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February 19, 2018 2:01 AM Duterte Cabinet members show support to Bong Go at Senate

As promised, most Cabinet members showed up at the Senate on Monday to show support for Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, who was dragged into the Philippine Navy’s P15.7 billion frigate deal. Go entered the Senate session hall in time for the 9:30 a.m. hearing of the Senate committee on national defense being chaired by Senator 3

February 15, 2018 11:06 PM No word yet on employers of PH maid murdered in Kuwait, says envoy

The remains of the Filipino maid murdered in Kuwait are arriving in Manila on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday. From Manila, the remains of Joanna Demafelis will be flown to Iloilo on Saturday, the DFA said. In a statement released through the DFA on Thursday, Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Rene Villa, said Kuwaiti authorities 5

February 15, 2018 8:23 PM Filipino family in Colorado to get $330K in forced labor lawsuit

DENVER, Colorado — A Filipino family in Southern Colorado should get $330,000 because a businessman and his wife forced the family to work for little or no pay for three years, a jury ruled on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The family had accused William and Leonida Sackett, operators of Sackett Farm Market, a farm and rental properties in Rocky Ford, of forcing 3

February 14, 2018 7:34 AM Returning OFWs to Kuwait not covered by work ban – BI

Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait who are currently vacationing in the Philippines are allowed to leave the country, the Bureau of Immigration said on Wednesday. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said they have issued the new directive following the announcement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that the “Balik 5

February 13, 2018 10:54 AM Labor group: Office romances OK, but gov’t should issue guidelines

On Tuesday, a day before Valentine’s Day, the Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) came out with a statement assuring employees who fall in love with their bosses that no government policy prevents such a relationship from blooming. But Alan Tanjusay, policy advocacy officer of ALU-TUCP, said the Department of Labor 6

February 13, 2018 10:24 AM Recto wants Senate inquiry into proposed hike in SSS contribution rate

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto filed on Monday a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposed increase in the contribution rate of Social Security System (SSS) members. Senate Resolution No. 621 recommends that the proposed increase “be held in abeyance” until a comprehensive review of Republic Act No. 1161 or the Social Security Law is conducted 7

February 13, 2018 8:04 AM Pacquiao: Sponsorship speech on the death of OFW from Kuwait

SI JOANNA DANIELA DEMAFELIS AY TAGA-ILOILO NA IPINANGANAK NOONG JUNE 24, 1988. SI JOANNA AY PANG-ANIM SA SIYAM NA MAGKAKAPATID. PUNO NG PANGARAP AT PAG-ASA, NAGSIMULA SIYANG MAGTRABAHO BILANG OFW SA KUWAIT NOONG 2014. SA GITNA NG PANGAMBA NG KANYANG MGA MAGULANG AT KAPATID, ILANG BESES LAMANG SIYANG NAKAUSAP NG KANYANG PAMILYA. NOONG 2016, NABANGGIT 5

February 13, 2018 6:45 AM Pinoy workers may opt to stay in Kuwait, Palace clarifies

(UPDATED) - Malacañang on Tuesday, February 13, clarified that Filipino workers in Kuwait may opt not to avail of President Rodrigo Duterte's repatriation offer if they want to stay in the Gulf nation. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the government is not forcing all OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) to go back to the Philippines, following

February 12, 2018 5:37 AM PH issues total ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait

The Philippine government has issued a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait upon the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a joint statement issued on Monday that Mr. Duterte’s directive for a ban would 4

February 12, 2018 5:09 AM Recto: 2.5 M tons of rice lost to poor postharvest, enough to feed 14 M Pinoys

About 17 percent of palay harvest is lost to absent or poor post-harvest facilities and practices yearly, resulting in a wastage of about two and a half million metric tons of rice--enough to meet the annual rice needs of Metro Manila, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. The theory is that if we are able to save even one-third of palay post-harvest 7