PH embassy seeks royal pardon for Filipino prisoners in Thailand – DFA

PHILIPPINE embassy officials in Bangkok recently submitted a petition to the Royal Thai government for the grant of royal pardon to 15 Filipino nationals currently serving prison sentences in various Thai prisons, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

DFA said the petition particularly stated the cases  of those Filipino nationals with the oldest cases and the longest prison sentences, including two who had been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

Some of the prisoners included in the petition informed the Embassy that they were already interviewed by prison authorities.  The interview is part of the Thai prison system’s internal processes for determining whether an inmate is eligible for Royal pardon.

The Embassy continues to provide assistance to all the Filipino inmates by arranging jail visits to them by concerned members of the Filipino community in Thailand.

Meanwhile, embassy officials led by Vice Consul Randy Arquiza and members of the Philippine Ladies Group Foundation (PLGF) led by its President, Mrs. Daisy Mendiola, visited the 24 Filipino female inmates at the Bangkok Central Women Correctional Institution on February 16.

The visit was part of the Embassy’s program of regularly visiting Filipino prisoners in various Thai prisons, with the support of members of the Filipino community that have volunteered to share a little of their time and resources to the prisoners.

During the visit, the PLGF members served lunch for the Filipina inmates, with PLGF member Mrs. Zenaida Vannaying graciously providing the lunch.

Embassy officials and the PLGF members also talked to the female inmates, taking special note of the latter’s requests for some basic necessities such as toothbrush, postage stamps, and writing pads.

The female inmates were very happy with the visit. They were especially touched by the kindness of the PLGF ladies who provided them meals, according to the DFA statement.

The PLGF is a non-political, non-governmental, non-profit association of Filipino women residing in Thailand.  It aims to support and participate in humanitarian activities and to promote the good image of the Philippines abroad.

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