Ba­coleño OFW in Saudi Ara­bia calls for help over al­leged mal­treat­ment

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

A BA­COLEÑO over­seas Filipino worker (OFW) in Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia called for help, through so­cial me­dia, over the al­leged mal­treat­ment by his em­ployer.

Wil­mar Sayson, 27, of Barangay Han­du­manan in Ba­colod City posted se­ries of videos on Face­book show­ing his strug­gles in ask­ing for help from his friends and fam­ily in the Philip­pines.

In his live video posted on Septem­ber 25, Sayson was cry­ing say­ing that he was punched by his male em­ployer.

Sayson claimed that his em­ployer got mad at him be­cause a fel­low care­giver is mak­ing up sto­ries against him.

On the said video, the OFW fur­ther claimed that he was fired by his em­ployer with­out pay­ing for his salary.

“My pass­port is with my em­ployer. I was about to get my salary in three days, but he never gave it,” he said while cry­ing.

On Septem­ber 26, Sayson again went live on Face­book. The OFW said he was in a cof­fee shop where a fel­low Filipino helped him to look for his agency in Saudi Ara­bia.

He was able to go live

again while rid­ing on a taxi go­ing to his agency.

But on Septem­ber 29, in his last video post, Sayson can be seen cry­ing call­ing for help as he was ar­rested by the po­lice.

“Guys, please help me. I am ar­rested by the po­lice. I don’t know what to do,” he said.

Sayson’s fam­ily in Barangay Han­du­manan al­ready knew what hap­pened to him, also through so­cial me­dia, though they have no up­date yet as to his present con­di­tion.

His mother Su­san, in a phone in­ter­view with Sun­star Ba­colod yes­ter­day, said they can­not con­tact Sayson as his cell­phone was pos­si­bly con­fis­cated by au­thor­i­ties in Saudi Ara­bia.

His mother said they al­ready re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Over­seas Worker Wel­fare Ad­min­is­tra­tion (OWWA) in Ba­colod City, yet they are still wait­ing for the lat­ter’s ad­vise.

“What kind of agency is this, we have been call­ing them but they can­not yet tell us as to how is my son,” she lamented, urg­ing the OWWA and other au­thor­i­ties to help Sayson so he can be sent home safe.

Owwa-ba­colod records showed that Sayson went abroad last year for a two-year con­tract as a house­hold worker.

Rizza Moldes, fo­cal per­son of Owwa-ba­colod, yes­ter­day said they al­ready re­quested the Philip­pine Em­bassy in Saudi Ara­bia to ver­ify the re­ported in­ci­dent as well as check the where­abouts of Sayson.

Moldes said they made a fol­low up with the em­bassy on Septem­ber 27 and 28 yet there is no up­date yet.

“Ini­tially, we learned that in­stead of pro­ceed­ing to the em­bassy, he went with his friend after leav­ing his work­place,” she said, adding that the em­ployer prob­a­bly filed an ab­scond­ing case against the OFW.

As to the al­le­ga­tion of Sayson that he was mal­treated by his em­ployer, OWWA has yet to wait for the re­sponse of the em­bassy on its re­quest for ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

“We will have to val­i­date it and pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance if is nec­es­sary,” Moldes added.

The videos of Sayson have gone vi­ral on­line. Ne­ti­zens also took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their con­cern to the OFW.*

A SCREEN­SHOT of the video of Ba­coleño Wil­mar Sayson, a care­giver at Riyadh in Saudi Ara­bia, which he posted on Face­book to call for help after he was al­legedly mal­treated by his em­ployer.

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