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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

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

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

'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

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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

Apologize to OFWs over Kuwait row, Migrante tells PH gov't

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Migrante says the incident puts OFWs in Kuwait in 'deeper trouble in the name of media mileage and false posturing'

UNDER FIRE. 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

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

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

Joanna Demafelis’ family wishes death for her killers

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The brother of the slain OFW tells Rappler this was one of their prayers when Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washed their feet on Maundy Thursday

FINALLY HOME. 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. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte lists down demands for OFW protection in Kuwait

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Philippine leader wants Kuwait to ensure OFWs get 7 hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and won't have their passports confiscated by their employers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) at the Postbank Center, Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on January 18, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Kuwait officials arriving in Manila to negotiate OFW pact

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants 'real, actionable measures that will protect our kababayans,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

OFW WELFARE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III the forthcoming negotiations with Kuwait on the draft agreement on the recruitment, deployment and protection of household service workers that will take place in Manila this week. Photo courtesy of DFA

‘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

PNP begins hunt for Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Police search for the people behind Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated – the recruiting agency which sent Joanna Demafelis to Kuwait

MOURNING. 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

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

OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait – immigration chief

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban,' says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BALIK MANGGAGAWA. As part of the labor department's Balik Manggagawa program, Filipino workers with prior contracts can still return to Kuwait despite a deployment ban.

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Kuwait 'bewildered' by PH’s deployment ban - report

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait

35 OFWs from Kuwait to be repatriated Wednesday

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

OWWA’s Repatriation Assistance Division RAD vows to assist the repatriates

File Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

OFW's execution shows death penalty is wrong – CBCP

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Sadness over the death of OFW Jakatia Pawa who was executed in Kuwait should make us all advocates against the death penalty says the CBCP

DEATH PENALTY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, opposes the capital punishment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How Jakatia Pawa's execution caught PH off guard

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:33 PM

While OFW Jakatia Pawa was sentenced to death in 2010 the public got wind of the specific execution date only on Wednesday the execution date itself

GOVERNMENT SIDE. DFA spokesman Charles Jose answers questions about the execution of OFW Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace: Gov't did all it could for OFW executed in Kuwait

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the Philippine government exerted all efforts to stop the execution of Jakatia Pawa

PALACE MESSAGE. The Palace says the Philippine government is ready to assist the family of executed OFW Jakatia Pawa. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Executed in Kuwait: Who was OFW Jakatia Pawa?

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A mother of two 44 year old OFW Jakatia Pawa obtained a college degree then later served as a domestic worker in Kuwait

EXECUTED IN KUWAIT. Jakatia Pawa, 44, was the mother of two children. Photo courtesy of Migrante

OFW in Kuwait executed while asserting innocence

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED She has professed innocence since the day she was arrested in 2007 and has not changed her statement until now Senator Cynthia Villar says