Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dalquez hubby, kids renew appeal as they wait for news from UAE

While awaiting information on her fate, the husband and children of Jennifer Dalquez, the OFW facing execution in the United Arab Emirates, joined a rally in General Santos City on Monday to appeal for government help for her and other distressed Filipino workers abroad.
Carrying tarpaulins with the words "Save the Life of Jennifer Dalquez" and "Justice for Jennifer," Dalquez's husband Norkie and their two children joined members of Migrante and Kadamay in a rally outside the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The rallyists urged the government to come up with livelihood and employment programs that would stop Filipino workers from seeking overseas employment.
The UAE Court of Appeals is set to rule late Monday afternoon (Manila time) on the execution of Dalquez, a 30-year-old domestic helper who was convicted for killing her male employer in 2015.
Last month, a court in Al Ain deferred her execution pending the decision of the victim's children on whether they would make the decision final or opt for blood money.
Dalquez's parents are now in the UAE together with representatives from Migrante and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to witness the trial.

Dalquez, who has been working in the UAE since 2011, was sentenced to death for killing her employer on May 20, 2015. She insisted it was self defense as her employer, who was then allegedly armed with a knife, was trying to rape her. —KBK, GMA News

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