MALACAÑANG on Thursday, January 31, offered its condolences to the family of a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker who was executed in Saudia Arabia after being found guilty of murder.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo guaranteed that the Philippine government would provide assistance to the family of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, January 29.

“I would like to express our condolences to the bereaved family of the OFW who has been executed. Our government extended help to this Filipino,” Panelo said in a press conference with Palace reporters.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expressed regret for failure to save the life of the Filipina, whose name was kept anonymous upon the family’s request.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto said the DFA was unable to save the life of the unnamed Filipina after the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case as one in which blood money does not apply under Sharia or Islamic law.

Panelo said it was “unfortunate” that the Filipina was not spared from execution because of her case.

“It’s just unfortunate that this particular case, the Sharia law does not apply where blood money can be a reason to stop the execution,” he said.

“So we condole with the family. But we tried, the DFA tried very hard to help,” the Palace official added

Source: (SunStar Philippines)

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