The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday received support from Vice President Jejomar Binay who said the government is exhausting all efforts to help an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Indonesia.
“The Philippine government has taken the proper legal steps in accordance with Indonesian laws. We respect their laws and will pursue all legal remedies in accordance with Indonesian laws and judicial process,” Binay said in a statement.
The Foreign Affairs department already filed a request for judicial review to the District Court of Justice of Sleman, Yogyakarta.
According to reports from Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials, the OFW was arrested at Yogyakarta airport in April 2010 carrying 2.6 kilograms (5.73 pounds) of heroin on a flight from Malaysia.
Once the request for judicial review is approved, the scheduled execution date would be deferred, and could even possibly be commuted to life sentence.
Meanwhile, data from the Migrant Workers’ and Special Concerns Division of the Office of the Vice President show that as of September 12, 2014, there were 80 OFWs who are facing death-penalty cases around the world.
Majority of such cases are in Saudi Arabia, China and Malaysia.