Use ‘blood money’ to help Zapanta family— bishop

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Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga (Photo: Balanga Diocese)

MANILA, Jan. 5, 2016— The government must use the “blood money” raised for overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta in helping his family, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said a portion of the P23 million supposedly raised to save Zapanta from execution would be a great help for those he left behind, especially his two children.

“Blood money should be utilized to free our detained OFW, and also so help their bereaved families, e.g., to finance education of children,” Bishop Santos said.

According to him, the blood money is from the sufferings and sacrifices of the OFWs and should also be used other Filipinos on death row.

“Blood money used other than that will never bear positive result nor good fruits. Thus Don’t ever use blood for personal interest nor for any political motives,” he added.

The prelate, who chairs the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, made the appeal following last week’s execution of Zapanta in Saudi Arabia for killing his Sudanese landlord in 2009.

The victim’s family had demanded P48 million blood money in exchange for Zapanta’s freedom, but only P23 million was raised for the OFW.

The money is currently in a bank account opened by the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia. (CBCPNews)

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