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Filipino expat kills Sudanese; might be executed this month

Dammam, Saudi Arabia – Another Filipino expat might be executed any time this month, Vice President Jejomar Binay was quoted as saying after the blood money demanded by the family of the deceased has not been paid and the payment deadline has expired.

Thus far, the family of Joselito Zapanta, who killed a Sudanese in 2009 and was sentenced to death by the Saudi government, has failed to pay SR 2 million in blood money even if the payment deadline was extended for two times as they managed to raise only SR 529,831.

In a report from the Arab News, the deadline was originally set for November 12, 2012 and was extended to March 12, 2013 and then to November 3, 2013.

Zapanta, convicted of murdering the property manager over an argument on rental payment, could still be saved from death if his close relative would see the family of the victim and ask them to spare his life on humanitarian grounds, according to one Sudanese Abdullah M. Ahmad.

Binay, presidential adviser on migrant workers’ concerns, urged on Thursday fellow Filipinos to help raise funds for [Joselito] Zapanta to save his life and bring joy to his family.

To save the life of Zapanta, you may donate through the Riyadh Philippine Embassy’s subaccount in the Saudi Hollandi Bank:  Account Number 037-040-790-022, International Bank Account (IBAN): SA 61-5000-0000-0370-4079-0022, Swift Code AAALSARI.

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About Danilo Tao-tuan Naraja

I am an expatriate based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia and work in the Admin and HR Division of an oil and gas company. I am an HR practitioner for more than a decade. I used to work for a Cebu-based local newspaper. I love to write human interest stories and started writing when I was still in high school.

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