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DFA limits consular services to 'urgent needs' during Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Applicants with confirmed passport appointments from March 9 to April 14 will be accommodated after the quarantine period ends

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement protecting OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The protection agreement covers all Filipino household services workers and skilled workers in Kuwait

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippines defends ambassador summoned by Kuwait

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano cites the case of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis: 'Hihintayin pa ba natin na may mangyari pang ganoon bago tayo kumilos?'

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

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

Kuwait summons PH envoy over alleged OFW rescue

Apr 22, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa says the Philippine embassy will submit an official reply to two protest notes handed by Kuwait

OFWS. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on February 18, 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

A year after CA rejection, Yasay says PH passport issue 'resolved'

Mar 08, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says his life is 'much, much better' a year after the Commission on Appointments rejected him

EX-DFA CHIEF. Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr appears at the House of Representatives hearing on passport application delays on March 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH open to drug war probe, Cayetano tells Tillerson

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:01 AM

'We made it clear that we have nothing to hide,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says after meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meet in Washington DC on September 27, 2017 (Washington time). Photo courtesy of US State Department

Hijacked Filipino seafarers return home after nearly 5 years

Oct 27, 2016 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED I am so happy This is what I had been praying for every night: to be with my family this Christmas Arnel Balbero says surrounded by his 4 siblings at the airport

RETURNING HOME. Filipino seafarers, held hostage in Somalia for 5 years, return to the Philippines on Flight EK 332. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Santiago urges creation of body to monitor documented OFWs

Dec 19, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago makes the call following reports that overseas Filipino worker Thelma Gawidan was starved and forced to work without pay in Singapore

'Abused' OFW in Saudi Arabia dies – migrants' group

Oct 24, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Migrante Middle East calls on the Philippine government to investigate the untimely death of 25 year old Rehana Lusay Bayan

'HEADS MUST ROLL.' After being in coma for weeks, overseas Filipino worker Rina (not her real name) has died, according to Migrante-Middle East. File photo courtesy of Migrante-Middle East

Emotional meeting between Baldoz, OFW with death sentence

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

On appeal Dalquez’ death sentence stems from a murder conviction handed down by the Al Ain Court of First Instance last May 20

PH gives mixed signals on Recto Bank drilling

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The reported suspension of oil drilling comes as the Philippines calls for a moratorium on activities that raise tension in the South China Sea

PANGILINAN-LED. Forum Energy, the British company allowed to explore Recto Bank, is run in the Philippines by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan.

MRT upgrade, West PH 101, lechon smuggle | The wRap

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Malacanang says MRT and LRT improvements are about to begin The DFA wants the China conflict taught in schools Did VIP inmates use lechon or a roasted pig to smuggle contraband?

DOJ wants action plan vs trafficking to strife-torn Syria

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Reports reach the justice department that underground migration is happening with Filipinos wanting to get househelp work falling prey to the hands of syndicates

Obama to stay overnight in PH

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:18 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and US President Barack Obama will discuss a wide range of issues during the US leader s Manila visit in late April says a Palace official

Palace, PH leaders: Mandela a beacon of freedom

Dec 06, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Philippine leaders hail Nelson Mandela as a shining beacon of inspiration to all freedom loving peoples

Victim unmasks self, faces OFW 'abuser'

Aug 15, 2013 - 6:16 PM

The alleged abuser Riyadh labor attaché Antonio Tony Villafuerte denies accusations against him before the Senate

'House mothers' sent to OFW shelters

Aug 14, 2013 - 4:18 PM

DOLE also orders the installation of CCTV cameras in halfway houses for distressed OFWs

Envoy hit for 'inaction' over OFW abuse

Aug 08, 2013 - 9:01 PM

On the first day of hearings on the sex for flight scheme senators grill a labor attaché for alleged inaction over a sexual harassment case

To prevent sex for flight, females to staff OFW shelters

Aug 08, 2013 - 3:45 PM

This unprecedented move can prevent sexual abuses DOLE says

Ban male attachés in OFW shelters, solon says

Aug 02, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The Philippines needs an organizational shake up in OFW shelters says Akbayan Rep Walden Bello

Sex-for-flight probers target halfway houses

Jul 31, 2013 - 6:08 PM

DOLE has direct responsibility over this Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says

Whitewash feared in sex-for-flight probe

Jul 30, 2013 - 2:12 PM

UPDATED Denouncing a possible whitewash by the foreign affairs and labor departments solons begin an investigation into the sex for flight scheme victimizing OFWs

Pinoys can work in Iraq except in 4 areas

Apr 20, 2013 - 4:45 PM

There are 2 000 job vacancies for doctors and nurses in Iraq

STILL IN CONFLICT. A file photo of central Baghdad. File photo by AFP

PH on #USvote: From congrats to ‘let's not meddle’

Nov 07, 2012 - 4:18 PM

Philippine leaders say there will be no significant change in PH ties with the US resulting from Obama s reelection

Enrile-Trillanes fight over talks with China

Sep 19, 2012 - 5:06 PM

This guy is a fraud Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says referring to Sen Antonio Trillanes IV This phantom of the opera in Philippine politics

PH protests South China Sea 'city'

Jul 05, 2012 - 3:30 PM

China s establishment of Sansha City which governs contested portions of the South China Sea allegedly violates Philippine territorial sovereignty

PH, China make progress in standoff

Apr 13, 2012 - 2:34 PM

The Philippines says it had made progress in efforts to ease a standoff with China in the West Philippine Sea