Feb. 1, 2013 RIYADH: The unexpected visit of H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago to Manila a few days ago means a lot to me when I found out the he is currently in our country. A month ago, I was able to chat to one of his closed staff that a positive talked between the diplomatic mission, the DFA and MOFA and the Philippine and Saudi government in general was underway regarding the status of Rodelio Lanuza’s case. It is however a very sensitive issue that my embassy friend refused to divulged more about the recent development of the case.
Last Thursday, His Royal Highness Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulzaiz Al Saud agreed to pay the P24.9 million balance in “blood money” asked by the victim’s heirs.
Rodelio Lanuza was sentenced to death by beheading for killing Mohammad bin Said Al-Qathani in self defense 12 years ago. He was finally forgiven by the victim’s family in February 2011. The Saudi King pay the 24.9 million as additional to the money earlier paid by the Lanuza family.
The almost 1 million Overseas Filipinos in Saudi Arabia wants to convey our heartfelt thanks to His Royal Highness the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for sparing the life of our fellow OFW Dondon Lanuza.
Our thanks also to the following personalities who in one way or the other help to prevent the execution of our brother Dondon; To H.E. President Noynoy Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor, DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Filipina Tycoon – Loida Nicolas-Lewis, H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago and to all Filipino Community organizations in Saudi Arabia and OFWs around the globe – Maraming Salamat po sa inyong lahat! – BongA