• Oman Sultan releases two Pinoy prisoners

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    Two convicted Filipinos in Oman received the royal pardon there in commemoration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

    In a statement, the department added that the Sultanate of Oman  informed the Philippine Embassy in Muscat that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said had issued a royal pardon to a number of prisoners convicted of different cases in commemoration of Eid Al Fitr Al Mubarak for the year 1436 Hijra and The Glorious Renaissance Day of July 23.

    Among those pardoned were two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were convicted and imprisoned for criminal offenses.

    The holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide  to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.

    It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, under which also falls the act of good deeds and good behavior toward the needy.

    Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso Castañeda expressed his appreciation of the royal pardon.

    He said this was a testament “to the continued and untiring effort of the embassy to address the issues of distressed OFWs in Muscat.”

    “The grant of the pardon to the convicted OFWs also shows the strong cooperation that the government of the Philippines through the Philippine Embassy in Muscat maintains with the Sultanate,” Castañeda added.

    The embassy is coordinating with Omani authorities for early repatriation of the pardoned OFWs.

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