Save 20% off! Join our newsletter and get 20% off right away!
Filipino overseas workers in the Middle East

Embassy to Pinoy in the Middle East: Please use social media responsibly

Filipino overseas workers in the Middle East
Filipino overseas workers in the Middle East

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh wishes to remind Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to be responsible in using social media while in the Kingdom.
Filipinos in the Kingdom must exercise prudence and discretion in their use of various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Inappropriate posts or photographs on social media, intentional or not, may result in a police investigation that may further lead to legal or judicial action against the account owner.
In the past, the attention of the Embassy has been called on cases related to social media use of Filipinos due to the following infringements, among others:
• Pictures depicting use of alcohol and gambling;
• Slanderous statements against co-workers or superiors;
• Pictures depicting illicit relations;
• Postings of lewd or sensitive photographs; and,
• Possession of pornographic photos and videos.
In addition, Filipinos are advised not to engage in debates aimed at criticizing religion or political institutions.
As guests of the Kingdom, Filipinos are reminded to respect the culture, traditions and religious beliefs of Saudi Arabia and fellow expatriate communities, and avoid criticism of them in public or on social media.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.