- There were Filipinas arrested for attending a Halloween party in Riyadh
- The government of Saudi Arabia prohibits organizing non-Islamic events
- The Philippine Embassy has released an official statement regarding the incident
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Saudi Arabia prohibits organizing and attending events without the permission of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or events that are non-Islamic. KAMI learned from ABS-CBN News that Filipinas were arrested for attending a Halloween party in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Consul General Christopher Patrick Aro explained that residents in Al Thumama complained about a party that went on until past midnight. They attendees reportedly posted their happenings on social media as well.
"So far na alam namin ay resulta po ito ng isang reklamo ng mga residente sa Al Thumama na para tila meron pong activity po doon na ginaganap na medyo past midnight na," Aro stated.
The noise was already disturbing others, therefore, the police conducted a raid and arrested the party organizer as well as those who attended the event.
As reported by Philippine Star, 24 people were arrested and 19 of them are Pinays. They could be charged with immorality or organized witchcraft activity and could face a jail sentence up to one year.
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The Consul General also warned the Filipinos in Riyadh in terms of hosting and attending parties especially now that the Christmas, another non-Islamic event, is approaching.
“Lalo na po at nalalapit na po ang holiday season sa atin, ang pag-observe ng Pasko sa atin ay isa din po 'yan na kailangan medyo dapat bantayan dito sa Saudi 'di po dapat sa publiko po natin ginagawa yan,” Aro quipped.
Here is the official statement of Philippine Embassy:
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