BAYANG, Lanao del Sur: Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go helped bring home an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who had been jailed for almost six years because of a road accident in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Go, with the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Jeddah, made it possible for Malik Darimbang to come home after languishing in jail for almost six years.
Darimbang said in a press conference that he was involved in a tragic road accident that killed a Pakistani.
He came home on December 13 with the assistance of Senator Go, who helped raise the blood money amounting to $40,090.38 for the settlement of his case.
“It was a very grueling process, but we were able to accomplish it. Thanks to Senator Go, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh led by Ambassador Adnan V. Alonto, Political Officer Alexander Joseph Estomo of the same embassy, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah headed by Consul General Ed Badajos, the Office of the President, the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs,” said lawyer Rehan Lao, who coordinated with the family and the Senator’s office.
Darimbang’s son Saripoden Ipo Modin Abdul extended his thanks to the senator and the rest of the government officials, who helped his father come home after 10 years in Saudi Arabia
“Sobra po kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyo. Hindi po matutumbasan ng kahit anong salapi ang pasasalamat namin sa inyo dahil sa ginawa ninyong tulong sa Papa ko na kahit na sino po ang nilapitan namin, sa tagal ng taon, wala pong nakaresolba dito kundi kayo lang po (We are more than grateful to you, Senator Go. No amount of money could repay the kindness and help you have given us. We have asked the help of others, but you are the only one who was able to resolve our case.),” Abdul said.
Ashleya Limbona, a member of Arkat Lawanen from Marawi City and who has been helping Darimbang, also shared their gratitude to the government officials for the assistance.
Darimbang’s journey to Saudi Arabia started in 2010 when he was hired as company driver of heavy machinery trucks. Based in Makkah, he got involved in a vehicular accident in February 2014 that resulted in the death of a Pakistani national.
His company was unable to resolve the case, which led the Saudi Lower Court of Makkah to hold Darimbang equally liable for the accident. He was ordered to pay the amount of 150,000 Saudi riyals, which is more than P2 million, or be kept in jail.