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11-year-old Filipina gymnast killed in UK car crash

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Tributes flow for Marianne Haboc, who was fatally hit by a car while she was on her way home from school

Marianne Haboc was a member of the Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club and had represented the club in various competitions. Photo courtesy of Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club (via the Philippine Embassy in London)

Ex-OFW files ethics complaint vs Bertiz

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-OFW Sheila Mabunga claims to be a 'human trafficking victim' of a recruitment agency formerly run by ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, but the lawmaker's camp disputes this

HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Former OFW Shiela Mabunga, who filed an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, recounts her ordeal in Saudia Arabia. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

20 Saudi OFWs protest unpaid wages, get ejected from home

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The 20 overseas Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, refuse to work due to two months' worth of unpaid salaries and food allowances

Swedish actor faces murder case for killing Filipina wife

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Filipina, 28-year-old Mailyn Conde Sinambong, was allegedly 'severely beaten' by her 50-year-old Swedish husband, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

SINAMBONG CASE. Consul General Maria Elena Algabre of the Philippine embassy in Oslo discusses the case of murdered Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong with her maternal aunt Lugina Eliasen in Stockholm on October 1, 2018, before meeting with the Swedish lawyer handling the case. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Oslo

Saudi OFW shot, killed after allegedly stabbing manager

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The overseas Filipino worker allegedly stabbed his Saudi manager and Pakistani coworker, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

My migration story: Why I left London and came home

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

At first I didn't know my story. Two movies helped me get there: 'Never Not Love You,' starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, and 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

LONDON CALLING. London, England has been an attractive destination for Filipinos who seek a job overseas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Saudi employer sued for forcing OFW to drink bleach

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The employer of Agnes Mancilla, 35, an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia, allegedly makes her work 20 hours a day and gives her only coffee for meals

DISTRESSED OFW. This photo sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to reporters on April 17, 2018, shows Consul General to Jeddah Edgar Badajos visiting Agnes Mancilla, a 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker allegedly forced to drink bleach by her employer in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of DFA

150,000 Filipinos warned of Hurricane Florence in U.S.

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Filipinos in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina can be affected by Hurricane Florence. Take note of the hotline in case of emergencies there.

TROPICAL STORMS. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018, shows (L-R) Tropical Storm Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Tropical Storm Helene in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by NOAA/AFP

OFWs can lose jobs after NAIA runway accident

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) An apology from Xiamen Air and government officials is not enough, the OFWs have to be compensated, says Migrante, an advocacy group for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers

OFWs can now rate recruiters online

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:47 PM

OFWs can look for their agencies and rate it with stars – 5 stars as the highest. Reviews cover recruitment fees, pre-departure orientation, and the employment contract.

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority,' says Migrante

PUBLIC APOLOGY. Migrante International demands a public apology from Kuwaiti social media celebirty Sondos Al Qattan who ranted against Filipino workers having rest days. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Philippines backs 'long-overdue' UN migration pact

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:23 PM

United Nations member-states approve the final text of the Global Compact for Migration, upholding the rights of refugees and migrants. The United States has pulled out of the pact, citing its inconsistency with its 'America First' policy.

MIGRATION. DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola speaks at the closing rounds of negotiation on the UN Global Compact on Migration on July 13, 2018. DFA Photo

Hip-hop artist, OFW advocate: RJ Señeres' rhyme and reason

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

RJ Señeres' journey started way before his career in music – in their 3-bedroom apartment in Abu Dhabi, when he was just 11 years old. This is his story.

RJ Señeres Jr

Lawmaker urges banks to slash OFW remittance charges amid high inflation

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III asks banks to cut charges on OFW remittances to 5%, from the current average of 10.57%

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018 – PH consulate

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'They know the culture. They know the rules. They know it’s illegal, yet they still do it,' says Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi

Cash remittance of Filipino seafarers may exceed $6B this year – lawmaker

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:40 PM

'We expect the enlistment of Filipino sailors to increase along with international ship traffic, as the global economy continues to expand,' says ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto 'John' Bertiz

[Balikbayan Voice] Notes from a Manila Kid

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:15 PM

'It’s impossible not to have a connection to Manila in some way or another, regardless of where you are from," says Filipino-American Simona Gemayel

"It’s impossible not to have a connection to Manila in some way or another, regardless of where you are from," says author Simona Geyael.

