OFWs on death row

Every time I hear the news on the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in China who are on death row over drug trafficking charges, I keep wondering why it is only now that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the high government officials are doing something about it. Why now and not a few weeks or months ago when there would have been enough time to appeal their cases?

Aside from the OFWs in China who are on death row, I am sure there are other OFWs rotting in jails in different parts of the world. I wonder if they are being given the assistance they need.

It just makes you wonder if the DFA officials are really doing their jobs. Or if they are, are they giving their best or waiting for the cameras to roll before they appear to be doing their best?!?