Philippines lifts ban for Kuwait-bound workers

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer’s freezer.The news comes days after Kuwait and the Philippines inked a deal to regulate and protect the hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers who seek higher-paid jobs in the wealthy Gulf state.The spat, simmering for months, reached its lowest point last month when Kuwaiti authorities expelled Manila’s ...

Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte’s ICC withdrawal

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A minority bloc in the Philippine Senate on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, saying his action without the chamber’s consent was unconstitutional. Duterte issued a notice of withdrawal in March, saying his right to due process had been violated after an ICC prosecutor announced a preliminary examination of a complaint that accused the president and top officials of crimes against humanity. ...

Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labor

Friday, 11 May 2018

Kuwait and the Philippines signed a deal on Friday to regulate domestic workers, after a dispute between the two countries led to a ban on Filipino workers in the Gulf state. “A short time ago we signed an agreement between the two countries on the employment of domestic workers,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah told a joint press conference with his Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano. In February Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a partial ban on ...

Philippines checking reported killing of extremist leader

Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Philippine military said Saturday it is checking intelligence reports that a commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group has died after being wounded in an artillery strike in the south. Brig Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that if the reported killing of Yassir Igasan in southern Sulu province turns out to be true, it would add to a leadership crisis within the Abu Sayyaf. The brutal group has lost many commanders to combat and surrenders in recent years. The military received intelligence ...

WATCH: Filipino child who can only speak fluent Arabic surprises Saudis

Monday, 2 April 2018

A 7-year-old Filipino child who lives with his Filipino mother in her sponsor’s house in Saudi Arabia speaks fluent Arabic despite his mother’s attempts to teach him English or Filipino. According to his mother, Othman does not understand what she says when she speaks to him in English or Filipino. Othman, who is named after his sponsor, has learnt mathematics, science and Qur’an. His sponsor said that he looks after him for humanitarian and religious reasons. Othman’s ...

Philippines to lift Kuwait labor ban if following measures are in place

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Philippines and Kuwaiti officials are finalizing a bilateral agreement that they hope will lift a current ban on Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state.According to Filipino Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano, the agreement will provide for specific provisions that they say will help protect their nationals in Kuwait.The following conditions are expected to be part of the agreement:- Salaries of no less than 120 Kuwaiti dinars or $400 dollars.- Paying salaries regularly via direct deposits ...

At least 44 militants killed in clash with Philippine troops, says army

Sunday, 11 March 2018

At least 44 pro-ISIS militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said on Sunday. The fighting, initially with about 50 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), broke out in a remote village in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town from Thursday morning and lasted the following day, said Lt. Col. Gerry Besana. A soldier was slightly wounded, the army said in a separate statement. ...

Philippines slams UN rights chief for ‘disrespectful’ remarks about Duterte

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Philippine foreign minister hit back on Saturday at the United Nations’ human rights chief for issuing “irresponsible and disrespectful” comments about President Rodrigo Duterte, warning that such remarks could set a dangerous precedent. Duterte’s attacks against UN human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told a news conference on Friday after the Philippine leader criticized UN ...

Philippines says eight militants killed in the south

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Philippine military said on Friday it had killed at least eight Islamic militants in an operation to stop extremist efforts to set up base in the country’s south following the deadly five-month siege of Marawi city last year.Armored vehicles and artillery were used against about 50 gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Mindanao island on Thursday, local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Gerry Bisana said in a report.The military said last month that gunmen ...

UN rights chief says Philippines president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’

Friday, 9 March 2018

The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”.Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN officials, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said “it makes one believe that the president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.”Zeid and other UN rights officials have focused ...

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