Former OFW seeks govt help after escaping death row

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A former migrant worker who escaped execution in Saudi Arabia has appealed for assistance from the government so he could start anew.

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Rodelio Celestino Lanuza appealed to Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also the Presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Concerns (OFWs).

“I would like to appeal to your kind heart and seek for any form of assistance in order for me to start anew,” Lanuza wrote Binay.

Lanuza arrived in Manila last September 19 after languishing in a Saudi jail for 13 years for the murder of a Saudi national.

He escaped the death sentence after his family, with the help of Saudi King Abdullah and the Philippine government, paid SAR 3 million or almost P35 million in blood money to the victim’s relatives.

Lanuza said after being released from the most traumatic point of his life, he is still in the process of getting his life back together.

“I’ve been incarcerated for 13 long years and right now I have no means to support myself financially,” he added.

Lanuza said he was having difficulty looking for job.

“I’ve tried numerous times to apply to any jobs available. However, the competition with the newly graduates and the professionals is quite high,” he said.

Lanuza said he preferred a job at Binay’s office.

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