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Bishop ‘deeply saddened’ over Saudi execution of Filipina helper

Bishop ‘deeply saddened’ over Saudi execution of Filipina helper

By CBCP News

January 31, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop said he was “deeply saddened” over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Filipina household service worker found guilty of murder.

“This is a very sad and tragic news, especially our own is involved,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Church’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

The bishop’s reaction came after the Department of Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday that Saudi authorities carried out the death penalty for the unnamed Filipina on Jan. 29.

It is regrettable, he said that legal assistance to the 39-year-old Filipina “was not enough”.

“Yet, assistance and help should still be extended to her kin,” said Santos.

“We commend to God her eternal rest, and we pray always for the safety and security of our overseas Filipino workers,” he added.

The DFA declined to identify the Filipina, saying her family requested privacy.

It said the Philippine Embassy “provided her with a lawyer to assist her in all stages of her trial, sent representatives to visit her, and provided her family in the Philippines with regular updates about her case.”

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