MANILA, Philippines – The mother and sister of Joselito Zapanta, the overseas Filipino worker sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, are back in the country.
“Gusto kong pasalamatan unang-una sa lahat sa taas, kay Ma’am Samia na binigyan pa ng pangalawang buhay ang kuya, sa government natin sa Pilipinas, sa ambassador natin dito, at sa mga taong nagdasal para sa kuya ko at sa mga taos pusong tumulong sa kuya ko,” said Zapanta’s sister, Rosemay.
Zapanta was sentenced to death for killing a Sudanese national.
Zapanta’s mother, Maymona, is still worried about her son even after meeting him. But she hopes that he will be forgiven and would soon be able to return home.
“Ang sinabi niya sa akin nung una “Ma, kung sakaling hindi ako mapatawad ni Madam Samia, tanggapin mo ng buo sa puso mo sabi nya. Sabi ko anak hindi ko kaya kako, mabuti pang ako nalang ang mawala. Kasi matanda na ako siya may anak pa syang dalawa, kailangang kailangan pa sya,” said his mother.
She shared that even before they went to Saudi Arabia, Zapanta asked them to bring his favorite perfume and his clothes which he would wear on his return to the Philippines.
“Ipagluto ko daw siya ng dalag at saka yung favorite niyang manok, yung inihaw,” said his mother.
They added that the Patnubay Advocacy Group has played a big part in helping Zapanta and in talking to the victim’s wife.
That’s why before they left the Kingdom, they entrusted in the group, through a signed agreement, the responsibility of processing the donations collected in Saudi Arabia for Zapanta’s blood money. Report from Zhariya Alamada, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau correspondent.