Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back online after outage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021   •   297

Social media giant Facebook has apologized for the outage users experienced on Monday night (October 4).

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back online after a global outage that lasted for hours. Users reported not being able to access the said social media apps.

Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer announced that Facebook and other social media services are back online but it is still not at 100%. He also apologized for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

“Facebook services coming back online now – may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry,” he said in his Twitter account.

Schroepfer reported that Facebook experienced networking issues. AAC

BI cautions public against online scammers offering fake entry permits to foreigners

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public against scammers victimizing foreign nationals by offering them fake entry permits on Facebook.

The warning comes after a complaint that alerted the BI about an individual offering entry permits.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, one victim was asked to contact an alleged immigration officer who would supposedly ensure the smooth entry of foreigners in exchange for grease money.

But based on BI records, the alleged immigration officer is not an employee of the agency.

“There is no such service. We believe that these scammers prey on the people they see on Facebook,” Morente said.

“It is disconcerting to know that there are still those who can take advantage of the vulnerable even during a pandemic,” he added.

At present, only Filipinos, foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, foreign parents of Filipino minors, and foreigners holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas are allowed entry in the Philippines.

The entry of tourists to the country remains restricted.

Entry exemption documents (EED) are issued by foreign posts abroad to foreigners who wish to enter the country with tourist visas.

Afghanistan president flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday (August 15) as Taliban fighters entered the presidential palace.

Ghani, in his Facebook page, said he left the country to avoid bloodshed. Hundreds of Afghans fled the state capital to protect themselves against the Islamist movement group.

According to a Taliban official, the group wishes to bring back the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which was the country’s name under the militant group before United States (US) forces ousted them during the height of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed.

“Conflict in Afghanistan is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee amid reports of serious human rights violations. All abuses must stop,” he said. AAC

Filipina scientist knighted in the Netherlands

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

A Filipina scientist has been awarded a Knighthood in the Netherlands in recognition of her tireless dedication in promoting The Netherlands relations with the Philippines.

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines has announced that Ambassador Saskia de Lang honored Dr. Mary Ann Pelagio Sayoc by awarding her a Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

“I am very proud to announce that it has pleased His Majesty King Willem-Alexander to award a Knighthood on a leading personality of the Dutch-Filipino community. It is a recognition of exceptional merit to The Netherlands,” she said in conferring the knighthood to Sayoc.

𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗞𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶-𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲

MANILA, Philippines (April 26, 2021) – Ambassador Saskia de…

Posted by Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines on Monday, April 26, 2021

The statement said Dr. Sayoc has significantly contributed in realizing efforts aimed at transforming Philippine agriculture and boosting productivity of local farmers. She also headed various organizations that boosts the ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands.

The Order of Orange-Nassau is awarded to individuals for longstanding meritorious service to society. AAC

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