(Riyadh, 20 October 2013) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh warns all Filipinos in the Kingdom against receiving packages or parcels from unknown or untrusted senders as they may contain illegal drugs.
The Embassy issues this warning following an increasing number of cases of Filipinos being arrested immediately after receiving packages or parcels suspected to contain illegal drugs. The Filipinos were immediately arrested by police after presenting their iqamas to collect packages suspected of containing illegal drugs from courier companies.
Filipinos in the Kingdom are advised NOT to provide their personal information to other persons, specifically the Saudi residence permit (iqama) and mobile numbers.
Filipinos are especially warned against accommodating requests from any individual who claim that his or her iqama is still being processed and needs the iqama number of the unsuspecting Filipino to receive a package coming from the Philippines.
A common practice among these nefarious individuals is to use social media, such as Facebook, to befriend the victim and later on request the latter to receive a package to be given to another person who is in the Kingdom.
The Embassy is coordinating with police and customs authorities in the Philippines to prevent this illegal activity.
Possession and use of illegal drugs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a serious criminal offense under Saudi law. The importation or smuggling into the Kingdom of illegal drugs or its precursors is a crime punishable by death. END
No. PR-183-2013: Embassy Warns Filipinos Against Drug Smuggling dtd. 19/10/2013
(Riyadh, 20 October 2013) The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh strongly urges all Filipinos, particularly those working and residing in Al-Khobar, not to seek the “services” of unscrupulous groups to obtain fake Philippine and Saudi documents, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates and iqamas, and should not seek their “assistance” – in whatever form.
On the basis of sworn affidavits by several Filipinos in the Eastern Region, the public is informed of the complaints against the activities of Ms. Aiza Monares and Mr. Albert Guanzon, formerly associated with Bantay Kassangga.
The public may recall an earlier advisory of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – issued on 20 July 2009 by the former Labor Attaché David Des Dicang regarding the questionable activities of Mr. Guanzon.
The Embassy stresses to all Filipinos the need to observe and obey the rules and regulations of both the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, and to avoid situations that necessitate them to obtain forged or fake documents.
The Embassy also stresses that it denounces any individual or group who may be involved, wholly or partly, in procuring, manufacturing, providing, facilitating or distributing fake and forged documents of any kind, whether for a fee or for free.
No. PR-184-2013: Filipinos Reminded Not to Seek Fake Documents and Assistance from Mr. Albert Guanzon and Associates dtd. 19/10/2013