President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the overseas Filipino worker of legal assistance in connection with his implication in a tanker blast that killed 23 others in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last Nov 3.
The President told Filipino journalists covering him here Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario was working with the Saudi government in investigating the accident.
“Last information that we had, sir, is that he was still in the custody of the authorities. And we will be providing him all the assistance that he requires,” Del Rosario, who was with the President during the coffee meeting Monday night, said.
As for the Filipina in Vietnam charged with drug trafficking and now faces death, the President said he will appeal to Vietnam Premiere Nguyen Tan Dung for the commutation of the sentence.
“‘Yung sa Vietnam, I probably will try to look for an opportunity to talk to Premier Nguyen Tan Dung who’s a good friend of our country… Tayo naman ang lalapit ngayon na ang minimum na pakiusap natin kahit tinanggal na natin ang death penalty, ihingi natin minimum commutation sana. Kungkailangan life imprisonment pero not to minimum death,” the President said.
Reports have identified the driver of the tanker as Robin Kebeng, who has been working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a year.