Gabriela Women’s Partylist Representative Liza Maza today joined militant group Migrante as they reiterated calls for the release of Filipina domestic helper Marilou Ranario who had been sentenced to death in Kuwait. The final decision of the Kuwaiti Court of Cassation on the fate of Ranario will be released today, November 27.We also call on the Philippine government to exert all efforts in saving Ranario and all other Filipino workers in death rows abroad. We join her family in calling for a thorough re-investigation on her case especially since there are questions and various conflicting issues on the allegations against her. We do not want another Flor Contemplacion,” said Maza.

The 35 year old Ranario allegedly killed her employer after the latter repeatedly insulted and abused her. Kuwaiti Lower Courts convicted Ranario despite her appeal and the letter of forgiveness given to Ranario by her employer’s family.

Gabriela Representatives Luz Ilagan and Liza Maza along with Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino (Bayan Muna) and Rep. Crispin Beltran (Anakpawis) have filed a resolution for the House of Representatives to support and look into the cases of Ranario and other women OFWs that have been sentenced to death abroad.

House Resolution 185 filed last August 29 calls on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to immediately address the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers who are in death row and languishing in jails all over the world by allocating funds for their legal assistance and services, urgently asking host countries to put into halt the execution of their death sentences and working towards their vindication or the commutation of her sentences to a lesser degree.

According to Maza, “We need to know what measures this government can take in order to ensure that our workers abroad are protected. At the very least we need to make sure that they are given the needed legal, medical and financial support when facing a predicament such as that of Marilou Ranario’s. That Ranario shares this fate with over 34 other Filipino migrants, and that 5 others have already died is indicative of this government’s disservice to overseas Filipino workers whose remittances keep the economy afloat.” #


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