Philippines

7 Stranded OFWs in Kuwait Remain in Jail

Seven out of the 40 stranded workers in Kuwait remain at the Central Jail in Kuwait, according to the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM). In a statement sent through email, Ramon Bultron, managing director of the APMM, blamed the Philippine Embassy for not providing the travel documents of the stranded Filipino workers. (Read story…)

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Solon Debunks Andaya, Says OFWs Not US Recession Proof

In reaction to Department of Budget and Management Rolando Andaya, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza said the global financial crisis and the US recession will have ‘a substantial impact on our economy and on Filipino migrants in the United States.’ (Read story…)

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Baguio City Council Condemns Activist’s Disappearance

BAGUIO CITY (246 kms north of Manila) – The Baguio City Council on Sept. 29 approved a resolution “condemning the involuntary disappearance of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) member James Balao.” (Read story…)

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Filipino Teachers Mark World Teachers’ Day with Protest

In commemoration of the World Teachers’ Day, more than 300 public school teachers trooped to the Batasang Pambansa Complex this afternoon and called for higher salaries for teachers and rank-and-file government employees. (Read story…)

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US Financial Crisis Could Lead to Job Losses in RP

Just how vulnerable is the Philippines to the effects of the US financial crisis? Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the Philippines is equipped to withstand the effects of the US financial crisis. But a labor economist thinks otherwise, saying the crisis could result, among other things, in job losses in the Philippines. (Read story…)

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Melamine Contamination Caused by Corporate Greed, Import Liberalization, Gov’t Neglect

Two doctors, one an advocate of community-based health programs and the other a toxicology expert, said that corporate greed, import liberalization, and the lack of priority given by the government to local food production and to ensuring food safety are to be blamed for the entry of melamine-contaminated products in the country. (Read story…)

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US troops back

Seventeen years ago, the Philippine Senate voted to reject the renewal of the RP-US Military Bases Agreement, ending more than 40 years of US military presence and activity in the Philippines. The decision was met with acclaim from nearly all quarters, indicating it had broad support from the population. Within a year, the Filipino people 

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Sleepless in Somalia

As if it didn’t know, the New York Times last week wondered in an editorial what John McCain was thinking when he chose Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate. (Read story…)

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U.S. Bankruptcies, A Portent of Worse Things to Come

The bankruptcy of five global financial services firms based in the U.S. is not yet the worst that could happen. There is yet no end in sight to the current convulsion of the crisis in the U.S.. If things do not bode well for the U.S., more so for the Philippines. There is no truth 

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Surface James Balao, disaparecido

Appeal for support from a Canadian in the Philippines I am asking all of you to read this message and to help in any way that you can. For the last week and a half my office has been in the midst of an urgent campaign. Ten days ago, on September 17th, a member of 

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