Monday, October 24, 2011
BALER, Aurora, October 25, 2011-The brotherhood of Tau Gamma Phi (TGP), Triskelion Grand Fraternity in Rome, Italy and Aurora province, Philippines renewed their calls to President Aquino to help their brother who is in death throw in the Middle East especially to Celestino “Dondon” Lanuza who is now facing trials in Saudi Arabia court.
Lito Lopez, adviser of TGP Rome said that the Aquino should pay attention in the situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) like their brother Lanuza who has been consistently appealing to raise blood money for his release.
Lanuza, who accidentally killed a Saudi national out of self-defense, was in Dammam Central Jail since year 2000.
Noel Aragon Gofredo, Adviser of TGP Aurora province Philippines who is now in Rome said that the family of the offended party is willing to issue an affidavit of desistance if Lanuza can give a blood money (diyya) worth some thousands of US dollars to save lives of OFWs in death row.
“Mrs. Rowena Lanuza, Dondon’s mother, sought our assistance to help her with Vice President Jejomar Binay, also presidential adviser on OFWs concerns,” Gofredo said who is also a member of Migrante International organization.
The said international brotherhood organization continues to raise money to save Dondon.
Meanwhile Dondon updates in his facebook account for his countrymen stated that “Good day po! Nais ko lang po ipaalam sa inyo na sinabi ng Embassy na wala daw po formal settlement para sa Bloodmoney and they advice po na itigil ang solicitation ko dahil Government lang daw ang pwedeng magbigay ng Bloodmoney at di daw po ang akusado.”
“Sinabi po ni Usec Seguis na walang fund ang Government at tulungan siya sa solicitation. Ano po ba talaga ang problema ng Embassy? Di na nga po sila nakakatulong ay pinapahirapan pa nila ako. Remember po na dapat year 2001 ay nakalaya na sana ako pero Embassy ang naglagay sa Abante News ng Baklang Arabo na gusto ako gahasain na translated po sa Arabic na nabasa ng Aggrieved Family kaya binawi ang patawad sa akin,” Lanuza stated.
Prior to this, during the 43rd anniversary worldwide of Tau Gamma Phi, Rome President Ted Pangan and Aurora President Pedro Sison called their fellow triskelion to help their brother Lanuza in Saudi Arabia and urged them to give donations for their brother who is in need. (Jason de Asis)
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