Gov’t racing to save OFW in Saudi jail

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The government is working overtime to raise P55 million in blood money in order to save the life of a Filipino overseas worker convicted for the murder with robbery of a Sudanese national in Saudi Arabia.

A document obtained by the Philippine Daily Inquirer showed that Joselito Zapanta has only until Nov. 14 to pay the blood money to the family of Saleh Imam Ibrahim, an accountant of his landlord, or face the death penalty handed down by a Saudi court in 2010.

Zapanta’s case is pending for review before the Supreme Judicial Council or Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court and is also with the Riyadh Governor’s Office for mediation.

According to the document, President Aquino has appealed for the life of Zapanta in a letter to His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Mr. Aquino’s letter to the Saudi King requesting for the postponement of the “qisas” sentence or death penalty imposed on Zapanta, was transmitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs last month from the Office of the President, the Inquirer learned.

On May 26, 2009, Zapanta killed Ibrahim with a hammer over a dispute about the OFW’s rent payment.

Zapanta also took the victim’s mobile phone and money worth SAR3,000 or approximately P32,000. Zapanta gave the phone to fellow overseas Filipino worker Karen Manalo, who had already served out her sentence for her participation in the crime.

Zapanta admitted to the crime but said he killed Ibrahim accidentally after he was beaten up for failing to pay his rent.

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  • dell reyes

    many OFW in Middle east will not see even the fraction of that millions.. they sweats in the desert.. shouted by there boss.. delayed their salary.. away wiht there family.. 55 million to a blooded hands is not worthied give it to hardworking man/woman who is clean and contributes to the society.. respect the lawin the country your in we are a poor country with little resources to spare..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    ANG GOBYERNO TAGASAGIP NG CRIMINAL PAPATAY SIYA TAPOS GOBYERNO MAG BABAYAD DI AKSIDENTE YUN” HINDI KATWIRAN YUN AKSIDENTE 55 MILLION LOTTO DAMI ISKUWATER SA PINAS BIGLANG YAMAN ANG PAMILYA NG SUDANESE MAMAYA SUNOD MAY PINOY NA NAMAN BIBITAYIN BLOOD MONEY 100 MILLION AABUSO MAGING ARAL SA KANILA YAN”

  • Isa_Ka_Pa

    hindi na nga nagbayad ng renta, nag-nakaw pa ng pera ! Bantayan maigi ang  P55 million in blood money bka ibulsa ng mga kawatan sa Labor at DFA !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1317873135 ‘Heidi MarreroGar-Leanu

    BAKIT si Dondon Lanuza, na ipinagtanggol lamang ang sariling buhay at dignidad, gang ngayong, more than 12 yrs. nang nakakulong dahil di mabuo ng pamilya nya  ang 35M na blood money, BULAG & BINGI ang gobyerno sa kanya??!!! UNFAIR NA GOBYERNONG AQUINO!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1317873135 ‘Heidi MarreroGar-Leanu

    Lina Cervantes_

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1317873135 ‘Heidi MarreroGar-Leanu

     
    From: Lina Cervantes _ Savings a Life,Mr.Pres.?? Tanong lang po. Napapansin
    lng na pag ang kaso ng OFW ay tungkol sa DRUGS, ang bilis nyong tumugon.
    Ang kasong PAGNANAKAW, ang bilis nyo ring tumulong. Bakit ang kasong
    PAGTATANGGOL SA SARILI & DIGNIDAD, HINDI kayo makakilos?? Ano ba
    talaga ang mahalaga sa inyo??? Maging FAIR sana kayo, Pres. Aquino…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    and you think the government will spend 55 million for someone who committed a crime? I don’t think so, 55 million can stretch a long way to support poor people.

    55 million is 5 million rials! the fact that the victim is a sudanese… something is brewing here and it doesn’t smell good.

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