30 Filipinos arrested in Saudi crackdown—DFA

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DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the Philippine consulate in Jeddah was already looking into the arrest of the Filipinos and whether their apprehension was related to the ongoing crackdown on illegal aliens. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Some 30 Filipinos were arrested on still unclear charges in Jeddah this week during a crackdown on illegal workers and employers that the government of Saudi Arabia started on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the Philippine consulate in Jeddah was already looking into the arrest of the Filipinos and whether their apprehension was related to the ongoing crackdown on illegal aliens.

“As of yesterday (Tuesday), the embassy in Riyadh has not monitored any arrest of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) who have violated the Saudi labor law,” Hernandez said at a press briefing.

“However, there were reports of 30 Filipinos who have been arrested in Jeddah. Our consulate in Jeddah is trying to verify details of their arrest,” he added.

He said Philippine  missions in Saudi Arabia, host to one of the largest overseas presence of Filipinos with nearly two million OFWs, were on alert on the condition of Filipino migrants who might be apprehended in the crackdown.

Hernandez explained that the Saudi government was on the lookout for foreign workers with expired work permits and “iqamas” or residency permits as well as workers holding jobs outside their declared and approved employment.

The crackdown is also targeting employers hiring workers illegally, Hernandez said.

“Needless to say, the embassy is monitoring what is happening to our people there and it is ready to extend assistance to any Filipino who is arrested because of the violation of the Saudi labor law,” Hernandez said.

He said the embassy was ready to provide assistance to overstaying Filipinos who would like to legalize their documentation.

“What our embassy is trying to say is [that] if you have problems, you come to us and we will see how we could help you,” said Hernandez.

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  • Eva Romero Cabrera

    walang pakialam si pnoy rito…he is busy with his new job as Campaign Manager…magtiis kayo….It’s a case of conspiracy or Glorias fault..

  • misuari playboy

    more trouble by pilipinos? what else is new?

    • Andrei Mendoza

      don’t be quick to judge filipinos in KSA, if you don’t know their situation, just keep your pie hole shut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinrex.delrosario Robin Rex Del Rosario

    bat ba kasi hintayin pang mahuli?kung illegal, illegal period. wag ng hintayin pang kaaadkarin ka papalabas saka sisigaw ng tulong o human rights…

    • Andrei Mendoza

      isa ka pa! madaling sabihin yang sinasabi mo, baka hindi ka aware, maraming kababayan natin dito ang inabandona ng kanilang sponsors, at hindi sila makakauwi kung walang pahintulot ang sponsor nila, dahil kailangan ng clearance at dahil wala ring magawa ang embahada ng pilipinas dito sa legality ng pag-allow ng sponsor sa employee, nag-eexpire ang mga documents nila at nagiging illegal status sila.

      bago ka mag-salita sa bagay na hindi mo alam, medyo alamin mo muna regulation. ok?

  • misuari playboy

    will you pilipinos start doing something good for the human race? it is difficult for the world to trust your words. you breed and you protect troublemakers and terrorists. those kiram terrorists your navy fished out when they fled sabah, why aren’t they charged yet?

  • Hey_Dudes

    The moving factor in why fellow Filipinos are risking life and limbs is a desire to improve not only to themselves but families they left behind. Many of course will blame government for lacking fortitude in paving ways and means to encourage foreign investments. While government is doing all it can, on the one hand, our present poor infrastructures and militant labor organizations has been the device triggering discouragement on foreign investors on the other. As an option, government encourage citizens to look for work overseas in areas of their expertise and training. It is also the responsibility of every Filipinos trooping to other countries to strictly obey the laws. Most of the time we read about Filipinos getting in trouble and this should not be blame on government. Government do not cover the responsibility of how each Filipino conduct oneself. In this regard, whatever issue (s) these number of Filipinos are detained maybe of their own doing.

  • Guest

    Arrested or herded like animals again and to make it worst, with unclear charges. DFA is a useless, stupid government agency headed by a “stupid old man” and his closet queen spokesperson. Haaaaaay shiiiiiish!!!

  • Guest

    Arrested or herded like animals again and to make it worst, with unclear charges. DFA is a useless, stupid government agency headed by a “stupid old man” and his closet queen spokesperson. Walang ka-kwenta kwenta! Haaaaaay shiiiiiish!!!

  • misuari playboy

    Where in the world is it safe to travel? Check out data cited by The Atlantic at yahoo news and you will find peaceful malaysia surrounded by problematic neighbors who are too proud to admit they have problems, so that they blame everything on peaceful malaysia.

  • rlo

    The Indian Keralites have already been hit hard with this crackdown. The government should already conduct a study for the eventuality of a returning diaspora.

  • noli maure

    bakit ba ang mga taong ito ay hnd bumabalik sa pinas after their work contract expires?simply lang. maghihirap ulet cila. wlang concrete platform ang ating gobyerno to help our modern heroes. it seems to me that the reintegration program of owwa needs an overhaul. kawawa talaga ang mga ito sa ibang bansa. sana matulungan ang mga magbabalik bansa ng ating gobyerno. hikayatin at turuan na makilahok kung anu man mayron ang ating gobyerno.

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