Friday, January 14, 2011

A Repost From Dennis Carcamo of

Group calls on legislator to probe OFW deaths in Saudi Arabia

MANILA, Philippines – A migrant workers' group has called on Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello to probe into the unsolved deaths of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East.

Gerry De Guzman, Migrante-Saudi Arabia Vice-Chairperson for the Eastern region, said that during a dialogue with Bello, head of the House committee on Overseas Workers Affairs (COWA), OFW leaders discussed the worsening condition of OFWs amid numerous complaints of abuses and maltreatment.

De Guzman also said they presented to Bello a copy of the signature campaign initiated by Migrante chapters in Saudi Arabia demanding the government’s action and intervention on the numbers of unsolved cases involving mysterious deaths and sexual abuse of OFWs.

One of the mysterious OFW deaths documented by Migrante was the case of Al-Khobar-based Romilyn Eroy-Ibanez, 22, who was found soaked in blood.

She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but died hours later. - By Dennis Carcamo (Philstar News Service,

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