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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Another Filipino worker on death row in Kuwait

Triple hanging in Kuwait in April 2013
Triple hanging in Kuwait in April 2013
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed hope the government could still save the life of another Filipino worker on death row in Kuwait who was convicted for killing a fellow overseas worker.

This after Bello saw the wife of the victim, Nilo Macaranas, an engineer whom Elpidio Lano allegedly stabbed to death two years ago.

“I have already talked with Mrs. Macaranas. I told her that maybe, she can find it in her heart to forgive Lano. It’s now up to her and their family to decide if they will forgive Lano and accept the offer of blood money,” Bello said in a statement.

“I’m still hoping for the best for Lano. Hopefully, we can get at least a commutation of his death sentence, or better yet, his freedom,” Bello added.

In 2014, Lano was arrested after he was accused of killing Macaranas. He was sentenced to death by hanging by the Kuwait Court of First Instance. 

The court, however, has yet to set the execution date.

Lano’s case resurfaced following the hanging last month of Jakatia Pawa, a household service worker sentenced for the killing in 2007 of her employer’s 22-year-old daughter.

Source: inquirer.net, Tina G. Santos, Feb. 6 2017

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