Filipina household worker Marilou Ranario flew back to the Philippines on June 22 after a decade of imprisonment at the Kuwait Central Jail in Sulaibiya.
His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sentenced Ranario to life imprisonment on 2007 after she stabbed her employer to death in 2005. Ranario was previously charged with death by hanging, but the Kuwait Court of First Instance lightened her sentence to life imprisonment.
The Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Ricardo Endaya hired a defense counsel for Ranario and has helped reduce her sentence. Furthermore, the Philippine government paid the victim’s relatives the blood money to save Ranario from death.
The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait helped make Ranario’s homecoming possible. Vise Consul Atty. Shiena Tesorero accompanied Ranario on her trip back home.
“We are very happy that she will go home and be reunited with her family. We wish she could start anew,” Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa said in a statement Monday
We are very happy for Marilou and the Ranario family. All our efforts have not been in vain, and we attribute this victory mainly to their fighting spirit and the collective efforts of friends, supporters and advocates,” said Sol Pillas, Migrante International secretary-general.
Ranario said she can’t wait to be back with her family.