Philippines races to save man on Saudi death rowBy AP News Mar 12, 2013 3:56PM UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has appealed to Saudi Arabia to extend the deadline for the execution of a Filipino man convicted of murder so it can raise compensation money to pay the victim’s family.
Joselito Zapanta is scheduled to be executed Tuesday unless his family comes up with $1 million.
Zapanta was sentenced to death for killing his Sudanese landlord in 2009.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez says President Benigno Aquino III has written to Saudi King Abdullah requesting more time.
Hernandez says only about $245,055 has been raised in private and government contributions.
There are hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, part of about 10 million overseas workers who send home billions of dollars that help shore up the Philippine economy.