23 June 2015: The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announced in their website the released of three (3) OFWs charged with murder for the past month.
The embassy facilitated the release of two male and one female OFWs in a span of thirty-three days. The male OFWs were convicted of killing fellow Filipino and the other a Saudi national. The female OFW for killing her own child upon delivery, according to the report.
The Philippine Embassy usually withheld the identities of Filipinos convicted of murders on the request of the OFWs family for personal and privacy reasons.
Talks between the two countries in terms of cases like murder conviction of their nationals are a very sensitive issue that needs diplomatic efforts.
Embassies around the world would make sure that diplomacy is being observed more particularly when murder cases of their nationals went through the appeals process.
The two male OFWs were repatriated to the Philippines on May 14 and June 17, 2015 respectively.
The female OFW was assisted in court by the Embassy-hired lawyer and received royal clemency prior to the completion of her sentence and implementation of lashes. The Embassy repatriated her to the Philippines on 11 June 2015.
The Saudi government grants pardon during the holy month of Ramadan to convicted offenders. The Philippine Embassy is now reviewing all OFWs in death rows and those with light offenses and come up a list for submission, requesting a royal prerogative clemency addressed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
The Philippine government through the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Philippine Consulate in Jeddah are exerting their best efforts to gain royal pardon in Ramadan after the families of the victim refused to accept blood money. – BongA