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Saudi OFW forced to drink bleach now in stable condition

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

ABUSED OFW: According to the foreign affairs department, Filipina domestic helper Agnes Mancilla, who was forced by her female employer to drink bleach, is now in stable condition. (Photo Courtesy: DFA)

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina domestic helper Agnes Mancilla, who was forced by her female employer to drink bleach, is now in stable condition, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

She is now confined at Jizan King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said Mancilla was also able to narrate how her employer abused her.

He is set to meet with authorities in Jizan who handles Mancilla’s case to ensure the filing of proper charges against her abusive employer.

Aside from bite marks and the bleach incident, her employer did not allow Mancilla to eat for one and half months. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

 

An actor depicting the Saudi Crown Prince | REUTERS

Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists rallied on Monday (November 26) against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi crown prince is expected to arrive on Tuesday (November 27), part of a tour of several Arab countries on his first trip abroad since Khashoggi’s murder, which has strained Saudi Arabia’s ties with the West and battered his image abroad.

Some 13 Tunisian civic and rights groups, among them the journalists’ union, had called for a protest at the central Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis, scene of the mass protests that toppled Ben Ali in 2011.

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the killing of the Washington Post columnist at Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul last month.

After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Since the 2011 uprising that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and triggered the Arab Spring protests that convulsed the region, Tunisia has become one of the few Arab countries where protests are permitted. — Reuters

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Acquitted Pinay in UAE arrives home

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez with her parents

MANILA, Philippines – Jennifer Dalquez, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was sentenced to death in 2015 in the United Arab Emirates but later acquitted of the murder of her employer, finally arrived home in the Philippines on Friday (November 2).

Dalquez was acquitted after the Philippine Embassy appealed her case.

On Thursday (November 1), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement commended the efforts of the Philippine Embassy for saving her from death row.

Dalquez is a native of General Santos City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

 

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Saudi authority temporarily free 19 Filipino women arrested in Halloween party

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

 

Arrested Filipino women in a raid at a Halloween party in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia| Image courtesy to Department of Foreign Affairs Asec. Elmer Cato

SAUDI ARABIA – Nineteen Filipino women arrested in a raid at a Halloween party in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been temporarily released, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Saudi authorities agreed to release the Filipinos to the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

The 19 women were among several Saudi and foreign nationals who were arrested while partying at a private compound in Riyadh last Friday. The compound was raided after neighbors complained of loud noise from the party.

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adnan Alonto said authorities might still file charges against the Filipinos for violating sharia, which prohibits interaction, especially in public, among unattached people.

The embassy has issued an advisory calling on members of the Filipino community to be mindful of local sensitivities and to respect the laws and traditions of the kingdom. – UNTV News and Rescue

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