We, Rodolfo and Anita Alamares and our family are humbly seeking for whatever help and assistance you can extend to us about the detention of our son, Raphael Alamares and another OFW Ronaldo Ulep in Qatar for two years now at the State Security Bureau in Qatar. They are being charged of espionage.
Our son has been taken into custody without warrant on Aril 14, 2010 and we have only learned of their whereabouts through his wife, Myra Alamares, on June 20, 2010. Initially, nine Filipinos were taken into custody for terrorism allegations and six of them have been released.
They were taken to Court in monthly basis for the extension of detention and the formal case was only submitted to the Court last December 2010 and until now they are undergoing court hearing. Our Philippine Embassy has been meeting some Qatar Government officials but their efforts are not producing results. Our daughter-in-law, Myra Alamares, appealed for temporary released and this has been approved by the Court on 27th November 2010 but the decision was retracted by Public Prosecution. They were asking the Court for explanation but they are not giving them any. All the evidences that were being presented in Court are hearsay and the Public Prosecutor have not presented any hard evidences.
The Court promises them that they will give their decision last May 28, 2012 but they ask for another hearing and it was scheduled last June and another hearing was held last July 19, 2012 but no decision yet was given. The Court ask them for another hearing on November for them to review again the case and because the judge will be on vacation.
We are appealing for your help. Our son is innocent and is a resident of Qatar for seven years. He did not commit any violation of laws or have engaged in any prejudice to the country’s security. As a matter of fact, he and his wife are both volunteers in teaching computer (a program of our Philippine Embassy in Qatar) to our citizens in Qatar.
Our daughter-in-law tried to convey our sentiments when His Excellency Vice President Jejomar Binay visited Qatar last year but according to him this is a very high profile case and we just need to wait until the anger of those Qatar officials who have initiated this investigation has subsides. The Philippine Embassy in Qatar has informed our daughter-in-law that these matter has been added to the President’s talking points during the visit of His Excellency Emir of Qatar in Manila last April11-12, 2012.
Our son’s lawyer also recommended for us to ask for our Government intervention. If our Government will mediate and prove that these Filipinos are not spy, we believe that this case will be dismissed. We asked Senator Manny Villar’s office for some assistance and they only recommended for us to go to our Department of Foreign Affairs. We have already met DFA’s official for quite a number of times but no actual actions were made. They only talk to the representatives of our embassy in Qatar to follow-up.