- Labor Secretary Bello flew to Kuwait to help avert the execution of another OFW
- On January 25, a Filipina worker was hanged in Kuwait for killing the daughter of her employer
- Bello said he will seek the help of the Kuwaiti Labor Minister to secure a stay in execution or commutation of the OFW’s death sentence
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III hurriedly left for the Middle East to help avert another execution of an overseas Filipino worker in Kuwait.
Bello, who was in Rome for the third round of formal peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, flies to Kuwait to look into the case of Elpidio Nano who was sentenced to death for killing a fellow Filipino – Engr. Nilo Macaranas – in 2008.
“My immediate concern is Mr. Nano whom I can hopefully still save because there is an ongoing negotiation with the relatives of the victim. Kasi Pilipino rin si Engr. Macaranas. We will attempt to get the forgiveness of the family. If we do succeed, we can save the life of Mr. Nano,” GMA News Online quoted the labor secretary as saying.
He added he will seek the help of the Kuwaiti Labor Minister in securing a stay of execution while he talks to the Macaranas family.
On Wednesday, January 25, Kuwait executed a Filipina worker by hanging. She was sentenced to death for allegedly stabbing to death a daughter of her employer. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the government did all it can to save Jakatia Pawa, but to no avail. The family of the victim refused to accept blood money.
Bello said he will also meet with all Filipino labor attaches in the Middle East to require them to submit a list of all OFWs behind bars, especially those who are on death row.