MANILA, Philippines — “Experts say North Korea’s missile threat is not credible. But of course we shouldn’t take the current tension for granted,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said.
This was in line with the growing threat of missile strike from North Korea, in consideration of the safety of Filipinos in neighboring countries Japan, Guam and South Korea.
Embassies of the Philippines in the said countries are now coordinating with officials in their country of assignment as regard the consolidation of contingency plans in case the tension escalates.
“Given this new development, embassies are now updating their contingency plans to suit the current situation,” said Bolivar.
North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un recently threatened to launch a missile strike to Guam, one of the territories of the United States in the Pacific where its military facilities are located.
This could obviously affect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) residing in Guam and also in Japan and South Korea.
But DFA assured that the situation in the said countries remains normal and there is nothing to worry about as regards the safety of the Filipinos.
“Like what our embassies are saying, tourist arrival in Guam is still normal,” said Bolivar. — Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue
Acquitted Pinay in UAE arrives home
Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez with her parents
MANILA, Philippines – Jennifer Dalquez, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was sentenced to death in 2015 in the United Arab Emirates but later acquitted of the murder of her employer, finally arrived home in the Philippines on Friday (November 2).
Dalquez was acquitted after the Philippine Embassy appealed her case.
On Thursday (November 1), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement commended the efforts of the Philippine Embassy for saving her from death row.
Dalquez is a native of General Santos City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
Filipinos in Saudi Arabia reminded of punishment over spreading rumors, fake news
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