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Ople asks DoJ to withdraw complaint against OFW; says “tanim-bala” incidents have created climate of fear among OFWs

tanimbalaatetootsA Call for the Government to Withdraw the Criminal Charges against Nanay Gloria Ortinez, to Release her from Jail, to let her Leave and Work Abroad for her Family!

Ople asks DoJ to withdraw complaint against OFW;
says “tanim-bala” incidents have created climate of fear among OFWs

27 OCTOBER 2015 – OFW advocate Susan Ople urged the Department of Justice to immediately withdraw the case filed against overseas Filipino worker Gloria Ortinez for the illegal possession of ammunition that could lead to a twelve-year jail term for the 56-year old migrant worker.

Ople, a former labor undersecretary, said that the State should not be seen as inflicting its might and resources on a hapless overseas domestic worker who already spent two nights under detention for a crime that she did not commit.

“I join the call of millions of OFWs for the full liberty of Nanay Gloria, and for the State to allow her to leave for Hong Kong where her employer of 13 years awaits,” the labor advocate said.

This series of “tanim-bala” incidents has created a climate of fear among returning overseas workers. “Yung tanim-bala naging tanim-takot na,” Ople said, adding that the OFW sector is

Kuwait: Filipina denies ‘love-triangle’ in murder of Filipino engineer

Philippine Consul General Raul Dado visits ‘Xylene’ at the hospital.

By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in arabtimesonline.com
June 24, 2014

Filipina denies ‘love-triangle’ in murder of Filipino engineer ‘He was like brother, I worked for him for cash’

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: The Filipina woman who was at the centre of the murder of a Filipino engineer who was allegedly stabbed to death by his Filipino housemate, apparently out of jealousy, vehemently denied reports that came out in the local dailies and social networking site Facebook that she had an affair with the victim. “It’s not true. We had no relationship. I was just working part time for him, washing his clothes and cooking for him and I get paid monthly,” disclosed Xylene, not her real name. Xylene who sustained a stab wound on her right shoulder during the incident on June 17 midnight is still in trauma after witnessing the stabbing incident inside their flat. Xylene is separated with three kids in the Philippines.

Moro leaders must unite for peace – Susan Ople

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.

Moro leaders must unite for peace
by Susan Ople

Do you see a glass half-full or half-empty? For the peace talks in Mindanao, a lot depends on whose table that glass happens to be. If you talk to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government (GPH) is a prescription to war in Mindanao. A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front that identified with Chairman Nur Misuari has found common cause with the BIFF and has called for “Kosovo-style” of democratic assemblies against the latest peace pact.

Peace is not without its “enemies” because its virtues have recently been closely associated with the MILF, an 11,000-strong rebel group in Mindanao that has successfully concluded what shall soon be known as a comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro. MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal has repeatedly said that it was only by accident that he headed the panel. The peace agreements that have been signed with the Philippine government are for the benefit of all stakeholders in the Bangsamoro, Iqbal said.

Villar asks DFA to exhaust all means to save overseas Pinoys on death row

Villar asks DFA to exhaust all means to save overseas Pinoys on death row
Source:   senate.gov.ph

September 19, 2013 – Senator Cynthia A. Villar yesterday called on the Department of Foreign Affairs to check on the status of the cases of 87 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Overseas Filipinos who are on death row in different countries.

“The Philippine government should look into the cases of our Filipino workers who were doomed to die and exhaust all means to spare them the death penalty,” said Villar after being informed by DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario that 87 Filipinos remain on death row.

Pinay injured after being dragged down stairs by Kuwaiti police

Pinay injured after being dragged down stairs by Kuwaiti police
By Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau
Posted at 07/12/2013 6:18 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2013 6:18 PM

KUWAIT – A Filipina fitness instructor suffered two broken hands and a busted knee, after being dragged down the stairs by a Kuwaiti policeman inside the office of the Kuwait municipality.

Jenny, not her real name, said she went to the said office on July 7 with her co-workers to renew their health cards. Their company’s liaison officer or “mandoub” was also there to help facilitate their papers, but Jenny and the officer started arguing.

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Unang-una ang Papuri at Pasasalamat sa Nag-iisang Tagapaglikha!

Papuri at Pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga OFWs na nandito, lalo na sa mga kababayan natin na nagsipag-ayos ng kanilang mga papel para sa pagexit o pagtransfer ng employer .

Ngayon lang po kami nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na sabay-sabay namin kayong nakausap. Sa mahigit dalawang buwan, araw at gabi, maging sa madaling araw ay nakakusap namin kayo. Sa kaunting payo ay napakadali ninyong makaintindi at sumunod sa mga proseso na

Kuwait: Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents

Philippine Embassy Charge D’Affairs Raul Dado Addressing The OFWs In Kuwait.

Philippine Embassy ‘Issues’ 16-Pt Advisory For Filipinos
Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in Arab Times 

KUWAIT CITY, June 15: The Philippine Em-bassy led by Charge d’ Affaires Atty Raul H Dado urged the Filipino community to remain calm and sought everyone’s cooperation in disseminating the correct information amid the ongoing massive crackdown on illegal residents in Kuwait. He also reminded all Fili-pinos to follow the laws of the host country.

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Passport encoding at the International Philippine School in Riyadh

(Riyadh, 29 May 2013) The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah have intensified efforts to process documentary requirements to help Filipinos to take advantage of the facilities and waivers announced on 10 May as implementing guidelines of the Royal Decree on 6 April by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz giving a 90 day grace period for expatriates to correct their status. The grace period ends 3 July 2013.

Based on the guidelines issued on 10 May, expatriates may correct their status in the Kingdom by returning to their countries on final exit, or returning to their original employer, or by transferring to a new employer. 

