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PH embassy in HK expects a 50% voter turnout

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016

The secretariat in action during overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong. (UNTV News)

The secretariat in action during overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.
(UNTV News)

HONG KONG — The Consul of the Philippines in Hong Kong is positive that voter turnout will get higher than 50% or an estimated 41,000 according to the latest list of the embassy yesterday.

According to Vice Consul Alex Vallespin, hopes are high that they will get 50,000 votes or more before the end of election today.

This year there are 93,049 registered voters in Hong Kong. These include voters from Macau and Taiwan.

Additional interruptible power supplies have been prepared in case of power trips like what happened in last year’s election.

The counting of ballots is open to all accredited media and poll watchers for purposes of transparency in the canvassing. Chairs have been provided inside the embassy’s auditorium in Bayanihan Center.

As of today, according to Vice Consul Vallespin, no less than 10 voters have submitted formal complaints against problems encountered while voting.

(FERDIE PETALIO/UNTV News)

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Duterte directs PH embassies worldwide to open on weekends

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Philippine Embassy

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all Philippine embassies across the globe to open on weekends to further assist Filipino workers and residents.

During the President’s meeting with the Filipino Community in Singapore, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the President has ordered DFA to check on the operating hours of Philippine Embassies to know if such system will be applicable.

The directive, according to Cayetano, aims to extend consular services to more Filipino workers overseas who usually take their days off on weekends.

Based on government data, there are 10 million overseas Filipino workers scattered in 170 countries in the world. Over one million of them reside or work in the Middle East. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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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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Kuwait gov’t questions PH Embassy’s rescue efforts for distressed OFWs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

 Philippines Embassy in Kuwait

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait recently summoned Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro Villa.

The Kuwaiti government, according to Cayetano, wanted to make sure that the efforts of the Philippine diplomatic staff to rescue distressed Filipino workers in the Gulf state are in accordance with the Kuwaiti law and that the Philippines is not abusing its labor system.

Cayetano said there is an urgent need to rescue all distressed OFWs in Kuwait due to incidents of serious abuses and threats. He made sure his department is moving in coordination with the Kuwaiti authorities.

“Kasi these are cases na may grave danger at pwedeng life or death ang pinag-uusapan sa OFW… kapag hinintay mo ang normal process, may katagalan,” Cayetano explained.

(There are cases that involve grave danger and potentially life threatening for the OFW…if you wait for the normal process, it will take time.)

Nevertheless, the secretary believes the misunderstanding between the two countries will soon be settled.

We will do our best to clarify all of these and to assure our friendship with the Kuwait government and that our people there are safe. In the same manner that we’re assuring them na ang (that their) national state nila dito sa Pilipinas (in the Philippines) will be kept safe and will be protected,” he said.

Cayetano also stressed the importance of listening to the concerns of the Kuwaiti government before signing the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait and also before lifting the total ban on employment of OFWs in the Gulf state.

Cayetano will meet with Ambassador Villa to further verify the situation of OFWs in Kuwait in connection with the issue. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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