Riyadh-bound Filipino held in Manila over bomb scare

Updated 11 August 2015
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Riyadh-bound Filipino held in Manila over bomb scare

RIYADH: A 50-year-old Filipino scheduled to fly to Riyadh was arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila, following a bomb scare.
The Filipino named Daisy David Medallon was about to board Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR654 bound for Riyadh at the NAIA Terminal 2 when she was apprehended by police on Sunday.
“The flight, however, landed on time in Riyadh,” said Julieto Quirante, a PAL supervisor stationed in Riyadh. Quirante, who was not aware of the whole hoax bomb episode, said that he would find out more details of the incident. But, Philippines’ Director of Aviation Security Group Chief Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas confirmed the arrest.
Balagtas said during the check-in procedures, David was advised by Janette Murata who was manning the counter, to remove some of her stuff due to excess baggage. But, she reluctantly responded to the request to show the baggage, saying that “she had a bomb, which can blow up the plane.”
She did not realize that cracking a bomb joke inside an airport terminal is a criminal offense.
According to reports, David was supposed to board PAL Flight PR654 on Saturday to visit her husband in Saudi Arabia, But now, she is facing a five-year jail term if convicted, and a hefty fine or both. Making any threat concerning bombs, explosives or similar devices or means of destruction is a major violation of aviation rules where the airport is located.
This is not first time that such a nasty incident created a scene at the airport or on board a mid-air plane. In an incident recently, a Saudia Boeing 777 carrying 287 passengers made an emergency landing in Cairo airport after its captain received a bomb threat. But, the investigators found no bomb on board.
In another hoax bomb incident, a Qatar Airways plane was escorted into Manchester airport by a military jet when a man aboard who was arrested made a bomb threat.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.