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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government on Friday thanked the Saudi government for its decision to shoulder nearly P25 million in blood money for jailed Filipino worker Rodelio Celestino Lanuza, saying the act affirmed the strong ties between the two countries.

“On behalf of President Aquino, we would like to express our most sincere thanks to His Excellency King Abdullah for his gesture of kindness. This gesture once again affirms the strong ties of friendship and brotherhood between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said in a statement Friday.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that its government had made a directive for the payment of the balance of 2.3 million Saudi Riyals for handing over to the heirs of the victims of Lanuza, who had admitted to stabbing an Arab out of self-defense in June 2000 and was sentenced in 2002 to death by beheading.

In February 2011, the Philippine government and the Saudi Reconciliation Committee in Dammam helped him secure forgiveness from the offended family. The family required a diyya or compensation worth P35 million.

The embassy noted that the family had filed an appeal to the Saudi government after paying an initial 700,000 riyals (P7.6 million).

In his statement, Binay also apologized for being elusive and not readily answering questions regarding the state of Lanuza’s case for the past years, saying that the cases of Lanuza and other Filipinos’ on death row in Saudi were very sensitive.

“Itinuturing na sensitibo ang kaso ni Dondon at ng iba pang mga kababayan natin na nahaharap sa hatol na bitay sa Saudi Arabia, at anumang mga pagsisikap at pakikipag-usap sa pagitan ng inyong pamahalaan at nga mga awtoridad sa Saudi Arabia ay sadya naming hindi muna ipinahayag,” Binay said.
“Ito’y para na rin maiwasan ang anumang negatibong reaksyon mula sa kaanak ng biktima na maaaring makaapekto sa ating mga pagsisikap,” he added.

The embassy, in its announcement on Thursday, noted the Saudi Arabian government made the “royal goodwill gesture” as a result of coordination and cooperation between the Saudi Embassy in Manila and the Office of the Vice President.  Binay, is the presidential adviser for migrant workers’ affairs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in a separate statement on Friday, also expressed the government’s gratitude for the act, adding that the development was due to the “tireless effort and steadfast commitment of Filipinos working together.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said that Lanuza’s new lease on life was “due in no small part to the invaluable contribution and dedication of American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis, the person who led the private sector’s fundraising efforts.”

Del Rosario also expressed gratitude to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, led by Ambassador Ezzedin Tago, for the assistance for Lanuza throughout his incarceration and to the other individuals who donated various amounts to save Lanuza’s life.

The DFA had earlier said that the next step in the process would be to secure the Saudi court’s order for Lanuza’s release.

“This positive development is a result of the tireless effort and steadfast commitment of Filipinos working together. We hope that as soon as all legal procedures are completed, Mr. Lanuza will finally be reunited with his family,” Del Rosario said.


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Tags: blood money , Crime , OFW , Rodelio Celestino Lanuza , Saudi

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6JTJ6QTE4SI24K7KWOG2HJKGA Sandy

    IT JUST DOES NOT MAKE SENSE !!!!!! HERE YOU HAVE A FILIPINO WHO ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM A BRUTAL SAUDI AND YET WAS SCHEDULED TO DIE BY BEHEADING? NOW, THE WORST PART…I MEAN “WORST” WAS WHEN THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ACTED APOLOGETIC TO SAUDI ARABIA THANKING THEM FOR SPARING THE LIFE OF THE INNOCENT FILIPINO.  PWE!!!!!!  PWE!!!!!!…..SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT !!!! FILIPINOS ARE NOW CONSIDERED A BUNCH OF COWARDS WHO WILL NOT STAND UP TO ANYBODY ON ANYTHING…!!!!!!  COMPARED TO VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE WHO STAND UP TO FOREIGNERS, FILIPINOS ARE A LAUGHING STOCK IN THE WORLD.

    • kanoy

      SELF DEFENSE? NOT GUILTY? HOR$E$HIT
      CRAP>>>HERE YOU HAVE A FILIPINO WHO ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM A BRUTAL SAUDI

      LIKE THE 4 RICH FILIPINO WHO CHASED AND STABBED REPEATEDLY >IN THE BACK< THE US MAJOR,,,,,SO DID LANUZA STAB THIS MAN IN THE BACK…SELF DEFENSE=BEING ATTACKED,,,YOU CAN NOT REPEATEDLY STAB SOMEONE IN THE BACK THAT IS ATTACKING YOU,,,THEY ARE FACING YOU!!!!

