Philippine Embassy in Russia prepares for Pres. Duterte’s visit in May
admin • April 28, 2017 • 2857
RUSSIA – Russian businessmen in Moscow, Russia.
MANILA — Philippine Ambassador Carlos Sorreta said serious talks about the issue on strengthening the relations with Russia and agreements are expected to be signed in the meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ambassador Sorreta said a number of businessmen will come along with President Duterte upon his visit to Russia in May.
Filipinos and even some Russians are looking forward to President Duterte’s visit.
“I’m number one fan of President Rodrigo Duterte here in Russia. I’m so happy and excited, I want Tatay Digong is finally coming here in Moscow. Yehey,” Russian citizen Dmitry Doroshenko said.
Riza Pontimayor, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Moscow said,”I’m very excited to see President Rodrigo “Tatay” Duterte because I am also from Davao.”
Meanwhile, about 778 Filipinos in Russia availed of the services of the embassy.
Filipinos in Russia were given the chance to register and update their documents without spending large amounts.
“I will renew my SSS and my husband’s SSS too. It’s a big thing for us that we don’t need to be upset with these kinds of documents,” said OFW Lolinda Mieza.
Sylvia Diamante, another Filipina migrant worker added, “At least I can avail the benefits and we can update our records now.”
The embassy also conducted overseas absentee voting registration.
The on-site visits also began last Friday and ended on Monday, April 25th, in Karmanitsky, Moscow.
The Philippine Embassy in Russia believes that through the on-site visits, many Filipinos will receive assistance especially in processing their pensions. Filipinos in Russia hope this program will continue. – Ronald de Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte ‘flexibility’ to schedule the opening of classes in schools during a state of emergency.
Voting 23-0, senators on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 1541, which proposes to amend Section 3 of the Republic Act 7797, a law which sets the opening of school-year as early as the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.
The measure covers all basic education schools, including foreign or international schools in the country.
Once enacted into law, the bill would authorize the President, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of the Department of Education, to set the opening of classes nationwide or in selected areas at any date during a state of emergency or calamity.
A similar measure has been approved in the committee level in the House of Representatives on Saturday.
The approval of the proposed measure comes amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has affected millions of people worldwide. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill that seeks to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism law.
In a letter to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, Duterte certified as urgent House Bill No. 6785, which seeks to amend and toughen the Human Security Act of 2007.
In his letter, Duterte said the immediate enactment of the measure is to “address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to adequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.”
The House Bill reportedly adopted the Senate version which passed on third and final reading in February.
Under the bill, anyone who threatens to commit terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall mete out a penalty of 12 years of imprisonment.
It also introduces provisions penalizing those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation and facilitation of a terrorist act; as well as those who will provide material support to terrorists, and recruit members in a terrorist organization.
The measure also includes a new section on foreign terrorist fighters to cover Filipino nationals who commit terrorist offenses abroad.
It also aims to provide law enforcers the much-needed tools to protect the people from terrorism threat and, at the same time, safeguard the rights of those accused of the crime.
Once a bill is certified as urgent, the Senate and the House of Representatives can immediately pass a measure on second and third reading on the same day.
Rights advocates had earlier warned that the bill’s enactment would worsen the human rights situation in the country.
MANILA, Philippines – A total of 295 Filipino workers and their families repatriated from the Cayman Islands and London have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
In a statement issued Monday, the DFA said this batch of repatriates is composed of 287 Filipinos from Grand Cayman and eight stranded in London.
They landed on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) onboard an “airbridge” flight organized by the local government of the Cayman Islands.
The DFA said the Cayman Islands, which is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, mounted the “airbridge” flight to provide an opportunity for foreign contract workers to return to their home countries amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The department added that it was made possible with the cooperation of the Office of the Governor of the Cayman Islands Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington D.C.
“The Manila airbridge flight is but a demonstration of the close Philippine-UK bilateral ties,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.
Arriola assured that the Philippine Government will continue to work closely with other governments and organizations to mount similar repatriation flights to bring home Filipinos who are in distress as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Upon arrival at NAIA, the DFA said the repatriates underwent thorough documentation and briefing on current safety protocols prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as RT-PCR COVID-19 testing.
“They will be temporarily housed at Bureau of Quarantine-approved facilities for their mandatory quarantine while they await the result of their RT-PCR test,” it said.
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