How this Cagayan de Oro lawyer is breaking the glass ceiling in international arbitration

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Female, Asian, and just in her 30s, Earl Joyce Rivera Dolera shows the way for other young women who want to work in an industry not known for diversity and inclusion

[OPINION] One hour at a time

May 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

I had 30 minutes left with her. Taking the place of the sweeping vistas of the countryside we used to visit was the gray horizon of concrete pavement where we saw airplanes flying in and out. She would leave soon, along with the rest, to a life where they are needed – indispensable yet invisible at the same time.

Filipino nurse stabbed while on duty in Saudi Arabia

May 20, 2018 - 10:10 PM

29-year-old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustains multiple stab wounds on his arms after he is suddenly attacked by a Saudi national

ATTACK. 29-year old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustained multiple stab wounds, mostly on his arms, after he was suddenly attacked by a 22-year-old Saudi national while working in a hospital. Screenshot from CCTV video

Human Rights Watch hits Kuwait for ‘punishing’ embassy staff aiding OFWs

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Rothna Begum of HRW says Kuwaiti authorities should not be punishing embassy officials for helping domestic workers in danger

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

Apologize to OFWs over Kuwait row, Migrante tells PH gov't

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Migrante says the incident puts OFWs in Kuwait in 'deeper trouble in the name of media mileage and false posturing'

UNDER FIRE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Philippines vows respect for Kuwait amid OFW rescues

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kuwait's ambassador after the Kuwaiti government protested the rescue of abused OFWs in the Middle Eastern country without proper coordination with local authorities

DAVAO MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Kuwaiti Ambassador Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh exchange pleasantries following their meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Malacañang photo

‘That is a crime’: OWWA’s Arnell Ignacio hits OFW rescue ops in Kuwait

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio says Philippine embassy personnel should have coordinated with Kuwaiti police

'IT'S A CRIME'. OWWA Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio said that the rescue of OFWs in Kuwait by the DFA violated Kuwaiti laws and should not have been on social media. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos for urging OFW maids to escape

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:05 AM

This comes after Kuwait's foreign ministry summoned the Philippine ambassador over a video showing the rescue of Filipino domestic workers from Kuwaiti homes

DIPLOMATIC ROW. Philippine Ambassador in Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. A diplomatic row is brewing between the Philippines and Kuwait over the rescue of Filipino maids. Photo by AFP

Not 'just' a maid: How this center trains Hong Kong OFWs

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Fair Training Center in Parañaque City teaches Hong Kong OFWs to 'professionalize' their work – and not just to please their employers abroad

READY FOR TAKE OFF. From learning how to cook to knowing their rights, the Fair Training Center makes sure that aspiring domestic workers are fully prepared for life abroad. Photo from the Fair Training Center

Duterte meets OFW scalded by Saudi employer

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Pahima Alagasi, the OFW scalded by her employer in Saudi Arabia 4 years ago, is given financial assistance and offered a job by President Rodrigo Duterte

WELCOME HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed home Pahima Alagasi, an OFW scalded by her employer in Saudi Arabia four years ago. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipinos in Syria urged to stay home amid U.S.-led air strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'So far, the Embassy has not received any reports of Filipino casualties in the attacks that appear to have targeted military installations in and around Damascus,' says Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

How a Filipino from Capiz became top foreign cadet

Apr 08, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'You need to prove yourself because you're a visitor. You need to perform much better,' says Kennon Jan Aguilar, a top foreign cadet at the Korea Air Force Academy

BORN TO BE A SOLDIER. Kennon John Aguilar, coming from a line of military men, always knew he was going to serve the military himself. Photo courtesy of Kennon John Aguilar.

