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Affidavit of Forgiveness signed for OFW in Saudi death row

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Rodelio Celestino Lanuza

MANILA, Philippines – The Affidavit of Forgiveness for the Filipino overseas worker in Saudi Death Row has been formally signed paving the way for his deportation.

“The Saudi Reconciliation Committee (SRC), conveyed to us that the heir of the Saudi family had finally signed the Tanazul or Affidavit of Forgiveness in favor of Rodelio ‘Dondon’ Lanuza,” John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-MENA coordinator and spokesman for the Lanuza family, said in a statement released recently.

Lanuza will then be released from jail and be deported back to the Philippines after the Affidavit of Forgiveness has been processed, the statement said.

“The Lanuza family and his relatives, supporters, and fellow OFWs, are hoping that Dondon will be released after Ramadan or during Eid al Fitr,” Monterona said.

Lanuza was jailed for killing a Saudi national, Mohammad bin Said Al-Qathani, in self-defense in 2000.

Last March 27, the Philippine government paid 700,000 Saudi Riyals, equivalent to P7.6 million, to a Saudi court as part of the blood money for Lanuza’s release.

The Saudi government decided to shoulder the 2.3 million Saudi Riyals of the total 3 million Saudi Riyals after negotiations with Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).


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  • kanoy

    THIS SHOULD REALLY DO WONDERS FOR THE TOURISM TRADE KNOWING HOW THE PHILIPPINES COVETS MURDERERS AND NOW WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER ONE WALKING THE STREETS FREE TO KILL AGAIN—WONDERFUL TO KNOW WE HAVE BINAY TO THANK FOR THIS COME ELECTION DAY

  • vaporub123

    ang forgiveness ay walang kapalit na halaga.sad to say bribe o blood money ang kapalit ng kalayaan ni ofw lanuza.

    • batangpaslit

      I agree…

  • pentamaster

    if it truly was self defense. why not save our fellow? we dont know the whole story anyway. but one thing for sure. we are treated as 2nd class human being in that country. i have heard lots of sad pinoy stories in that sand of hell. sana aasenso na pinas pra di na tayu mag papaalipin sa arabotang ina.

    • batangpaslit

      hindi upfront si Dondon Lanuza from the start in his story.
      sabi nia lang noon, early 2000, basta lang daw sia ikinulong sa maling bintang. at nagmamakaawa na padalhan sia ng pera para sa enrolment ng mga anak nia. his wife is also an OFW. his bank account and that of his wife’s bank account were given.
      nang nagkapalitan kami ng mga eMails with his first cousin and fellow expats in the Middle East, my international lawyer that is willing to assist him request for a full story. kung naka patay naman sia is immaterial. what the lawyer needs is the truth so that he could prepare his defense properly.
      pero nang sumagot si Dondon, ganun pa rin ang sagot nia—-his appeal to send his children studying in Manila money for their schooling and subsistence.
      one of the OFW community leader in the Middle East sent Dondon an eMail to comply with the request of the lawyer to prepare his defense. but he did not respond positively.
      kaya na delay ang pag asikaso kay Dondon ay dahil sia rin ang dahilan.
      he confirmed he turned Moslem. sinagot ko sia, eh, Moslem ka na pala, so bakit sa non-Moslem ikaw humihingi ng tulong?
      sumagot sia giving his bank account in Manila para sa anak nia. sagot ko naman, your wife is an OFW too, why would you burden others when you also have the financial means.
      mahirap ang maging OFW…

      • tilney

        Tumigil ka na .Tiklop mo yan mga salita mo.Hindi ko alam kung OFW ka..Wala ka naman naitulong na isa kusing kaya wala ka karapatan magsalita..Hindi mo alam kung ano talaga nangyari kaya pwede ba tumigik..isa ka sa mga Pinoy na mahusay mamuna pero wala nman naitulong.. Ikaw yon isa sa mga LINTA.

      • batangpaslit

        oh…ikaw pala ang isa sa mga humihingi ng pera sa mga kababayan mo na hindi napagbigyan
        hehehe…
        kawawa ka naman
        nang nagsulat ka nang salitang linta, nasa harapan mo ang salamin, diba?
        so, nakita mo ang LINTA
        hihihi…
        wala kang alam Tsong, kung paano ako tumulong sa simula pa lang. gumastos ako para sa international lawyer….hahaha

      • Mark

        No choice sya kaya nag pa convert sya. Mas nabibigyan ng pabor ang mga muslim sa KSA, kaya no choice sya. Anyway, baka sa Saudi lang sya muslim, pag uwi na nya dito sa Pinas balik ulit sya sa dati.

      • batangpaslit

        I will take your word, Mark, that he has no choice. yes, I am familiar with what you said for I know many who “converted” to be Moslem for convenience.

    • kanoy

      SELF DEFENSE MY AS$!! COLD BLOODED MURDER

      “If the full facts of the case is brought out by his mother to the press, the danger of withdrawal of pardon is very real and his sentence of beheading may be restored,”

      Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza, 37, has been accused and convicted of the killing in 2000.
      She states: “Dondon Lanuza does not deserve a death sentence (by beheading). He is an overseas worker in jail in Saudi Arabia unjustly. We Filipinos have to help him because he is our son, our brother, our cousin.”

      OUR PRISONS ARE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH OUR MURDEROUS FATHERS MOTHERS SISTERS BROTHERS AND COUSINS—SHOULD WE HELP ALL OF THEM TOO? GREAT LETS START BY FREEING AMPATUAN AND HIS CREW!!

      • pentamaster

        kanoy, arabo kaba? arabuhok yung pinatay nya. kasi gustong syang gahasain.

      • kanoy

        SHE? SHE IS A HE—SO HE KILLED HIM BECAUSE HE TRIED TO RAPE HIM???? SO DONDON IS A GAY? WHO THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE RAPED? THATS YOUR OPINION? NO I AM NOT ARAB I AM BLACK KANO

  • Commentator

    This act of compassion will not happen to China who thinks their justice system is perfect. That is why you hear only the small people who are killed there, not the mastermind, who could be a top ranking politburo.

    • kanoy

      there is no justice system that is perfect but there are some far better than others–justice was meant to help curb crime not end it—china-usa-most of eu and the uk have systems far better than the 1 easily bought judge system of the philippines–at least you know that if you want to traffic your poisons you will pay with your life–32 of the 50 us states use capital punishment—countries that pamper criminals deserve the consequences

      • Commentator

        US has a free media which gives protection to the weak people not like China which is a party dictatorship.



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