Bishop urges gov’t to help OFWs arrested in Riyadh party

Bishop urges gov’t to help OFWs arrested in Riyadh party

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People. ANALYN PERUCHO

By CBCP News

October 30, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has cautioned the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia from holding and attending an illegal event or gathering following the arrest of some overseas Filipino workers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday confirmed that 17 OFWs were among those arrested in Riyadh for a secret Halloween party, which is not allowed in the Arab nation.

He said, however, that the Filipinos were only attending the party and were not the organizers.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said “it was not their intentions, nor they were promoters.”

“We appeal to our OFWs to be more cautious and careful especially when peace and quiet could be disturbed,” said Santos.

The prelate asked the government to monitor the situation and assist the concerned OFWs.

“Let us exhaust all means to assist and help our OFWs who accidentally got involved of just attending Halloween party,” he said.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has earlier warned OFWs against “unsanctioned” events or without permission from the government.