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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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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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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May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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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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May 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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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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May 08, 2018 - 11:47 AM

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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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May 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

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Cayetano still has Duterte's 'full trust and confidence' – Malacañang

May 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

'As far as the Palace is concerned, there is no reason for him to resign,' says Malacañang in response to calls for Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to resign over the deterioration of the diplomatic row with Kuwait

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano responds to media during a press conference on the arrival of Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa at the Naia on May 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Cayetano denies Kuwait OFW video was for politicking

May 03, 2018 - 2:10 AM

'Bakit, nandoon ba ako sa video? Kung gagamitin ko sa pulitika eh di ako na ang pumunta do'n, ako na ang nag-rescue,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

OFW RESCUE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies in an interview on May 2, 2018, that he meant to use an OFW rescue video for politicking. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait

May 03, 2018 - 12:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stresses that the diplomats violated no international convention and committed no crime

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Expelled Philippine ambassador to Kuwait arrives in Manila

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Ambassador Renato Villa is received by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano a week after he was expelled from Kuwait

FACT CHECK: Kuwait did not apologize over diplomatic row

May 02, 2018 - 9:52 PM

A blog post claiming that Kuwait has apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a diplomatic row

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] On Kuwait: We need a president, not a suitor

May 01, 2018 - 9:25 AM

This is not the time for pronouncements sweetened only by your saccharine but empty rhetoric. The lives of thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at stake.

Leave Kuwait? Domestic helpers willing, but not the skilled workers

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Bago niya pauwiin, tingnan muna niya ang unemployed sa Pilipinas. Sa Boracay nga, andami nang walang trabaho. Bigyan niya muna ng trabaho ang mga nasa Pilipinas,' says a professional who has worked in Kuwait for 35 years

COME HOME. Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. File photo by Noel Celis /AFP

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait not permanent – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The ban may be lifted if Kuwait signs the memorandum of understanding on minimum conditions for OFW welfare, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Joining the President are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hontiveros hits 'reckless' Duterte appeal for OFWs to leave Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

A handout photo released on February 20, 2018 by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Kuwait Times, shows Filipino workers trying to get amnesty waiting outside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City.  Philippine President earlier this month announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait, after the murder there of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis. / AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Duterte: Kuwait deployment ban 'stays permanently'

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte promises to knock on China's doors to consider hiring more Filipinos, as he urges overseas Filipino workers to leave Kuwait

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of April 29, 2018, urged Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Kuwait to go back to the Philippines with the assurance that the government will help them return and resettle. The President, however, clarified that OFWs in Kuwait may choose to stay there if they want to. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH offers to resettle Filipino household workers from Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:11 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait to 'stay permanently'

'COME HOME.' In his arrival speech on Sunday, April 29, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipino household service workers to 'come home.' He says government will 'do its best to help you return and resettle.' Malacañang file photo

'Come home,' Duterte urges OFWs in Kuwait amid diplomatic row

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:30 PM

In a speech before the Filipino community in Singapore, the President also thanks the Kuwaiti government for the 'generosity in the past years'

DUTERTE IN SINGAPORE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Big Box in Singapore on April 28, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

PH 'convinced' OFW rescue in Kuwait a 'rightful exercise of duty' – Cayetano

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the allegedly illegal rescues of abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait are 'consistent' with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

'RIGHTFUL EXERCISE OF DUTY.' DFA Secretary Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stands by the allegedly illegal rescues of abused OFWs in Kuwait last week. File photo by Malacañang

Duterte to make big announcement on Kuwait crisis

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says this is 'a position that he personally crafted,' and that 'shows really his experience in governance'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce his 'personally crafted' position on the diplomatic crisis between Kuwait and the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Kuwait 'OFW rescue' government's duty, says DOLE's Paras

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Labor undersecretary Jacinto Paras says it was unfortunate that 'someone irresponsible' shared the rescue videos on social media

IT WAS RIGHT. Labor undersecretary Jerome Paras

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Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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'Big possibility' that MOU protecting OFWs in Kuwait will proceed – Bello

Apr 27, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III also says that President Rodrigo Duterte was surprised by Kuwait's recent diplomatic actions

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says he's confident that the MOU on the protection of Filipino workers in Kuwait will push through. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

PH bars int'l journalists from press conference in Singapore

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Philippine government also prohibits foreign correspondents from asking questions in an earlier press conference on the Kuwait crisis

PRESS CONFERENCE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press conference in Singapore on April 27, 2018, largely about the Kuwait crisis. Screenshot from PTV

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Apr 26, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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'Tokhang' style: How Philippines rescued OFWs in Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Tokhang – literally to 'knock and request' – is how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video, released by the DFA, shows how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video