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Committee to raise funds to save OFW from beheading


12:42 AM February 19th, 2012

February 19th, 2012 12:42 AM

Dondon Lanuza. Photo from SAVE the LIFE of Dondon Celestino Lanuza Facebook account

An ad hoc committee to raise funds to save jailed overseas Filipino worker Dondon Lanuza from beheading was formed on Feb. 12.

Comprised of community advocates and business leaders from the United States and the Philippines, it is led by Loida Nicolas Lewis and Ambassador Antonio Villamor.

Lanuza, who was convicted 11 years ago of killing a Saudi national, needs to raise about P34 million in “blood money” in exchange for his life. Lanuza claimed he killed the man in self-defense.

So far, P6.6 million  has been raised from contributions from the government, the public and private donors.

Time is of the essence because by this month, it would have been a year since Lanuza has been granted forgiveness in exchange for blood money and if no significant amount is raised and received by the family of the aggrieved, Dondon might lose his chance at life and freedom, Lewis said.

“To save one life is of no less importance than to save thousands. To save Dondon is to show our concern for all our fellowmen, especially an overseas Filipino worker who goes abroad to help his family economically,”   Lewis added.

Donations are accepted (visit www.HelpDondon.com) by check within or outside the Philippines.

In the Philippines, donations are accepted at any Metrobank branch. Please make the check payable to the mother of Dondon Lanuza: “Letty Lanuza” (Metrobank Branch: Malolos McArthur Hi-way; Savings  Bank Account No. 575-3-57501112-9; For telegraphic transfer: Swift Code: MBTCPHMM).

Outside the Philippines: US Dollars by check should be made payable to and mailed to: “Loida Lewis FBO Dondon Lanuza” (P.O. BOX 1080 New York, NY 10028). Money remittance or wire transfer donations can also be sent to the account: Loida N. Lewis FBO Dondon Lanuza (Metrobank Branch: New York, Account No.: 16048420; Swift Code: MBTCUS33; ABA Routing #: 026002846).

Donations received  will be acknowledged and listed on www.helpdondon.com. For more information, please visit the website or contact  Lewis’ assistant Liza Soriano at 09473293274.

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