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Compassionate visit granted to OFW detained in Bahrain

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President Rodrigo Duterte offers words of encouragement to the family of overseas Filipino worker Roderick Aguinaldo, detained in Bahrain for three years now for killing a Pakistani national. The family flew on Saturday for a compassionate visit, made possible by the recommendation of Sen. Bong Go that resulted in the President appealing to the Bahraini king. (PND)

The family of the overseas Filipino worker detained in Bahrain for killing a Pakistani national flew to the Persian Gulf on Saturday for a compassionate visit.

President Rodrigo Duterte met with the family of Roderick Aguinaldo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay on Thursday before he flew to Leyte to distribute parcels of land to former rebels and hand out calamity assistance to local government units affected by Typhoon “Ursula” in December.

The parents, wife and two daughters of Aguinaldo, who has been detained for three years, were allowed by the Bahraini government to conduct the visit.

On Wednesday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Amable Aguiluz V extended financial assistance to Aguinaldo’s family.

The OFW’s three children received scholarships from Aguiluz, who family owns AMA Computer College.

Aguinaldo’s family first sought the help of Go in 2018 when he was still Special Assistant to the President.

The President then made an appeal to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to commute Aguinaldo’s sentence. The Bahraini government vowed not to carry out the capital punishment.

Also present Thursday were Aguiluz, Go, Chief of the Presidential Protocol Robert Borje and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola. (PND)

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