OFW sentenced to death in UAE for killing employer


Posted at May 23 2015 04:26 PM | Updated as of May 24 2015 05:35 AM

Family appeals to PH gov't for help

MANILA (UPDATE) - An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from General Santos City convicted of killing her employer has been sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Twenty-eight-year-old Jennifer Dalquez, according to her mother Rajima, was arrested on December 12 last year after she killed her employer who attempted to rape her on December 7.

Dalquez stabbed her employer using the same knife he pointed at her.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Dalquez was meted death penalty by a trial court in Al Ain on May 20.

Rajima said she last talked to her daughter on Wednesday, where Jennifer delivered the sad news about her death penalty.

She said her daughter, who had been working in UAE since 2011, was supposed to return home last January.

Ebrahim Zailon, head of DFA - General Santos City, confirmed the death sentence.

The Dalquez family is now appealing to the Philippine government for help.

Zailon said the DFA will appeal the case of the Filipina worker. -- Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOCCSKSARGEN