|Duterte meets King Salman Bin Abdulazziz, April 12 2017|
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella has clarified that during the bilateral meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the issue on Filipinos on death rows was not discussed.
Based on data from the Department of Foreign Affairs, about 31 Filipinos have been sentenced with the capital punishment.
Reports on the cases of Filipinos on death row have not reached the King yet.
President Duterte had a plane prepared for Filipinos who will be sent home to the Philippines because they do not have the necessary documents.
“The process has not yet reached the level of the King. In this case, there is no place for us to ask for clemency at this stage so let us wait for the process regarding death row issues. However regarding amnesty, he did make mention that he’s planning to bring home those would take advantage of the amnesty program regarding violation of the immigration rules,” Presidential spokesperson Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said.
Some agreements are expected to be signed between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“We’re hoping to sign three agreements during the President’s visit. Firstly, the establishment of political consultations, secondly, the bilateral labor agreement. And thirdly, a foreign service institute,” said Philippine Charge d’Affaires in Riyadh Saudi Arabia Consul Imelda Panolong.
Both sides have also talked about cooperation for maintaining the security and the eradication of transnational crimes like illegal drugs trade and terrorism.
President Duterte will meet with businessmen in Riyadh to urge them to invest in the Philippines particularly in Mindanao.
The last part of President Duterte’s visit in KSA includes a visit at the Filipino community gathering where some 2,000 overseas Filipino workers are expected to attend.
Based on data from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, 76 percent of the voters in KSA voted for President Duterte during the last elections.
Source: UNTV News, April 12, 2017
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