Thursday, November 1, 2018

Filipina saved from UAE death row to come home soon

Composite photo from CNN Philippines 

Manila, Philippines - Jennifer Dalquez, the Filipino Overseas Worker (OFW) in the United Arab Emirates who was saved from the death row, is finally coming back home.

The news was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, saying that Dalquez will be repatriated back to the Philippines.

Dalquez, was sentenced to death for allegedly killing her employer on December 4, 2014 was acquitted in June 19, 2017. She was declared innocent without having to pay the blood as she argued of self defense from an attempted rape.

According to Ambassador to Abu Dhabi Hjayceelyn Quintana, the authorities in UAE are coordinating with the Philippine Embassy for Dalquez's flight home on Thursday evening.

In February 2017, she appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to help her get back home to General Santos City.

In a statement sent through DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, the agency welcomed the news.

OFW group Migrante International also welcomed the good news, but they continue to hope other Filipinos on death row will win the same victory as Dalquez.

"As we laud our triumph, let us never lose sight of our fellow Filipinos who are still on death row and those thousands of other OFWs languishing in prison. The battle is not yet over. Mary Jane Veloso's life is still in limbo while millions upon millions of Filipinos likewise suffer government neglect, repression and persecution," the group said in a statement.

Reportedly, Veloso, is the lone Filipino on Indonesia’s death roll. She was arrested in 2010 at the airport of Indonesia after 2.6 kilograms of heroin were found in her luggage.

 Source: PNA, CNN Philippines