Kin of Pinay killed in France calls for justice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2019   •   3364

The relatives of the Filipina who was stabbed to death by her husband in France last Friday (September 20) are calling out for justice.

Mike Cabardo still cannot accept the fate of her sister Janice Cabardo Badr after she was stabbed by her husband Christophe Badr in Maisons-Lafitte in France.

Mike recalled her sister’s message saying her husband was acting strange.

Nawe-wierdohan si Janice sa kaniya kasi nga bigla nalang sinasabi ni Christophe na (Janice was weirded out because Christophe was saying) he wants peace of mind, he wants to see God, he want to be close to God,” he said.

Mike said Janice and Christophe had a happy relationship. They have an 18-month old daughter who is now in the care of French Social Services. Mike described Christophe as kind and cheerful that is why they cannot believe he was able to hurt Janice.

Mike speculates Christophe may have been suffering from depression which led to the crime.

Janice’s father, Losito Cabardo, wants Christophe to be liable of the crime. He also wants his daughter’s remains and his granddaughter to return to the Philippines.

“Gusto ko rin na iyong bangkay ng anak ko mapadala dito. Iyong apo ko gusto ko namin na sa akin ang custody dahil iyon nalang ang nagsisilbing alaala ng anak ko na babae, (I want my daughter’s remains to return here. I also want our granddaughter to be in our custody, she will be the only reminder of my daughter),” he said.

According to the Philippine Embassy in France, Christophe is already in the custody of the police.

“Rest assured that the Embassy is in direct with Ms. Cabardo Badr’s next of kin in the Philippines to keep them informed of any developments,” their statement reads.

“The Embassy also remains in close coordination with the Houilles Police” the statement added.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Over 600 Filipinos repatriated from UAE back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 600 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) repatriated from the United Arab Emirates have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said a total of 648 Filipino repatriates returned home on Tuesday aboard two special commercial flights from Dubai.

The flights landed separately at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

The DFA said the flights were made possible in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates government, the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

The department assured that repatriated Filipinos underwent appropriate airport medical protocols during their arrival.

They will also undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine against coronavirus disease as required by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine.

LIST: Countries with travel bans and restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released an updated list of countries with travel bans and restrictions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In their social media post, the DFA posted the infographics on 10 countries that have updated their status on travel restrictions. The said infographics aim to inform Filipinos who are allowed to leave the Philippines.

The said countries include, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, and Mauritania.

“It is always best for the traveler to check ahead of travel dates with the airlines that will be used as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before departure or before booking a ticket,” the DFA said. AAC

Over 400 Filipinos repatriated from South Korea back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 425 stranded overseas Filipinos in South Korea have arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the repatriated Filipinos landed in Manila on June 23 via two special flights – Korean Air KE 623 and Asiana Airlines OZ 703.

The special flights were arranged by the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, with the support of the DFA, Department of Labor and Employment, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Manila International Airport Authority in cooperation with Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.

“We will continue to work hard to extend vital assistance to our nationals here in South Korea, including arranging special passenger flights for our stranded kababayans so they can be reunited with their loved ones back home,” Charge d’Affaires, a.i. (CDA) Christian De Jesus said.

Prior to their departure, the repatriated Filipinos underwent briefing on the procedures for COVID-19 testing and quarantine upon their arrival in Manila. They also received vitamins and face masks from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

To date, the Philippine Embassy in Seoul has facilitated the return of close to 700 Filipinos in South Korea, both residents and transiting passengers, the DFA said.

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