MANILA - Jennifer Dalquez, a migrant worker who was spared from execution in United Arab Emirates, was given P100,000 financial assistance from the government, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.
The aid was handed to Dalquez by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella on Wednesday.
Dalquez said she plans to use the assistance to start a small business in her hometown General Santos City, according to the DFA.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng tulong niyo sa akin para ako’y mapalaya. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa lahat ng tulong niyo para makapagsimula ng bagong buhay sa Pilipinas kasama ang aking pamilya,” she said.
Dalquez returned to the Philippines nearly four years since she was found guilty and sentenced to death by an Abu Dhabi court for stabbing to death her abusive employer in 2014.
The embassy, through its lawyers, immediately appealed the conviction and successfully had it overturned by a local court in 2017.
Dalquez was subsequently ordered released after completing a five-year jail term for theft last Oct. 25.