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Bol-anon Tortured in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:03:49 AM »
By Ven Arigo

A Boholano overseas Filipino worker (OFW) jailed for over seven months in Saudi Arabia for alleged grave infraction against the Islam faith was finally released.

Roel Soliva Sebandal arrived at the Tagbilaran City airport yesterday morning but his wife Mylene and two-year-old son John Paolo are left in Riyadh.

Accompanied by his mother Lilia and a cousin, Sebandal rushed to the house of Rep. Edgar Chatto here to thank for the congressman’s assistance.  They were accommodated by the solon’s wife, Pureza, because her husband had left earlier to meet some Bohol guests from Manila.

The migrant worker, a resident of Gallares Street here, vowed never to return to work in Riyadh or anywhere in Saudi Arabia.

He told some press people who chanced upon him at the solon’s residence that he had contracted phobia and feels alarmed even by just seeing an Arab policeman. 

Sebandal said he was falsely accused of stepping on a Koran, Islam’s bible, placed on the floor below the driver’s seat of his car.

The OFW, 35 years old, was teary eyed while recounting how the Saudi policemen slapped him and banged his head on a hard table just for him to admit on the matter.

Like a brute, Sebandal was tortured in a bartolina for weeks until he was transferred to the main prison in Riyadh pending investigation, which lasted for months.

Meanwhile, his wife, who followed him to Riyadh together with their only child, managed to find a job as a physical therapist in a wellness club.

She worked to sustain her and son’s daily needs while her helpless husband languished in jail.
Sebandal was already about eight years abroad, working as an air-conditioning technician in Saudi Arabia.

The fateful day came on the 10th of April this year when he had his car washed in a shop, which workers were Bangladeshis, because he planned to sell it and buy a new one.

When the washing was over, Sebandal asked one shop helper for something to place on the wet front floor of his car.  He was given a piece of paper.

He boarded his car, his feet stepping on the paper on the wet car floor when he was suddenly apprehended.

Sebandal was brought to a police station and was later told that the paper he had stepped on contained Islam teachings written in Arabic.

He was even accused of seriously committing an infraction against the Islam religion for tramping on the Koran book itself.

Fear had forced the Boholano migrant worker to sign a document in “admission” of the crime against the Arab faith.   

While in the main jail---with an estimated 300 other helpless OFW prisoners---Sebandal managed to contact his mother here thru his wife who could only occasionally visit his jail.

Thus, the OFW’s mother sought assistance from Chatto’s office for all possible assistance leading to her son’s release from prison and return home.

Sebandal’s case was also raised to Vice Pres. Noli de Castro during the latter’s visit here last July 22.

The OFW was assisted only by a private counsel, who is an Arab lawyer provided to him by his kind Saudi employer, in the early stage of the investigation.  He had not yet contacted his mother by that time. 

Meanwhile, Chatto linked with top officials of such agencies as the Philippine Embassy in Saudi, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DOF). Subsequently Sebandal was notified for release last Monday.

He had not been convicted and sentenced for the alleged crime, but the OFW had already spent seven months and seven days behind bars.

Upon arrival at the international airport in Manila, Sebandal immediately went to see Chatto at Congress in Quezon City.  The solon facilitated his free travel to Bohol.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 12:46:56 AM »
grabeha aning mga saudi police no. akong distant relative and her husband spent a night in jail because they were caught together in saudi and they can't show their papers which left at home.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 01:09:35 AM »
depende sad na sa sponsorship. kun lakas ang kapit sa imong employer, within split seconds makagawas ka.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 02:00:52 AM »
pero in general dong unsa man imong ikasulti bahin anang mga arabo?
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 03:46:15 AM »
This poor guy happens to work as a humble technician. Can you imagine if he was a German? Of course he would be treated differently. Why this discrepancy?  The Arabs has very low respect to us as Asians.  If the government names OFW as the modern hero who brings circa 14 billion dollars in remittances annually , why can´t there be no concrete help in cases like these?
This issue has been brought over and over again, but to no avail. It pains me to the heart to hear cases like this, abused kababayans who work hard to sustain family at home.


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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 04:08:48 AM »
bai ang arabo sobra pa  ka manyakis kay sa mga balot
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 12:34:24 PM »

lahi man gud ang culture na ilang namat-an ug boot. medyo uncivilized pa ang kadaghanan sa mga arabo. pwera lang tong naka skwela sa UK?Europe or sa US kay lahi sad ilang mentality.

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 03:47:50 PM »
sus tabangan 20 yrs. ago uncivilized until now! mao gyud nay ilang kinaiya.


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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 04:47:26 PM »
hambugero ning mga arabo kay daghan man silag oil/kwarta. kaminos nato na sila kay christyan unja wa pud tay kwarta. pa mid gani ta!
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 09:11:34 AM »
Bwad, sakit ka manulti. Naig an ko kay Arabo naman pod ko. Ara...buhok!
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2008, 01:36:25 PM »
minus man jud tag-inpluwensya ilang gobyerno kay kita man "konohay" mga ulipon ug sila mga agalon...bisan mga mas edukado pa ta sa uban kanila, pagka-ngan nga kita miadto didto...kung unsay mahitabo nato didto, kita ang himoong sayop. sila ang naghupot sa kwarta, kita nangita niini...pait pero, mao niy realidad.
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2008, 11:24:30 PM »
mao na perteng daghanang mga pinoy magpa convert into muslims for security reasons pero inig uli sa pinas perteng kusuga mokaon baboy!


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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2008, 11:26:40 PM »
sakto jud. akong mga friends nga nangadto sa saudi, puro nagpaconvert para di lang pasakitan pirme.

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2008, 11:19:08 AM »
hahahaha...mao bitaw.  ug bisan pag makapila ni sila magpa-usab pagka-mulsim, di jud mausab ning lami sa baboy....

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sagdi kay ug maka adtos midle east ang ako unyang ngan - pork chop
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2008, 03:50:18 PM »


hahaha! Sir!

You reminded me of an incident I had with my father several months ago.

We were at a Filipino restaurant buying some take-out. And I asked my dad about Waray language. He made a facial response in direction to a man who was bald.

Then my dad joked with a response, "Oo gud, Waray Buhok"

hahahaha!

We both laughed hard.

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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2009, 02:02:03 PM »
It is to bad it it happened all for a bible.

I think it is even more odd to hear how poorly Asians are treated in the Arab world when we as white foreigners in Philippines also feel at times how you all feel when your not in your own country and we are in another country and another culture.

Law's are laws and it has nothing to do with where he is from.

My question is why was the bible located near to anyones feet to be stepped on to begin with?

I see many biased issues here, Filpinos are even biased about they're own people here.

My God is your God so there fore I am not and you are not made more better any another person.

Love they neighbor no matter what his flag of origin, religeon or his skin color.

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