Reward – A Sword


Reward – A Sword

Overseas Filipino workers should be aware that  in Saudi Arabia  it is not worth risking your life for just a one second  of  wrath.  Taking someone life means you pay your  own life too.



Yesterday another Filipino was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a Saudi national. OFW Jenifer Bidoya a.k.a. Venancio Ladion was executed in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which those convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery are executed in public with a sword.

There are number of Filipinos  in the death row awaiting to be beheaded due to a mere anger that leads them to kill others.

The Punisher Sword

The Punisher Sword

Though there are stories that could not be pointed out as murder but we should be aware that an ordinary neglect of duty could lead you to death penalty. The story of   a 19-year-old Sri Lankan girl is pleading for her life after a Saudi Arabian court sentenced her to death by beheading.  The court found Rizana Nafeek, 19, a maid who according to the authorities has no child care training was found with a dead 4 month old baby under her care.

Another Juvenile  charge offender  Dhahian Rakan al-Sibai’i  was sentenced to death in Taif  last year for a murder he was accused of committing when he was just 15 years old.

But many of them in Death Row were sentenced because of murder.

In early month of 2008 an  Indonesian housemaid has been beheaded by sword in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of killing her female employer. Yanti Sukardi was executed in the south-western province of Assir after she was found guilty of strangling her Saudi employer as she slept and stealing her jewelry.

It was the second execution announced in Saudi Arabia in 2008, after a year in which a record number of people were put to death. A total of 153 people were executed in 2007 in the kingdom, which applies a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.

A Canadian has been found guilty of murder in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to beheading. Mohamed Kohail, a 23-year-old Montrealer who has been living temporarily in Saudi Arabia, was convicted of killing an 18-year-old student in a schoolyard brawl in the city.

How many of them, fellow Filipinos are in Death Rows?

Our Government are doing their best to interfere the implementation of their death sentences. However this move could not be consider as assurance that the sentence will be commuted to life in prison or freedom. The only hope is the forgiveness  from the victims family that count most.

According to  Director General of Prisons Gen. Dr. Ali Al-Harthi in an interview with Arab News correspondent Mahmood Ahmad says; “I would like to increase awareness; that is to say, awareness among people not to let their anger lead them into killing others. It is not worth risking your life for one moment of blind fury. We must be patient and not allow the devil to drive us to murder.”  *** BongA


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  1. Saudi man killed by OFW from a conservative clan
    10/18/2008 | 12:47 PM

    MANILA, Philippines — The top Philippine diplomat in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday said the government had done everything to save Venancio Ladion’s life but the executed OFW’s Saudi victim came from a “very conservative” family that wanted only retribution.

    “Hindi nagpabaya, sa tingin ko, ang ating gobyerno … Pero ang alam ko, ang pamilya ng biktima ay galing sa isang conservative na pamilya (from what I know, the victim came from a very conservative family here and they are a big family belonging to several tribes,”
    Consul General Ezzedin Tago said in an interview with Vice President Noli De Castro that was broadcast over a radio station in Manila.

    Tago clarified that that there was confusion over the identity of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who he said was really Venancio Ladion, but who used the alias Jenifer Bidoya, not the other way around as earlier reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs

    He confirmed that Ladion, who was from Zamboanga Sibugay province in Mindanao, had a homosexual relationship with the Saudi man, whom he killed in the holy city of Makkah or Mecca on December 6, 2005.

    Answering questions by De Castro, Tago also confirmed that Ladion not only stabbed the Saudi man on the neck with a pen and strangled him with a shower cord, but also bit the man’s penis.

    “From what I heard, they had a relationship … at ayaw na ni Ladion (and Ladion had had enough), and that’s when he bit the man’s penis,” he said.

    Ladion reportedly hid after killing the man but was arrested ten days later by Saudi intelligence agents.

    Charged with murder, he was subsequently sentenced by the Grand Court of Jeddah to die by the sword. The sentence was affirmed by the Tameez Court (Court of Appeals) and later by the Supreme
    Judicial Council (Supreme Court) in April 21, 2008.

    While claiming that the Philippine government “did everything on all fronts,” Tago admitted that the consulate hired a lawyer to defend Ladion only when the case reached the Court of Appeals.

    In the lower court level, he said, Ladion was accompanied only by a translator.

    Tago said that in addition to hiring a lawyer to appeal the death sentence, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate General in Jeddah made representations and wrote appeal letters to key
    officials, including the emir of Makkah, the governor of Jeddah, and the minister of interior.

    Moreover, he said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wrote two letters to King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al-Saud on December 6, 2007 and on July 7, 2008 requesting clemency for Ladion.

    “On the family side, we tried to get their forgiveness or tanazul dahil ang mga murder case dito ay mayroon public at private rights (because here a murder case constitutes public and private rights).

    He said the victim’s family was “approached on different stages”but ” they insisted on their rights under Shariah law for retribution.”

    De Castro, who is also President Arroyo’s point man for OFW affairs, said he was told by DFA officials that the Saudi courts did not give much credence to the defense’s argument that the killing of the Saudi man was not intentional.

    He said that the courts repeatedly pointed to Ladion’s act of stabbing and straggling the victim after biting his penis as indefensible.

    De Castro said the case should also serve as a warning to OFWs in the Middle East to be careful because homosexual acts are strictly forbidden in the Middle East. – GMANews.TV

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