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