Binay: OFW in Saudi not kidnapped

Posted at 05/14/14 5:08 PM

MANILA – The Filipino waiter earlier reported kidnapped by armed men in Saudi Arabia has been located, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Billy Joseph Enriquez is apparently under police custody, although it is unclear why he was picked up by Saudi authorities.

"I was told by Vice Consul Redentor Genotiva that Mr. Billy Joseph Enriquez was taken by the police and that his case is still under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office," Binay said in a press statement.

Binay, who is also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns, said embassy officials already met with Enriquez.

The parents of the 22-year-old Samal, Bataan native was informed by his colleagues that he was forcibly taken by armed men believed to be Saudi nationals who went to their accommodation looking for something on May 6.

When they could not find what they were looking for, the men instead brought Enriquez, whom his parents said can speak Arabic.

Enriquez' mother, Jesy, welcomed the news that her son is alive. They earlier feared the worst after days passed without any word about her son's condition or his whereabouts.

Mrs. Enriquez also appealed to Binay to look into her son's case and provide the necessary assistance and help.

"The government should take whatever steps are needed to address the needs of our OFWs. I encourage our kababayans working abroad to report any of their concerns to the embassies involved," Binay said.

Enriquez' parents had sought the help of DZMM and Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, who then in turn contacted Binay.