Do you have any relatives abroad? Are you excited to see them? Do you want to open a 'balikbayan' box together with them? We are all excited to see our loved ones who sacrifice and work hard in another country to give us a better life. But some of our fellow Filipinos abroad experienced impoverished life abroad.
Carlito Lana, 37 years old, was beheaded for murdering his employer in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). He shot Nasser Al-Gahtani, a Saudi national, and run over with his car in December 2010.
According to Lana's statement in the Court of Appeal of KSA, Al-Ghatani, who was his employer, was pressuring him to pray during Muslim prayer time. He shot Al-Ghatani, then he tried to escape using his employer's car. In his hurry, he ran over al-Ghatani's head. The Philippine Government, under Aquino's administration, tried to convince Al-Ghatani's son to accept the tanazul or the Affidavit of Forgiveness in exchange for blood money, but he refused it. Under Shariah law, the next of kin would decide whether to advise the court to implement the death sentence (qisas) or that the family is willing to forgive and spare the life of the convict in consideration of accepting blood money.
In the Muslim traditions, the remains of Lana were buried in the kingdom because he was a converted Muslim.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminded all the OFW to observe local laws of their local countries and to avoid involvement in criminal activities.
Joselito Zapanta, a Filipino construction worker in Jeddah, KSA, was sentenced to death for killing Imam Ibrahim, a Sudanese National, over a rental dispute in 2009. The DFA informed the public of the execution of Zapanta in the kingdom on December 29, 2015.
According to the news report, Zapanta was found guilty of murder with robbery by the Riyadh Grand Court in April 2010.
The family of Imam Ibrahim demanded SR5 million for blood money. The government failed to satisfy the million blood money for the victim's family in exchange for Zapanta's life.
Zapanta was also a converted Muslim. Zapanta's body was also buried immediately as part of the common practice of the Saudi government.
Jonard Langamin, a seafarer, was freed on death row in Saudi Arabia for killing a fellow Filipino, Robertson Mendoza. According to the DFA report, Langamin stabbed the victim to death in 2008. Langamin surrendered to the ship captain. He was turned over to the Saudi government in Dammam.
Langamin's family wrote an Affidavit of Forgiveness and raised blood money in exchange for Langamin's life. Mendoza's family signed the tanazul. He was saved from beheading when Judge Sheikh Ahmad Najmi Al Otaibe accepted the tanzul in Dammam High Court in 2012.
Langamin was able to return home to the Philippines on May 25, 2016.
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