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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 (in photo) has approved the deployment to Libya of a two-man contingency team that would augment the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) staff in Tripoli.   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 FROM 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 »

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