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PH negotiating to bring down Zapanta blood money

Vice President Binay has met with Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in a courtesy call in the Coconut Palace Wednesday. Among the topics discussed were the case of jailed OFW Joselito Zapanta who is in death row in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO/OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Vice President Jejomar Binay has gained new optimism for the case of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta in death row in Saudi Arabia after a discussion with a visiting Saudi Prince where Zapanta’s case was among the issues discussed.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Illegal migrants in Saudi surrender after deadly riots

Foreign workers wait for a taxi as they leave the Manfuhah neighborhood of the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed in clashes between Saudi and other foreign residents the previous day, according to the Saudi police. On November 4, the authorities began rounding up thousands of illegal foreign workers following the expiry of a final amnesty for them to formalize their status.  AFP

Hundreds of illegal migrants targeted in a Saudi nationwide crackdown turned themselves in on Sunday after security forces besieged a Riyadh neighborhood where riots had killed two people.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA helps undocumented Filipinos in Saudi as deadline nears

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday it would continue to assist undocumented Filipinos in either legalizing their stay in Saudi Arabia or coming home even past the November 3 deadline given by Saudi authorities for undocumented foreign nationals to correct their status there.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Deadline looms for illegal foreign workers in Saudi

Asian labourers work at a flyover  construction site in eastern Riyadh on April 7, 2013. Saudi Arabia has given illegal foreign workers a three-month grace period to legalise their status, after panic over reported mass deportations, an official statement said.   AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending Wednesday that would allow them to stay or return home without prosecution.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH thanks Saudi Arabia for P25M ‘blood money’ to save doomed OFW

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The Philippine government on Friday thanked the Saudi government for its decision to shoulder nearly P25 million in blood money for jailed Filipino worker Rodelio Celestino Lanuza, saying the act affirmed the strong ties between the two countries.

Posted: February 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFW killed in Saudi explosion identified


The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday identified the Filipino truck driver who was among the 23 people killed when a fuel lorry hit a bridge and exploded in the Saudi capital Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames.

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH labor agency neglects own workers overseas


In October 2009, a Filipino migrant worker suffered a stroke and was confined at the Shumesy Hospital in Riyadh. He later developed complications, including kidney failure, and needed dialysis.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New hope for OFW on death row Dondon Lanuza

RODELIO “DONDON” Lanuza was forgiven by the family of the man he had killed in 2000. But P35 million in “blood money” for his freedom seemed like an unreachable star.

Fate and luck may finally be working in favor of overseas Filipino worker Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza, who has been on death row in Damman, Saudi Arabia for the past 11 years. His tireless internet campaign for justice and assistance has caught the attention of a Filipino-American businesswoman and philanthropist, Loida Nicolas Lewis—as well as a Saudi prince whose identity remains a mystery.

Posted: January 15th, 2012 in Global Pinoy,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Saudi executes two Egyptians for Filipino murder

Two Egyptians accused of murdering a Filipino were beheaded by the sword in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, said the interior ministry.

Posted: December 21st, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines to query Saudis on maids ‘ban’

The Philippines is to ask for clarification from Saudi Arabia after it announced it would stop granting work permits for Filipino domestic staff, President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman said Thursday.

Posted: June 30th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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