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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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

'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

Kuwait issues arrest warrants vs 3 Filipino diplomats

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Philippines confirms that aside from 3 diplomatic personnel facing arrest, 4 of the embassy's Filipino hires remain detained in Kuwait

DIPLOMATIC ROW. 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 protests expulsion of Ambassador Villa from Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines, in a diplomatic note, conveys its 'strong surprise and great displeasure' after Kuwait declared Ambassador Renato Villa as 'persona non grata'

KUWAIT ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa briefs other government officials on the repatriation efforts for overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. File photo courtesy of DFA

Philippines 'disturbed' by Kuwait's expulsion of PH ambassador

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'We hope that this development will not lead to further worsening of bilateral ties between the two countries,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

EXPELLED BY KUWAIT. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Kuwait declares Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa 'persona non grata,' while the Philippines says Kuwait's action 'is deeply disturbing'

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa is ordered to leave Kuwait, which declared him 'persona non grata.' File photo by AFP

Philippines apologizes to Kuwait for 'emergency' OFW rescues

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'This was all done in the spirit of emergency action to protect Filipinos,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after the OFW rescues angered Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of his Cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Malacañang photo

Malacañang cautions public vs spreading videos harmful to OFWs

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The memorandum of agreement on OFW welfare between the Philippines and Kuwait will still be signed despite the controversy, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

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

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

OFW rescue video that angered Kuwait came from DFA

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:23 PM

The Kuwait rescue video prompted the Kuwaiti government to summon the Philippine ambassador and hand two protest notes

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

‘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

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Too early to rejoice over death sentence for Demafelis killers – OFW congressman

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:49 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz points out that the Kuwaiti government does not hold custody of the suspects and ‘cannot carry out the penalty’

NO JUSTICE YET. ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz says it’s not yet time to lift the workers’ deployment ban to Kuwait imposed by President Duterte, shown in this file photo visiting the wake of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis. Malacañang photo

Philippines hails death sentence vs Demafelis killers

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls this 'a very important development in our quest for justice' for Joanna Demafelis, who was found dead in Kuwait

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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‘Nothing new’ for OFWs in proposed agreement with Kuwait – Migrante

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:18 PM

'President Duterte should stop making trophies out of every OFW’s miseries...and boasting of reforms based on recycled policies,' says Migrante chairperson Arman Hernando

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

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The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

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This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

Suspect in Joanna Demafelis murder arrested

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hails the arrest of Nader Essam Assaf, suspect in the death of Joanna Demafelis, the OFW found dead in a freezer in Kuwait

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

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This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

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LOOK: Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrive in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) The remains of Joanna Daniella Demafelis arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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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

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