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Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a blaze that struck their construction site in Saudi Arabia early Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement released Monday.
The victims were identified as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators employed by a major Saudi construction company that was working on a road project in Najran.
Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two victims died in their sleeping quarters at their jobsite located some 60 kilometers from Najran.
The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said after he was informed of the incident.
He added that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a team in Najran to work out arrangements with the employer for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them.
Although the fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, the Philippine Consulate is seeking confirmation from local authorities on the real cause of the fire. — UNTV News & Rescue
Russians overjoyed following sensational World Cup victory
Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Russia vs Saudi Arabia, Rostov-on-Don, Russia – June 14, 2018 Fans celebrate fifth goal. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Russian fans were all smiles leaving the Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday following Russia’s resounding victory over Saudi Arabia.
Saudi nationals remained gracious following their team’s defeat, maintaining that participation in the tournament was its own reward.
The World Cup opener was anticipated to be anticlimactic as both national teams are among the lowest ranking teams in the tournament. But the teams’ rankings did not detract from the entertainment, as Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.
The match was the first of 64 that will be played in Russia as part of the tournament. —Reuters
Saudi women issued their first driving licenses
An Arab woman shows her driver’s license (Courtesy: Reuters video)
Saudi Arabia issued driving licenses to women for the first time in decades on Monday (June 4), with the ban on female drivers set to be lifted on June 24.
Footage released by the country’s Center of Government Communication showed the first group of women queuing to receive their licenses before they headed outside to drive on a test track.
The conservative Islamic state had no written law prohibiting women from driving, however Saudi law requires citizens to use a locally issued licence while in the country. Such licences had previously not been issued to women, making it effectively illegal for them to drive.
Allowing women to obtain driving licences is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s bid to diversify the economy away from oil and open up Saudis’ cloistered lifestyles. —Reuters