Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said he proposed the creation of a Blood Money Committee in 2012 to en- sure prompt government action on overseas Filipino worker (OFW) cases invol- ving the payment of blood money but Malacañang, according to him, did not act on his proposal.
Binay recently visited the family of OFW Joselito Zapanta, who was executed in Saudi Arabia on December 29 last year.
Zapanta was convicted for the murder of a Sudanese accountant over a rent dispute.
He was sentenced to death after the victim’s family refused to execute an Affidavit of Forgiveness or “tanazul” in exchange for “diyya” or blood money.
Blood money is a compensation under Shariah Law that is given to the family of a murder victim.
Should the family accept it, it will execute the “tanazul” so that the death penalty will not be carried out.
The Vice President handled concerns of OFWs when he was still part of the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
He left the President’s official family last year.