Filipino stabbed in Saudi now in stable condition: DFA

MANILAThe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday reported that the Filipino nurse stabbed while on duty in Saudi Arabia is now in stable condition.

The agency added the suspect is now in police custody for stabbing and seriously wounding the victim whom the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah identified as Rolando Mina, a 29-year-old emergency room nurse from Caloocan City.

The Consulate General immediately dispatched case officers to Madinah to assist Mina and coordinate with local authorities who are handling his case.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said Mina was on duty when he was suddenly attacked by the 22-year-old Saudi national who was arrested shortly after the incident.

Badajos said the case has already been endorsed to the Public Prosecutor for further investigation.

Mina sustained multiple stab wounds, mostly on his arms, with the entire incident captured by the hospital's closed circuit television system.

Badajos said authorities are still trying to determine the motive for the attack as Mina said he does not know the suspect and has no idea why he stabbed him.

The envoy said officials from the Saudi Ministry of Health already visited Mina on Friday. The hospital management, on the other hand, provided him with a security guard to ensure his safety while the case is being investigated.

Badajos said Mina was also assured of assistance, including payment of his salary while he recovers. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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