At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines.


4 Filipinos jailed in Saudi Arabia over car loans deported to Philippines

Four Filipinos who were jailed in Saudi Arabia over unpaid car loans have been deported to the Philippines, the head of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) confirmed.

DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said the four Filipinos returned to the Philippines last July 16. He identified the four as Manuel, a printing press technician; Edgar, an air conditioning technician; Rey, a trailer driver; and Mario, a merchandiser.

Cacdac said that Manuel served a jail term of five years and eight months, while Edgar, Rey and Mario were in jail for three years.

He expressed appreciation to Saudi authorities for releasing the jailed Filipinos. He said that the DMW has provide them and their families with assistance, including free transportation to their home provinces and P50,000 (Dh3,355) in cash.

Meanwhile, Cacdac called on Overseas Filipino Workers to be mindful of their debts in countries with harsh laws on the matter.

“One message that we could make is for our OFWs to be very mindful of the debts they incur (this is because there are) very strict, very harsh punishment [in a] host country like Saudi laws for instance, with respect to incurring of unpaid debts,” Cacdac said.

He did not give the exact number of Filipinos who are serving jail terms for debts in Saudi Arabia where he said that an individual may be imprisoned by executive courts for failing to pay their loans. ICA/Expat Media

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