Wednesday, April 19, 2006
UPDATE: Saudi Jueting / Missing case
It is a case that baffles many here in Manila - reports of chopped up workers- and ten other people held in custody over illegal gambling and reports of gold smuggling...
With ten overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrested due to the killings of six people in Saudi Arabia,
" President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to maintain close coordination with Saudi authorities and monitor the progress of the investigation."
There are some One-point three million Filipinos working and living the KSA estimates making them the largest ethnic imported workforce in the Kingdom. Presidential Spokesman and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, in a press release says " the Filipino public must be fully informed of the developments of the case."
The Philippine economy is greatly dependent on worker remittances to the country- "Bunye stressed the incident is highly unfortunate as it involves a heinous offense. Despite this, the Secretary expressed faith and confidence on Saudi authoritiesÃ’ capacity to conduct a fair and impartial investigation."
Many are still looking into the facts of the case- To bee uncovered" andthe Philippineee government is asking people in media to "avoid speculations."
Ã“We will exert all means to uphold truth and justice, both for the victims and the accused,Ã”
Bunye called on journalists covering the case to be mindful of limitations in the governments ability to intervene in the mater as it is a ongoing criminal investigation.