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DFA Closely Monitoring OFWs Involved in Drug-Related Cases in KSA

9 November 2009 – A Filipino jailed in Dammam, Saudi Arabia in 2008 for alleged drug-related crime is currently awaiting the final decision of the Grand Court of Dammam on his case.


This was reported by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after inquiring with and receiving a note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the case of Jason Mallorca Pineda.


Mr. Pineda was detained at the Dammam Jail in March 2008 for allegedly receiving 21.2 grams of methamphetamine and selling it his fellow Filipinos in Saudi Arabia. According to Saudi authorities, he allegedly confessed to the commission of the crime.


“His case was endorsed by the General Prosecutor to the Grand Court of Dammam. The case has been followed up by the Jail. The presiding Judge informed that the case is still under the Court’s study and review,” the note verbale read.
The Philippine Embassy said Mr. Pineda remains in detention since under local laws, bail is not granted for drug-related cases.


Meanwhile, the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs said final arrangements are being made for the eventual repatriation of Jose Jonathan Botor Bigas who was also imprisoned for a drug-related offense in Saudi Arabia.


Funds are being made available for the repatriation of Mr. Bigas who was originally sentenced to one year imprisonment and 250 lashes in August 2007. Mr. Bigas finished serving his term in August 2008 but due to administrative procedures between the Saudi court and the Governor’s Office, he remained in jail for a time.


There are 62 Filipinos incarcerated in nine countries in the Middle East on drug-related cases. Of these, 43 are in Riyadh and majority are women.


There are approximately 3,000 Filipinos (flow estimate) in detention centers or facing criminal prosecution overseas. Of these, about 70 percent involve immigration-related offenses and these overseas Filipinos, including OFWs, are expected to be deported after serving their brief sentences. The rest are in custody for commission of common crimes, including theft and drug trafficking.


Embassy and Consulate officials and personnel conduct monthly jail visits to look after the welfare of Filipinos in jail. Approval of jail visitation in some countries, however, depends on the host government.


The DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) submit a semi-annual report to Congress containing the inventory of Filipinos in jail in other countries, among others.


Philippine foreign service posts also maintain, in cooperation with DOLE-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, a Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) in countries where there are large concentration of Filipinos.


In Saudi Arabia, DOLE also maintains four Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, and Buraida. END


Filed under: DFA-advisory, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, POEA-Advisory, Sorsogon News Updates

Rebel, 5 cops killed in Sorsogon ambush

Rebel, 5 cops killed in Sorsogon ambush
ABS CBN News – Philippines
The wounded policemen were brought to the Bulan hospital for treatment. Sorsogon is a known bailiwick area of the NPA, which President Arroyo wanted

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

DPWH Bikol Chief Pushes New Weighbridge to Preserve Maharlika Highway

DPWH Bikol Chief Pushes New Weighbridge to Preserve Maharlika Highway
Vox Bikol – Naga City,Camarines Sur,Philippines
These vehicles use the roll-on roll-off transport services in Matnog, Sorsogon in crossing the San Bernardino Strait to reach Samar. (PNA)

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

The difference between a hero and a coward

What do you think makes one:

[1] A Coward
[2] A Hero

The fatal ambushed in Bulan, Sorsogon on the 9th of November that claimed the lives of four police officers and another one unidentified person believed to be an NPA cadre. Somewhere in my naughty mind is asking me with these questions, who is the HERO and who is the COWARD in this fight? Who do you think will stand and claim the victory? Do you think the price is justifiable?

Don’t you realized that its Nothing but a waste of the precious LIVES of our fellow countrymen? Irregardless of the ideology, these men might be a father or Husband who’s untimely death just caused tremendous losses to the family. What will happen to the wives and their kids? who will take care of them..what will be the future of this kids now?

As a saying “To be a hero is to perform an act of extreme bravery, putting yourself in danger so as to help others or defeat a wrong-doer”. Now tell me who is right? and who is on the wrong side?

Could somebody out there enlighten us on what will be the effective solution to end this conflict??? Hope the next RP President will give priority on this issue.


Fr: Concerned Sorsoganon

Filed under: Concerned Sorsoganon

Sorsogon Bishop on Saintly Politicians

Oh Ha!

Nakakatuwa ang mga pahayag ni Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes patungkol sa ” SAINTLY POLITICIANS”. Napapanahon na rin talaga na dapat ang mga mahahalal na mga leaders ng bayang magiliw natin ay yung talagang more like saint na talaga. Ano ibig sabihin nyan? Sa aking palagay, isa sa mga katauhan ng magiging halal na leader ng ating lipunan ay malaki dapat ang takot sa DIYOS. Dahil kung may takot nga sa Diyos si MAYOR, GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN at mga nasasakupan nila of course matatakot silang gumawa ng kasalanan. And of course, ang kasunod nyan mawawala na po ang graft and corruption sa ating lipunan!..diba?

I agree with Chiz statement “”there are no angels and saints in politics.” dahil lahat nga tayo makasalanan diba?. Oh ha.. bumato daw ang walang kasalan sabi ni Bro…BUT we can make a difference now. ehhh Paano? simple lang naman bayang magiliw! tayo po ay pumili ng mga leaders na maka-DIYOS, maka-TAO, maka-KALIKASAN. Wag na po tayong lumayo sa pambasang pagbabago. Simulan po natin sa ating bakuran ika nga..Nakikita ko po na ang 2010 ay isang magandang simula para sa ating bayan kung magiging wise talaga mga botante.

eto pa! masyado lang yatang malikot ang aking pagiisip. Na-imagine ko ang sinabi ni Bishop Arturo Bastes na kung mangyayari nga ang lahat ng eto..Narito ang mga sumusunod na mga PLATAPORMA DE GOBYERNO ng mga kakandidato ngayon!

Kunwari lang po eto ha!

1.) Pagtangal ng lahat ng mga bilanguan sa buong probinsya  ng Sorsogon.
– kasi nga dahil sa mga more like saints na ang ating mga leader and thru his/her encouragement sa ating  mga kababayan na gumawa ng tama..ehh unti-unti na ring mawawala ang mga kriminal sa ating lipunan. Ibig lang sabihin nyan wala na ring ikukulong at wala na ring silbi ang mga Jail. (possible  nga kaya? nkakagulat na imagination naman yata eto).

2.) Creating more jobs para sa mga Sorsoganon.
– Ibig sabihin na kapag ang lahat merong trabaho, meron din pong pagkaing maihahain sa ating hapag kainan. Kumpleto hah(may almusal, snacks, tanghalian, at snacks pa, hapunan at Midnight snacks din) di ba wala ng magugutom? isa sa mga root cause ng crimes kasi eh “GUTOM”..

3.) Wala ng graft n corruption.
– Dahil wala na ngang kurapsyon sa Gobyerno. Cguro naman mawawala na rin ang mga lubak-lubak na lansangan sa Sorsogon noh? at lahat cemented na mga kalsada kahit sa mga malalayong barangay pa..yeheyy!

4.) Green Sorsogon 2010.
– Masaganang ani sa taong 2010. Dahil iiwasan na tayo ng mga bagyo at baha..matutuwa na kasi sa atin si Bro at di na tayo bibigyan ng mga calamaties na ganyan..oh diba?

5.) Mabibigyan na ng pagkakataong makapag-aral ng libre ang ating mga kabataan.

O kayo bayang magiliw..ano po naiisip nyo?

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