Posts by Marlon Alexander Luistro

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aaaMANILA – A party-list lawmaker who represents overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on Monday has urged for a review and assessment of bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) entered into by the Philippines with countries of destination. In a statement, OFW Party-list Representative Marissa Magsino said the review and assessment of these bilateral agreements aim to ensure the protection of rights and welfare of OFWs. This particularly includes cases of abuse, maltreatment and deprivation of life, and to secure the availability of legal remedies in...

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aaaMANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco has warned the public anew of scammers offering immigration services on social media. This comes after Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) Chairperson Ka Kuen Chua testified during a Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee hearing that there are offers on social media that charge P1 million to P5 million to lift immigration blacklists. “We have observed that this scam proliferates not only on Facebook, but also in other messaging plat...

February 6, 2023
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aaaMANILA, Philippines – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder much more taste as it relates to food. Four Filipino dishes have made it to the 2023's Top 100 Worst Dishes in the World List, international food database Taste Atlas reported. The said list was released on Saturday (Feb.4), with Bicol Region's kinalas ranking 17th place among the worst with a 2.4 rating and Hotsilog at 36th place with a 2.6 rating. Kinalas, a delicacy that hails from Naga, is a traditional Filipino dish made of noodles, spices, pork or beef brains, and scrap...

February 6, 2023
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aaaMANILA – The BI reported on Friday that a 50-year-old Japanese national wanted by authorities in his country for involvement in illegal recruitment and falsifying official documents was arrested in Manila. In a statement, Commissioner Norman Tansingco said operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) have arrested Amano Mototaka was arrested on Jan. 30 along Arellano Avenue in Sta. Ana, Manila. The said foreigner is a subject of an arrest warrant issued by a summary court in Nagoya, Japan on Sept. 30, 2022 but he eluded arrest ...

February 5, 2023
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aaaMANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the Philippine government is providing legal representation to bring home the eight Filipinos currently detained in Myanmar as soon as possible. DFA spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza said in a statment that the department is continuing to assist them, including tourist 25-year-old Kiela Samson who was arrested at the border of Thailand and Myanmar last month. An ABS CBN News report earlier said that Samson and her tourist friends were lured to cross the border from Mae Sot City in Thaila...

February 4, 2023
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aaaManila, Philippines – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), along with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has began the process of transferring the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) function from the latter to the newly created department. This is part of the DMW's mandate to protect and promote the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Also included in the turnover were legal assistance funds from DFA to DMW, while at the same time ensuring continuous service to all OFWs globally. Under Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2023, wa...

February 3, 2023
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aaaManila, Philippines - The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said Wednesday that the torrential rains and floods from the low-pressure area, shear line, and northeast monsoon that affected many parts of the country since Jan. 2 have claimed 44 lives so far. In its latest disaster bulletin, the OCD said the affected regions are Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomo...

February 2, 2023
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aaaManila, Philippines – Kabayan Partylist Rep. Ron Salo said on Tuesday that said Tuesday the government could devise a blacklisting system against abusive and erring employers and recruitment agencies to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed to Kuwait. During a Laging Handa public briefing, Salo - also chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs - said blacklisting Kuwaiti employers and recruitment agencies with bad track records would be a preventive measure to bar them from hiring OFWs. "T...

February 2, 2023
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aaaMANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that a magnitude 6 earthquake has jolted Davao de Oro Wednesday night. A report from the Philippine News Agency quoting Phivolcs said the tectonic quake hit 12 kilometers northeast of the municipality of New Bataan at 6:44 p.m. It has a depth of 27 kilometers. Phivolcs said Intensity V was felt in New Bataan, Davao de Oro; and intensity IV in City of Davao and City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Intensity III was reported in Damulog, Kadingilan, Kalilangan, ...

February 1, 2023
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aaaManila, Philippines - The decision of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. to refund the value added tax (VAT) collected from foreign visitors by 2024 to boost tourist arrivals has drawn criticisms and support alike. Joel Pena, a businessman whose family owns a shopping mall Big Ben in Lipa City, supported the refund saying that the move would be "nice for tourists" given that many countries are already doing the same and it really makes tourists shop more. "I just came from Bali (Indonesia) and I was able to buy some things due to ...

February 1, 2023