27 OFWs nabbed in Saudi Arabia

TWENTY-SEVEN overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have been apprehended since Tuesday night by the Saudi government amid its intensified crackdown on overstaying and undocumented migrant workers in the Middle East kingdom.

John Leonard Monterona, regional coordinator of Migrante-Middle East, said a composite team from Jawasat police and mutawa (cultural police) started the crackdown by raiding accommodations and houses at Tukbah, Al-Khobar where suspected undocumented migrants were believed to be staying.

“We appeal to the Saudi government to respect the rights of undocumented migrants, including OFWs in the conduct of its intensified campaign to hunt ‘illegal’ and undocumented migrants,” Monterona said.

Migrante is urging the Saudi government to consider granting a general amnesty that will cover illegal and undocumented migrant workers.

The group is also urging the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of Charges de Affairs, Ad interim, Ezzadin Tago to make the same appeal to the Saudi government and represent the apprehended OFWs.

“We also calls on the Aquino govt. through the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Department of Foreign Affairs to lobby to the host government the legalization of all undocumented OFWs, giving them the option to be repatriated or to stay, and find job in the Kingdom,” Monterona said. D’Jay Lazaro

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