Group cautions Saudi OFWs amid foiled ‘terrorist’ plots

FILIPINO migrants’ rights group warned OFWs after Saudi Arabia’s news agency on Sunday revealed that local authorities have arrested ‘terrorist’ elements plotting to attack Saudi establishments and civilians in Saudi’s capital Riyadh.

A news report cited the Saudi Press Agency quoting an unidentified official of the Saudi Interior Ministry who confirmed that there were six (6) Yemenis who were arrested after they allegedly ‘prepared explosives and experimented with them outside Riyadh’.

“We seldom heard such kind of reports coming from Saudi authorities. But whether it is true or not, OFWs and their families in Saudi Arabia should take extra care just like the local Saudis,” said Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona.

Monterona, however, clarified that they would not like to sound alarmist, noting “Saudi Arabia is known to have a very strict immigration policies and an enhanced internal security measures after separate incidents of bombing took place in Riyadh sometime on 2000, and May 2003, respectively, at a compound killing altogether 35 people and 160 wounded including expatriate workers.”

“Even if it would mean restraint in movement by avoiding, as much as we could, to going into public places and establishments, let’s us do so for our safety,” Monterona averred.

Monterona said that OFWs have nothing to lose if they instill consciousness in taking extra care wherever they go and whatever they do.

There are an estimated 1.2-M Filipinos working all over Saudi Arabia, and consistently the No.1 destination of OFWs.


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