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By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People welcomed the acquittal of Filipina domestic helper Jennifer Dalquez saying it was a triumph of both truth and justice.

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“Glory be to God for this good news. Our gratitude for the triumph of truth and justice as shown by government authorities of the United Arab Emirates,” ECMI Chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said in an interview.

He said they are very thankful with the decision because a life has been saved.

The ECMI head expressed hope that the decision on Dalquez will serve as a lesson to the Philippine government especially on the need to value life.

“May our government officials learn the lessons that life should always be preserved, respected. And they will reject the death penalty bill,” Santos said.

“Let us continue to protect and promote life,” he added.

The prelate also urged the government to continue helping other Filipinos in prisons abroad.

“Help and assist those who are still in prisons, that their rights are defended and mercy is served,” Santos said.

On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that Dalquez had been saved from death row after the Court of Appeals in Al Ain acquitted her from the alleged crime of murder.

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