Several social media posts said that some Filipinos got arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as they joined a Halloween party. Now, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are verifying these claims.
According to Elmer Cato, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary, they already saw the viral social media posts but they are still waiting for the official report from the embassy in Riyadh.
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Few hour ago at RiyadhTotal 24 people those organized the party got arrested strict action will be taken against them.Organizers are two saudian men, one sudanian man, one yemeni man, one egyptain man & 19 philipine nationality womens were arrested for organizing secret Halloween party rented private resort at thumamah in riyadh and they also used social media for inviting their friends at party, which is forbidden…Many foreigners womens and mens in halloween costumes been caught between people they even found out illegal foreigners those living illegally celebrating halloween party and others got escaped inquiry in going on.Police got complain from the citizens those living in thumamah after they heard music sound coming to their homes and even got complain from the people those attended the party after hearing the music and lights without knowing its a halloween party people says they been charged for entering to watch the celebration…Visit us at PeopleofSaudiArabia.org
Posted by People Of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, October 28, 2018
In the said post, 19 Filipino women and 5 men from another nationality were arrested after they organized this “forbidden” party in the oil-rich country.
As of the moment, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III can confirm that there are indeed 17 Overseas Filipino Workers who got arrested in Saudi.
However, according to Bello, these OFWs merely attended the party and not the organizers unlike the once reported on the viral Facebook post.
Filipino officials are already acting up in the situation, as instructed by Secretary Bello.
Filipinos, especially in Middle East countries, should avoid getting involved in parties like this because it is considered illegal in these countries.
Instead of partying, OFWs in these countries can just pray for the souls of their deceased family members. This is a much solemn thing to do and no violation will be implicated on you.
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JUST IN. DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III, kinumpirma ang ulat na may mga OFW na nahuli sa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia dahil sa pagdalo sa isang Halloween party.Narito ang buong ulat: bit.ly/2RjY30n
Posted by ABS-CBN News on Sunday, October 28, 2018