A sad year end for an OFW family

The execution of OFW Joselito Zapanta in Saudi Arabia on December 29th, has caused concern and sadness from fellow OFWs and out poured condolences to the bereaved family. Zapanta was a construction worker sentenced to death in April 2010 for killing a Sudanese national over a rental dispute in 2009, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

When unfortunate news like this reach us, we sometimes think if the Philippine government, religious groups, migrant groups, civil and human rights groups have exhausted all their efforts to help Zapanta’s family prevent the execution.

Most probably they all did help but there are times too when the family of the victim, in this case, the family of Sudanese national Imam Ibrahim, refuse to cooperate or even refuse to forgive the OFW. Nothing can be done to save the OFW from execution.

Being an OFW working and living in the host country is never a walk in the park under the gentle breeze and moonlight. Being an OFW requires a lot of sacrifices and makes one encounter different trials while living overseas. As OFWs, may we always try to follow the rules and regulations of our host country so that any untoward incident may be prevented. Prayers and Faith in God are our guidance too.

From Kabayan in Kuwait, our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of Joselito Zapanta.


May his soul rest in peace - Joselito Zapanta.
May his soul rest in peace – Joselito Zapanta. (photo: GMA News TV)

Source: GMA News

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