As Duterte visits Middle East this week, President urged to save OFW Jennifer Dalquez from death row

MANILA, Philippines -- As President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Middle East this week, lawmakers from the partylist Gabriela urged him to take the extra step to save Jennifer Dalquez from the death row. The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is facing death sentence in the United Arab Emirates. “We hope that the President will have time to visit UAE and personally seek dialogue with authorities there, as UAE is not on his official itinerary,” Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas said. The timely intervention of the President could spare her life, the lawmakers added.



According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dalquez has been sentenced to death for killing her employer in December 7, 2014. The OFW's mother said her daughter was arrested after stabbing her employer, who allegedly attempted to rape her. De Jesus and Brosas earlier filed House Resolution 829 seeking executive clemency for Dalquez, whose plight they said "echoes the situation of exploited and sexually harassed Filipinas abroad." "We join the clamor of different groups in pushing the #SaveJenniferDalquez campaign, and are coordinating with Migrante International in an effort to amplify the call," they said. President Duterte is expected to leave Monday afternoon for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar, where over a million Filipinos are working. President Duterte will be meeting His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he will stay from April 10 to 12, according to an advisory from Malacañang's Media Accreditation and Relations Office.
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