The Consul General of the Philippines in Saudi Arabia confirmed that some Filipino women were put behind bars in Riyadh after attending a Halloween party there.
It may be an innocent celebration especially in the West but this type of party is not allowed in Saudi Arabia because it is a non-Islamic event and the party lets men and women together at the same area.
Consult General Christopher Patrick Aro said the apprehended Filipinas are residents in Al Thumama.
“So far na alam namin ay resulta po ito ng isang reklamo ng mga residente sa Al Thumama na para tila meron pong activity po doon na ginaganap na medyo past midnight na,” he said.
Aro added that residents in the area of the Halloween party complained that the people in the event are too loud so they called security forces. The security forces came and brought the partygoers and the event organizers to their custody.
The embassy of the Philippines in Saudi Arabia reminded Filipinos living in Saudi Arabia to refrain from attending any events that are not allowed by the Saudi Arabia government.
“Al Thumama police ang siyang nag-conduct po ng raid at mukhang ni-refer na po nila sa intelligence police doon po sa may Exit 5 base po ito sa mga nakausap na po namin. ‘Yung detalye po ng kaso medyo pinagaaralan pa po,” Aro said.
“Tututukan naman ng embahada ang kalagayan ng mga kababayan para rin masigurado kung ilan ang bilang ng mga Pinay na sa kasalukuyan daw ay nasa Al Nisah Jail,” he added.
Aro reminded that Filipinos there that they should also be careful in celebrating other holidays like Christmas.
“Lalo na po at nalalapit na po ang holiday season sa atin, ang pag-observe ng Pasko sa atin ay isa din po ‘yan na kailangan medyo dapat bantayan dito sa Saudi ‘di po dapat sa publiko po natin ginagawa yan,” he said.
Read the whole statement of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Riyadh about the incident:
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reminds the Filipino community to refrain from organizing or attending events or gatherings that are unsanctioned or without permission from the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. In addition, everyone is reminded to avoid mixed crowds, consuming liquor, and holding public practice of traditions that are associated with rel*gion, other than Islam, such as Halloween, Valentines, and Christmas. Finally, the Embassy advises the Filipino community in the Kingdom against producing, spreading, or sharing electronically or thorugh social media anything that compromises public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, pursuant to the Kingdom’s law and policies on cybercr*mes.
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