Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines (05 June 2006)
50 FEMALE OFWs TO BE REPATRIATED FROM SAUDI ARABIA
05 June 2006. The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that 50 OFWs will be repatriated on Tuesday, June 6 in time for the commemoration of Migrant Workers Day on Wednesday, June 7.
Of the 50 OFWs, 31 are workers who sought refuge at the Bahay Kalinga while 19 are to be released by the Al Nisa Womens Jail in Riyadh including five OFWs who were transferred from Jeddah. Al Nisa have earlier released 30 other female detainees most of whom were charged with minor crimes such as immorality. According to the Embassy’s Charge d Affaires, Nestor N. Padalhin, airline tickets for the OFWs were provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
The Recent repatriation of detainees comes in the wake of the successful four day state visit of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on 7 to10 May 2006 to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud granted royal clemency to 188 detainees. Aside from granting pardon, King Abdullah also provided plane tickets for the 188 OFWs who were met by the President upon their arrival in Manila.