2 OFWs face rough time in Saudi Arabia
Posted at 05/11/2012 12:10 PM | Updated as of 05/11/2012 12:10 PM
SAUDI ARABIA - Two Filipinos who went through tough times in Saudi Arabia expressed their gratitude to the Philippine Embassy and the Pinoy community for not leaving their side during their ordeal.
Ernesto “Estong” Panganiban can speak and think clearly but could no longer walk and relies mostly on the help of good-hearted Filipinos.
“Kung hindi ako sususbuan ng mga kababayan nating may mga puso hindi ako makakakain,” Panganiban said.
An accident in Abha Center on April 16, 2010 caused Panganiban to become permanently paralyzed.
Panganiban, with the help of the Philippine Embassy, was able to bring his case to court. Members of the Filipino community meanwhile provide him with his daily needs.
“Yung kay Estong naman may kaso pa kasi na nasa husgado kung saan nakahabla yung nakaaksidente sa kanya. Hinihintay natin yung desisyon na yun,” said Consul Tito Leo Ausan of the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah.
Panganiban and his wife hopes to get blood money from the accused to aid their livelihood.
Meanwhile, another Filipino suffered physical and sexual abuse from his employer in the kingdom.
Victim “Allan” said his employer poked a gun at him, punched and eventually raped him.
Allan took his case to court and won.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa konsulado natin na umasikaso sa kaso ko,” he said.
He advised fellow Filipinos to be cautious when taking on employment opportunities abroad.
“Tiyakin nila, siguraduhin nila na yung pupuntahan nilang amo, una alamin nila yung ugali nung amo,” he said. Report from Andy Relox, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau