Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday expressed hope the government may still save the life of another Filipino worker on death row in Kuwait who was convicted for killing a fellow overseas worker.

This after Bello saw the wife of the victim, Nilo Macaranas, an engineer whom Elpidio Lano allegedly stabbed to death two years ago.

“I have already talked with Mrs. Macaranas. I told her that maybe, she can find it in her heart to forgive Lano,” Bello said.

He added: “It’s now up to her and their family to decide kung mapapatawad nila si Lano and accept the offer of blood money.”

“I’m still hoping for the best for Lano. Hopefully, we can get at least a commutation of his death sentence, or better yet, his freedom,” Bello also said.

In 2014, Lano was arrested after he was accused of killing Macaranas. He was sentenced to death by hanging by the Kuwait Court of First Instance. The court, however, has yet to set the execution.

Lano’s case resurfaced following the hanging last month of Jakatia Pawa, a household service worker sentenced for the killing in 2007 of her employer’s 22-year old daughter. Pawa allegedly stabbed the victim several times with a kitchen knife while asleep. She professed innocence until the time of her death.

The schedule of her execution was so abrupt that the government and her family were notified only a day before she was hanged on January 25.

END/Tim Laderas

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