A Filipino hotel worker has been arrested for stabbing a colleague to death in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The 48-year-old Filipino, who has been a kitchen worker in a hotel in Jeddah for nine years, got angry on July 20 when he was told to work on his day off, ABS-CBN News reported on Tuesday.

When the Filipino got to work he became irritated and got into an argument with a colleague, who was a Tunisian national. The argument escalated with the Tunisian punching the Filipino in the head.

The Filipino then got a knife and stabbed his colleague.

According to Edgar Badajos, the Philippine Consul General in Jeddah, the Filipino said he was only defending himself as his colleague was the one who started the fight.

“We are providing assistance to our compatriot, giving him legal representation to ensure he will get a fair trial,” Badajos said.

Police arrested the Filipino man and are currently investigating the case.

In Saudi Arabia, the death penalty is imposed on people convicted of committing murder.