DFA assures Beng of non-stop aid for Z’boangueños in Malaysian jails PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:06

by  Claudine Uniana

The Department of Foreign Affairs central office has assured Mayor Beng Climaco of its continued assistance to Zamboangueños who are detained and facing the death penalty in Malaysia.

Atty. Omar Pangarungan, legal officer from the department’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs, met with Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday to apprise her on the latest developments in the case of Zamboangueño couple Timhar and Nurie Ong who had been convicted of drug smuggling and sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court of Sabah.

The mayor has recently written to the DFA requesting for assistance in behalf of the Ong children.

The DFA official earlier in the day met with the couple’s children and had asked one of them to personally write to the governor of Sabah.

Pangarungan disclosed that the department is currently exploring the possibility of bringing two of the couple’s children to Malaysia to see their parents who, he assured, are both in good physical health.

“We would like to explore the possibility of bringing two of their children to Malaysia to ease her [Nurie’s] anxiety,” he added, expressing hope that seeing her children will help Nurie who was reportedly suffering from depression.

The DFA official also briefed the chief executive on the condition of Jerry Quijano, also a Zamboangueño currently incarcerated and on death row in Kota Kinabalu for drug smuggling.— Claudine Uniana