Kapampangans pray for OFW on death row-A A +A
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Even as the P1.5-million donation pooled by the Provincial Government for blood money to save Kapampangan overseas Filipino (OFW) worker Joselito Zapanta that he would be given an extension or pardon from death row.
Zapanta’s four-month reprieve reportedly expires today, Tuesday, and the Saudi Arabian Court is expected to carry out the death sentence meted on the native of Bacolor when he allegedly killed his foreigner landlord.
Some P40-million in blood money has been demanded for his release.
On Monday, after talking with Governor Lilia Pineda over the phone, Provincial Information officer Joel Mapiles disclosed that the P1.5 million in donations from Pampanga mayors and the private sector has been sent to the account of Zapanta’s mother, who is already in Saudi Arabia to see to her son’s fate.
“We do not know how he (Zapanta) was able to call Governor Pineda by phone from Saudi. Our governor said that Joselito requested that the P1.5 million be coursed through his mother’s account, which has already been done on Monday as we speak,” Mapiles told Sun.Star Pampanga.
He added that the amount may not be enough, but at least would be of help.
“Maliit lang iyun pero sana makatulong. In any case, Capitol is open for anyone who wishes to help Zapanta. The governor is asking Kapampangans to join her in praying and hoping for a miracle for our kabalen,” Mapiles said.
Recently, Pineda earmarked some P350,000 donated by Capitol employees as educational trust fund for the children of Zapanta.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 12, 2013.