- The Dept. of Foreign Affairs reported that there are seven Filipinos currently locked up in Saudi Arabia for murder
- The OFWs need legal assistance, DFA noted
- More than two million Filipinos are working in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia having the biggest population with over than 1.1 million OFWs
- DFA data shows there are 2,492 Filipinos worldwide facing cases for drug-related offenses
Seven Filipinos in Saudi Arabia are in jail for murder and need assistance.
This was reported by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay as he stated that the seven overseas workers continuously require legal assistance, an article published by ABS-CBN News mentioned.
Meanwhile, Yasay also reported that at least 3 Filipinos are facing the death sentence in China for illegal drugs.
“They have not been scheduled for execution,” the foreign affairs secretary was quoted saying.
As a revelation, Yasay noted that there are 2,492 Filipinos worldwide facing cases for drug-related offenses.
Earlier, Yasay told lawmakers at the House Appropriations Committee that the agency has a legal defense fund of P100 million further adding that the yearly allocation accumulates since it does not get exhausted.
Based on record, more than two million Filipinos are working in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia having the biggest population with over than 1.1 million OFWs.
According to the DFA, at least 300 Filipinos detained in Saudi Arabia over various charges.
The Philippine Consulate General’s data in Jeddah showed that some 289 Filipinos are currently jailed in the Western Saudi region, while the others are detained in Riyadh where several cases allegedly involved illegal drugs.
Earlier, Migrante International has advised Filipinos in the Middle East to strictly follow the laws of their host countries, especially Muslim countries because of their strict and different religious belief.
Saudi Arabia imposes the death penalty for offenses including murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy.