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Kuwait expels Philippine ambassador amid diplomatic row

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Philippine Embassy in Kuwait

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  has confirmed that the Kuwaiti government has expelled Ambassador Renato Villa and has given him a week to return to Manila.

The expulsion comes in the wake of Kuwait’s diplomatic protest after videos emerged showing the undercover rescue of distressed Filipino workers by embassy personnel.

In a statement sent to media, the DFA said it finds the action taken by Kuwait “deeply disturbing” especially after Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh assured DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano during their recent meeting that all is well despite the incident.

The Department added that it will seek an explanation from Ambassador Saleh first thing on Thursday.

Diplomatic tensions have been simmering between the two nations triggered by the murder of a Filipina domestic helper in the Arab country.— UNTV News & Rescue

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Filipinos in Saudi Arabia reminded of punishment over spreading rumors, fake news

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

 

Saudi flag flying over consulate building | REUTERS

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has warned Filipinos in the Kingdom to “avoid producing, spreading, or sharing electronically, anything that compromises public order, religious values, public morals and privacy.”

In an advisory released October 17, the Embassy said the Saudi government considers these activities as cyber crimes.

Those who will be caught guilty of the practice will be punished with imprisonment of up to five years and payment of fines up to three million Saudi riyals or about P43 million.

The advisory further stated that similar penalty will be applied if rumors and fake news are prepared and shared electronically, or if said information remains stored in a computer and in various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Instagram among others. – Marje Pelayo

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DFA urges immediate repatriation of 21 Pinoy seafarers from India

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

MV Evangelia M; abandoned seafarers at Kakinada port in India

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is putting more pressure on Evic Human Resources Management for the immediate repatriation of 21 Filipino seafarers abandoned at Kakinada port in India.

Philippine Vice Consul to India JB Santos together with an Indian Honorary Consul visited the 21 Filipinos to check on their situation.

They were abandoned by a Greek International Company over bankruptcy.

Since then, they suffered months without salary, with nothing to send their families in the Philippines.

Santos and his team explained to them the process that they have to go through before their repatriation.

Though the process may take about a month, the abandoned crew members are relieved as their case is now being processed.

The DFA also provided them with financial assistance at least for their personal needs while waiting to be repatriated.

“Nag bigay din ang DFA ng cash assistance na $100 dollars bawat crew.  At least may pantawag na kami ulit at pang-internet. Humingi din kami ng legal assistance para makuha yung unpaid wages at nangako naman si Vice Consul JB Santos na magagawa nila yun, na kukuha sila ng magaling na lawyer,” the ship’s captain, Alexander Apao said.

They expressed gratitude to those who continue to extend a helping hand despite their situation.

“Natuwa pa rin ang crew kahit matagalan pa kami ng konti at least may maliwanag na makakauwi kami. Malaki ang pasalamat ng crew sa DFA at na-aksyunan agad ang aming kalagayan dito at sa UNTV na laging nakatutok at maipaalam itong aming kalagayan,” Apao concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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DFA shortens waiting period for passport applications

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018

(File photo) Philippine passport and application form

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that beginning October 1, applicants who paid P950 processing fee can collect their passports at the DFA consular offices in Metro Manila within 12 working days, while those who paid P1,200 processing fee may pick up their passports within 6-7 days.

Applicants outside Metro Manila may collect their passports after 12 working days instead of the previous 20.

Those who availed the expedited processing may get their passports after 7 working days instead of 10.

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