A criminal court in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates has deferred the execution of a Filipina househelper who was convicted for killing her male employer in 2015, reports said.
A report on Khaleej Times said Al Ain's Criminal Court of First Instance deferred the execution of Jennifer Dalquez, 28, pending the decision of the victim's children whether they would make the decision final or opt for blood money.
The report said Dalquez may escape the death sentence altogether if the victim's two children refuse to swear in court and ask for blood money instead.
In order to uphold the court's decision to execute the Filipina, the victim's children must swear before the court 50 times, "in the name of Allah," that Dalquez is the sole killer of their father.
If the children refuse to swear in court, the blood money shall apply, the report said, citing an unnamed official.
Dalquez will then be given the opportunity to pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim’s family and serve a jail sentence to be decided by court.
Constancio Vingno Jr, the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, said the Embassy respected the United Arab Emirates' judicial system and hoped for a "comprehensive appreciation of the case."
"We hope people will refrain from any public discussions that can have a negative outcome on her case," Vingno said in a report on The National.
Vingno told Gulf Today that Dalquez was represented by Atty. Nasser Al Shamsi and Assistance to Nationals Section translator staff Mustafa Bayanan.
Dalquez was sentenced to death for killing her employer on May 20, 2015. She insisted it was self defense as her employer, armed with a knife, was allegedly trying to rape her.
The Filipina has worked in the UAE since 2011 and was supposed to return home in January 2015.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has yet to respond to GMA News Online's request for a statement. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News