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President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to totally lift the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait. This comes after the Philippines and Kuwait signed on May 11 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) providing additional protection for OFWs in the Gulf state.
Meanwhile, the President said he is ruling out politicians – and most especially women – as the Philippines’ next Ombudsman. He did not explain why he was against having a woman in the position.
In Boracay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disputed reports that a mountain on the island is being flattened during the island’s 6-month closure. The DENR said that a “subdivision” was indeed being constructed in the area, but just before the closure was in effect.
All these and more are in today’s wRap!
(UPDATED) The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, ‘upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o’
Asked about Ombudsman applicant Silvestre Bello III, President Rodrigo Duterte says, ‘I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait’
In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence
President Rodrigo Duterte says China’s Xi Jinping is proposing a ‘bigger share’ for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the flattening was done before Boracay’s closure
Shell, Chevron and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), or collectively known as the Malampaya Consortium, were allowed not to pay P146.7 billion in income taxes by Presidents Arroyo, Aquino and Duterte
Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations