Manila, Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Manila, Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino domestic worker who was saved from death row in the United Arab Emirates has returned home to the Philippines.

Jennifer Dalquez was accused of killing her employer in December 2014 after she stabbed him in self-defense when the employer attempted to rape her. Dalquez was sentenced to death in 2015 but was acquitted in 2017 and sentenced to prison instead, GMA News reported.

Dalquez was convicted of theft of a mobile phone and sentenced to five years in prison. She was eventually granted a pardon and had her sentence shortened. The domestic worker’s family was informed that she completed her jail term on October 25 but had no news on when Dalquez would be returning home to the Philippines.

On Friday morning, Dalquez finally arrived in Manila with the help of the Philippine government. The Philippine Embassy in the UAE coordinated with UAE authorities for Dalquez’s flight home.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will extend financial assistance to Dalquez.

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