Filipino migrants group welcomes suspension of doomed OFW’s execution

A Filipino migrants’ rights group in the Middle East welcomed the suspension of execution of an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia.

John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, said “We warmly welcome the decision by the Saudi authorities to suspend the execution of OFW on-death-row Joselito Zapanta.

The suspension will certainly bring ease to the worried Zapanta family, while this will give the PH govt. the time and realization of the need to intensify its efforts to save the life of not only OFW Zapanta but as well as the other OFWs in Saudi death row. As to our latest count, there are still 6 of them on death row and a number awaiting final court ruling.”

“We reiterate our call to the Aquino administration to form a high-level team of diplomats who will be sent to Saudi Arabia to once and for all look into the individual cases and status of OFWs on death row including of OFW Zapanta, so that they can come up legal actions and strategies to concretize it’s efforts saving the lives our doomed fellow OFWs who were, firstly victims of forced migration.”

The group urged fellow OFWs to keep on praying and contribute in any way, small or big, to save the lives of fellow OFWs in Saudi death row.


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