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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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CHR calls for review of labor agreements with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Undocumented OFWs who availed the amnesty program of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) |Courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) stressed the need for a review of labor agreements with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to improve working conditions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

READ: NBI: Re-autopsy results on slain OFW in Kuwait out in a month

This was after recent reports of maltreatment suffered by two OFWs in the two countries.

The Commission has sent their support to the family of OFW Constancia Lago Dayag and Lovely Acosta Ruelo.

“We express our deepest sympathies and send our prayers to the family and friends of Constancia. CHR also hopes to provide support for Ana as she recovers from the trauma she suffered. Expedient reforms need to be put in place to ensure that no OFW will suffer the same fate,” the statement reads.

READ: DFA: Raps filed vs employer of Filipina who died in Kuwait

The Commission has also lauded the action of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file raps against the employers of Constancia.

“We welcome the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs to file criminal charges against the employers of Constancia. But more than this, quick response needs to be guaranteed for urgent distress calls or signs of maltreatment to prevent the worst from happening,” according to the statement.

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PH Envoy: 15 more Filipinos to return home from Libya

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipino workers in war-torn Libya will soon arrive home, Philippine Chargè d’Affaires Elmer Cato said on Wednesday.

In a post on Twitter, Cato said the latest batch of 15 Filipinos, including five minors, were briefed by the Philippine Embassy in Libya before they were evacuated from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

@PhinLibya briefs the latest batch of 15 Filipinos, including five minors, prior to their evacuation from Tripoli this morning,” Cato said.

This brings to 70 the number of kababayan who requested the assistance of @DFAPHL and @doleph in returning to the Philippines,” he added.

According to Cato, this is the biggest number of Filipinos to be evacuated since the latest conflict erupted in April.

The repatriates are expected to arrive in Manila on Thursday.

“This is so far the biggest number of Filipinos to be repatriated by @PhinLibya, @DFAPHL, and @doleph since the current crisis in Tripoli erupted almost two months ago,” he said.

“The repatriates will arrive in Manila from Tunis via Dubai on Thursday,” he added.

Last May 17, at least 11 Filipinos were repatriated from Libya amid heavy continued heavy fighting.

READ: 11 more Filipinos to arrive home from Libya

The DFA recently enforced a mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers in Tripoli and other areas within a 100-kilometer radius from the capital due to escalating tensions.

READ: Alert level 4 raised in Libya – DFA

Cato also said in a Twitter update that they have been trying to reach a group of Filipino engineers who refused to leave their compound amid heavy clashes in the outskirts of Tripoli.

“They have been incommunicado for the past four days,” he added.

The DFA official earlier called on Filipinos working in Tripoli to heed their advice to get out of the harm’s way by availing of the repatriation program they offer.

He said the ability of the DFA officials to respond to calls for assistance by Filipinos in distress becomes more difficult or even impossible to carry out as the fighting gets closer to the capital.

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Canada trash ready to go on May 30 – DFA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Tons of garbage from Canada were illegally exported to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014.

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. confirmed on Monday (May 27) that all 69 containers of illegally shipped garbage are all set for repatriation to Canada.

In his tweet, Locsin said the containers of garbage are scheduled to be shipped back to the North American country on Thursday (May 30) following fumigation in Subic.

“All containers containing garbage cleaned and ready to go,” Locsin tweeted.

“Waiting for a couple of documents and routine permission from China for transshipment to Canada. Departure is May 30,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte did not allow the delay of repatriation of the garbage shipment even as the Canadian government already hired a private firm to ship them back to Canada by end of June.

Canada missed the May 15 deadline of taking back the trash shipment which led to the recall of Philippine diplomats in Canada.

Malacañang also directed Philippine government officials to refrain from travelling to Canada or giving travel authorities for official trips to Canada.

They are, likewise, directed to limit interactions with the Canadian government. MP

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