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300 year-old Philippine map, makatutulong sa arbitration case — Malacañan

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015

FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda and Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson ASec. Charles Jose (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Walang nakikita ang Malakanyang na pagbabago sa relasyon ng Pilipinas at China pagdating sa kalakalan at turismo sa kabila ng territorial dispute ng dalawang bansa sa West Philippine Sea.

Ito ang pahayag ng Malakanyang sa pagdiriwang ng ika-40 anibersaryo ng Philippine-China diplomatic relations.

Pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda, “In terms of tourism, we have a number of Filipinos going visiting China and we have also Chinese tourist visiting Philippines, we have also lot of trade relations with China.”

Batay sa datos ng Department of Tourism sa 1st quarter ng 2015, pang-apat ang China sa may malaking kontribusyon sa turismo sa bansa.

Ayon pa kay Sec. Lacierda, ang posisyon o paniniwala lamang sa isyu ng agawan ng teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea ang naging pagkakaiba ng dalawang bansa.

“Just to be clear, we have no conflict with the Chinese people. Our conflict for instance, are differences, are with the approach of the leadership in dealing with the South China Sea.”

Samantala, naniniwala ang Malakanyang na may maitutulong ang naiulat na pagdating sa bansa ng 300-year old Philippine map o ang tinatawag na Murillo-Velarde map sa arbitration case ng Pilipinas laban sa China.

Ani Lacierda, “I’m not in the position to weigh in on how the weight of that evidence. But certainly, it does help the Philippines when we present a map which shows the basis for saying that, for saying, one thing and together with our reliance on international law.”

Pinatutunayan umano ng naturang mapa na sakop ng Pilipinas ang Bajo de Masinloc.

Ayon naman sa Department of Foreign Affairs, pag-aaralan muna nila ang naturang “Mother of All Map”.

Saad ni ASec. Charles Jose, “Una, masasabi lang namin diyan, we are glad na itong map na to ay ngayon ay nasa kamay na isang Filipino. As to its value to the arbitration case na meron tayo ngayon, we defer to the legal team.” (NEL MARIBOJOC / UNTV News)

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Three Filipino tourists jailed in Hong Kong

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Courtesy : Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed giving assistance to three Filipino tourists who were sentenced to five-month imprisonment in Hong Kong for using forged documents.

According the DFA, the three call center employees were involved in a supposed “free Hong Kong tour” which turned out to be a scam.

They opened bank accounts, specifically with Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank, using falsified documents.

Despite successfully opening an account, authorities suspected that the accounts were to be used for money laundering activities and so arrested the three when they returned to the bank.

“Consul General Antonio Morales reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has been providing in-kind support and legal advice to the three Filipinos, including jail visits to ascertain their condition,” the DFA said.

Sentenced on February 18, the three Filipinos pleaded guilty to two counts of “using a false instrument” before the Hong Kong Magistrates’ Courts.

For this, Morales said the three are expected to be released in March after serving a reduced sentence for admitting the offense.

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OFW falls to death in Morocco after row with employer – DFA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

A female Filipino worker died after falling from a third-floor apartment in Morocco, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday (June 24).

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino died from injuries she sustained shortly after falling on Saturday.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of a Filipina who fell to her death in Morocco on Saturday,” the department said in a statement.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, which has jurisdiction over Morocco, said the Filipina fell to her death while reportedly trying to escape from her employer’s apartment in Casablanca.

“Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the victim reportedly had an argument with her employer and then tried to escape using pieces of garment she tied together,” the DFA said.

The department added that authorities have already taken the employer into custody pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

A consular team has also been deployed to Morocco for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

“The Embassy has dispatched a consular team to Casablanca to coordinate with authorities and arrange for the repatriation of the victim,” the DFA said.

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DFA: Hunt on for Kuwaiti cop accused of raping Filipina worker

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday assured it is now working with Kuwaiti authorities for the arrest of a police officer accused of raping a Filipina worker in Kuwait.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, is closely coordinating with Kuwaiti authorities for the speedy arrest of the suspect in the rape case involving a Filipina household service worker in Kuwait,” the agency said in a statement.

The suspect was identified as Fayed Naser Hamad Alajmy, 22.

According to Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Mohd Noordin Lomondot, Alajmy was identified as the one who assisted the Filipina worker for finger scanning registration at the airport when she arrived in Kuwait on June 4.

It was alleged that Alajmy later kidnapped and assaulted the victim.

Lomondot said a warrant of arrest has already been issued against the suspect.

The OFW’s employer is also cooperating with the embassy and local authorities in connection with the case.

“The Philippine Government will exert all efforts to ensure that justice is served,” the DFA said.

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