DFA wel­comes Saudi death row OFW

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - METRO - BY GABBIE PARLADE @tri­bunephl_­gabs

An over­seas FIlipino worker (OFW) from the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia who was on death row af­ter al­legedly com­mit­ting mur­der has re­turned to the coun­try, the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) said on Tues­day.

Rose Poli­car­pio was wel­comed by the DFA af­ter fi­nal prepa­ra­tions were made fol­low­ing COVID-19 pro­to­cols.

The 31-year-old OFW worked as a food server in Saudi Ara­bia in 2013 where she was im­pris­oned af­ter be­ing ac­cused of killing her em­ployer.

For al­most six years, Poli­car­pio fought her case in court, con­sis­tently deny­ing the crime and push­ing for her in­no­cence with as­sis­tance from the DFA Le­gal As­sis­tance Fund and the Philip­pine Em­bassy in Riyadh.

“The DFA’s timely le­gal as­sis­tance en­sured that her rights are pro­tected un­der Saudi laws. The Philip­pine Em­bassy also reg­u­larly vis­ited her in jail and pro­vided her with wel­fare as­sis­tance,” the depart­ment stated.

Af­ter years of fight­ing, she was found not guilty by the lower court that even­tu­ally led to her re­lease and repa­tri­a­tion.

“Ms. Poli­car­pio’s even­tual ac­quit­tal is an ex­am­ple of the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment in pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing the rights of our OFW. With her new lease on life, we wish her suc­cess in her fu­ture en­deav­ors,” For­eign Af­fairs Un­der­sec­re­tary Sarah Ar­riola said.

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