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President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the ruler of Bahrain, Hamad Al Khalifa, for the sentence he had issued to Filipino workers, sentenced to death for murder.

President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the ruler of Bahrain, Hamad Al Khalifa, for granting a royal pardon to Filipino workers, sentenced to death for murder.

A statement issued by the President said that Rodriguez Aguinaldo and Edward Benjamin Garcia of the Philippines have returned to the country with their families.

"The President expresses his profound gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, for the pardon of Roderick Aguinaldo and Edward Benjamin Garcia," the statement said.

In 2018, the Philippine President appealed to Hamad Al-Khalifa for the commutation of the death sentence against Aginaldo. The Bahrain government also pledged not to implement the death penalty.

"The president considers the royal pardon a testament to the deep relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the strong friendship with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa," the statement added.

She added, "The President remains committed to continuing to enhance bilateral relations between the Philippines and Bahrain in all areas of mutual interest, including cooperation to protect and promote the well-being of Filipinos in the Kingdom."

The Khalifa Ministry of Labor had previously revealed that 11 out of 16 workers in the Philippines who had been granted amnesty earlier had already returned to the country.

The ministry said, "The deportation of the other four is still being arranged, while the other, who was pardoned for drug trafficking, still faces a seven-year prison sentence for human trafficking."

It is noteworthy that the Bahraini tyrant refused and still refuses to abolish the death sentences of Bahraini activists convicted in accordance with confessions extracted under torture, despite international calls for a moratorium on executions.

In addition, Bahrain's prisons are full of activists and prisoners of conscience that the Khulaifi ruler refuses to release despite the risks they face due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.