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Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedine Tago has said that the case of three convicted overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia had undergone a retrial.

However families of the OFWs expressed surprise of the development despite that blood money had been reportedly paid to the victim’s families in 2009 after the latter agreed to the payment and the issuance of the affidavit of forgiveness.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gave the blood money to the families of the victims.

It can be recalled that on July 2007, OFWs Edison Gonzales, his brother Roland, and Eduardo Arcilla, all from Pampanga, were sentenced to death by a Jeddah General Shari’ah Court after they were found guilty of ‘killing and chopping off the body parts’ of another OFWs Dante Rivero, Reno Lumbang, and Jeremias Bucod sometime in April 2006.

Wives Rosanna Gonzales, Marlene Gonzales and Mila Arcilla immediately asked the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to intervene on the case of their husbands who are still in jail in Jeddah.