Palace forms panel for 'blood money'

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2014 05:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2014 01:42 AM

MANILA - President Aquino has formed a permanent committee that would come up with guidelines on how should government deal with demands for blood money in cases involving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Named by the President as members of the committee were Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Executive Secretary, the secretaries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, Budget and Management, Health, Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Development.

The committee was given a month to come up with the guidelines.

"The President… wanted a clear-cut policy on that and for that reason, the President formed a permanent committee to study…to review each and every case and to come up with guidelines-clear guidelines on how our government should deal when it comes to each and every case dealing with blood money," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

The President met with relevant officials Monday to tackle the issue but the case of Joselito Zapanta was not specifically discussed, according to Lacierda.

Zapanta was meted the death sentence in Saudi Arabia for killing a Sudanese national.