PH seeking deadline extension for OFW’s blood money payment


Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is exerting all efforts to push back the deadline for the blood money payment of overseas Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta, which ends Tuesday, March 12, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Monday.

Binay, who is the presidential adviser for OFW concerns, said Philippine embassy officials in Jeddah have made appeals to Saudi authorities and to the family of the Sudanese national who was killed by Zapanta in 2009.

“In the past months, our embassy continues to look for ways to extend the deadline for paying the blood money and possibly to lower the amount,” Binay said during a press conference at the Coconut Palace.

He said he cannot divulge the steps they are taking as these are sensitive matter but he assured that the government is exhausting all possibilities to save Zapanta.

Binay also asked for prayers for Zapanta and his family, who left Saturday for Saudi Arabia.

Zapanta was given a reprieve of four months in November last year to raise the blood money.

The victim’s family also agreed to reduce his blood money from P55 million to P44 million after meeting with Saudi officials in Riyadh.

Both President Benigno Aquino III and Binay also appealed to Saudi King Abdullah for his intervention.

The Vice President has been asking the public to help raise funds for Zapanta in recent months.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Nothing else to do VP Binay?  How about jobs, real jobs for Filipinos so we don’t have to be a victim in foreign land? 
    Do you have a job creation plan for Filipinos?  Dont spend your freakin time to a one lost cause, spend your time thinking on how to create jobs for millions of unemployed Filipinos. Permanent full time jobs with benefits.
    Jobs, real jobs VP Binay. What are you going to do with all the money donated if it won’t make it on the deadline?
    You are trying to hoodwink us with your fake or stage humanitarian/campaign for your daughter. Its a hollow message from a VP.

  • RyanE

    Hmm.. the VP might be doing a good cause but I guess the better cause right now is in Sabah. If PNoy is still having a hard time thinking what to do, then the VP could lead and show PNoy the way.

    • billy gunner

      the problem is, aquino is not a thinking president. very sad indeed.

      • kumilos_tayo

        Do you think your also thinking wisely.. Look the president having a hard time to think between KIRAM, Malaysia and people of the Philippines so he decided not to support the KIRAMS and followers why? kasi po Mas inisip nya ang buong bansa  pati ang OFW lalo na sa Malaysia na madadamay kahit wlang kinalaman sa SABAH. Kasi po uli pag sumoporta po sya sa mga KIRAM eh buong bansa po damay magkakagera po tayo mahirap po pagnagkagera hindi mo alam kung san ka kukuha ng pagkain mo wala kang permanenteng tirahan at hindi ka makakatulog kasi iniisip mo yung kaligtasan ng pamilya mo.. Ang hirap kasi sa inyo pinaiiral nyo agad ang galit hindi nyo nakita ang consequences na ginawa ng mga KIRAM pilipinas sinisisi nyo ang gobyerno eh hindi naman sila ang gumawa ng gulo sa halip kinampihan nyo pa ang taong may kagagawan ng gulo.. Oo sabihin natin kanila ang SABAH pero pwede naman magkaroon ng peaceful na pag uusap hindi yun dinaan sa GULO at PATAYAN… Sana man lang kaibigan tumulong tayo sa gobyerno hindi rin dapat natin iaasa lahat sa kanila kung baga eh give and take yan…

      • billy gunner

        well, aquino is not a thinking president, that’s why.

      • kumilos_tayo

        Hindi mo naintindihan sinabi ko wag ka na lang sumagot..

  • deleonmarlon

    Kahit ano pang pa pogi gawin mo Binay, corrupt ka pa rin. Swapang.

  • Rafael De Guzman

    P55 or P44 M, this is very expensive useless life. Mr. Binay, why don’t you look for better things to spend this amount of money? There’s a lot of people who needs help in the Philippines. Let this guy pay alone and suffer of what he has done. Don’t waste your time in this non-sense case.

  • billy gunner

    at least binay is doing something unlike aquino.

  • Prouder than ever 2B Filipino

    thank you binay.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    vp binay has lots of moneys from 1000 ghost employees of makati.

    for 1000 ghost employess getting i.e. 10,000PhP, he has 120MPhP a year. plus his extorting condo units from developers plus his commissions from civil works and repairs and rentals and interest. he can pay for the full amount himself.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    sir ipabitay na ninyo yan ang mahal alam naman niya batas sa middle east pag punatay ka bitay ka talaga yan pera nayan ipag pagawa nalang ninyo ng bahay ng iskuwater sa maynila o kaya isa maliit na negosyo sa mahihirap marami na matutulungan yan wala tayo magagawa sila nag hanap ng kamatayan nila!

  • Genu


  • Dawn Dare

    If Aquino and Binay ever raise that blood money for convicted criminals, but turn a blind eye to the Sultan’s claims, impeach both. We don’t need idiots in the palace.

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