The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday welcomed the release from prison of an overseas Filipina worker who was sentenced to death in 2015 for the murder of her employer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Philippine Ambassador to Abu Dhabi Hjayceelyn Quintana informed the DFA that UAE authorities are coordinating with the Philippine Embassy for Jennifer Dalquez’s flight home scheduled Nov. 1.
A native of General Santos City, Jennifer was sentenced to death in 2015 after she was found guilty of murdering her employer. She was later acquitted after the Philippine Embassy appealed her case.
Meanwhile, DFA yesterday expressed its gratitude to Saudi Arabia after Riyadh agreed to Manila’s request to take temporary custody of 19 Filipinas who were arrested during a raid at a Halloween party there five days ago.
“We thank our Saudi friends for agreeing to release our people to the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said shortly after he was informed that the 19 women have been turned over to Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan V. Alonto.
“This gesture is very much appreciated,” Locsin said.
The 19 women who were initially detained at the Al Nizah Jail in Malaz, Riyadh, were turned over to Alonto at 1:20 p.m. Riyadh time (6:20 p.m. in Manila).
The Ambassador said Saudi authorities will decide what charges to file against the 19 women once they conclude their investigation of the case.
Yesterday, the DFA alson sent a consular team to Saipan to assist overseas Filipino workers in the Northern Marianas who were displaced after Typhoon Rosita swept across the islands this week.
A two-man team from the Philippine Consulate General in Agana travelled to Saipan to extend relief assistance to affected OFWs.
De Borja said some Filipinos were reported to have lost their houses in the typhoon and have limited access to food and water.