Gov’t urged to intensify appeal for clemency of OFWs who are on death row » Manila Bulletin News

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By Samuel P. Medenilla

Following the decision of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) court to acquit Jennifer Dalquez on Monday, Migrante International has called on the government to also intensify its appeal for the clemency of other overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are on death row abroad.

“We would like to call on President (Rodrigo) Duterte and DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) to push for the clemency of other OFWs, who are facing a death sentence,” Migrante International spokesperson Arman Hernando said in a phone interview.

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“We stand resolute to continue with the fight to save all Filipinos on death row,” he added.

Migrante made the appeal after DFA reported that the UAE court has already declared Dalquez innocent in killing her employer in 2014 for allegedly attempting to rape her.

While she is no longer in death row, Dalquez was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone.

“We are very happy with the outcome of the case. We could like to commend the government for its efforts in assisting Dalquez,” Hernando said.

The migrant advocate group, however, urged government to review and improve its protocols in providing legal aid since it took more than two years before there was any breakthrough in Dalquez’s case.

“It was only after there was public clamor that the government really focused on Dalquez’s case,” Hernando lamented.

He said they are planning to hold a thanksgiving celebration with the family of Dalquez in General Santos after Ramadan to show their appreciation to the people who helped in her case.

“On behalf of the Dalquez family, we thank all supporters, migrants advocates and human rights defenders in the “Save Jennifer Dalquez” campaign,” Hernando said.

Based from Migrante’s data, there are currently 69 other OFWs abroad, who are on death row.

Hernando said most of the said OFWs are victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking in Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Two of the said cases — those of Mary Jane Veloso and Rose Dacanay Policarpio — are being actively monitored by Migrante.

Veloso is on death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking, while Policarpio was meted with a death sentence for allegedly murdering her employer in KSA.

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