Palace hopes for acquittal of OFW on UAE death row

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday expressed optimism that a Filipina migrant worker on the death row of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will secure acquittal, following the latest development on her case.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, assured that the Duterte administration is extending all necessary assistance to Jennifer Dalquez to spare her from death row.

“The Philippine government is doing everything to provide help for Ms. Dalquez. The Department of Foreign Affairs is in touch with her family and continues to facilitate legal assistance,” Abella said.

“Let us continue praying for the acquittal of Ms. Dalquez and her return to the Philippines, as we expect judgment to be rendered on May 24,” he added.

Dalquez, who left the Philippines in 2011 to work in Abu Dhabu, has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing her employer last December 7, 2014.

Dalquez claimed that she unwillingly fatally wounded her employer after he attempted to rape her with a knife pointed at her.

Al Ain Criminal Court convicted Dalquez of murdering her Emirati employer in May 2015, despite pleading that it was an act of self-defense.

Abella said the Philippine government’s prayers “have again been answered” after two sons of the victim failed to appear in court on Wednesday.

He also noted that the lawyer of Dalquez has requested for her acquittal, in view of the absence of two sons of her slain employer.

The verdict on Dalquez’s case will be issued on May 24.

In a statement released by Migrante International, Dalquez’s mother, Alicia, urged President Rodrigo Duterte to help her daughter.

“We are looking forward to his promise to OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) that he will do everything so they will be reunited with their families,” she said. (SunStar Philippines)
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