After Zapanta’s death, Palace calls on Filipinos to follow int’l laws
Malacañang on Tuesday called on Filipinos all over the world to abide by the laws of other countries, following the execution of overseas Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta in Saudi Arabia.
“We call on all Filipino nationals to abide by the laws of their countries of work and residence,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma.
Zapanta was executed on Tuesday for the murder of his Sudanese landlord over rent. The victim’s family refused to execute an Affidavit of Forgiveness in exchange for blood money.
The family previously demanded P48 million, but only P23 million was raised for Zapanta.
Coloma noted that Zapanta’s execution “could not be forestalled under the laws of Saudi Arabia” despite the Philippine government’s efforts.
“The government extends its sympathy and condolences to the family of Joselito Lidasan Zapanta. Despite efforts to preserve his life, appeals for compassion and forgiveness were unheeded and his execution could not be forestalled further under the laws of Saudi Arabia,” Coloma said.
“Government will continue to extend all the necessary support and assistance to our citizens working or residing abroad, through our diplomatic posts,” he added.
Zapanta was survived by his father, mother, sister, and two children. TVJ
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