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4 OFW survivors, 4 fatalities in Algeria siege to arrive Tuesday–DFA

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The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week's hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said that four Filipinos who survived the siege of a remote natural gas plant by Islamic militants in Algeria was scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

The ubiquitous Pinoy

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It was troubling to see the photograph on the front page of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Jan. 19 of a patient lying apparently unconscious, his head heavily bandaged and in a neck-brace, with Algerian Minister Youcef Yousfi and a doctor looking anxiously down at him. The photo caption only said it was a “freed Filipino hostage” and the accompanying AFP (Agence France Presse) report did not identify him.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Japan’s Algeria survivors, dead arrive in Tokyo

The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week's hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The seven Japanese survivors of the Algerian hostage crisis, and nine of the 10 dead, arrived back in a shell-shocked Japan Friday as the prime minister spoke of the nation’s “deepest grief”.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino death toll in Algeria crisis rises to eight

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs said that another Filipino has been confirmed killed in last week’s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, bringing to eight the total number of Filipino fatalities.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

4 Filipinos from Algeria hostage crisis come home, complain about embassy response

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Four more overseas Filipino workers from the Algerian gas facility that was attacked by Islamic militants last week arrived in Manila on Wednesday.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Wife wants proof of Filipino’s death in Algeria hostage

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Unidentified rescued hostages pose for the media in Ain Amenas, Algeria, in this image taken from television Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Algeria’s state news service says nearly 100 out of 132 foreign hostages have been freed from a gas plant where Islamist militants had held them captive for three days. The APS news agency report was an unexpected indication of both more hostages than had previously been reported and a potentially breakthrough development in what has been a bloody siege. (AP Photo/Canal Algerie via Associated Press TV)

Estrella Santiago refuses to totally believe that her husband Iluminado—Bong to family and friends—was among the Filipinos killed by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Algeria last week.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

6 Filipinos killed, used as shields in Algeria

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Joseph Balmaceda, one of the four Filipino oil field workers who was wounded but survived the terrorist attacks of an oil field in Algeria, talks about his ordeal shortly upon arrival at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Manila, Philippines Monday Jan. 21, 2013. In a separate briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Spokesman Raul Hernandez said six Filipino workers were killed and four more are still unaccounted for. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Islamic militants used foreign hostages as human shields to stop Algerian troops aboard helicopters from strafing them with gunfire. This was the account of survivor Joseph Balmaceda who arrived in Manila Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

81 dead, 24 missing from siege at Algerian gas plant

In this image made from television Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi, third from right, gestures as he is escorted around the Ain Amenas gas facility a day after special forces stormed the plant to end a four-day siege, in Algeria, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. The death toll from the terrorist siege at the natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed past 80 and two dozen foreign workers remained unaccounted for late on Sunday.  AP PHOTO/CANAL ALGERIA VIA AP VIDEO

At least 81 people have been reported dead, including 32 Islamist militants, after a bloody, four-day hostage situation at Algeria’s remote Ain Amenas natural gas plant. Two dozen foreign workers remained unaccounted for late Sunday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fate of Algeria gas plant hostages, country by country

The Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. AP FIL E PHOTO

Algerian forces found 25 bodies of hostages on Sunday, Ennahar TV said, after a crisis that began when Islamists attacked a gas plant on Wednesday and ended with a bloody final military assault on Saturday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

52 Filipinos accounted for in gas plant attack

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday that 52 Filipinos caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis had been accounted for, but it was still not known whether any Philippine nationals were among the dead.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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