Saudi political tension will not escalate: Foreign Affairs-A A +A
Saturday, March 12, 2011
DESPITE alerting Filipino nationals, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is optimistic that the political tension in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will not escalate.
Unlike the situation in Libya, the government has a good hold on its citizens and it does not tolerate demonstrations and protests of any kind, DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said.
"We believe the Saudi government is stable enough... the King (Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz) has full control," said Seguis.
On Friday, a small group of less than 300 Saudi nationals held a political rally, dubbed as "Day of Rage," sparking fears that the Kingdom may likewise fall into political unrest.
It is expected to be followed by the "Saudi Revolution" on March 20, which is also believed to be a protest to demand several changes in the government.
Besides being the world's largest oil source, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also employs the most number of overseas Filipinos at 1.2 million.
The KSA has become the latest country in the Middle East to be swept by political unrest.
Nevertheless, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advised Filipinos to comply with the statement of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia that "prohibits all forms of demonstrations and marches."
"All Filipinos in the Kingdom are advised to comply with the Ministry's statement and to observe all other laws, rules and regulations of the Kingdom," said the Embassy in an advisory posted in its website.
Also, the Embassy said Filipinos should always be on alert of their surroundings, avoid crowds, and unnecessary movements, especially during the weekend. (AMN/Sunnex)