Pinoys told to pray harder to save OFW in death row

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VICE President Jejomar Binay on Friday asked the public to pray harder to save a Filipino who is scheduled to be executed in Saudi Arabia.

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Binay, Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns, said Filipinos should pray unceasingly that Joselito Zapanta would be given another extension in paying his blood money.

“It’s already November and we still have to raise a big amount. We need to double our prayers for Joselito and his family,” he said.

Binay noted that unlike Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza, an OFW who was recently freed from the death row, Zapanta is in a more difficult situation as the Saudi king has not shouldered the balance of the blood money.

Zapanta was sentenced to death for killing a Sudanese national in 2009.

Out of his SAR 4 million or about P45 million blood money, his family and the Philippine government were able to raise only SAR 520,831.

The deadline for the settlement of the blood money is on November 3.

Meanwhile, Lanuza’s blood money was SAR 3 million.

The Philippine government and supporters of Lanuza paid SAR 700,000, while Saudi King Abdullah shouldered the remaining SAR 2.3 million.

“Our staff at the Philippine embassy in Saudi, together with the Sudanese embassy, are doing their best to save Joselito,” Binay said.

“Let’s hope he will be given an extension or his blood money will be lessened,” he added.

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