OFW in Saudi who escaped death row to return home-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A MALE overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was pardoned after being found guilty of killing his employer in Saudi Arabia will return to the Philippines on Thursday.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said Rodelio "Dondon" Lanuza will go straight to his home in Sampaloc, Manila upon arrival from Dammam, where he was jailed for 13 years.
Saudi Arabia's highest court meted Lanuza the death sentence in 2001 for killing his Saudi employer the year before. However, Lanuza said he committed the crime after his boss attempted to rape him.
He was pardoned after meeting the blood money (SAR 3 million or almost P35 million) demanded by the victim’s family.
The Philippine government and supporters of Lanuza raised the equivalent of SAR 700,000 while King Abdullah shouldered the remaining amount.
"We would like to again extend our thanks to the king of Saudi Arabia, to private groups, and to our Embassy for their effort," said Binay, who is also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)