The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said it is assisting six overseas Filipino workers facing capital punishment in Malaysia.

DOLE clarified that contrary to a previous media report, and upon verification made by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur (POLO-KL), six OFWs have been sentenced as such, and not 23 as previously reported.

Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said that two of these cases are already on appeal while the four others are still subject to appeal. She also directed the POLO-KL to extend the necessary assistance to the concerned OFWs and their families.

“The POLO is in coordination with the Philippine Mission in Malaysia to support the appeal of these cases, and render assistance to the OFWs and their families,” she said.

Media earlier said Migrante International had asked the government to respond to the OFWs facing execution in Malaysia, and to save them if possible.

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