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Return home, Binay appeals to Libya OFWs

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay reiterated yesterday his appeal for Overseas Filipino Workers in Libya to come home following the confirmed report that three Filipinos were among the seven workers abducted by unidentified armed men last Tuesday. Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, assured that the government is ready to assist those who are voluntarily requesting to be repatriated. Incoming... 

Saudi beheads Pinoy for murder

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Filipino convicted of killing one of its nationals, the interior ministry said. Carletto Lana shot dead Saudi national Nasser al-Gahtani before running him over with a car, the SPA news agency said. This was confirmed yesterday by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.  Read More »

OFW summit tackles agribusiness

The 4th OFW and Family Summit held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City focused on agribusiness to encourage overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) gain entrepreneurial skills. The summit, attended by hundreds of OFWs and their family members, was organized by the Villar Sipag (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) and GoNegosyo.  Read More »

OFW families warned vs scam artists

Government authorities are tracking down scam artists who are out to profit from the monthly dollar remittances that the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) receive from abroad. Senator Cynthia Villar said too many Filipinos, many of them OFWs, have become victims of SMS-based and online scams. “Do not be so trusting especially when dealing with complete strangers,” Villar reminded the... 

Binay speaks out

Vice President Jejomar Binay gave vent to long-unexpressed thoughts about ongoing events in the country in an impromptu open forum after delivering a speech at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)-Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Manila Hotel. It was the best thing for him to do under the circumstances.  Read More »

On-line voters listing rejected

The Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee rejected yesterday proposals to allow the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow on-line or remote registration of voters. What the law allows is personal registration so that Comelec-owned equipment could measure a voter’s biometrics features, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, committee chairman, said.  Read More »

No blacklist for RP seamen

The Philippines would not be blacklisted from European-flagged vessels amid the looming audit of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) next month, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay assured Filipino seamen. “There is no need to worry,” Binay said during the 18th National Seafarers Day in Manila.  Read More »

Improved Philippine business growth dynamism

The Philippines ranked 21st of 60 countries in the 2013 Global Dynamism Index (GDI), climbing 25 notches from the 2012 survey, and registering the most improvement in business environment dynamism. Australia, Chile, China, New Zealand, and Canada topped the GDI. Among Southeast Asian nations, the Philippines ranked behind Singapore (7th), Malaysia (13th), and Thailand (19th), and Vietnam (27th).  Read More »

The National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates today the 81st Anniversary of the founding of the Kingdom by Adbul-Aziz bin Saud in 1932. Saudi Arabia country is the world’s leading exporter of oil, which accounts for 90% of its export earnings and 75% of government revenues. The country has the world’s largest oil reserves.  Read More »

Enhanced Philippines-Sri Lanka relationship

THE Philippines and Sri Lanka have a long history of friendship. The two countries observe their 52nd year of diplomatic relations on September 22, 2013. On this day in 1961, the Philippines opened a legation in the capital Colombo. Sri Lanka had a Charge d’ Affaires-level mission, which was upgraded to embassy level in 1964. An air transport agreement was signed on December 18, 1976 and a trade...