19 Filipinos arrested in Saudi, says Migrante


MANILA, Philippines—Saudi police have arrested 19 Filipino workers, including a pregnant woman, a migrants rights group said on Friday.

Migrante regional coordinator for the Middle East John Leonard Monterona said the overseas Filipino  workers were arrested by Mottawa and Jawasat police during a raid in Dammam, Saudi Arabia last March 30.

Ten of them are mothers while another woman is pregnant, Monterona said in a statement.

Migrante-Saudi Arabia called on the Philippine embassy to deploy its legal team and look into the possible repatriation of the jailed Filipinos.

Monterona cited Migrante-Eastern region case officer Marcial Abay Jr.’s letter sent Tuesday to Philippines’ labor attaché Adam Musa which said that the following Filipinos have been detained in Dammam Central Jail: Willie Formalejo, Roberto Bautista, Hermoso Morales, Teodorico Orlino, Adelino Oroy, Michael Quiliza, Rey Domingo, Ronaldo Go, Genaro Valenzuela, Edna Yuson (pregnant), Aida Bautista, Maribel Jimena, Dolores Reno, Diane Cunado, Luz Palo, Apple Joy Constantino, Baby Jehad, Jheny Cayabo, Jennifer Cortiz and children.

In his letter, Abay told Musa that officials of the Philippine government or embassy have yet to visit the detainees.

Monterona said that there has been an increase in undocumented Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia. He estimated the number to be around 6,000 to 8,000.

“We are quite sure that in other mid-east countries such as Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, there could be thousands more undocumented,” he surmised, pointing out that their officers would receive three to five requests for assistance and repatriation from undocumented Filipinos daily.

Such OFWs were usually forced to flee from abusive employers or labor malpractices from non-payment of salaries, working more than eight hours a day without days off to having no overtime pay.

Monterona lamented that there was no government program providing undocumented overseas Filipinos security nor assistance in repatriation and legalization.

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  • aces401k

    They were most likely arrested for theft or prostitution coz thats all flipos are good for…

  • aces401k

    Most flips are thieves or hoes which is most likely reason they were arrested…

    • Max

      Aces, have you meet at least 1 million of the more than 80 million flips? 
      Have you been into at least 30% of the rural areas of Philippines (with its more than 7000 islands) and met our ordinary yet very warm and hospitable people with strong sense of spiritual values?

      I am 100% sure you didn’t. 
      So, please, stop your racist remarks.

      In the same way, no one should say that moslems are terrorists simply because some moslems committed acts of terrorism. Right?

  • F**kinMO

    Let may guess what they charge for cohabiting of each other married and unmarried individuals. Their prophet pedophile terrorist Mohammad is the most jealous guy of all prophets, that is why stoning, hanging, female abuse is rampant in all mohammedans land, hopefully this is not the case of those Filipinos in there. So watch out, and be warned… 

  • Reynaldo

    Nothing new about un-documented Filipinos getting arrested, detained, jailed, killed, raped etc.These Filipinos are taking their chances to find job abroad to feed their families, send their children to school.The government can’t provide decent jobs on some other Filipinos, country has so much problems BUT  most elected politicians are indifferent to these problems.OFW remittances  amounting to billions of dollars but government support for OFW is very less.These un-documented OFW also are partly to be blamed for their flight.They fully know what they’re getting into and when problems comes they will ask the gov’t for assistance, Hard headed.The middle east customs are different from the Philippines. They’re supposed to attend Pre-departure seminars about the host country they will work.These problems will never end until the gov’t do something about it, which is doing nothing, as usual.

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