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Thankful over labor deal, Duterte eyes Kuwait trip

“I GOT all that I wanted.” President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Kuwait to thank the government there for granting measures ensuring the well-being of Filipino workers in the Gulf state. Speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains in Pampanga Tuesday, the President said, "I am going to travel….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJun 13th, 2018

Bello awaits go signal to go to Kuwait

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III continued to wait for President Rodrigo Duterte's go signal to proceed with his trip to Kuwait to negotiate better terms for Filipino migrant workers in the oil-rich Gulf state.   "He's ready anytime," said Raul Francia, head of the Department of Labor and Employment's Information and Publication Service.   Bello had said he expected to be in Kuwait on May 7. ---Tina G. Santos...Keep on reading: Bello awaits go signal to go to Kuwait.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Deal gives new terms for OFWs in Kuwait but ban stays

Filipino workers in Kuwait will now be allowed to keep their mobile phones, collect their salaries through banks and deposit their passports with Filipino officials, but the ban on new contracts in the emirate will have to stay.   "I am not about to lift" the ban, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said after a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) was reached with visiting Kuwaiti labor officials.   Bello said the ban would remain until Kuwait filed charges against the employers of Joanna Demafelis, whose body was recently found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait a year since she went missing.   President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a ban against the deploy...Keep on reading: Deal gives new terms for OFWs in Kuwait but ban stays.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection

Philippine officials are headed to Kuwait on Thursday to seek better protection for migrant workers after a diplomatic row over the alleged mistreatment of Filipinos in the Gulf state.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told reporters on Wednesday that one of his deputies would lead the delegation, and that the officials would also stop in Saudia Arabia and Qatar to urge reforms.   Philippine officials are expected to primarily demand during the visit that Filipino workers be allowed to keep their cellphones and passports, which can be confiscated by employers.   The Kuwait trip comes after President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a total deployment ban o...Keep on reading: PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Duterte monitors Typhoon Ompong, eyes trip to affected areas

Duterte monitors Typhoon Ompong, eyes trip to affected areas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Duterte, King of Jordan oversee labor, defense, investment deal signings

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday witnessed the signing of five agreements covering labor, defense and investment, among others. The post Duterte, King of Jordan oversee labor, defense, investment deal signings appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Duterte eyes arms deal with Israel

ALTERNATIVE SOURCE An international relations expert says President Duterte is looking to Israel as an alternative source of weapons for the Philippines. --SCREEN GRAB FROMRTVM JERUSALEM -- Preside.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to arrive on Sunday, September 2 for a historic visit to Israel and Jordan, pursuing a pivot away from his nation's long-time reliance on American military hardware and backing. The 4-day stay in Israel is the first by a Philippine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to arrive Sunday for a visit to Israel and Jordan, pursuing a pivot away from his nation's long-time reliance on American military hardware and backing. The four-day stay in Israel is the first by a Philippine leader in more than 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations, even though their links go back to Manila sheltering Jews during the Holocaust. Duterte's visit has generated a lot of attention, powered both by his penchant for foul-mouthed statements -- including likening himself to Hitler -- and his internationally condemned drug crackdown that has killed thousands. Duterte, accompanied by an entourage including soldiers and p...Keep on reading: Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

In this Tuesday, June 11, 2018, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the crowd at the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations south of Manila, Philippin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Philippines’ Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives Sunday for a visit to Israel and Jordan, pursuing a pivot away from his nation’s long-time reliance on American military hardware and backing… Source link link: Philippines’ Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Philippines Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives Sunday for a visit to Israel and Jordan, pursuing a pivot away from his nation's long-time reliance on American military hardware and backing........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Duterte to fortify ties with Israel, Jordan

President Rodrigo Duterte will witness the signing of several agreements including labor, defense and investment during his trip to Israel and Jordan on September 2 to 8, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Both visits would be the first by a Philippine leader since Manila established diplomatic ties….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Duterte eyes Sept. visit to Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte may visit Kuwait in September, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Bong Go said. “The government is currently working with the Kuwait government to determine mutually agreeable dates for the visit, which may happen in September,” Go said. The Philippines and Kuwait recently signed an agreement to ensure the protection of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Malacañang: Duterte yet to sign lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign the order to lift the ban on Filipino migrant workers' deployment to Kuwait.  "That's true. During the state dinner, he gave Secretary Bello (Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III) the authority to lift the ban but until now, I have ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

From DoLE head to Kuwait labor attaché?

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he will assign labor chief Silvestre Bello III, who has applied for the post of Ombudsman, as labor attaché in Kuwait’ Duterte also ruled out politicians – and most especially women – as the Philippines’ next Ombudsman. In a chance interview on Wednesday, Duterte said….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Labor chief signs lifting of deployment ban to Kuwait

By Camille A. Aguinaldo LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Thursday officially signed the lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait to be enforced effective immediately, as ordered a day before by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. “I just signed the order lifting the ban on the skilled workers and professionals and as well as […] The post Labor chief signs lifting of deployment ban to Kuwait appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte Orders Total Lifting of OFW Deployment Ban to Kuwait

Malacañang on Wednesday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the full lifting of the deployment ban of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. “Upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tonight instructed (Labor) Secretary to totally lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait,” Presidential […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Spokesman: Duterte orders lifting of labor ban to Kuwait

An official says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait after talks eased a dispute over the plight of Filipina housemaids in the oil-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to totally lift the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait, Malacañang said Wednesday evening, May 15. "Upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tonight instructed Secretary Silvestre Bello ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018