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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

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

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

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May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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May 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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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

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

'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

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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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

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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)

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

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

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

Kuwait court sentences couple to death for Demafelis murder – source

Apr 01, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) The death sentence against the employers of slain Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis can still be appealed if the couple returns to Kuwait, according to a source

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

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Mar 02, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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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

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait condemns ban on Filipino workers' deployment

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Kuwaiti foreign minister: 'This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines'

KUWAIT'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah attends a press conference at the end of the GCC summit at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Duterte lashes out at Kuwait over mistreatment of Filipino workers

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'What are you doing to my countrymen?' Duterte asked. 'Is there something with your culture, is there something wrong with your values?'

PH gov't urged to exempt skilled OFWs from Kuwait deployment ban

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Recruitment agencies express dismay over the suspension order, saying that 'some of the deaths [of OFWs] were not due to domestic violence or abuse'

Gilas breezes past Kuwait, advances to FIBA Asia second round

Sep 25, 2015 - 6:30 PM

With the win Gilas Pilipinas safely moves on to the second group phase in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship

SECOND ROUND. Gilas Pilipinas is bound for the second round after dispatching Kuwait to end the first round with a 2-1 record. Terrence Romeo leads all Gilas players in scoring. Photo from FIBA Photo from FIBA

Cebu Pacific now flies direct, non-stop to Kuwait

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:18 PM

The budget carrier’s second long haul route to the Middle East mainly caters to OFWs

Trafficking charges sought vs PH embassy official in Kuwait

Jan 18, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Sexual abuse unpaid back pay and a 20 hour work per day with no or limited food are just some of the conditions endured by complainants

Binay backs probe on Kuwait envoy

Nov 09, 2012 - 5:10 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay finds it fair to investigate the Philippine envoy to Kuwait who is accused of sexual harassment