MANILA, Philippines – Seven Filipino workers are languishing in jail in Maldives Republic and need legal assistance from the Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh to ensure their safety and security, according to Migrante International’s chapter in the Middle East.
The OFWs in distress are Kenneth Ramos Navarro, Lito Lago, Dario Agao, Christian Ryan Pineda, Jeffrey Jenkins, Gilbert Bendana, and Joey Omawas. They are employed at the Dome Coffee Maldives International Airport.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, said the seven OFWs had been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for allegedly stealing money using a stolen credit card. They were ordered to pay 100,000 Maldives rufiyaa ($7,917) each for damages.