PH embassy asked to investigate alleged maltreatment of jailed OFWs in Saudi jail

Global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) Migrante International today asked the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Aquino administration to investigate the alleged maltreatment of jailed OFWs in Malaz Central Jail.

According to Migrante International chairperson Garry Martinez, they have received text messages from jailed OFWs, complaining of repeated beatings from their jail guards.

The text message read, “Kasama po ako sa mga binugbog ng mga pulis dito noong July 13. Sinundan naman kahapon (Pebrero 6) lahat kami ditto unti-unti kaming pinalalabas ng mga pulis para bugbugin lang.”

“Wala na kaming karapatang ipaglaban ang aming sarili, maliban lang sa tulong ninyo at embahada natin. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyo at tatanawin naming malaking utang na loob sa inyo sa tulong ninyo. God bless us.”

Migrante Middle-East coordinator John Leonard Monterona had already submitted a letter to officials of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to investigate the matter.

For his part, Martinez called on the Aquino administration “to immediately investigate the matter and employ necessary diplomatic relations to oblige the Saudi government to punish abusive jail guards, if any.”

Below is the list of names of OFWs detained in Cell #15 of Malaz Jail reportedly being maltreated and physically abused by jail guards:

Farouk Hadji Malik Bayabao

Glecerio Tolentino

Romeo Alit

Edgar Basalo

Julito Diaz

Albert Laqui

Edward Velardo

Emilio Marcos

Benjamin David

Jerome Linayao

Juanito Evina

Mohamad Hassan Donie

Lito Agena

Fernando Delfino

Ramil Cajandab

Eisa Villariza

Moises Villaraza

Roberto Basalote

Dante Reyes

Albert Avellana

Walter Gat-eb

Rodrigo Rodelas

Andres Vera Jr.

Dean Paguirigan

Ariel Anano

Felix Atiz

Juneford Dagol

Dominador Margaza

Rolly Mazano

Jadey Rizarre

Randy Bautista

Rajec Amud

Abdula Castro

Orlando Reyes

Rolanda Saguiza

Emmanuel Mendoza

Cezar Ortega

Arnel Cantos

Renerio Harbonita

Henry Baliton

Ruffy Dela Cruz

Felipe Camija

Rodolfo Baltazar

Wilson Peralta

Wilfredo Magat

Ricardo Palumbarit

Edwin Tagari

Jessie Jarantillas

There are currently an estimated 150 OFWs in the Malaz Central Jail. ###

 

 

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