Duterte to bring home some OFWs on Middle East death row


Posted at Apr 10 2017 04:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 10 2017 04:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Reuters/File

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will fly home overseas Filipino workers who were on death row in the Middle East.

"I will fly them home. Pagdating ko dito dala ko na yung iba," Duterte told reporters in Davao City before his departure for Middle East.

Duterte will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 10 to 12, the Kingdom of Bahrain from 12 to 14, and the State of Qatar from 14 to 16.

The President said he plans to fly home OFWs that have been granted clemency by the Gulf states. 

"Those who are given the permission of clemency to-- whatever it was, may clearance na about 5,000 of them we’ll start bringing them back.

"The first batch pagdating ko...pagbalik nandito na yung iba," he said.

All 3 countries to be visited by the President implements capital punishment, a policy that Duterte aims to revive in the Philippines.

There are about 760,000 Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, 60,000 in Bahrain, and 250,000 in Qatar, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

It was not clear however whether pre-arrangements with the 3 Middle Eastern countries have been made regarding the statements of President Duterte.

In a press conference ahead of Duterte's arrival in Saudi Arabia, Manila's consul general in Riyadh, Iric Arribas said around 5,000 undocumented Filipinos are expected to avail of the amnesty.

"Ang amnesty naman binibigyan sila ng pagkakataon na umuwi sa Pilipinas at makabalik din dito sa Saudi Arabia pero meron nang papel, may visa nang maayos," he said.