Manila asked to spare OFWs from extrajudicial killings

Philippine police inspect the bodies of two unidentified men after being killed in a police drug "buy-bust" operation before dawn on Sept. 23, 2016 in Pasig city, east of Manila. More than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since July in the Philippines’ drug war. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Updated 25 September 2016
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Manila asked to spare OFWs from extrajudicial killings

RIYADH: Filipinos in the Kingdom have called on the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to spare Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from extrajudicial killing in connection with its drug campaign.
They were reacting to a report aired by TV Patrol on ABS-CBN on Sept. 23, regarding the killing of 27-year-old Mark Culata, an OFW who was working in the Kingdom and was just taking his vacation.
Culata was arrested by operatives of government at a checkpoint in Cavite Province, south of Manila, but was found dead later on.
“Being an OFW, Culata could not be ‘a pusher.’ He had just come from the Kingdom which is very strict when it comes to illegal drugs,” said Arnold G. Pineda, a Filipino community worker in Buraidah.
He said: “Culata’s death was a total disregard of OFWs’ contributions to our country, particularly its economy.”
Eduardo R. Rodriguez, spare parts manager of Arab Equipment Est. in Dammam, said that government operatives in Philippines should exercise restraint in identifying drug suspects.
“They should have conducted a thorough investigation before arresting Culata,” he said.
What’s worse, he added, Culata was found lifeless after his arrest.
In Riyadh, John Leonard Monterona, a human rights advocate, also called on the Philippine government to spare vacationing OFWs from what it called a “senseless and inhuman extrajudicial killing in the name of the government’s war on illegal drugs.”
“We were shocked and alarmed upon hearing the report about the alleged torture and killing of Culata,” he said.


6th batch of Saudi Sakani housing program launched

The REDF aims to increase the rate of property ownership to 60 percent by 2020 and 70 percent by 2030.
Updated 17 June 2018
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6th batch of Saudi Sakani housing program launched

  • The program aims to give citizens the opportunity to own properties, improve the performance of the real estate sector and increase its production
  • The ministry and the fund urged citizens to visit the sakani.housing.sa portal

JEDDAH: The Housing Ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) on Saturday announced the launch of the sixth batch of the Sakani (Housing) program.
The batch’s 23,769 products include housing units under development in partnership with qualified real estate developers; free land; and real estate loans supported by a partnership between the REDF and financial institutions.
The program aims to give citizens the opportunity to own properties, improve the performance of the real estate sector and increase its production.
REDF spokesman Hamoud Al-Osaimi said the fund, in partnership with financial institutions, continues to provide services to beneficiaries whose names were announced during recent batches of Sakani.
Thousands of citizens have completed their applications and been approved for mortgage loans, he added, stressing the fund’s aim to help citizens get housing that suits them.
The ministry and the fund urged citizens to visit the sakani.housing.sa portal for a list of people allocated housing this month, and to visit the portal eskan.gov.sa and the REDF portal redf.gov.sa to complete the necessary procedures, update data and approve products.