Farmer Sentenced to Death for Killing Two Filipino Tourists
BEIJING- Wang Gongzuo, a farmer from Jiangsu Province, chose to show his discontent with the Chinese government by stabbing two Filipino tourists to death and injuring a third in April 2005. Wang was charged with intentional homicide and sentenced to death by the Beijing court system.
According to reports from the Chinese News Agency and the New Times, Wang is a 25-year-old farmer from Jiangsu Province. On April 19, 2005, he carried a knife with him to the grass lawn east of Tiananmen Square where he spotted 49-year-old Filipino tourist Emmanuel Madrigal, his wife and their 18-year-old daughter. Wang caught up with them and stabbed the three tourists in the chest. Madrigal and his daughter died from excessive blood loss. Madrigal’s wife was severely injured, including a puncture to the left lobe of her liver.
On September 29, 2005, the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court announced their verdict of guilty and sentenced Wang to death. According to the report, the Minister of the Philippine Embassy in China and three secretaries were present to audit the case.