      Rodelio Lanuza convicted of murder – On 11 August 2000, Lanuza was invited for a drinking spress by co-worer Qatani.  The drunken Qahtani allegedly tried to rape Lanuza at knife point.  Lanuza defended himself by fighting back and stabbing Qatani to death.  On 27 May 2002, the Dammam Grand Court sentenced Lanuza to death disregarding his allegation of self defense considering that the prosecution presented evidence that stab wounds were inflicted at the back of the victim.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXSMYDNWGVXJTSB7EDEJTLT75M CIACo.

        What’s your point?

      • kanoy

         THE POINT IS AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE..THIS QUOTE>>IT JUST DOES NOT MAKE SENSE !!!!!! HERE YOU HAVE A FILIPINO WHO ACTED IN
        SELF-DEFENSE TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM A BRUTAL SAUDI AND YET WAS SCHEDULED
        TO DIE BY BEHEADING?>>IS A LOT OF BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL TEA PARTY BULL$HIT!!! HE IS JUST ANOTHER FILIPINO MURDERER WHO SHOULD BE AS DEAD AS THE MAN HE KILLED….NOT MAKE AN ENTIRE NATION PAY FOR HIS CRIME…LIKE THEY DO THEIR POLITICIANS

      • To_Be_Continued

        you did not contribute one cent to his freedom so stop yakking. you are sofulofshit…

      • kanoy

         I WOULD CONTRIBUTE 1 BULLET TO HIS BACK STABBING LOW LIFE MURDEROUS HEAD BUT I LEAVE STUPID WHINING BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS PAY FOR HIS CRIME

      • To_Be_Continued

        just shut-d-fuckup…ok? you talk nothing butshit

      • kanoy

         FREE AMPATUAN SEND CHARLES MANSON TO RP

      • kanoy

         NEW OFFER,,JUST TO BE CERTAIN HE IS DEAD
         I WOULD CONTRIBUTE 2 BULLET TO HIS BACK STABBING LOW LIFE MURDEROUS
        HEAD BUT I LEAVE STUPID WHINING BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS PAY FOR HIS
        CRIME

    • kanoy

       FILIPINO ARE PICKED ON THEY ARE INNOCENT VICTIMS
      Edison Gonzales, Eduardo Arcilla, and Rolando Gonzales: They were part of the en masse arrest of 72 Filipino workers in April 2006. Their cases are being reviewed by the Tameez Court in Saudi Arabia .

      THE DEADLY FILIPINO OFW….BEWARE!!
      May Vecina detained since 10 January 2005 for the alleged murder of her Kuwait for allegedly killing the 6-year old son and attempted homicide to the 17-year old daughter and another son of her employer. The Kuwaiti Criminal Court found the accused guilty of murder and two counts of frustrated homicide and imposed a death sentence against the accused.  The Kuwaiti Appellate Court and the Court of Cassation recently upheld the death sentence on the accused.

      IF THEY CAN’T KILL A FOREIGNER THEY KILL EACH OTHER
      Brothers Rolando Gonzales and Edison Gonzales and Eduardo Arcilla were convicted for the crime of murder of the alleged killing of fellow Filipinos Romeo Lumbang, Jeremias Bucud and Dante Rivero, sentenced to death by beheading, while co-accused Joel Sinamban, Wilson ‘Omar’ Basilio, Victor Alfonso and Efren Dimaun of the same conviction, were sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment and 1,000 lashes each.

      All seven OFWs are from Pandacaqui, Mexico Pampanga and the victims are from Arayat, Pampanga.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Elusive ba o ngayon mo Lang natunugan to. E yung isa kaso na pumalag ng landlord. Monthly ang update mo dun

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

      All these while thousands face hunger and an uncertain future after Pablo.

  • kanoy

    whats the difference between a FILIPINO MURDERER and a FRENCH MURDERER?
    NOTHING…..IN GODS EYES!!

    they both will burn in the pits of hell for eternity

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YTZSRNHJQULHR5NE7FYOM56SSI pinoiako

       so easy for you to judge bro..

      • kanoy

         I AINT YOUR ”BRO” BECAUSE YOU AIN’T BLACK AND I DON’T CARE IF YOU GO TO GRADE SCHOOL IN THE RP OR SWEDEN…2+2=4

        THERE IS NOTHING TO ”JUDGE” OTHER THAN…..DID YOU LEARN THERE IS NO LAW ON EARTH THAT SAYS FILIPINO ARE FREE TO MURDER ALL OTHERS MUST ANSWER TO THE LAW OF THE LAND

        YOU CAN NOT REPEATEDLY STAB SOMEONE IN THE BACK LIKE A COWARD AND CLAIM SELF DEFENSE

      • To_Be_Continued

        malalaglag na turnilyo sa ulo mo. pakihigpitan lang please. pero kung lose thread na, hayaan mo nang malaglag…

      • kanoy

         FREE AMPATUAN FOR THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS,,,VOTE AMPATUAN TO SENATE

  • J David

    “due in no small part to the invaluable contribution and dedication of American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis, the person who led the private sector’s fundraising efforts.”

