Family fears for safety of kin abducted in Saudi

By Maria Aleta Nieva Nishimori,

Posted at May 10 2014 06:46 PM | Updated as of May 11 2014 02:46 AM

MANILA – The parents of a 22-year old Filipino overseas worker in Saudi Arabia feel helpless after learning that their son was taken by armed men who barged into his accommodation in Al-Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the parents of Billy Joseph Enriquez, one of his colleagues called them up two days after the incident.

"Sinabi niya sa amin na yung anak ko raw po nung May 6, alas 2 ng madaling araw habang natutulog may mga kumatok sa pinto nila. Ayaw pong buksan sana ng kasamahan niya, anim-pito po yata sila sa kwarto. Pero nagsalita po yung pinaka-manager nila na Arabo din doon, sabi sa Arabong salita 'buksan nyo ito. Ako ito. Ako yung manager ninyo kaya binuksan nung isa," his mother, Jessie Enriquez said.

They said that when one of the Filipinos opened the door, the armed men wearing civilian clothes stormed inside and were looking for something.

"May hinahanap daw po. Nagising yung anak ko, pag tayo niya siya yung tinuro. 'Yan!' Sabi daw po nung Arabo. Itinuro na yan po, yan ang dadalin. Sinampal, binitbit, kinuha yung cellphone, kinuha iqama," they said.

They were told that his colleagues were unable to ask or even follow the men who took Enriquez out of fear.

"Sa ngayon po wala kaming kasiguraduhan. Di po namin alam kung saan dinala," they said.

The native of Samal, Bataan is working as a waiter in Al-Khobar. He was supposed to go home in June after completing his two-year contract.

The family already reported the incident to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

DFA assistant secretary Charles Jose assured that the department is already working on the report.

"Sigurado po ako na inaksiyunan nya dahil kahapon lang po sila nagpunta sa DFA. I'm sure ni-refer na yung report nila sa embassy or consulate sa Jeddah kung ano man yung malapit doon," he said.

OFW and labor advocate Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center vows to also help the family in locating their son.

"Importante na kumalma ang pamilya. Tayo din naman magtatanong tayo thru the Filipino community," she said. -- With a report from DZMM