Justice sought for Filipina who jumped off a building in Abu Dhabi

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019   •   187

Kin of Mary Jean Balag-ey-Alberto cry for justice after the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) fell to her death from the 13th floor of a building in Abu Dhabi where she had been working.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured the grieving family of Filipina worker, Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, that the agency is closely monitoring the development of her case together with local authorities in the United Arab Emirates.

Alberto reportedly died on October 2 when she allegedly jumped off the 13th floor of a building in Abu Dhabi where she had been working.

“The Department shall respond appropriately once the results of the forensic investigation are released,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

In a statement, the DFA said the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi are in coordination with Alberto’s family.

Specifically, Embassy representatives assisted Alberto’s daughter in a case conference with the concerned UAE authorities and a lawyer was retained to personally pursue immediate legal steps to ensure that justice for the death of the Filipina worker would be served.

According to UAE authorities, Alberto committed suicide but her family is seeking the truth on a possible foul play regarding her death.

“The Department is extending all assistance necessary in the immediate resolution of the case, as well as in the repatriation of Ms. Alberto’s remains to the Philippines,” the DFA in the statement concluded.

2 Filipino sailors kidnapped in West Africa – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that two Filipino seafarers were abducted in West Africa.

In a statement, the DFA said it received a report of another piracy incident from the Philippine Embassy in Abuja that resulted in the kidnapping of two more Filipino sailors “somewhere in Togo.”

The department said the recent incident brings to 11 the total number of Filipino seafarers kidnapped in West Africa following a report on nine others who were captured in Benin last week.

“The Philippine Government is actively tracking the development of the case with the Embassy in Abuja continuing its coordination with relevant authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers,” the DFA said.

The department added it is in close communication with the sailors’ manning agency and would provide updates as necessary on the incident.

DFA monitors abduction of Pinoy sailors off Benin, Africa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is currently monitoring the status of the nine Filipino sailors who were abducted by suspected pirates off Benin in West Africa.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs is in close contact with the seafarers’ manning agency and joins the relatives’ primary call to ensure our nationals’ safety and security,” the DFA said in a statement.

Authorities in Benin have confirmed that nine Filipinos were abducted by suspected pirates while waiting at the harbor of the port of Cotonou in Benin.

“The Autonomous Port of Cotonou regrets to inform you that Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, an act of piracy took place in the harbor area,” the port authorities said in a statement.—AAC

DFA advises PH passport holders to renew at least 1yr before expiration

Marje Pelayo   •   October 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday (October 29) that the extension of ePassport validity is no longer allowed in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

The new policy has taken effect this month, October 2019.

Thus, the DFA recommends that all passport renewal applicants file for new passports at least one year before the date of expiry.

Applicants may secure passport appointment slots through http://passport.gov.ph.

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