An OFW comes home after spending 10-years in Kuwait prison.
Marilou Ranario was a school teacher when she decided to leave for Kuwait in search for a better life for her two sons, more than 10 years ago. Nobody really knows what happened from the time she was first employed as a household service worker until she stabbed to death her employer, Najat Mahmoud Faraj Mubarak on January 11, 2005.
During the investigation, Ranario told Kuwaiti authorities that she was physically and verbally abused, lack of food and rest and her salary not paid by her employer. On September 28, 2005, she was sentenced the death penalty.
The Philippine government under Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo through Ambassador to Kuwait, Ricardo Endaya hired a legal counsel for Ranario and exhausted all legal and diplomatic means to save her from death including paying the blood money or “dia” to the victim’s family to obtain the letter of forgiveness or “tanzul”.
On March 6, 2006 the Philippine government sent Vice-Pres. Noli De Castro to Kuwait to appeal Ranario’s case to HH the Amir. On Dec. 9, 2007, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made a personal appeal to HH the Amir and pleaded Ranario’s case.
His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah commuted the sentence to life imprisonment for Ranario, the day His Highness met with Pres. Macapagal-Arroyo.
After 10 years of being confined at Kuwait Central Jail in Sulaibiya, Marilou Ranario was finally pardoned and allowed to return to the Philippines.
Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Renato Pedro Villa together with other embassy officials namely, Consul General Atty. Raul Dado and Vice Consul Atty. Shiena Tesorero, are thankful to Kuwaiti authorities for making Ranario’s homecoming possible.
Ranario thanks the merciful Lord, the Amir of Kuwait and the Philippine Embassy officials for everything.
(Source: Michelle Fe Santiago of Arab Times and Florida Masoch)