Axe NAIA immigration execs over 3 Pinoys execution — bishop

March 31, 2011 4:54 am 

MANILA, March 30 — With the execution of three Filipino overseas Filipino workers in China, a Catholic bishop on Wednesday urged President Benigno S. Aquino III to axe concerned officials of Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez also asked the government to provide financial and psychological support to the victims' families especially their children.

“Nananawagan tayo sa pamahalaan na bigyan ng tulong pinansyal, moral at higit sa lahat psychological assistance lalo na ang mga anak ng tatlong OFW na napatawan ng kamatayan," Gutierrez said.

On Wednesday morning, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo, and Elizabeth Batain were executed through lethal injection. They were meted death sentences for supposedly bringing drugs to mainland China in 2008.

Gutierrez said the incident could have been avoided had NAIA immigration officers were not remiss in their duties.

“Mayroong hocus-pocus na nagaganap sa NAIA kaya nakalusot ang tatlong OFW sa paliparan na mayroong dalang droga… kailangan ding i-upgrade ang mga equipment sa NAIA upang hindi makalusot ang mga ipinupuslit na droga ng ating mga kababayan patungong abroad (Something foolish happened at NAIA which is why the three OFWs were able to smuggle out illegal drugs)," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez also called on Filipinos to pray for the repose of the souls of the three OFWs.

"Nakikiisa tayo sa panalangin ng sambayanang Filipino para sa kaluluwa ng tatlo…Sana po magsilbi itong aral sa lahat at maging maingat tayo sa lahat ng pagkakataon at huwag tayong padadala sa kinang ng salapi na kahit sa iligal na paraan ay papasukin natin para lang magkapera. Manalangin po tayo na nawa’y ang Diyos ang gumagabay sa atin sa lahat ng pagkakataon, (We are one with the nation in praying for the repose of the souls of the three… Let it serve as a lesson to all to be careful at all times and let not be carried away by money which can be earned through illegal means. Let us pray that God guide us at all times,” he said.

Remains of the two of three OFWs will be brought home tonight. (PNA) DCT/jmc

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