A top official from the Department of Foreigners Affairs warned the overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia to be mindful and careful of what they post on social media after a video of OFW group scavenging a trash bin for food went viral.
“We just want to tell our Filipinos, especially in Saudi Arabia, that please be careful with your social media posts because you cannot ruin the reputation of the corporation you’re working for because they are very strict with cyber libel,” DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said in a statement following the supposed arrest of one OFW in the viral video.
In the video, the OFWs also claimed that they haven’t received their salary in recent months.
“I’ve been monitoring social media and there’s a lot of debates. I think one of the people who posted the video was already arrested,” Arriola said.
She added that he initiated an independent investigation on the matter. She found out that it was ‘instigated’ and ‘staged.’
“The OFWs were asked to go to the garbage bins, it was staged,” she added.
The DFA officer also mentioned that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POL) have already extended welfare assistance to the Filipinos for ‘five or six times.’
“We are not denying that there is a crisis. And there’s really a problem. The jurisdiction of Riyadh and the Philippine Embassy is very huge because it (Riyadh) is bigger than the Philippines,” Arriola added.