DFA confirms another Pinay killed in Kuwait

Marje Pelayo   •   December 31, 2019   •   762

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed another killing of a Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait.

In its advisory, the DFA strongly condemns the killing of the Filipina purportedly by her employer’s wife.

Such act and other similar incidents of violence and abuse of Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait, the Department said, “violates the spirit of the agreement signed in May 2018 that seeks to promote and protect their welfare.”

The DFA is yet to release the identity of the victim as it appeals to the Kuwaiti government to conduct a transparent investigation on the incident.

“The DFA has summoned the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Manila to express the Government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection of our domestic workers at the hands of their employers and to press for complete transparency in the investigation of the case and to call for the swift prosecution of the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law,” the Department assured.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is now closely coordinating with Kuwaiti authorities to ensure that justice will be served.

900 repatriated Filipino cruise ship members from Miami, Florida back in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 900 Filipino seafarers from various cruise ships in Miami, Florida have arrived in Manila on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino sailors were repatriated from the Norwegian Dawn and Star, and MSC Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside, and Divina Cruise ships.

The group was brought home through chartered flights facilitated by the DFA through the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Affairs.

This is the latest batch of repatriated Filipino seafarers as novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to threaten ships across the globe.

On Wednesday, 881 Filipino sailors were repatriated from other cruise ships in the United States.

“The continuing repatriation effort is in coordination with other government agencies including the DOH, DOT, DoTr, BI, BOQ, MIAA, and the local manning agencies as part of the whole-of-nation approach in helping our stranded Filipino seafarers,” the DFA said.

The department said that all repatriated seafarers will undergo mandatory quarantine as a precautionary measure before their eventual travel back to their respective homes.

401 confirmed COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos reported —DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

Confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among overseas Filipinos have reached 401, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

As of April 1, the Department of Health-International Health Regulations (DOH-IHR) has verified 197 of the 401 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout 32 countries.

The latest infographic released by the DFA reflects 270 Filipinos overseas undergoing treatment in various health facilities across the globe, while 118 have recovered from the fatal disease.

The data, on the other hand, noted four new deaths in the European region.

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“The DFA personnel in our foreign service posts continue to monitor the status of our people abroad and remain committed to ensuring their welfare,” the DFA said in a statement.-AAC

PH Ambassador to Lebanon dies of complications from COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   April 2, 2020

Photo caption: Ambassador Bernardita Catalla (left) presents Lebanese Prime Minister H.E. Saad Hariri with Philippine-crafted tokens after the courtesy call at the Grand Serail, 07 February 2018. (📷 Department of Foreign Affairs)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday (April 2) confirmed the demise of one of the country’s top diplomats due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the DFA said Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla lost her battle with COVID-19 on Thursday.

Ambassador Catalla served as a career diplomat for 27 years.

She held key positions in Philippine foreign posts in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong.

Since December 2019, she spearheaded the voluntary mass repatriation program of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut.

“Bernie, as Ambassador Catalla was fondly called, has always lent a helping hand, to her family, friends, and colleagues,” the DFA said in its tribute.

“Her ever-ready smile and infectious laughter may have been extinguished but her dedication to our country will always be there as a guiding light for all members of the Philippine foreign service,” the DFA concluded.

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