Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OFW spared from death row returns to PH

Raoul Esperas

FREE AT LAST. OFW Jonard Langamin is reunited with his parents upon arrival at NAIA Terminal 2 after serving 8 years in prison for killing a fellow OFW. His parents were accompanied by Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center. Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA –After being spared from the death sentence and serving eight years in prison, overseas Filipino worker Jonard Langamin is now reunited with his family in Manila.
Langamin, 32-years old, arrived Wednesday morning on board a Philippine Airlines flight PR 683 from Damman, Saudi Arabia.
Langamin was met at the airport by his parents Edith and Clemente Langamin who were accompanied by Susan Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center. His parents had not seen him for 10 years.
The Ople Center said the OFW was meted the death penalty by the Saudi Government in 2008 after being found guilty of killing fellow Pinoy Robertson Mendoza.
FREE AT LAST. OFW Jonard Langamin is reunited with his parents upon arrival at NAIA Terminal 2 after serving 8 years in prison for killing a fellow OFW. His parents were accompanied by Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center. Photo by Raoul Esperas
He was spared from beheadings in 2012 after the family of Mendoza signed a "tanazul" or affidavit of forgiveness.
Langamin extended his gratitude to all who personally assisted him in his case until he was pardoned.
Ople said Vice President Jejomar Binay helped process the financial assistance in raising the blood money, as required under the Sharia law.

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