MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino said the government will provide assistance to a Filipino truck driver implicated in the tanker blast in Saudi Arabia and to a Filipina sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug trafficking.
In a meeting with media delegation last Monday in Vientiane, Aquino said the two overseas Filipino workers will be provided with legal assistance.
“Last information that we had, sir, is that he was still in the custody of the authorities. And we will be providing him all the assistance that he requires,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, who was with the President.
Del Rosario was referring to Ruben Kebeng who drove the truck carrying liquefied natural gas that crashed into a flyover and exploded in Riyadh. Over 22 people were killed in the accident, including another Filipino, Florentino Santiago.
Aquino meanwhile said he will appeal to Vietnam Premiere Nguyen Tan Dung for the commutation of sentence of Amodia Teresita Palacio.
Palacio, 61, was arrested at a Hanoi airport for possession of the illegal substance, known in the Philippines as shabu.
“Yung sa Vietnam, I probably will try to look for an opportunity to talk to Premier Nguyen Tan Dung who’s a good friend of our country… Tayo naman ang lalapit ngayon na ang minimum na pakiusap natin kahit tinanggal na natin ang death penalty, ihingi natin minimum commutation sana,” Aquino said.