MANILA - A Filipino migrant worker in Makkah, Saudi Arabia was killed Monday night, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said Tuesday.
Consul General Edgar Badajos identified the victim as Nasser Musa, a 53-year-old merchandise driver from Lanao del Sur, who sustained five stab wounds.
Badajos said the Consulate received information Monday night that a Filipino worker was killed in Makkah, according to a Filipino community leader in Jeddah.
"Agad tayo nagpadala ng tao, nakita nga 'yung kaniyang bangkay sa loob ng isang van at kinordon off ng pulis 'yung area kasi nga crime scene 'yun pero ayon sa nakita nilang observation, may sugat sa batok at nakayuko sa may manibela ng kaniyang sasakyan," Badajos told ABS-CBN News.
(We immediately dispatched case officers to the crime scene and gathered that the worker’s lifeless body was still inside his car. Police cordoned off the crime scene. Based on their observation, the victim sustained an injury on his nape and was slumped on the wheel of his vehicle.)
The suspect, another foreign national, is now under police custody, Badajos said.
The remains of the victim is currently at the Al Noor Specialist Hospital in Makkah.
The Consulate said it was working with authorities to ensure that justice will be served and assured assistance to the family of the deceased.
The incident is the latest reported death of a Filipino domestic worker overseas. On Friday, a Filipina household service worker in Madinah, Saudi Arabia died from injuries she sustained after falling from the sixth floor of her employer’s apartment.
The Saudi Arabia deaths came as government moved to ensure the welfare of Filipino workers in Arab states amid a string of reported abuses in Kuwait.
In February, household service worker Joanna Demafelis was found dead in a freezer at an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to ban the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait and initiate a repatriation program for those who would like to come home.
Efforts of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to rescue distressed Filipino workers there have led to a diplomatic fallout, with the Gulf state expelling the country's envoy.
--Report from Charles Tabbu, ABS-CBN News