Family of OFW on death row seeks Duterte’s help, says she’s innocent

Image from Save Jennifer Dalquez's Facebook page
  • Dubai OFW’s family seeking president’s help to save her life
  • They said she’s innocent, was defending herself from her boss who tried to rape her
  • Lawyer from DFA and OWWA helping OFW appeal her case

MANILA, Philippines – The family of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Dubai has requested for President Rodrigo Duterte’s intervention as they insisted on her innocence.

Rajima, mother of Jennifer Dalquez, appealed to Duterte to help her daughter return to them and her children.

“Mr. President, tulungan n’yo po ako. Masakit talaga sa akin. ‘Yung mga anak niya, tanong nang tanong kung kailan siya darating at kung kailan siya uuwi. Ama din po kayo, alam kong naiintindihan ninyo ako,” she said.

[Mr. President, help me. It really hurts me. Her children keep asking when she will arrive and go home. You’re also a father, I know you understand me.]

Dalquez was sentenced to death in 2015 for killing her employer in December 2014. The Emirati court that handed down her sentence rejected her claim of self-defense.

However, Dalquez’s family insisted she was only trying to defend herself from her employer who was trying to rape her.

“Masama talaga ang kalooban ko. Walang kasalanan ang anak ko. Self-defense lang ‘yung ginawa niya,” her father told ABS-CBN.

[I feel bad about this. My daughter did not do anything wrong. Self-defense was all she did.]

Rajima, on the other hand, expressed hope that her daughter’s case will be overturned in the hearing on appeal scheduled for February 11. She also thanked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA for providing her daughter with a lawyer.

“Binigyan na siya ng abogada na nag-aasikaso doon. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil binigyan nila ng abogado pero mas magpapasalamat ako kung makakauwi ang anak ko,” she said.

[She was given a lawyer who’s following up on her case. I am thankful because she was given a lawyer but I’ll be even more thankful when my daughter comes home.]