Thailand gives more cash aid for the rehab of Yolanda-affected areas

MANILA, Philippines — The government of Thailand recently gave additional cash donation worth more than half a million dollars to the Philippine government for the rehabilitation of areas affected by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai presented  the  check in the amount of US$622,243.39 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario. The simple handover ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and attended by Thelsa Biolena, […]

Philippines protests China’s patrols over Recto Bank

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government protested China’s latest activities involving illegal patrols over Philippine territorial waters, particularly in the gas-rich Recto Bank, also called Reed Bank, which is part of the continental margin of Palawan based on the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “We are protesting the conduct of sovereignty patrols by Chinese vessels on Recto Bank. The frequent passage of Chinese vessels in Recto Bank is not an innocent […]

Libyan OFWs return to the Philippines

Two batches of overseas Filipino workers – numbering 768 – have returned to the Philippines from Libya. Other than the immediate repatriation, the DFA is also enforcing a deployment ban due to the crisis in Libya.

Bulacan court to arraign Palparan

Retired Major General Jovito Palparan will be arraigned today based on the decision of Malolos Regional Trial Court Judge Teodora Gonzales for the kidnapping of two University of Philippines students.

Two flights cancelled due to ‘sunset limitation’

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) — Flights between Manila and Tagbilaran, Bohol were cancelled on Saturday due to “sunset limitation,” the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said. Sunset limitation occurs when a plane cannot take off or land after dark because the airport has no night landing facilities. Via Twitter, DOTC said that flights cancelled included 2P-2777 (Manila-Tagbilaran) and (2P-2778 Tagbilaran-Manila). Both flights belonged to PAL Express. (PNA)

OWWA to Fetch more than 800 OFWs from MALTA

MANILA, Aug. 16 (PNA) — The government’s ASSIST WELL TEAM spearheaded by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, along with OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, will extend assistance to more than 800 OFW returnees from troubled-country Libya. “We will be at the airport literally for two consecutive days, Saturday night, and Sunday at dawn. This is because the intervals of the arrival of OFWs from the war-torn Libya is just within hours or so, and we would […]

President Aquino wants safety assessment of Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia, Golan Heights

MANILA, Aug. 16 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III wants a detailed assessment of how safe Filipino peacekeepers are in Liberia and Golan Heights in the midst of security and health threats in those areas, a Palace official said. It was reported that the Department of National Defense made a recommendation for the pullout of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights and Liberia because of increasing tensions in the Middle East and the spread of […]