President Rodrigo Duterte met an “emotional” Jennifer Dalquez in Malacañang on November 06 2018.
Jennifer Dalquez, the migrant Filipino worker saved from death row in the Middle East, could not help but cry on President Rodrigo Duterte’s shoulder during their meeting on Tuesday, November 6.
The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) recently came back to the Philippines after she was acquitted of murder charges and saved from Abu Dhabi’s death row.
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Dalquez and some members of her family met with the President in Malacañang, 4 days after she arrived in Manila from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she was kept behind bars for nearly 4 years.
Jennifer Dalquez thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for the government’s help in securing her acquittal in the United Arab Emirates.
Dalquez was sentenced to death for murdering her abusive employer in 2014. She said she acted in self defense as her employer attempted to rape her at knifepoint.
Duterte threatened total deployment ban of workers to UAE if OFW was executed
The DFA, through the Philippine embassy in the UAE, provided her legal assistance and worked for her acquittal.
Dalquez returned to Manila on November 2 after nearly four years in prison in the United Arab Emirates.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Hans Leo Cacdac joined the President in “the tearful and joyous meeting in Malacañang.”
“The President is a shoulder to cry on for returned OFW Jennifer Dalquez, who was saved from death row in Al Ain Prison, UAE,” Cacdac said in a tweet.