Pardoned OFW returns home


HOME SWEET HOME After languishing in jail for years in Saudi Arabia, pardoned overseas Filipino worker Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza finally arrives home Thursday. Video by’s Matikas Santos



MANILA, Philippines – Pardoned overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza finally arrived back in the Philippines after his many years in death row in Saudi Arabia.

Rodelio Celestino Lanuza. FILE PHOTO

Lanuza was previously sentenced to death in 2001 for killing a Saudi man. He was freed after the Philippine government, with the help of the King Abdullah of Saudi, paid for the 3 million Saudi Riyal blood money to the family of the victim.

King Abdullah shelled out 2.3 million Saudi Riyal of the blood money while the Philippine government and supporters of Lanuza raised the remaining 700,000 Saudi Riyal.

He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1 aboard Etihad Airlines flight EY427 at 3:05 p.m. Thursday from Abu Dhabi.

He, along with his family who was with him, was initially led to a lounge after arriving where he was interviewed by the media.

Past 4 p.m he was led out of the terminal and into a waiting van of ABS-CBN. He did not give any statement to members of the media who were waiting outside the baggage claim area.


Pardoned Lanuza flying home a free man

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  • rene

    bakit di siya sinalubong ni nog? nahiya ba?

  • bonford

    sarap kumain ng baboy nyan………..

  • Hunter421

    Only in the Philippines does a convicted murderer get a hero’s welcome.

  • Vertumnus

    He was convicted of murder! Why is he getting all this attention? This is what’s wrong with Filipinos. They have a tendency to make heroes out of criminals.

  • arvid aluran

    ungrateful individual. not even a word of thank you or answered any question from the media. dapat ibalik yan sa kulungan

  • the observer

    3 million sar di kayang kitain yan sa Saudi kahit ilang taon ka pa doon.

  • the observer

    pag pumatay ka matutulungan ka ng 3 Million SR . pero pag tumakas ka dahil sa inabuso ka ng amo . Magkano kaya ang maitutulong ng gobyerno ?????

  • general kenobi

    di man lang nag bitaw ng salita ng pasasalamat sa mga nag ambag para malasap nya ang hangin ng kalayaan…gayun pa man..salamat at nakabalik ka na sa piling ng iyong mga mahal sa buhay…sana maging kasing palad mo din ang marami pang ibang kababayan natin na nakakulong sa iba’t ibang panig ng daigdig.

  • andrewassme

    The REAL HEROES are the OFWs…not this criminal. He doesn’t deserve such an elation of his return from incarceration abroad. Besides, he owes us tax money spent for his release.

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