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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Owwa: No one has sought help for OFWs in death row

NOT a single family member of the three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Davao Region who are languishing on death row in foreign countries has so far sought the assistance of local government, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in Davao Region said.

Owwa Davao admitted it was unaware that three from the region are on death row.

It said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has neither contacted them on the matter.

"As of the moment, wala pang family members of the OFWs on death row ang pumunta dito upang humingi ng tulong," Owwa Davao welfare officer Carmelo T. Elaya told Sun.Star Davao.

Elaya said when it comes to police matters and imprisonment, the DFA will be the one to provide appropriate actions with the concerns of the three OFWs on death row.

One of the three OFWs from Davao Region is on death row in China for allegedly carrying illegal drugs, while the two others are facing death in Middle East for murder, the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions reported.

According to DFA, its office has already coordinated with Philippine embassy based in those countries.

The embassy has extended all the necessary assistance for the OFWs on death row.

The DFA has also assured that the office in coordination with other related government agencies are doing everything to protect the rights of the Filipinos who are accused or convicted over various crimes abroad.
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