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Ranario's family thanks PGMA for saving her life

The family of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Marilou Ranario, who went to Malacanang on Tuesday, expressed their gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for saving her life.

Members of the Ranario family said they were very happy with the efforts of the President.

President Arroyo met with members of Marilou's family -- her father Rosario, mother Encarnacion, son Raffy John, daughter Roselle, and a sister.

She pledged, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), to give scholarship assistance to Marilou's children, while the Department or Labor and Employment (DoLE) promised to help Marilou's father get employment.

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Sunday commuted Ranario's death sentence to life imprisonment after President Arroyo went to Kuwait and personally appealed for Ranario's life.

The Emir also vowed to "further reduce the penalty" upon the completion of the tanazuls or "letters of forgiveness" from the victim's six heirs, four of whom have signed their own tanazul.

Marilou, an elementary school teacher from Surigao del Norte, was convicted of murder in the rage killing of her 46-year-old lady employer almost two years ago.

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