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Additional legal assistance has been assured to the Filipina household service worker (HSW), who was sentenced to death by execution in the UAE.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with Jennifer Dalquez last week during his 3-day UAE trip, reported Manila Bulletin.
"I instructed our Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) there, and Philippine recruitment agencies to provide Dalquez additional lawyers to see to it that her rights are well protected," Bello reportedly said.
Dalquez was sentenced to death by a UAE court after she killed her employer in 2014 for allegedly attempting to rape her, the report said.
Her appeal is pending at the UAE Court of First Instance which rescheduled the release of its decision on the case from Feb. 27 to March 27.
Bello was quoted as saying that Dalquez has a high chance of having her sentence lowered if she will be forgiven by the 2 children of her employer.
If they do, he reportedly said, there is a possibility that her death sentence will be commuted to a lower penalty of imprisonment. This could be life imprisonment or for 30 years.
Bello said he may return to UAE later this month to check on the status of Dalquez before the decision of the UAE court.
In a related development, Bello said he ordered the labor attache in UAE to fast-track the repatriation of the 48 run-away overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in UAE, said the news portal.
The recruitment agencies responsible for the deployment of the OFWs have already committed to pay for the repatriation, Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying.
Source: The Filipino Times, March 7, 2017
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