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Duterte officially endorses 11 senatorial candidates for May 2019

| February 15, 2019
Duterte officially endorses 11 senatorial candidates for May 2019

At least 50,000 Bulakenyos witnessed the proclamation and kick-off rally of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) senatorial candidates headed by its chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte, at the City Sports Center in Barangay Minuyan Proper here late Thursday afternoon. Proclaimed were five senatorial candidates belonging to the ruling party, the so-called “MA [...]

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Court convicts mastermind of syndicate arranging fake marriages

| February 12, 2019
Court convicts mastermind of syndicate arranging fake marriages

The Immigration Department (ImmD) neutralised a crime syndicate arranging bogus marriages in a series of operations codenamed “Tracker” conducted since March 2017. A total of 37 Hong Kong and Mainland residents and foreign domestic helpers were arrested, including the mastermind of the syndicate who was a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 55. The mastermind was [...]

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Election 2019 campaign period kicks off for national candidates

| February 12, 2019
Election 2019 campaign period kicks off for national candidates

MANILA — The 90-day campaign period for senators and party-list representatives will officially start today, February 12. With this, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates and their supporters to observe the rules in campaigning as provided by law. Campaign materials Considered as lawful campaign materials are pamphlets, leaflets, stickers or other printed materials not [...]

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A Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Surigao Del Norte

| February 8, 2019
A Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Surigao Del Norte

A MAGNITUDE 5.9 earthquake shook some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Friday evening, with the epicenter located 28 kilometers southeast of General Luna in Surigao del Norte. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory that the tectonic quake, which struck at 7:55 p.m. Friday, had a depth of 19 [...]

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Hong Kong breaks record with more than 65 million visitors in 2018

| February 2, 2019
Hong Kong breaks record with more than 65 million visitors in 2018

The Director of Immigration, Mr. Tsang Kwok-wai, delivered a year-end review of the Immigration Department’s work in 2018 and its future outlook on February 1. In the report, the Hong Kong Immigration Department Director said that over 314 million passengers passed through Hong Kong’s control points in 2018, representing an increase of 5.1 percent over 2017. The total [...]

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POLO-HK Mandatory Health Check Requirement cancelled

| January 23, 2019
POLO-HK Mandatory Health Check Requirement cancelled

Kanselado ang Advisory na inilabas ng opisina ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) para sa mga recruitment agencies na dapat umano ang mga OFW ay magkaroon ng pagsusuri-pangkalusugan at may health certificate na “fit to work” bago iproseso ang kontrata. Sa konsultasyon noong Linggo (20 January) nagpahayag ang ilang lider ng OFW sa kanilang opinion [...]

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Mandatory medical check-up punishes, not helps, HK-based FDWs

| January 17, 2019
Mandatory medical check-up punishes, not helps, HK-based FDWs

  We in the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-Migrante-Hong Kong) express our strong opposition to the proposed mandatory medical check-up for all Filipino domestic workers (FDWs) in Hong Kong. On January 8, the Office of Labour Attaché of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong issued a memorandum requiring all accredited recruitment agencies to [...]

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Spain offers 300-M euro financing for PH infrastructure projects

| January 17, 2019
Spain offers 300-M euro financing for PH infrastructure projects

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Wednesday welcomed Spain’s offer of a financing facility of up to 300 million euros to support government projects in the areas of infrastructure, agro-food and tourism. Spanish Ambassador-Designate Jorge Moragas informed Dominguez during their recent meeting about the proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the mechanisms involving the 300-million [...]

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No need for birth certificate to renew passport: Locsin

| January 16, 2019
No need for birth certificate to renew passport: Locsin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday signed a department order (DO) removing birth certificate as a requirement in renewing passports. Locsin, in his Twitter account posted a copy of the order, which according to Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, was signed around 5:30 p.m. With the department order, holders of old passports [...]

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Spokesperson Panelo on the passport data breach

| January 14, 2019
Spokesperson Panelo on the passport data breach

The following statement was issued by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on the passport data breach issue: “The passport data breach, which the Secretary of Foreign Affairs disclosed, is a serious and grave matter. “The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has been directed to investigate the incident in the Department of Foreign Affairs and ascertain whether certain [...]

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