Consulate won’t give lawyer to OFW under trial in Jeddah – Migrante

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.

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