BACOLOR, Pampanga — The Cabalens of condemned overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia, Joselito Zapanta are now helping to raise the P 44-million “blood money” being asked to his spare the life.
On Thursday, Pampanga Governor Lilia “Nanay” G. Pineda and the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) have agreed to help raise the needed amount that will be paid to the family of a Sudanese Landlord whom Zapanta had killed in 2008 in Saudi Arabia.
The announcement was made by Governor Pineda as she and several government officials visited the house of Zapanta’s father.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday called up Pineda over the phone to inform her about the second postponement of the execution of Zapanta.
“Now we have enough time until early next year to help our Cabalen who needs our collective effort to give him a second life and chance,” Pineda said
In 2009 Zapanta was apprehended on charges of killing his Sudanese landlord with hammer on a dispute over rent and was found guilty 3 years after. The OFW was reportedly not paid six months of his salary before he committed the crime.
According to Pineda she urged all 21 members of Pampanga Mayors’ League to help the provincial government in raising a big portion of the 4 million Saudi Arabia riyals blood money as part of the latest agreement between the Philippine and Saudi Arabian governments.
Earlier set to suffer the maximum penalty of death in Saudi Arabia on November 14, the 32 year-old Zapanta’s execution was moved to December 14 through the efforts of the government.
Appeal letters sent to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz by President Aquino and VP Binay was considered, hence, the postponement.
Pineda, who likewise lauded Malacanang’s decision to give P4 million for the blood money said, “We want to thank the President for making the necessary appeal to stay the execution of Zapanta.”