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Kuwait, Saudi halt oil production from neutral zone

May 21, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia decide to shut down the offshore Khafji oil field for one month starting June 1

Gulf stocks battered by coronavirus, oil price war in Q1 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The 5 major bourses in the Gulf region plummet in the first 3 months of the year, with Dubai's market losing more than a third of its value

SLUMPING STOCKS. A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. Photo by Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Domestic worker is first Filipino coronavirus case in Kuwait

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait says she is in stable condition

People wearing protective masks cross the street in Kuwait City on March 2, 2020, amid a global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

Duterte wants death penalty for OFW Villavende's killers

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his 'heart bleeds' for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacañang Palace on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

Gulf shares slump after OPEC fails to agree on virus action plan

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:55 PM

All the 7 bourses in the Gulf close in the red on Sunday, March 8, amid a panic sell-off over fears that energy prices could collapse

A picture taken with a fisheye lense shows traders walking by beneath a stock display board at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the United Arab Emirates, on March 8, 2020. - Saudi's stock exchange fell 6.5 percent and other Gulf markets tumbled to multi-year lows at the start of trading after OPEC and its allies failed to clinch a deal over oil production cuts. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Kuwait suspends flights from PH, 6 other countries amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The new measure will cover all incoming flights to and from the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt

KUWAIT AND THE VIRUS. People wearing protective masks cross the street in Kuwait City on March 2, 2020, amid a global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Coronavirus compounds Gulf economic woes as oil prices slump

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:25 AM

Capital Economics estimates the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states will lose some $40 billion of oil revenues in 2020

This picture taken on December 11, 2019, shows a view of a refinery at the Jubail Industrial City, about 95 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Kuwait to screen travelers from PH, 9 other countries amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Responding to Kuwait's new rules, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippines will 'slow down' the deployment of overseas Filipino workers

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gulf bourses dive as coronavirus hits oil price

Mar 01, 2020 - 10:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Gulf region's stock markets are badly hit on Sunday, March 1, with oil prices sagging below $50 a barrel amid novel coronavirus fears

A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. - Boursa Kuwait decided to close the main trading hall due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease developments. Stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf states plunged on March 1 over fears of the impact of the coronavirus, which also battered global bourses last week. All of the seven exchanges in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which were closed the previous two days for the Muslim weekend, were hit as oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel. The region's slide was led by Kuwait Boursa, where the All-Share Index fell 10 percent, triggering its closure. Kuwait's bourse was closed for most of last week for national holidays. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

4 more Middle East nations report coronavirus cases

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Bahrain shuts 3 schools after a man who had transported children to the institutions tested positive after returning from Iran

CHECK. The body temperature of an Iraqi child returning from Iran is measured upon her arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Kuwait reports 3 infections and Bahrain one in citizens who had returned home from Iran

KUWAIT RESPONSE. Kuwaiti policemen wearing protective masks wait at Sheikh Saad Airport in Kuwait City, on February 22, 2020, before transferring Kuwaitis arriving from Iran to a hospital to be tested for coronavirus. Photo by Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Philippines lifts deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The lifting of the ban means newly-hired and returning skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, professionals, and household service workers can return and work in the Gulf state

BAN LIFTED. The Philippine government lifts the total deployment ban to Kuwait, which was imposed after the killing of a Filipina domestic worker there in December 2019.

Philippines eases deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'

LABOR SECRETARY. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locusts boiled, baked, or dried? Kuwait serves up insect delicacy

Feb 02, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The surprisingly nutritious, protein-rich insect is considered a 'delicious delicacy' by Kuwait's older citizens

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Philippines orders total deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The total deployment ban covers all newly hired workers – domestic workers, skilled workers, and professionals

OFW Villavende sexually abused, battered before death – NBI autopsy

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra says the NBI will submit a formal report on the autopsy results on Jeanelyn Villavende's body on January 13

Murdered OFW in Kuwait wanted to go home months before death

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says Jeanelyn Villavende repeatedly asked her recruitment agency to bring her home 3 months before she was beaten to death

PH condemns killing of yet another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs summons the Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila 'to express the government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection' of Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country

Kuwait PM, cabinet quit after disputes with parliament

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah 'submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the emir...in order to allow for a cabinet reshuffle,' says a government spokesman

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on September 25, 2019 in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Kuwait ruler in U.S. hospital for 'tests', Trump meeting postponed

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:48 AM

A meeting with US President Donald Trump set for September 12 is postponed due to the hospital stay of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

IN THE HOSPITAL. In this file photo taken on March 31, 2019 Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (C) attends the opening session of the 30th Arab League summit in the Tunisian capital Tunis. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Drone used to smuggle drugs into Kuwait

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Authorities say this is the first time a drone was used in smuggling illegal drugs

Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Sondos Al-Qattan 'should be blacklisted' as foreign employer – PH commission

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Commission on Filipinos Overseas Undersecretary Astravel Pimenetel-Naik says the Kuwaiti social media influencer should be included in the POEA's 'list of undesirable foreign employers'

A BLACK MARK. The Commission for Filipinos Overseas says Sondos Al-Qattan should be blacklisted as a potential employer. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

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Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

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MAC, Etude House cut ties with Kuwaiti beauty blogger after rants vs OFWs

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) MAC Cosmetics, one of the world’s largest makeup brands, joins the list of international companies that cut ties with controversial social media star Sondos Alqattan

Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

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

Duterte apologizes to Kuwait for 'harsh' language

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:17 PM

'I'm sorry for the language that I was using but I'm very satisfied by the way you responded to the problems of my country,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Kuwait

SOUTH KOREA TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before leaving for South Korea on June 3, 2018. Malacañang photo

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May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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Malacañang: Duterte yet to sign lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

May 23, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says he has yet to see a signed written order on the lifting of the ban

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh exchange pleasantries following their meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

May 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 'upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o'

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement on May 11, 2018, protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. File photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

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May 14, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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DOLE seeks partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban

May 13, 2018 - 12:55 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says relations between the Philippines and Kuwait are now 'normal'

BELLO AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Malolos City, Bulacan. Malacañang file photo

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

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

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Cayetano: Kuwait assures PH of 'firm commitment' to protect OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine is expecting the agreement on additional protection for OFWs in Kuwait will be signed on Friday, May 11

TALKS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano arrives in Kuwait on May 10, 2018 and was met by Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh (L) and Philippine Consul General Noordin Lomondot (R). DFA Photo

Filipino diplomats in Kuwait 'expected to be released'

May 10, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'The diplomats are expected to be released in two to three days,' says Malacañang as a Philippine delegation meets with Kuwaiti officials in Kuwait

KUWAIT ROW. Philippine officials led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque meet with Kuwaiti officials to mend ties with Kuwait. Malacañang photo

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Kuwait frees 4 Filipino drivers in OFW rescues

May 09, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that by May 11, the Philippines hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Kuwait for the better treatment of OFWs there

KUWAIT MEETING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque lead a Philippine contingent meeting with Kuwaiti officials in Kuwait. Malacañang photo

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Duterte names Abdullah Mamao as special envoy to Kuwait

May 08, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Newly appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mamao, a San Beda law graduate, is the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] To escape poverty, hard work is not enough

May 04, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Diokno’s recent statement, for the record, is a gross misrepresentation of economists' contemporary thinking about the nature of poverty and income mobility

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