippine
authorities, no investigation has ever been conducted into these allegations.
This marks a breach of the Philippines’ obligations under the UN Convention
Pablito Andan was originally due to be executed on 28 May 1999 but had been
granted three separate stays of execution. He is the sixth person to die since
the country resumed executions this year for the first time since 1976. Well
over 1,000 other prisoners are on death row.
Pablito Andan, a former cycle-taxi driver, was convicted and sentenced to death
for rape and murder in August 1994.
No further action is required from the Urgent Action network. Many thanks to
all those who sent appeals.