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OFW falls to death in Morocco after row with employer – DFA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

A female Filipino worker died after falling from a third-floor apartment in Morocco, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday (June 24).

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino died from injuries she sustained shortly after falling on Saturday.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of a Filipina who fell to her death in Morocco on Saturday,” the department said in a statement.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, which has jurisdiction over Morocco, said the Filipina fell to her death while reportedly trying to escape from her employer’s apartment in Casablanca.

“Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the victim reportedly had an argument with her employer and then tried to escape using pieces of garment she tied together,” the DFA said.

The department added that authorities have already taken the employer into custody pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

A consular team has also been deployed to Morocco for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

“The Embassy has dispatched a consular team to Casablanca to coordinate with authorities and arrange for the repatriation of the victim,” the DFA said.

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Three Filipino tourists jailed in Hong Kong

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

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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.

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DFA: Hunt on for Kuwaiti cop accused of raping Filipina worker

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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15 Filipino repatriates to arrive from Libya

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen (15) Filipinos are expected to arrive home to the Philippines on Thursday (May 30) as part of the Philippine Embassy’s efforts to repatriate Filipino workers affected by the conflict in Tripoli, Libya.

The civil war in Libya which broke out almost two months ago prompted the repatriation of around 70 Filipinos, as of this writing.

The latest batch of repatriates which include five minors and two Islamic scholars, are now en route to Tunis where they will board their connecting flight to Manila via Dubai, according to Embassy Chargè d’Affaires and Head of Mission Elmer Cato.

They are expected to arrive in the country Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli reiterated its appeal to the more than 1,000 other Filipinos still in Tripoli and to their families to convince their loved ones in Libya to accept the government’s repatriation offer or to, at least, move themselves to safer ground.

According to Chargé d’Affaires Cato, they have lost contact with several Filipinos who refused to leave even if heavy fighting between conflicting factions are taking place in their areas.

The Embassy “expressed serious concern” over the safety of some 40 Filipinos in areas where fierce fighting continues, including 14 Filipinos working for Al Nahr Company and 18 Filipino nurses from the Al Afia Clinic that was struck by mortar rounds last month.

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