OFW who killed Arab employer in self defense is back home

By Benjamin Lim Vergara

Jennifer Dalquez flanked by her parents. Photo by Manila Bulletin

JENNIFER Dalquez the overseas Filipino worker who was acquitted for killing her employer four years ago in the United Arab Emirates returned home Friday.

Arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Philippine Airlines flight PR657 from Abu Dhabi, Dalaquez was reunited with her parents Rajima Hamid and Abdul Hamid and met by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel.

Dalquez, upon landing, expressed her profound gratitude to the Philippine government especially to President Duterte for her release from jail.

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating gobyerno at kay Pangulong Duterte sa tulong na ginawa para makalabas ako ng bilangguan (I thank the government as well as President Duterte for their efforts of getting me out from imprisonment),” Dalquez said at a press briefing held at the NAIA terminal 1.

Dalquez killed her employer in self defense as he tried to rape her in December 7, 2014.

Reports said the Court of First Instance heard her case in March 2015.

The Philippine Embassy in UAE appealed her conviction and successfully had it overturned by a local court in 2017.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Office of Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said the DFA has exhausted all legal remedies to see to it that she would be able to return home and be reunited with her loved ones.

Arriola said Dalquez received assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and financial assistance from the DFA, OWWA and the Department of Labor and Employment, and scholarship to her child as well.

Dalquez and her parents will briefly stay at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) before flying to her hometown in General Santos City.


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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