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31 March 2012

PNoy and Amir of Kuwait discuss OFWs in prison

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III (20...
President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed to the benevolence and kindness of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, for two overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) with death penalty cases in Kuwait.
During the courtesy call, the President thanked the Amir for the compassion he had shown in 2008 and 2009 when two OFWs previously in death row received a sentence commutation and a full pardon from the Amir. The President also discussed the case of two OFWs currently with death penalty cases.
In the first case, the Amir said that the commutation would be possible because the family of the victim had already given a tanazul or affidavit of forgiveness. In the second case, the Amir assured the President that he will look into the matter and that once the tanazul is secured, the pardon will be easier to grant.
As of December 2011, there are an estimated 146,505 OFWs residing and working in Kuwait.

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