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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


One latest experience of a Filipino overseas worker from Saudi Arabia going to the airport for vacation and was hold at the airport and was not allowed to leave Saudi because she has pending case as a guarantor of a friend who made a quick loan in a lending agency.

In a tragic fate, a Filipina nurse in Riyadh Saudi Arabia is being detained for acting as a guarantor to a fellow Filipina debtor who went home to the Philippines.

A nurse from Panay Island who has been working in Saudi Arabia for 3 years has been detained for a debt of a Filipina friend she helped by acting as a loan guarantor. The 35-year-old OFW, from the province of Iloilo could face imprisonment of up to two years if, as a loan guarantor, she fails to pay the debt because her friend who borrowed 330,000 Saudi riyals from a Saudi doctor has left the  kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the current exchange rate of P12.5 per Saudi Riyal, that would be a huge P4.1 million pesos.

The OFW has been in detention at the Al–Malaz prison in Riyadh since Dec. 28, 2015 upon the complaint of  her colleague in one of the hospitals at the King Fahad Medical City – the largest medical facility in Saudi Arabia, according to the news report.

Via Panay News: 

Her brother said the one who loaned the money wants his sister to pay the money that a certain Mariwasa Ulandang from Mindanao borrowed. The OFW  acted as guarantor when Ulandang borrowed the money in 2013, said her brother. However, Ulandang – an undocumented overseas Filipino worker (OFW) – was deported that same year when the Saudi government started implementing its “Saudization” policy, said Jerry.
The Filipina nurse could be imprisoned for up to two years for non-payment of debt and will receive 52 to 56 lashes, according to her brother.

The OFW nurse met Ulandang at a gathering of an OFW organization in Riyadh sometime and the two became friends, but Ulandang who now back in the Philippines cannot be contacted or can no longer be located.

In an article by Panay News,

On Jan. 11, the doctor gave the OFW nurse a week or until Jan. 18 to pay even just 150,000 Saudi riyals so the nurse would be released,

On Dec. 29, 2015 a day after the OFW guarantor was detained, the family sought the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, and specifically requested for a lawyer who could help her.

“I checked with the DFA last week. I was told by a lawyer there that the Philippine embassy in Riyadh has yet to respond,” said her brother.

The OFW guarantor has been working at the King Fahad Medical City for three years now. “I pray that the Philippine embassy there could provide my sister with a lawyer. Our family, too, is doing everything we can to raise funds for her release. We’ve been in touch with relatives, friends and Gerlie’s former classmates,” said the brother.

Read: llongga Nurse Detained In Saudi.