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

My mother is the world’s best Mom! Iyan ang madalas kong marinig mula sa mga kakilala ko. Pero kung iisa-isahin ko marahil ang mga nagawa ng nanay ko, sasabihin ko sa kanilang “wala iyan sa nanay ko!”

Tarcela Delfin ang pangalan ng aking inay. Bunso siya sa limang magkakapatid. Grade 6 lamang ang natapos niya dahil hindi siya pinag-aral ng mga lolo at lola ko. Naniniwala silang ang babae ay dapat na nasa tahanan lamang kapag ito’y nag-asawa na.

KSA ADVISORY – Check if your Passport has been Surrendered by Your Employer

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release
No. PR-084- 2013

12 May 2013


ADVISORY – Check if your Passport has been Surrendered by Your Employer to Saudi Authorities and Turned-Over

to the Embassy or the Consulate


 

(RIYADH, 12 May 2013) – Filipino workers who absconded from their employer and whose employer had surrendered their passport to the Jawazat office may check with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah if their passport has already been turned-over to these two offices.

HAGIT: Ito ang mga ibinoto ko

Personal Senatorial and Partylist Choice ni Tasio Espiritu

Ito ang sinigurado kong ibinoto ang  273032 dahil saksi ang patnubay sa mga naitulong nila para sa mga OFWs.

At ito naman ang aking mga fillers 14102029 – ibinoto ko sila dahil hindi sila trapo, hindi sila dynasty at walang relihiyong hinawakan.

Si 14 dahil sya ay taga amin at palaging talo, si 7 dahil gusto nyang mainvolved sa mga OFWs,

Magunaw na ang mundo hindi ko maaring kaligtaan si 18 dahil crush ko sya, noon pa.

Ibinoto ko ang 13 dahil sya si Chiz

Patnubay Speaks: Para sa aming mga Nanay

Rhenz Girl- Sa pag gugunita sa araw ng ating mga ina, lubos ang pag papasalamat ko sa buong maykapal na ako ay binigyan nya ng isang napaka buting ilaw ng tahanan, isa sa taong lubos ang pag mamahal sa kanyang pamilya,at kaibigan, ang aking ina na walang sawang tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan, lumaki kame na busog ng pangaral at pangarap ngunit ang buhay na ipinahiram sknya ay maikli sa panahon na sana ay kasama namin sya, sa pag kakasakit at pag kamatay niya sa sakit na cancer ay pinilit nyang lumban hanggang sa huling hininga, sa bawat panahon na hinahanap ko sya ang syang bawat daloy ng luha sa aking mga mata, umaasa , nangangarap sa sandaling makasama ko pa sya ngunit ang Diyos na lumikha ang tanging may alam ng lahat at sa araw ng pag kawala nya hanggang sa panahon na akoy gumugunita, Pag mamahal at pag susumamo sa aking ina ang naging taglay kong lakas, Muli Mahal n Mahal kita nanay, miz na miz na kita.

KSA: Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor announce exceptions and facilitations for grace period

Unofficial English Translation

Original in Arabic on Saudi Press Agency – www.spa.gov.sa

Riyadh, 30 Jumadi Al-Thani 1434 corresponding to 10 May 2013.SPA

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labor called on all establishments, individual, and expatriates to immediately rectify their violations of the rules and regulation of residency and labor laws and to take advantage of the exemptions and facilitations approved by the Royal Decree before the expiration of the grace period up to 24-08-1434 corresponding to 3-July -2013. Meanwhile, the concerned authorities confirmed that they would begin the inspection campaigns and will immediately implement the rules and regulations to the violator employers and expatriate workers after the deadline.

Exemptions and Facilitations cover the following:

KSA: Philippine Ambassador Thanks The Custodian for the Exemptions and Facilities for Expatriates to Rectify Status

Saudi Press Agency

Philippine Ambassador Thanks The Custodian for the Exemptions and Facilities for Expatriates to Rectify Status
Source: philembassy-riyadh.org

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago welcomed the guidelines, exemptions and facilities announced jointly by the Ministries of Interior and Labor on 10 May and posted on the Saudi Press Agency www.spa.gov.sa in Arabic, which were approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, that provide for exemptions for expatriates to rectify their labor and residency status.

“On behalf of the Filipinos in the Kingdom, we thank the King and the Saudi authorities for the guidelines, and we vow to work closely with the community and the Saudi authorities to help our nationals rectify their labor and residency status within the grace period granted by the King,” said Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.

Kuwait: Philippine Embassy & POLO create composite legal team

Philippine Embassy & POLO create composite legal team
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
As posted in Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 7: The Philippine Embassy together with the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Kuwait have formed a Composite Legal Team composed of embassy and POLO officials and case officers that will tackle OFW cases in a comprehensive and unified approach to ensure that all avenues are explored to attain the just resolution of cases of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), disclosed Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Atty Raul H. Dado to the Arab Times on Tuesday.

Kuwait: Court Acquits Filipina Of ‘Attempted Murder’

Court Acquits Filipina Of ‘Attempted Murder’
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
Arabtimesonline.com

KUWAIT CITY, May 6: The Kuwait Court of First Instance acquitted a Filipina Household Service Worker (HSW) who was charged with attempted murder by her Kuwaiti lady employer and has been released from the Kuwait Central Jail, disclosed Mar Hassan, the Assistance to Nationals Unit Officer at the Philippine Embassy on Monday to the Arab Times.

Maria Amor Corbilla, 34, married, a native of Pulangi, Albay in the Bicol region in the Philippines was turned over to the Philippine Embassy last weekend and is now staying temporarily at the Filipino Workers Resource Centre in Faiha while waiting for her repatriation to the Philippines.