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rhalperi at smu.edu
Fri Sep 16 00:26:45 CDT 2011
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:
5 prisoners may be set free after payment of diya
At least 5 Filipino prisoners in Dubai and the northern emirates may be among
those who may be set free once the Philippine government sets a standard policy
on payment of the ‘blood money’ to save Filipinos facing death penalty in the
UAE and other Muslim countries.
Under the Islamic law, heirs of the victims can be compensated with ‘blood
money’ or ‘diya’ to stop the execution of a convict.
The 5, who are in the Al Aweer Central Jail include 2 who murdered their loved
ones in a fit of anger and jealousy. One of them is Eladio Ruiz, who killed his
wife, Emma Cambalun, in 2010 accusing her of infidelity.
Attaché Lelita A Pangilinan, Assistance to National officer, told Khaleej Times
that none have been convicted of murder since January this year. “All cases
waiting for payment of diya are cases involving murders of either wife or
Abu Dhabi has no Filipino prisoners requiring ‘diya’ this year. Consul Jose
Jacob, Assistance to National at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, told
Khaleej Times that this year none have been convicted for murder so far, and
that all six prisoners who had to pay blood money to victims in 2010 had
already paid them and had subsequently been freed.
Cases in the UAE, however, are much less compared to the murder cases in Saudi
Arabia, one of which involves Rogelio ‘Dondon’ Lanuza. After 11 years in the
Dammam Central Jail in the eastern district of Saudi Arabia, he posted a
campaign on Facebook to raise SR3 million equivalent to P36 million to pay diya
demanded by the heirs of his victim.
Lanuza was said to have acted 11 years ago in self-defence against the alleged
sexual assault of his employer, a Saudi National Guard officer. But, in the
process, the employer was murdered and Laniza earned an execution order. He
faces beheading in the next few years.
However, his Facebook appeal for public support and the issuance of the heirs’
‘Affidavit of Desistance’ through the Saudi Reconciliation Committee prompted
Philippine President Aquino to form an interagency group to make a study on
‘blood money’ payments. The blood money demand of the relatives of Lanuza’s
victim was many times bigger than what the Philippine government had paid in
the past. Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also presidential adviser on
overseas Filipino workers, said an interagency group he heads will soon
recommend to President Benigno Aquino III a policy outlining when and how much
‘blood money’ the government should pay to save citizens facing execution in
The Philippine Consul General Benito B Valeriano said that the policy to be
recommended to President Aquino would still go a long way to the House of
Representatives and the Senate before it finally gets approved by the
The Philippines, one of the world’s largest labour exporters, has saved at
least 10 Filipino convicts during the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Aquino
by helping raise money for blood money with the help of businessmen.
(source: Khaleej Times)
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