By Macon Araneta

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go expressed gratitude to the King of Bahrain and his government for giving pardoned OFW a second chance at life like Roderick Aguinaldo .

Aguinaldo returned to the country after being detained in Bahrain for four years. He  was convicted for the death of a Pakistani national in the Gulf kingdom.

Go also reminded the OFW’s children to love their parents who want nothing but the best for them. 

The Senator  expressed his gratitude to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Bahraini government for granting royal pardon to Aguinaldo. He also acknowledged the Philippine government for its efforts which resulted in the OFW’s subsequent release.

In 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte wrote a personal letter to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, requesting pardon for imprisoned Filipinos in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

The King then gave his personal assurance that Duterte’s concern for the welfare and well-being of Filipinos in the country will be recognized.

Go assured that he will continue to push for the passage of Senate Bill No. 202 which seeks to establish a separate executive department solely for overseas Filipino concerns. 

The measure aims to make the Philippine government more efficient and responsive in addressing the issues confronting overseas Filipinos, particularly OFWs and their families. 

Aguinaldo credited an unnamed individual for helping him get in contact with then Special Assistant to the President and now Sen. Go. It was Roderick’s mother who made the fateful call that eventually led to concerted efforts by the government to save his life. 

Aguinaldo was finally granted a Royal Pardon on May 2020 during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.