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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 »

22 Filipinos flee Syrian strife

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Twenty-two Filipinos living and working in Syria are set to arrive from that conflict-torn country tonight, the first group of repatriates to be flown home by the government in the new year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Amnesty for UAE illegals

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) illegally have until February to avail themselves of an amnesty program that would legitimize their stay.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Del Rosario back from Syria mission

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Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. Photo by DFA

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was due to return home Sunday night after a quick trip to Lebanon and Syria over the weekend to look into the repatriation efforts of Filipinos fleeing Damascus, especially with the conflict there expected to further escalate.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

Come home, Binay tells OFWs in Syria

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) still in strife-torn Syria to return home as soon as possible as “the situation is expected to worsen” in the Arab country.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Workers may fly to Israel, Gaza again—DOLE

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Labor and Employment has lifted the deployment ban to the Gaza Strip and parts of Israel, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said over the weekend.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Doomed OFW’s kin renew appeal for help

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Protesters display placards during a rally near Malacañang on Nov. 13, 2012, to call on the government to intercede to stay the scheduled execution of convicted overseas Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta and all other OFWs in death row in the Middle East.  The Philippines has again appealed to Saudi Arabia to extend the deadline for the payment of blood money by Zapanta so he could escape the death penalty, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Monday, March 11, 2013.  AP

The family of overseas Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta on Wednesday reiterated its appeal for help in raising P44 million in blood money in four months so the condemned OFW can be spared from execution next year.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

OFW alert up in Lebanon

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has advised overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Lebanon to take necessary precautions as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised an alert over possible instability in that country.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Maids’ deployment to Saudi resumes—DOLE

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After a ban of more than a year, the deployment of new domestic workers to Saudi Arabia has resumed.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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