President Rodrigo Duterte thanked His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Ak Khalifa for granting royal pardon to 16 Filipinos in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including two who were pardoned on Eid Al Fitr.
“His Majesty’s forgiveness paves the way for the release of these 16 Filipinos and their return to the Philippines in due course. The act of humanity by His Majesty provides renewed hope and an opportunity for our countrymen and women to build new lives,” Duterte’s statement read.
He added that the given royal pardon is a testament anew to the building ties between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the deep strong relations with the ruler.
“President Duterte values his friendship with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and vows to continue working closely to further deepen bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual benefit between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain,” the statement concluded.