Spare the Life
of Marilou Ranario! No to Another Flor Contemplacion!
Migrante Metro Baguio strongly calls
on the Arroyo administration to give its ultimate effort to save
the life of Marilou Ranario. Today, November 13, the Kuwaiti Supreme
Court will hear the appeal of her death sentence. The said Court
is expected to give their final verdict on the appeal by next year.
Marilou Ranario, 33 years of age, is a mother of 2 and a resident
of Surigao, Mindanao . For three months, her employer denied her
salary and food, abused her physically and verbally, and even attempted
to sell her to two men. Until she had to make the difficult decision
to either end the abuse or to endure it. This led her to kill one
of her employers for which she was convicted by the Kuwaiti Supreme
Court in 2005.
"We believes Marilou can still be re-united with her family
if the Macapagal Arroyo government would do do more to save her
life". There is no more time or space for lip service as Vice
President Noli de Castro did. This is a matter of life and death",
said Flora Belinan, chairperson of Migrante Metro Baguio.
"Kung ang Arroyo administration ay nakapagbigay ng pera sa
mga kongresista sa ano mang dahilan, sana, iligtas din nila ang
buhay ng isa sa ating mga bagong bayani", she added.
Marilou is among at least 35 Filipino workers in death row in various
Since March 2005, there have been already 4 overseas Filipino workers
hanged due to death penalty. Just last June of this year, Rhey Cortez
was sentenced to death by the Saudi Arabian government making him
the 5th and most recent victim. Marilou Ranario will be the 6th
OFW to be hanged if the Arroyo administration will not do something
to stop the Kuwaiti Court from upholding her conviction.
Seventeen years ago, during the administration of the then Pres.
Fidel Ramos, the Singapore government sentenced Flor Contemplacion
to death by hanging after she was convicted for killing her ward
and one Filipina friend.
We have had enough experiences of OFWs being killed on death row
by hanging practiced by host countries. The Arroyo government should
have learned much its lesson to be able to save our economic heroes.
In the first place, the Philippine government is to be blamed for
the exodus of millions of Filipinos abroad. They are victims of
poverty and joblessness in our country. They are victims of abuse
and exploitation as migrant workers. They are victims of government
neglect, the government calls them their economic heroes yet it
has not done anything to protect and defend them from abuse and
exploitation in their host countries. This is why the Arroyo administration
should be made accountable for the fate of Marilou Ranario and other
Migrante Metro Baguio joins its umbrella organization, Migrante
International, and other democratic sectors in calling the Kuwaiti
government and the Arroyo government to spare the life of Marilou
Save the life of Marilou Ranario and other OFWs! No to another Flor