Ex-envoy says OFWs should consider ASEAN for jobs

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Former envoy to the ASEAN Orlando Mercado says that member-states within the region have vibrant arrangements with the Philippines in terms of workers' protection

ASEAN. Former envoy to the ASEAN Orly Mercado discusses migration in the region at the 1st ASEANnale forum at the University of the Philippines-Diliman on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

While the murder of Joanna Demafelis rocked the Philippine community in Kuwait, many say they want to remain in the country

REPATRIATED. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. Noel Celis/AFP

HRW: Deployment ban to Kuwait increases risk of OFW abuse

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Human Rights Watch also says Kuwait should 'confront the outcry' over the reports of abuse by taking 'immediate steps to reform the kafala system'

INCREASED RISKS. Human Rights Watch warns that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait would increase risk of abuse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bulacueña serves on US Navy’s largest amphibious warship

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla hails from Baliuag, Bulacan

IN THE NAVY. Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla is serving aboard the USS Boxer, which is based in San Diego, California. Photo from the US Navy Office of Community Outreach

Iglesia ni Cristo system can help Filipinos abroad – Cayetano

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo has 'churches in several countries around the world' and a system of coordinating with government to attend to complaints of overseas Filipinos, says the DFA chief

SPECIAL ENVOY. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo is the first INC leader to be appointed to a government position. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Tragic homecoming for OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The remains of Melody Albano Castro are brought to her home in Barangay Banguian in Abulug town, Cagayan

SAD HOMECOMING. The box bearing the remains of OFW Melody Albano Castro is loaded in a hearse that would transport it to her hometown on February 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of OWWA Region 2

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait – immigration chief

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban,' says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BALIK MANGGAGAWA. As part of the labor department's Balik Manggagawa program, Filipino workers with prior contracts can still return to Kuwait despite a deployment ban.

Mestiza in Manila: What no one tells you when you move to the homeland

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'I do my best to use this privilege and power to contribute back to Filipino society. I’m incredibly proud to be Filipino. Manila may be melty and monstrous, but I love it.'

PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait

Feb 10, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Cebu Pacific says it is mounting a special flight for Filipinos in Kuwait who want to be repatriated

OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake was family breadwinner

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Melody Albano Castro leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and a husband with a disability

TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE. A magnitude-6.4 quake strikes Kaohsiung, Taiwan, causing some buildings to collapse on February 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of Zachary Lee/UDN TV

Kuwait 'bewildered' by PH’s deployment ban - report

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait

Expert warns of Middle East 'deployment crisis' over new fee for OFWs

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani urges the Department of Health to seek the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs

SCAM? The Blas F. Ople Policy Center seeks a probe of an alleged "multi-million peso scam" targeting OFWs. File photo by AFP

The most in demand, highest paying jobs for OFWs in 2017

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Land-based and sea-based engineers, healthcare professionals, and IT professionals were the highest-paying specializations in 2017

HIGHPAYING JOBS. Workabroad.ph released their annual overseas jobs and salary report, with engineering, healthcare, and IT jobs topping the list of highest-paid specializations. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OFW bank to open on January 18

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank on Thursday, January 18

'Trafficked' OFW sues for forced labor and abuse in U.S.

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Velonzas allegedly confiscated Bergado's passport and forced her to work '14 hours a day and 7 days a week, for virtually no pay, for almost 3 years'

PH mulls talks with UAE over 'good conduct certificate' requirement

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'The certificate is a new addition. But without talks, this means it is a unilateral decision only,' Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III says

DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they will be talking with the UAE government after it released a Cabinet resolution requiring a 'good conduct and behavior certificate' from expats. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH embassy in Israel denies involvement in Christmas party strip show

Jan 06, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The embassy called the performance 'highly offensive' and asked the organizers to provide an explanation in writing

NO INVOLVEMENT. Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial clarifies that the embassy is not involved in thecontroversial Filipino Christmas party in Haifa, Israel. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Israel

PH gov't urged to probe 'multi-million-peso scam' targeting OFWs

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'This online registration scheme has all the makings of a scam and is being perpetrated by foreigners allegedly representing Gulf countries,' says Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center

File photo by AFP

Around 1,000 OFWs diagnosed with cancer in UAE every year – doctors

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Working away from home and loved ones – with the emotional and psychological stress it entails – 'may play a role' in getting the dreaded disease, doctors share