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Mary Jane Veloso runs to Supreme Court: Let me testify vs my recruiters

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Nagtaka ako nung bibitayin siya, hindi siya umiyak, pero noong isang araw, umiiyak si Mary Jane. Ang sabi, 'Nanay tulungan niyo ako, inip na inip na ako,’ says Celia Veloso

APPEAL. Cesar and Celia Veloso (2nd and 3rd from left) file a petition before the Supreme Court appealing that their daughter Mary Jane be allowed to testify in the trafficking case they filed against Mary Jane alleged recruiters. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

OFWs can now rate recruiters online

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:47 PM

OFWs can look for their agencies and rate it with stars – 5 stars as the highest. Reviews cover recruitment fees, pre-departure orientation, and the employment contract.

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

‘I had to move on,' says Tyrus Hill on jump to La Salle from Adamson

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The San Jose, California recruit apologizes to Falcons coach Franz Pumaren 


CHANGE OF HEART. Tyrus Hill said he had plans of returning to the United States, but got persuaded to move to La Salle. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges – POEA

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency

ILLEGAL. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia says Agnes Tuballas may face illegal recruitment charges. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH Army needs 6,100 recruits to fill up 10 new battalions

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva says at least 5% of these new recruits will be female and another 5% will be indigenous peoples

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

Police present Joanna Demafelis' alleged recruiter to media

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Agnes Tuballes is presented by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

ALLEGED RECRUITER. Agnes Tuballes the alleged recruiter of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis, is presented to the media on  March 1, 2018. She says she only referred Demafelis to her recruiters. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ricci Rivero denies Ateneo, UST recruitment rumors

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Ricci Rivero, his brother Prince and Brent Paraiso start advertising a startup brand of hot sauce called 'Shoot Me Baby' on Twitter. Ricci says he’s still in Gilas 2023 pool.

DENIAL. Ricci Rivero will remain with DLSU and is only 'on leave'. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Colombian paramilitary chief deported from U.S. to face charges

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Fifty-year- old Hebert Veloza, alias "HH," faces charges in his homeland of murder, forced recruitment of minors and criminal association

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities

OEC. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has lifted the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificate. AFP file photo

OFWs with visas issued before Nov 12 exempted from OEC moratorium

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment will grant the OEC applications of OFWs who have visas issued before November 12

EU stresses ASEAN cooperation in fighting terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region,' EU President Donald Tusk tells Southeast Asian leaders

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

WATCH: How OFWs can avoid illegal recruitment

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite laws protecting migrant workers, OFWs continue to fall victim to illegal recruitment schemes

JOB HUNT. Workers inside the POEA wait to process applications to work abroad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH officials laud new UAE law protecting household workers

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new law is signed in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over human trafficking and illegal recruitment

REPATRIATION. OFWs to be repatriated back to the Philippines board the bus going to the airport. The embassy has repatriated around 1,600 OFWs since January 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

How much does it cost to work abroad?

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

How OFWs can avoid getting buried in debt

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:49 PM

For migrant workers, failing to pay off loans can mean jail time and loss of income

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

Marawi crisis, Reynaldo de Guzman, UN Human Rights Council | Midday wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

AFP to include Muslims in recruitment quotas

Apr 15, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The Philippine military is set to allocate 5 of recruitment quotas for Muslim applicants

RECRUITMENT. The AFP is set to allocate a portion of its recruitment quotas for Muslim Filipino applicants. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Barangay elections, New York Times, Abu Sayyaf | Evening wRap

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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After 2 years, Mary Jane Veloso to testify in cases vs recruiters

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Veloso s testimony will be taken through deposition on April 27 in Indonesia for the cases filed against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Maria Cristina Sergio and Mary Jane Veloso

15 Filipino human trafficking victims imprisoned in Malaysia – PH embassy

Aug 31, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The embassy warned about the increasing occurrence of a modus wherein Filipinos are brought to Malaysia illegally through Western Mindanao

