Family of Pinay OFW on death row in Taiwan cries for help

Posted at 10/17/08 9:08 PM

The family of another overseas Filipino worker sentenced to death has appealed for help to save their kin.

“Ako po ay nananawagan na sana’y matulungan ninyo na mailigtas ang kanyang buhay, alang-alang sa apat nyang anak,” said Rosalinda Pisuena.

Pisuena is a sister of Cecilia Alcaraz, alias Nemencia Armia, an English tutor in Taiwan.

Alcaraz was sentenced to death by firing squad for killing and robbing a Taiwanese national last year.


The OFW’s family believes that Cecilia was just framed up.

In a recent letter sent to her family, Alcaraz maintained her innocence and told them not to be ashamed of her.

"Huwag ninyo akong ikahiya. Maski sa mga anak ko, sabihin huwag silang mahihiya na ako’y kanilang naging ina. Hindi ko talaga iyun ginawa, sabi nya sa huling sulat niya,” Pisuena said.

Alcaraz raised her family after her husband left them 14 years ago. She was forced to work in Taiwan to give her children a better future.

“Ginawa niya lahat. Gusto lang talaga ng mama ko na makaahon siya sa hirap at mapaganda yung kinabukasan namin,” her son, Jherome, said.

The family said they have yet to hear from the government on its efforts to help their kin.

Appeal filed

On Friday, DFA Undersecretary Esteban Conejos Jr. said an appeal was filed for Alcaraz.

“We expect the hearing on the appeal sometime first week of November,” said Conejos in an interview with ANC’s "On the Scene" newscast Friday afternoon.

Conejos said that the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei has retained two Taiwanese lawyers to represent Armia during the trial and at the appeal.

“From the very start of the proceedings, even before the prosecutors’ office, she was already represented by a lawyer retained by the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO),” Conejos said.

He added that it’s their job to always make sure that due process is done according to the law of Taiwan.

“That is why there is a remedy open to us, which is an appeal, and we are availing of that remedy,” he added.

Since 2005, six Filipino migrant workers have been beheaded, and 29 others, including Alcaraz, are still on death row. --Reports from Niña Corpuz, TV Patrol World