• Binay meets with Pinoy freed from death row

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday met with an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was recently freed from death row in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

    In a statement, Binay said Dante Altizo was released after a Saudi Arabian charitable institution paid the “blood money” demanded by the heirs of the victim.

    Altizo, then 36, was sentenced to death by a KSA court for stabbing dead his roommate, a 27-year-old fellow OFW, after an argument in Al-Baha, about 400 kilometers from Jeddah.

    He admitted to the crime and served almost six years in prison, during which time he embraced Islam and took the name “Ibrahim.”

    In 2013, the charitable institution paid the “blood money” worth P4.8 million (400,000 Saudi riyals or $107,000) to be able to secure forgiveness from relatives of Altizo’s victim.

    Altizo arrived in Manila on Thursday (July 24) and immediately paid a courtesy visit to Binay.

    He thanked the Vice President, also the presidential adviser for OFW concerns, and the Department of Foreign Affairs for the assistance he received during the course of his case.

    Binay assured Altizo that he will receive benefits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Association and that he can avail of the government’s reintegration package for returning OFWs.

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