DFA confirms arrest of 17 Filipino Halloween party goers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of 17 Filipinos who participated in a Halloween party event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said that the said Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are being held at the Al Nisa Jail in the capital.

Their arrest was reported on Friday, while, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto said Embassy officials have been requesting access to the detained Filipinos.

The 17 OFWs were among several persons taken into custody by Saudi intelligence operatives, after neighbors complained of loud noise coming from compound.

The envoy cited that it was not clear yet what charges have been charged against the Filipinos, but according to initial reports the Embassy had provided, the organizers of the event have been charged with holding an event without a permit and for disturbing the neighborhood.

Saudi laws strictly prohibit unattached males and females from being seen together in public.

The DFA and the Embassy already issued an advisory urging OFWs, particularly those in Middle East, to be mindful of local sensitivities.

Source: PNA

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