The Abu Dhabi Central Jail has released 15 Filipino prisoners as a gesture of goodwill for the holy month of Ramadan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.
According to a DFA statement, the 15 Filipinos were among the 879 prisoners ordered released by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The move was made public by prison officials of Abu Dhabi Central Jail.
“I wish to thank the UAE government for releasing the 15 Filipinos from Abu Dhabi jails,” Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Grace Relucio Princesa said.
“We know some of those who were released because we were able to speak to them during our regular weekly jail visits, and all they wished then is to be able to be with their loved ones again in the Philippines. I am sure they are very grateful for having been given a new opportunity to start again,” the ambassador added.
The embassy said it continues to remind Filipinos across UAE to respect their host country’s laws, culture and tradition.
It has given support to the publication of a guidebook for overseas Filipino workers in the UAE, in addition to providing legal aid and holding seminars in the embassy on a regular basis.