Malacañang yesterday extended its condolences to the bereaved family of a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker in Saudi Arabia who was executed after being found guilty of murder.
“We would like to express our condolences to the bereaved family of the OFW (overseas Filipino worker) who has been executed,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
Panelo noted that the government extended legal assistance to the OFW, whose case precluded the use of blood money under the Sharia Law or Islamic Law.
“We provided lawyers or a lawyer for her and we gave regular updates to the family. It’s just unfortunate that this particular case in Sharia Law does not apply where blood money can be a reason to stop the execution,” Panelo added.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato did not provide additional information on the Filipina’s identity as well as her murder case as requested by the family of the Filipina.
However, Ambassador Adnan Alonto said the Philippine Embassy had provided the Filipina with legal assistance to represent her in her trial and provided her family in the Philippines regular updates on her case.
Embassy representatives also visited her in Saudi jail.
The DFA also extended condolences to her bereaved family.
The Filipina’s execution is the second in two years after the death of Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017.
Pawa, who was executed by hanging, was buried the day after in Kuwait.
The DFA has yet to issue information whether the remains of the Filipina from Saudi Arabia will be repatriated soon.
With Cristina Lee-Pisco