Maltreated OFW in Riyadh referred to embassy for help

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Christine Mae M. Buscagan’s case has been sent to the embassy for prompt action after she was maltreated and was reported to be in a hospital in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Photo Courtesy Rodolfo Estimo (Facebook)

Her sister, Alice Berola, a caregiver in Israel, alerted another caregiver, Mys Lamanilao Dapitan, about Christine, who wants to go home because she has gotten unwell and fatigued under her Saudi employer, Yousef Mansour Yousef Ihmadi.

According to Rodolfo Estimo, Dapitan sent a text message about Christine’s case on Tuesday night. Estimo sought the assistance of Rafael E. Seguis, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, with regards to Buscagan.

The case was sent by the former envoy to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, which is led by Ambassador Adnan V. Alonto.

Consul Paolo Surita responded, “We will call Ms. Buscagan and provide proper help, Sir.”

Ding Manalao, another embassy official, claimed that the agency, Araqah Recruitment Office, was called but no one answered the phone.

Christine was transferred to Amman, Jordan, a neighboring nation, to work. However, she worked not only in one house, but in several, leaving her overworked and exhausted.

Buscagan was also subjected to physical abuse as a result of her mistreatment, prompting her to seek assistance from a prominent Philippine television program recognized for assisting persons who have been treated unfairly.

Buscagan eventually became unwell and began vomiting blood. She begged to be returned to Riyadh, citing her predicament and failing health. But she was still sickly, weak, and having trouble breathing.

“Gusto niyang umuwi, but ayaw siyang payagan ng agency at gusto siyang ilipat sa ibang employer,”

(She wishes to return home, but the agency refuses and wishes to transfer her to another employer.)

Dapitan explained.
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