7 jailed for theft await repatriation

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—At least seven Filipino overseas workers, three of them from Leyte, continue to languish in a deportation center in Saudi Arabia after serving a five-month jail term for theft.

The seven were imprisoned on charges of theft, said Alberto Peñaflor, administrative officer of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Eastern Visayas (OWWA 8).

“Based on the report that we have received, they were charged with the theft of a bronze cable by their employers,” Peñaflor said on Thursday.

Peñaflor identified the seven OFWs as Rafe Red, Luwie Castillo, Ronnie Suarez, Jaime Castro, Jonis Basijas, Rodel Cajalne and Reynaldo Etay.

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