MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Jeddah turned down an appeal for legal assistance by a Filipino worker facing trial in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East chapger of advocacy group Migrante complained on Wednesday.
The consulate could only promise Ryan Torres a translator because it has no budget for a lawyer, John Leonard Monterona. Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, said. The translator will accompany Torres on his hearing on Feb. 17.
Torres, a 29-year-old administrative staff member of Resource Science Arabia Limited (RSAL) and working for Petro Rabigh Project, had sought Migrante’s help.