MANILA, June 14, 2016— A Catholic bishop expressed gratitude for the pardon granted to fifteen incarcerated overseas Filipino workers in Qatar.
The Church, according to Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, is “grateful” to the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, for extending reprieve to the jailed OFWs.
“We are appreciative to the kind gestures of the kingdom of Quatar,” said Santos, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.
“We must also protective of our OFWs and value their sacrifices and services to provide us better lives,” he said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the pardon was issued in light of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Emir usually issues pardons twice a year, during Ramadan and the Qatari National Day in December.
As practiced in Qatar, those granted clemency are often those who have served a substantial portion of their sentence.
In last year’s Ramadan, the Emir pardoned 12 Filipino prisoners, and 10 Filipinos on the occasion of Qatar National Day. (CBCPNews)