Pinoy executed in Saudi over murder conviction

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Pinoy executed in Saudi over murder conviction
'Regrettably, despite efforts of the Philippine government, the family of the victim refused to grant forgiveness' to Joven Esteva, says the foreign affairs department

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino migrant worker convicted of murdering his employer was executed in Saudi Arabia on Monday, March 9, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed. 

DFA spokesman Charles Jose said overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joven Esteva was executed in Riyadh at 4 am (Manila time) on Monday.

Esteva was convicted in 2007 for the killing of his foreign employer. He was also charged for the injuries sustained by his employer’s son.

Jose said Estava was given “all necessary and appropriate legal and consular assistance, including providing a lawyer, since his arrest in 2007.”

“Regrettably, despite efforts of the Philippine government, the family of the victim refused to grant forgiveness,” the DFA official added.

State figures as of December 2012, the latest available, show there are over 1.26 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia.

Of the 1.26 million Filipinos in the Arab state, 354 are permanently residing there, nearly 1.16 million are registered as temporary workers, and 107,670 have no proper travel documents.

The Philippines is a known labor-sending country, with OFWs’ remittances comprising more than a 10th of the country’s gross national income.

President Benigno Aquino III, however, envisions “a government that creates jobs at home so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity.” – Buena Bernal/Rappler.com

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