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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 22, 2012
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OFW fails to return

Four Overseas Filipino Workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of them a Negrense, are asking the Philippine Embassy in Saudi to help them if the agency handling their job placements refuses to return their passports and provide them plane tickets home.

Marlon Abay, 28, of Brgy. Taloc, Bago City, was one of the 28 OFWs accused of stealing medicine worth 1 million Riyals ($266,645.34) at the pharmacy of the King Fajad Medical City Hospital.

They were, however, later released from jail after it was proven that they were not guilty.

Anna Marie Lucasan, provincial head for public affairs, yesterday said they expected Abay to arrive in Manila Tuesday night but at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Saudi Arabian time), Abay called and said that they were asked to report to the Human Resource personnel of the hospital to meet with their agency to get their passport and tickets.

Lucasan said they have waited for their passports and tickets since Tuesday but until yesterday, there was still no action from the agency. She added that Abay also hopes to get his salary for February and March worth 800 SAR or about P9,000.

She also said that the four OFWs are seeking assistance from the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia for them to go home through a travel order.

Abay is with three other Filipinos from Dipolog City, Leyte, and Cavite City. *LTG

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