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Bishop welcomes OFW on death row’s acquittal

Bishop welcomes OFW on death row’s acquittal
Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez. MIGRANTE

MANILA – A Catholic bishop was elated after a United Arab Emirates (UAE) court acquitted a Filipino migrant worker who was on death row.

Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the bishops’ migrants ministry, said sparing 30-year old Jennifer Dalquez from death row was a triumph for both truth and justice.

“Glory be to God for this good news. Our gratitude for the triumph of truth and justice as shown by government authorities of UAE. Life is saved,” he said.

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain on June 19 declared Dalquez innocent of killing her employer who tried to rape her in 2014.

Dalquez, however, will face five years in prison, less the number of days she spent in jail, for stealing a mobile phone.

The Bataan prelate added, “Let us continue to protect and promote life … and help and assist those who are still in prisons, that their rights are defended and mercy is served.”

He is also hoping that the government will learn from the OFW’s case, stressing that life is precious and should be respected.

“May our government officials learn the lessons that life should always be preserved, respected. And [that] they will reject the death penalty bill,” Santos said. CBCPNews