Deadline nears for OFW sentenced to death-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
EXPRESSING high hopes that a Filipino sentenced to death for murder in Saudi Arabia would be given another extension in paying his blood money, Vice President Jejomar asked the public to pray harder for the Saudi government to consider another possible extension.
Joselito Zapanta was sentenced to death for killing a Sudanese national in 2009. The said accused has been given an earlier extension but was not able to raise the much needed blood money that he needs to settle for the family of his victim.
The deadline for the settlement of the blood money is on November 3.
"It's already November and we still have to raise a big amount. We need to double our prayers for Joselito and his family," said Binay, who is also Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFW) Concerns.
Binay noted that unlike Rodelio "Dondon" Lanuza, an OFW who was recently freed from the death row, Zapanta is in a more difficult situation as the Saudi king has not shouldered the balance of the blood money.
Out of his SAR 4 million or about P45 million blood money, his family and the Philippine government were able to raise only SAR 520,831.
Meanwhile, Lanuza's blood money was SAR 3 million. The Philippine government and supporters of Lanuza paid SAR 700,000, while Saudi King Abdullah shouldered the remaining SAR 2.3 million.
"Our staff at the Philippine embassy in Saudi, together with the Sudanese embassy, are doing their best to save Joselito," Binay said.
"Let's hope he will be given an extension or his blood money will be lessened," he added. (Jun Sarmiento)