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Category Archives: International News

USA: The Return of the Lotus

The return of the lotus

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in watchdog

It used to be called The Day of the Lotus until organizers added a second day of activities and the Lotus Festival was born.

Halimbawa Lamang (Ang Pilipinas ang Palestine)

Halimbawa Lamang
by Abu Bakr Espiritu
First Posted in
July 21, 2014

Halimbawa kung noong 1948, ay Pilipinas ang pinili na lugar para magmigrate ang milyon na Jews mula europe na biktima ng persecution at holocaust.. papayag ba kayo?

Katulad ng mga Palestinians papayag siguro tayo, dahil maawin din tayo.

Halimbawa dahil nakaplano pala silang mang-agaw at sa dami na ng jews na pumasok ay dahan-dahan na nila tayong tinataboy, at inaangkin ang ating lupain at ari-arian. at ang ayaw aalis ay papatayin, bata, matanda at mga babae katulad ng ginawa nila sa deir yassin massacre?

Halimbawa dahil hindi natin napaghandaan (dahil hindi natin alam na ang pagiging refugee pala ay balatkayo lamang pero ang totoong plano ng mga Jews ay agawin ang bansa natin) natalo tayo sa civil war at buong Pilpinas ay inangkin nila. 

Opinion: The Holy Month of Ramadhan

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The Holy Month of Ramadhan
By Professor Henry Francis B. Espiritu
UP College Cebu City

The holy month of Ramadhan is an auspicious time to be grateful to Allah for giving us another opportunity to observe fasting and gain the benefits from this spiritual exercise. In His divine wisdom, Allah, who is the Lord of both our bodies and spirits, prescribed a spiritual exercise specifically for our benefit so that through this practice of fasting, we can gradually deny gratifications that are even lawful, such as eating and drinking from dawn to sundown, so our spirits will be strong to firmly deny all sinful and unlawful acts. Ramadhan fasting is established by our Beloved Allah for our own good. He establishes fasting not out of caprice or of unreasonable whim. The Holy Qur’an clearly declares the very purpose of fasting during this holy month: “Oh thou who believest, fasting is prescribed for thee, as it was prescribed for those before thee, so that thou may guard (thy minds and hearts) from the evil (coming from thy ‘self’)” (Surah Baqarah 2:183). From this holy verse, we can see

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli April 2014 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the April 2013  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL’s-Ang-Tambuli-April-2014-Newsletter.

Kuwait: Labatt Chavez Calls For Strict Imposition Of $400 Salary For Filipino HSWs

Kuwait: Labatt Chavez Calls For Strict Imposition Of $400 Salary For Filipino HSWs
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in ArabtimesOnline

POLO Implements Reforms

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: “We will be implementing various reforms at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) to safeguard the welfare of the wards in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) and to uphold the general welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait,” stated Philippine Labour Attache to Kuwait Atty.

Cesar Chavez during the launching of “Chat with Labatt” on Thursday. “Chat with Labatt,” a forum organised by Chavez together with the Filipinos in Kuwait which will be conducted

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.

Kuwait: 57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’

57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’
Consul General Dado Thanks HH The Amir
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in arabtimesonline

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: A total of 57 undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) or whose residence visas (iqama) have expired were repatriated to the Philippines on Saturday evening as part of the series of mass repatriation of stranded OFWs in Kuwait. Philippine Embassy officials led by Consul General Atty Raul H Dado together with attaches Musa

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.

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.

PhilEmbRy:Correct Residency and Labor Status; NOC not required

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Press Release

No. PR-083- 2013
12 May 2013




(RIYADH, 12 May 2013) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges all Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to correct their status in view of the generous exemptions and facilitation granted and announced by the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor wherein workers can easily correct their residency and labor status, or otherwise leave the country, even without first obtaining No Objection Certificates from their current employers.

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

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 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

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.

USA: International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence

Marching on, their voices heard

International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence
Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First published in The Filipino Advocate

They were conspicuous in their absence, they who were a hit during last September’s Women’s Equality Day rally in the heart of entertainment city, Hollywood. Filipina speakers like Jollene Levid, chair of the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM); Cheryl Zarate of Kabataang Makabayan and Angela Bartolome, Stand with Grace Campaign.

POEA cancels license of overcharging recruitment agency

POEA cancels license of overcharging recruitment agency
News Release from
2 May 2013

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration recently cancelled the license of Lifeline International Philippines, Inc. for collecting excessive placement fee from an applicant for a job in Taiwan.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the applicant complained that Lifeline International asked him to pay PhP120,000 as placement fee. He was able to pay PhP50,000 but was not issued a receipt.

Cacdac said the amount required by the agency or the money actually paid by the applicant was way bigger than the prevailing wage of PhP27,000.00 in Taiwan. POEA rules limit the payment of placement fee to an amount equivalent to one month salary of the worker.

Lumang Kaban 2010: Papano ang Pagpauwi sa mga nasa Tent sa Jeddah?

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Team,  sino sa inyo ang makapagpaliwanag kung papano mapauwi itong mga OFWs na nagkampo sa labas ng Jeddah Consulate?

Sa mga katulong na takas na walang anak, sa SSWA lang yan. So madali yan makauwi dahil sa SSWA ay ma-inform lang nila ang employer and if hindi ito magreport within 45 days ay uwi na ang katulong na nasa kanila. Ang problema kung ang SSWA sa Jeddah ay katulad ba sa SSWA sa ibang lugar. Aware kasi ang Saudi Government na ang karamihan sa mga takas dyan sa Jeddah ay galing sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng Saudi Arabia. Dahil nyan ay maaring iba ang proceso ng SSWA ng Jeddah.