Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed labor attaches posted in the different countries to make an inventory of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are in jail, especially those on death row, and intensify the provision of assistance to them.
“I have ordered them to make a complete inventory of OFWs who are in jail, especially those who were meted the death sentence. I want to know what assistance we can provide them,” Bello said.
He said he had also instructed the POLOs to provide the said OFWs, documented or undocumented, the necessary on-site assistance and services to help their dependents.
“Whether the OFW is regular, documented or irregular, undocumented, he or she will be provided with free legal services and in-country assistance, such as the preparation of supporting documentation.”
Meanwhile, Bello expressed optimism that the Philippine government will be able to prevent the execution of Elpidio Lano in Kuwait after securing a meeting with the family of the fellow Filipino he allegedly killed.
Lano was sentenced to death after killing another Filipino, Nilo Macaranas last June 17, 2014.
Bello said that he is set to meet with the wife of Nilo Macaranas to try to convince her to just forgive or settle for blood money.
“We are optimistic that the sentence of Lano will be commuted to imprisonment or, hopefully, freedom,” said Bello.