Gov’t to issue guidelines on foreigners seeking jobs in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019   •   2252

Foreign employees working at the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT)

MANILA, Philippines – The government of President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to issue a new set of guidelines for foreign nationals intending to work in the Philippines, Malacañang said on Tuesday (June 11).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the issuance of new rules for foreign workers was discussed during their Cabinet meeting on Monday after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on the status of foreign employees in the country.

Panelo said the joint memorandum circular (JMC) will be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Bureau of Internal revenue, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Professional Regulation Commission, Bureau of Immigration and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

He said the issuance of the JMC is requested to harmonize policy guidelines for foreign nationals seeking jobs in the Philippines.

“Through this JMC, foreign nationals shall first secure an alien employment permit, a working visa, and a tax identification number before they can be permitted to work in the country,” the presidential spokesman said.

The top foreign nationals working in the country, according to Panelo, are Chinese, Japanese and Koreans. They are mostly working in administrative support, offshore gaming operations, and business process outsourcing.

The Palace official’s statement follows concerns raised by several lawmakers over the surge of Chinese workers in the Philippines who allegedly do not have legal work permits and have entered the country using tourist visas.

Duterte admits asking PNOC-EC chief to resign due to ‘idiotic contract’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019

(L-R) PNOC-EC president Pedro Aquino Jr. and President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he had asked the president and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation Pedro Aquino Jr. to resign due to questionable contracts with a Russian oil firm.

During his speech at a business forum on Thursday (October 17), the president criticized Aquino for his “idiotic contract”.

“Here is a guy who prepared a contract with the Russians and the Russians thought that it—that was all there is to it,” he said. “He wanted now the Board of Trustees to ratify what he prepared.”

“Sabi ko, ‘Ano iyong kalokohan mo na baliktad? (I said, ‘What foolishness is this’?) Given the power to draft, to prepare—to what not, and then after that, have it approved by the Board of Directors. Baliktad ang gusto mo (You want it reversed). You want the Board of Directors to ratify your idiotic contract,’” the president said.

Aquino tried to strike a deal with a Russian oil firm without the approval of the board of trustees.—ACC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte on Espenido’s assignment: ‘Bacolod is badly hit now’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has assigned Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido to Bacolod City because the city is “badly hit” by illegal drugs.

The deployment of Espenido was announced on Thursday (October 17), during the President’s speech at the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila.

“Bacolod is badly hit now and I placed Espenido there, iyong tinatakutan nila na pulis, (the police who is feared)” he said. “Sabi ko (I said), ‘Go there and you are free to kill everybody.’ T*** i**** iyan. ‘Go, start killing them.’”

Espenido, who was recently promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel, faced controversies after the illegal drug operation in 2016.

In November 2016, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in the custodial facility during the service of a warrant. Meanwhile in 2017, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 other men were killed during a police operation.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte warns ninja cops: ‘I can be evil like you’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a bow before the guests as he takes center stage during the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at The Manila Hotel on October 17, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday once again warned so-called ninja cops who are involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.

Duterte believes criminals like drug pushers, holdappers, and ninja cops have the ‘monopoly of evil in this country’.

“Well, I think you are—that’s a very stupid paradigm because I can be evil like you, and more than, if I want to be,” he said during the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 17).

Malacañang also confirmed the President’s disappointment over the involvement of policemen in recycling seized illegal drugs

According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the President laments that despite the salary increase there are still anomalies being committed by some members of the PNP.

READ: Lawmakers say Albayalde not yet off-the-hook in ‘ninja cops’ issue despite early exit

“He expressed disappointment over certain—[the] incident on the ninja cops. Sabi niya, dinagdagan na niya ang sweldo, dinoble na, pero parang hindi pa rin. Ayun, nangyari pa rin iyon, (He said he already increased their salary, even doubled it but it was not enough. There are still [anomalies] happening)” Panelo said during a press briefing on Thursday.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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