China executes Filipina drug trafficker: Philippine govt

China put to death a Filipina drug trafficker Wednesday, the Philippine foreign department said, after Beijing ignored Manila's request to spare her life.

"It is with profound sadness that we confirm that our Filipina (compatriot) was executed in China this morning," foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez told a news conference.

He declined to disclose the woman's identity, saying the government was honouring a request by her family.

The woman was arrested along with her male cousin for heroin smuggling in 2011 and both were sentenced to death, but the man won a two-year reprieve according to the Philippine government.