DFA to appeal case of OFW on death row in UAE

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2017 05:14 PM

MANILA – A Filipina migrant worker slapped with a death sentence in 2015 in the United Arab Emirates still has time to appeal her case, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

"Mahaba pa yung legal process at patuloy pa rin tayong umaasa na mao-overrule itong death penalty," DFA Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said.

The last hearing before the UAE Court of Appeals on Jennifer Dalquez’s case was conducted early this month. The decision is expected to come out in February 27.

If the ruling remains a "guilty" verdict, the decision can still be elevated to the UAE Supreme court.

Dalquez was jailed in 2014 for killing her Arab employer who tried to rape her.

The DFA data on 71 death convicts, Jose said, was a combination of those who were already convicted with finality, still undergoing trial and those who have just been charged.

"Depende sa offense, kina-categorize na namin kung potential death penalty," he said.

Meanwhile, despite the continuous absence of a Philippine ambassador to the US, Jose said the country's embassy in the United States is still performing its regular duties as it advises all undocumented in the US to process their documents.

"Gamitin ang pagkakataon para i-regularize ang kanilang immigration status... handang tumulong ang ating embahada sa Washington DC at lahat ng consular offices para tumulong sa kanila kung kailangan," Jose said.

DFA said there are still no reports of undocumented Filipinos being subjected to round ups by US authorities.