The Department of Foreign Affairs said on a statement Saturday that the seaman, who was not named, was given early release from prison as a result of the combination of good relations between the Philippines and Russia and his good conducted while in prison.
“The embassy made representations with the relevant Russian ministries and agencies for his early release from prison considering that he showed remorse for his offense and the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service made a commendation of the Filipino’s good conduct while in prison,” the DFA said in a statement.
The seafarer was convicted by the Korovsk City Court of Leningrad on August 13 last year. He stabbed a fellow Filipino seaman onboard their ship, which was sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
The Velsky District Court on July 25, 2011 ruled that there was no need for the Filipino seaman to finish his sentence—aimed at the restoration of social justice, correction of the convict and prevention of new crimes—as he had complied with all the court orders and that he had been reformed in the penitentiary.
The Philippines and Russia commemorate this year the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.