Saudi executes OFW

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday confirmed the execution of a Filipino Overseas Worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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The DFA said Joven Esteva was convicted of murder in 2007 for killing his Saudi employer and injuring his employer’s son.

“We have provided Mr. Esteva all necessary and appropriate legal and consular assistance, including providing a lawyer, since his arrest in 2007,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement.

“Regrettably, despite efforts of the Philippine government, [the]family of the victim refused to grant forgiveness,” he added.

The DFA also said 25 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from strife-torn Syria will arrive today, bringing the total number of repatriated Filipinos to 5,604. Of this number, 2,560 were repatriated through Lebanon.

The Philippine Embassy in Damascus continues to coordinate with the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates for the issuance of exit visas for OFWs who are currently sheltered at the halfway quarters.

The embassy urged relatives of Filipinos in Syria to provide information on their family member’s whereabouts so that immediate assistance can be extended to them.

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