No mediation yet for 3 OFWs facing death in Saudi—Palace
MANILA, Philippines – The government will not intercede yet for three Filipinos facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia pending final resolution by the court, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday.
But in the meantime, Edwin Lacierda pointed out that the Department of Foreign Affairs was in touch with the family of the victim in an effort “to obtain forgiveness by way of blood money.”
Victorino Gaspar, Jr., Paul Miquibas, and Edgardo Genetiano were convicted by a Saudi Court for robbing and killing another Filipino worker in Jeddah.
Lacierda explained that the death penalty was promulgated by the committee of five judges and has just been elevated before the court of appeals.
“I understand from the Department of Foreign Affairs that it will take approximately three months for them to decide and after that, if we have an adverse decision against the three Filipinos, the Saudi lawyer who is representing the 3 Filipinos will elevate the case before the Supreme Court,” he said.
“In the meantime, the DFA is in touch with the family of the victim in an effort to obtain forgiveness by way of blood money so right now medyo malayo pa [it’s still far] so we’re hoping that the DFA is still doing all its best to communicate with the family of the victim. So it will take sometime,” he said.