In a phone interview with GMANews.TV, Vice Consul Roussel Reyes said they have heard of the accident and are still verifying the circumstances and identities of the two Filipino victims.
“We are still waiting for the report of the workers’ employer and our staff are working on it,” Reyes said.
He added that the Embassy has already identified one of the Filipino fatalities, but refused to disclose it until they receive the official police report from the employer and until the relatives of the victim are informed.
Migrante-Riyadh chair Eric Jocson said the two Filipinos died on the spot when the car they were riding slammed into a speeding 10-wheeler truck. He said the victims were en route to the city of Meccah for a pilgrimage, while the truck was on its way to Riyadh. Meccah is the holiest meeting site in the Islamic religion.
The accident happened around 8 A.M. Monday (Philippine time) in the city of Al Quwayiyah, some 150 kilometers away from Riyadh.
Jocson said the Filipinos, one of whom he personally knew, were with a Pakistani and a Saudi national. “They were all working for Forever Living. The accident is very tragic, and we feel for their families in the Philippines who have yet to be informed,” he said.
He likewise said he has received reports that the truck was also being driven by another Filipino. “I was told that a Filipino was driving the truck and no one in the car survived due to the strength of the impact.”