Remains of second victim in Singapore car crash to arrive in PH tonight

Marje Pelayo   •   January 2, 2020   •   932

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore confirmed that the remains of Arlyn Nucos, 50 arrived at Clark International Airport on Wednesday (January 1).

She was received by her family together with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Her remains were immediately flown to her hometown in Caba, La Union.

Meanwhile, the remains of Abigail Danao Leste, 41, will be repatriated today (January 2).

Consul General Bernie Candola confirmed that the shipment will be on board Philippine Airlines PR 512 set to leave tonight at 8:00 PM and will arrive in Manila at 11:40 PM.

The two Filipinas died on the spot when a car hit them at the parking exit pavement behind Lucky Plaza Mall on Sunday (December 30).

The 64-year-old driver of the involved vehicle was immediately arrested.

Meanwhile, the Embassy confirmed that two of the four Filipinos injured in the car crash were already discharged while the other two remain in the hospital.

EMBASSY OFFICIAL STATEMENT | Update on the Six Filipinos Involved in the Car Crash Incident

Posted by Philippine Embassy in Singapore on Wednesday, 1 January 2020

PH Defense receives 50K COVID-19 swab test kits from Singapore

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have received 50,000 units of COVID-19 swab test kits from the Singapore Ministry of Defense.

The donated test kits were turned over to the DND and the AFP on Thursday, April 15.

The DND said the test kits will be issued to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) and the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC).

The VMMC, which is mandated to provide quality medical care and treatment to veterans and their dependents, is under the purview of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).

The AFPMC, meanwhile, provides medical care to the military and civilian personnel of the AFP.

“Both PVAO and AFP are government bureaus under the DND,” the department said.

Singapore logs 16 new COVID-19 cases, some imported from the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Singapore on Thursday (April 15) reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH), all cases were imported infections.

The MOH confirmed that all the cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

Of the 16 cases, three were permanent residents who returned from India and the Philippines.

The other 10 are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Five of them are foreign domestic workers.

Meanwhile, the MOH reported that there were no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection on Thursday.

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BI warns of illegal recruitment scheme victimizing former Overseas Filipino Workers

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is warning illegal recruiters taking advantage of former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) amid the current employment crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was after members of the BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) at the Clark International Airport intercepted the departure of an illegal recruitment victim bound for Dubai last April 5, 2021.

The victim, whose name was not divulged following human trafficking and illegal recruitment laws, attempted to depart for Dubai via an Emirates Airlines flight.

The victim presented an overseas employment certificate (OEC) being a Balik Manggagawa, but upon checking of his documents, Immigration Officer Vanessa Icban noticed some inconsistencies and referred the matter to members of BI’s TCEU for further inspection.

Upon further checking, TCEU officer Tomas David and Vincent Serrano noted that the victim arrived in the country in 2019, and possessed a Dubai work visa.

However, after verification, it was found that his work visa has already been cancelled, and he has an active tourist visa.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente commended the efforts of the Clark immigration officers in intercepting said victim.

“I know it is a challenge to intercept such cases as they are presenting complete documents and are in the guise of being legitimate OFWs,” said Morente.

“We commend the quick eye of our immigration officers, which allowed them to uncover this modus,” he added.

In the said scheme, former OFWs whose visas and contracts have expired are given new tourist visas which allow them to depart and work illegally as tourists, using their old OEC records.

“This is an obvious circumvention of the law, and victims are promised that they can depart using their old OECs that are, in fact, invalid already,” the BI Chief said.

“Victims end up working for a different employer, or worse, fly off to a third country like Iraq or Syria,” he added.

The victim was turned over to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Labor Assistance Center Pampanga for assistance.

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