P50,000-reward for tipsters vs illegal recruiters – DOLE

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:13 PM

The reward will be funded by an association of private recruitment agencies

Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 massacre of recruits

Aug 21, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The 36 men had been found guilty of involvement in the Speicher massacre which is considered one of ISIS worst crimes

Part 2: The au pair recruitment business

Aug 18, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Having traveled to the Philippines herself Sigrid was supportive of the cultural exchange aspect of the program and saw its potential to allow the girls to move up with an education

An au pair's story: Moving on, moving away

Aug 18, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Now 33 May Arnaldo is set to graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Information Technology at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

The au pair recruitment business

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:34 PM

One recruiter admits telling au pairs who want to go to Europe to be ready with the money

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Duterte: Intensify war vs human traffickers

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED During his State of the Nation Address Duterte says the war against traffickers and illegal recruiters is a problem he considers as important as drugs

Pre-employment seminar now mandatory for OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Pre Employment Orientation Seminar PEOS is the government s online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR. Enhancements to the PEOS website was presented to the media on Thursday, June 16, at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Cagayan de Oro school officials face illegal recruitment, estafa charges

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Graduates of a technical vocational school claim they were deceived by officials who promised them jobs abroad but the school says the alleged recruiter is to blame

Applicants use fake height waiver certificates to enter police service

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The National Police Commission is investigating all other applicants after one was found to have forged the signature of Napolcom Region II Director Danilo Pacunana

Fil-Am Raffy Verano on joining the Ateneo Blue Eagles

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The Blue Eagle recruit joins Rappler for a talk on his commitment to Ateneo how he can help the team what he expects when he gets to the Philippines and more

POEA slaps P3.6-M fine on recruitment agency

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Incorporated will pay the hefty fine for failing to heed the repatriation requests of 8 OFWs it had deployed to parts of the Middle East the POEA says

FINED. Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency, Incorporated faces several violations of the 2002 POEA Rules and Rugulations

Ateneo Blue Eagles get services of Raffy Verano from California

Mar 15, 2016 - 11:03 AM

The 18 year old Filipino American who had a 3 0 GPA in high school averaged 16 points a game on 50 shooting including 35 from downtown during his senior season

Former UAAP Jrs Finals MVP Jolo Mendoza commits to Ateneo

Feb 29, 2016 - 11:52 PM

Mendoza follows Tyler Tio into the Blue Eagles roster

Jerrick Ahanmisi commits to Franz Pumaren’s Adamson

Feb 20, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Adamson coach Pumaren says his new recruit brother of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rookie guard Maverick has high basketball IQ and is very competitive

Australian ISIS recruiter reported dead

Jan 31, 2016 - 12:59 PM

News of Neil Prakash s death was posted on secure communications app Telegram The Australian government is yet to confirm he has been killed

ISIS recruitment in PH, Trillanes vs Binay, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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Indonesia's 'high corruption risk' may encourage terrorist activity

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Indonesia has risen in rank in Transparency International s government defense anti corruption index report but high corruption remains in the country which may lead to increased recruitment for terrorists

ANTI-CORRUPTION. The anti-corruption commission asks for more power to investigate the military. File photo by Rappler

How an ex-jihadist thinks Indonesia can deradicalize terrorists

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Ayub Abdurrahman a former jihadist warns against underestimating the Jakarta attacks as it could only be the beginning

EX-JIHADIST. Abdul Rhamna Ayub says deradicalization is effective when ex-jihadists like him speak to current radicals because they can relate to him. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Philippine Coast Guard to hire 900 new personnel in 2016

Dec 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The PCG however will not meet its 10 000 personnel target before President Benigno Aquino III s term ends

How to report cases of human trafficking

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:42 PM

The deception illegal transfer and abuse of Filipinos simply looking for better opportunities in the city and abroad are realities that we cannot ignore

NATIONWIDE THREAT. The promise of better jobs via illegal recruitment usually lures victims of human trafficking. Rappler file image.

POEA chief to presidential bets: Help OFWs innovate

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac says the next president should have a strong stance in pushing the OFW agenda

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac wants presidential candidates to consider improvements in electronic systems for OFWs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler