Pilipinas, kabilang sa 17 bansang blacklisted ng France

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MANILA, Philippines – Napabilang ang Pilipinas sa 17 bansang blacklisted ng France bunsod ng umano’y kakulangan ng kooperasyon sa pag-iimbestiga ng mga anomalya sa foreign aid.

Bilang resulta, hindi na pinapayagan ng France na gamitin ang mga bangko sa Pilipinas at 16 pang bansa sa pamamahagi ng development funds.

Bukod sa Pilipinas, kasama rin sa mga bansang blacklisted ng France ang Botswana, Brunei, Nauru, Guatemala, Switzerland, Lebanon, Panama, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dominica, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago at Vanuatu.

Ikinagulat naman ng Malakanyang ang pagkakabilang ng Pilipinas sa blacklist.

Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, nangangalap na ng impormasyon ang finance department kaugnay ng nangyari.(UNTV News)

UAE to release bodies of 2 Filipinos killed in Abu Dhabi gas explosion after probe

Marje Pelayo   •   September 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday (September 3) confirmed that the remains of the two Filipinos killed in the Abu Dhabi gas explosion will only be released once investigation is finished.

Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana said the UAE authorities want the probe to be completed first before they allow the repatriation of the bodies.

“Dahil ito ay isang aksidente, kailangan muna na matapos ang imbestigasyon at iyan ang aming nililinaw sa mga pamilya at humihingi po kami ng pang-unawa,” Quintana said during the Laging Handa virtual briefing Thursday.

(Because this is an accident, the investigation needs to be completed first. This is what we have clarified to the families and we ask for their understanding.)

The embassy official said they have reached out to the families of the victims to explain the process assuring them that the UAE authorities have committed to expediting the investigation.

“Mismong sila ay nakikipagusap sa pamilya at kami ang nagiging tulay. Kapag natapos iyon ay saka naman natin uupuan kung ano ang next steps para sa mga pamilya na naiwan,” she added.

([The UAE authorities] themselves are communicating with the families and we connect them with each other. Once [the investigation] is done, we will discuss what to do next to assist the bereaved families.]

READ: Two Filipinos died in Abu Dhabi restaurant blast — DFA

Apart from the two fatalities, a total of 10 Filipinos were injured in the blast that happened on August 31. Eight of them were sent to hospitals for treatment.

To date, five have already been discharged while three others are still recovering.

386 Filipinos repatriated from Lebanon to arrive in PH Monday – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   August 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over 300 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) repatriated from Lebanon are set to arrive in the country on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the OFWs will land at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via a chartered flight.

The flight will also carry the remains of eight Filipinos, four of whom were killed in the recent explosions in Beirut Port.

DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. is expected to be present at the airport to receive the repatriates, the department said.

Other officials who are likely to join the Secretary are Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido J. Dulay, Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, and DND Undersecretary Cesar B. Yano, the DFA added.

DFA: Initial repatriation flights from Beirut to Manila set on August 17

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Following the sudden resignation of the Lebanon government, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has intensified its operations to repatriate Filipinos in the country immediately.

“We are not leaving anyone behind,” declared Migrant Workers Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola.

Arriola noted that the Department and its embassy in Beirut are taking all necessary actions to guarantee the safety of overseas Filipinos who are still in Lebanon. 

“More steps will be implemented in the coming days to see this through,” added the Undersecretary.

The first of the DFA chartered-flights from Beirut is expected to land in Manila on August 17 with some 400 overseas Filipinos expected to join the flight.

“This repatriation will be the first in a number of repatriation flights that the DFA will mount to bring home our kababayans who want to come home,” Arriola said.

“These flights shall be free and at no cost to our overseas Filipinos from Lebanon,” she added. 

According to the DFA, around 31,000 Filipinos still remain in Lebanon to date. 

Last week, two massive explosions rocked the capital city of Beirut which injured thousands and killed more than a hundred of its population.

The tragedy further plunged Lebanon into a deep political crisis that led to the resignation of its national government. 

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