Drug convicts executed in Indonesia, Filipina not among them: media

CILACAP, Indonesia - Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad early on Wednesday but a Filipina who was on death row with the Australians, Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian was unexpectedly not among them, local media reports said. | Video

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