Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas today assured assistance for the the 23 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including five females, reportedly facing capital punishment due to various offenses in Malaysia as she directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuala Lumpur to make an all-out effort to assist them and their families in coordination with the Philippine Mission in the area and Malaysian authorities.

The labor and employment chief directed the POLO in Kuala Lumpur to work with the Philippine Mission, and in cooperation with Malaysian authorities, to verify and ensure the necessary review of the cases, and other legal assistance, and pursue appeal or, if possible, clemency for these OFWs,” Sto. Tomas said.

“We appeal to Malaysia, as a Muslim country, to render compassion on these migrant workers who may have entered that country to sacrifice and earn a living for their families,” she said.

The group Migrante International had earlier called on the government to pursue efforts to assist and, if possible, save the OFWs reportedly on the Malaysian “death row.”

Sto. Tomas stressed that under Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant and Overseas Filipinos Act, the DFA works in coordination with the DOLE to ensure the necessary legal assistance t

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