My latest article for POC. Continued from Part 1
“During Aquino’s first year, for the very first time three Filipino nationals on death row were executed simultaneously,” Martinez said.
The number of Filipinos on death row abroad increased from 108 to 122 during Aquino’s term. Of these, 85 are drug-related and 79 are in China jails. Aside from these, an estimated 7,000 are languishing in jails abroad for an assortment of crimes ranging from petty offenses to murder. Some 20,000 are also stranded and awaiting immediate repatriation in the Middle East alone.
“Concerned government agencies, when criticized for their inaction, all blame lack of funds for OFWs services,” Martinez said. However, he said, the budget for services for OFWs suffered an unprecedented decrease in Aquino’s first fiscal year.
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