  • pepito gwaps

    Last year ata yon ay nakapagpautang ang gobyerno ng 1Billion sa ibang bansa. Siguro tumutubo na ngayon iyon. Pero kawawa naman itong sinasabing modern hero na nasa bingit na kamatayan ay nagkulang pa ng pang tubos. Maswerte na lang at naawa yong Saudi govt. at natulungang makumpleto yong blood money.

    • kanoy

       THEY TOSSED OUT THAT SELF DEFENSE LIE,,,,HE WAS STABBED JUST LIKE THE US MAJOR IN MAKATI…..IN THE BACK….IF YOU ARE FIGHTING SOMEONE ATTACKING YOU,,THEY GET STABBED IN CHEST STOMACH SIDE…ALL THE WOUNDS WHERE IN THE BACK…THATS WHY HE WAS FOUND GUILTY

  • ApoLapullapu

    Filipinos working in Muslim countries should beware.  Under their laws there are no justifying circumstances that exempts persons from criminal liability.  One who kills another for self-defense is still guilty of killing and must be punished by death. So in case of a misunderstanding, the parties must talk things over and settle the matter amicably. It is the only way that works.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKL2EZCWKX2XKUPTCHEFTV5HQ4 Romeo

    Use pagcor inteligence fund kung meron pa.

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

    25 million grabe ilan pamilya na matutulungan niyan sa pinas ipinalit sa isang criminal wala naman makukuwa pinas kundi sakit ng ulo dami nagugutom sa pinas sana ibinigay iyan sa tambay sino ba ito di ako mag aaksaya ng pera sa criminal baka sa pinas pa yan pumatay ng tao! nag maawa lang yan para masagip ang buhay niya! sabi ng china bobo pinas sa pag sagip ng criminal mas marami nanganga ilangan ng tulung libo libo! pilipino

    • malek_abdul

      Ang nalikom ng Pinas ay 7million pesos lang. Ang 25 Million ay donasyon ng Hari ng Saudi. Gratis yun mula sa Saudi para sa kabayan natin para hindi maputulan ng ulo dito sa Saudi.

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

        pinag aaksayahan ninyo ang mga criminal kaya pilipinas sunod sunod ang patayan dahil wala takot ang mga criminal pakain ng gobyerno pabahay at pakuryente patubig at may bantay pa gumagastos kayo sa mga kriminal wala naman kayo nakukuwa mga isang tambak na unggoy bitayin ang mga criminal ng mag karoon ng takot ang mga holdaper kaya mga pulis ay puro bobo cop kung sunod sunod ang holdap tularan ninyo si marcos sunod sunod din firing squad kaya nadisiplina tularan ninyo singapore binibitay criminal

    • To_Be_Continued

      criminal pala ang turing mo sa mga taong nagtatanggol sa pisikal na kaligtasan at tinangkaang gahasain ng kapwa lalaki. siguro nagahasa ka na ka ng kapwa mo lalaki  at nagpaubaya ka lang dahil takot kang lumaban kaya ganyan ang pananaw mo.

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

        pinag tanggol pala sarili ha! pero alam niya pag pumatay siya bitay siya sa saudi siya nag hanap ng kamatayan niya hindi mo dapat kinaawaan ang ganyan criminal parin siya! umaabuso yan ulit ulitin lang nila yan pinag tanggol pala niya sarili niya kaya ipag tanggol din niya mag isa wag siya mandamay! huwag siya mang hingi sa mga tao para makalusot siya sa kaso niya! libo libo pilipino tambay at wala hanap buhay! marami nagugutom

      • To_Be_Continued

        nagbigay ka ba kahit singko? wala ka naman ibinigay kahit isang pera pero magaling ka dumakdak. nilasing muna at nagdroga ang ininom niya. ikaw, kung lasing at nadroga ka maiisip mo pa ba ang bitay kung dangal at pwetan mo ang gusto mong ipagtanggol? masyado ka yatang magaling.

  • ManangOsang

    Maraming Salamat Loida Nicolas-Lewis for your effort as a private citizen. Your name was not even mentioned in the news to give you credit. Politicos are very good at epal moments. We private citizens are trying our best to put this kapal politicos to the garbage can. Binay is garbage.

  • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

    The plain & simple fact na nakapanglaban pa sya pwede sya tumakbo palayo sa would be rapist iwas, yan ang the best way to self defense takbo, run Lanusa run not to kill !!! Sa batas ng GOD  it’s ‘mortal sin’.



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