OFW IN DEATH ROW ACTED
IN SELF-DEFENSE ACT
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay believed the overseas Filipino worker sentenced to death in the Middle East for killing her employer only tried to protect herself.
“Personally, speaking as a lawyer and upon initial appreciation of the facts as reported by the Philippine Embassy, it does look like Jennifer’s actions were justified,” he said.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jennifer Dalquez was sentenced to death on May 20 by the Al Ain Court of First Instance in Abu Dhabi for killing her Emirati employer.
Dalquez’ family however said Jennifer was only defending herself after her employer tried to rape her.
Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, declined to provide further details on the case saying there are still legal remedies the government will pursue. However, he said he hopes Dalquez’ sentence will be overturned.
“Trial court pa lang ‘yon. So may apela pa. Mahaba pa ang prosesong ‘yon. Pero nandiyan na ‘yong gobyerno natin at tutulong in the appeal,” the Vice President said.
Binay vowed to provide every possible means of assistance to Dalquez and her family, adding the help extended to Dalquez is the same being extended to all OFWs on death row.
“’Yong kay [Mary Jane] Veloso, ang gobyerno [natin ay] kumuha ng abogado para sa kanya. Binayarannatin ‘yon ng $30,000,” he said. /MP