This must be the saddest day for the family of the OFW who was executed yesterday in Saudi Arabia by beheading!
The President has been bombarded by criticisms from netizens who felt for the family of the OFW.
The harshest words came from former Ambassador Roy Seneres, an experienced diplomat in the Middle East matters. He issued stinging rebuke against the lack of action from Malacanang to save the OFW from death.
Presidential aspirant Seneres opened his post with this statement, “The blood of OFW Joselito Zapanta are in the hands of Pres. B.S. Aquino III.”
Then, he continued with words of sympathy for the family of the dead OFW, “I sympathize with the family of OFW Joselito Zapanta. His blood are in the hands of President B.S. Aquino III. As President of a country which has outlawed the death penalty, and which considers OFWs as the New Heroes of the Republic, he could have done the following to save the life of Zapanta?”
In the next few paragraphs of his post, Ambassador Seneres said, a simple gesture from Pnoy could have spared the life of the OFW.
1. Call HH Sheikh Salman the King of Saudi Arabia to and request him to grant Zapanta reprieve or if he is so shy to do this (which should not be the case), he should have invited the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Philippines to Malacanan and request him to convey to the Saudi King his request for Zapanta’s reprieve. By this simple gesture alone, it was very likely King Salman would have readily said yes, paid the blood money himself to the Sudanese family and ordered the release od Zapanta. Doesnt Aquino know that the KSA is a monarchy and the word of the Ruler is law? No big deal ito kay King Salman kung nag request lang sana si Aquino.
Ang problema sa Presidenteng mayroon tayo ay walang malasakit sa mga OFWs. Di man lang niya nabanggit ang mga OFWs sa kanyang 6 na SONA. Sa halip na kampihan niya ang mga OFWs na nabibiktima ng tanim-bala syndicate sa NAIA, tinanggi pa niya na totoo ito at na-sensationalize lamang ng media. Sa halip na tanggalin niya si Jose Angel Aquino Honrado nilang GM ng Naia, tahimik lang siya nang kalaunanan ang NBI mismo ang nagsabi na may tanim-bala scam sa NAIA. (Our main problem is that we have a President who lacks compassion for the OFWs. He did not even bother to mention the OFWs in his 6 SONAs. Instead of siding with the OFWs in the series of ‘tanim-bala’ incidents in the NAIA, the President even have the gall to dismiss the issue outright as an ‘isolated’ case and merely sensationalized by the media. Rather than dismissing Jose NAgel Honrado from his post as the MIAA Chief, the President kept mum on the issue until the NBI confirmed the presence of ‘tanim-bala’ in our airport.)
2. Halimbawa lang na hindi siya pinaunlakan ng Hari ng Saudi, P25 million na lamang àng kulang sa blood money na na raise ng pamilya ni Zapanta. Kumpare o malapit siya sa mga tycoons sa bansang ito. Isang bulong niya lang sa mga Hari ng Contractualization na iyan na mag contribute sa fundraising ay di na siya magdalawang salita pa.” (In the event, the King did not grant Pnoy’s appeal for leniency on behalf of the family, what is 25 million pesos for the tycoon friends of Pnoy if he bothered to ask a favor from the ‘kings of contractualization’ to contribute to the fundraising and pay the blood money.)
-Roy V. Seneres
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What can you say about this post? Do you agree with Seneres statement?