Pinoy electrician pins hope on Saudi King

Posted at 04/10/14 7:40 AM

SAUDI ARABIA – The king of Saudi Arabia is the only hope for a Filipino electrician after almost all the courts in the kingdom dismissed the case he filed against his employer.

Omar Macaindig is not letting up the fight. Six years after availing all possible legal means, Macaindig is now tapping advocacy group Patnubay in Riyadh to assist him in obtaining justice by writing a letter addressed to the king.

It was in 2008 when Macaindig transferred to his third employer in Saudi Arabia. He claimed that his employer made an agreement with him that instead of a monthly salary, the OFW would be receiving 10 percent of the income of every transaction entered by the company.

The first year went without a snag. But since then, his employer did not fulfill his end of the bargain. What's worse, his employer even filed a case of absconding against him.

"At sa pagkakaintindi ko bilang sponsor ko siya ay lahat talaga ng obligasyon e habang nandidito ako e siya ang mananagot nun," he said.

Macaindig is hoping to get 18,000 Saudi Riyals or more than P250,000 from his employer. He sought the help of the embassy in 2009 and he was referred to the Ministry of Labor until his case was forwarded to the Primary Commission and then to the Higher Commission.

The OFW lost in all hearings because the agreement he entered into with his employer was illegal. His case was also dismissed by the Riyadh Grand Court even though it was endorsed by the Governor's Office.

"Napakahirap talaga. Kumbaga nasa abroad tayo tapos walang tumutulong sa atin sa pagkain, katulad nito wala akong trabaho sa loob ng anim na taon," he said.

A friend helped him get in touch with Patnubay.

"Kasi ang talagang hinahangad ko doon makarating talaga dito sa prince sa Saudi kasi gawa nang sinarado na ng appellate court. Wala na. Wala na akong lalapitan," he said

Patnubay wrote a letter on behalf of Macaindig at the office of King Abdullah to help the OFW obtain justice and return home to his family in Marawi City. Report from Roland Blanco, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau