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DFA to affix ‘Apostille’ instead of ‘red ribbons’ starting May 14

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised the public that it will no longer issue authentication certificates starting Tuesday next week.

This is in accordance with the Apostille Convention on Authentication of Documents that will take effect in the Philippines on May 14, 2019.

“After authentication by the DFA, there is no more need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country or territory of destination of the authenticated document is already a member of the Apostille Convention,” DFA said in an advisory Tuesday (May 7).

Instead, the agency will affix an “Apostille” or a certificate giving a public document a legal effect for use in other countries.

Meanwhile, documents issued in Apostille member countries and territories (except Austria, Finland, Germany and Greece) which will be used in the Philippines no longer need authentication from Philippine Embassy or Consulate General once Apostillized.

The DFA clarified, however, that public documents coming from countries and territories not part of the Apostille Convention need to undergo the previous authentication process.

READ: List of Apostille-contracting parties

“Documents still have to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General before they can be used in the Philippines,” the advisory said.

“Also, there is still a need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country of destination of the authenticated document is not yet a member of the Apostille Convention,” it added.

Authentication fees will remain at P100 for regular processing and P200 for expedited processing per document. – Marje Pelayo

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Three Filipino tourists jailed in Hong Kong

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Courtesy : Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed giving assistance to three Filipino tourists who were sentenced to five-month imprisonment in Hong Kong for using forged documents.

According the DFA, the three call center employees were involved in a supposed “free Hong Kong tour” which turned out to be a scam.

They opened bank accounts, specifically with Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank, using falsified documents.

Despite successfully opening an account, authorities suspected that the accounts were to be used for money laundering activities and so arrested the three when they returned to the bank.

“Consul General Antonio Morales reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has been providing in-kind support and legal advice to the three Filipinos, including jail visits to ascertain their condition,” the DFA said.

Sentenced on February 18, the three Filipinos pleaded guilty to two counts of “using a false instrument” before the Hong Kong Magistrates’ Courts.

For this, Morales said the three are expected to be released in March after serving a reduced sentence for admitting the offense.

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OFW falls to death in Morocco after row with employer – DFA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

A female Filipino worker died after falling from a third-floor apartment in Morocco, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday (June 24).

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino died from injuries she sustained shortly after falling on Saturday.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of a Filipina who fell to her death in Morocco on Saturday,” the department said in a statement.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, which has jurisdiction over Morocco, said the Filipina fell to her death while reportedly trying to escape from her employer’s apartment in Casablanca.

“Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the victim reportedly had an argument with her employer and then tried to escape using pieces of garment she tied together,” the DFA said.

The department added that authorities have already taken the employer into custody pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

A consular team has also been deployed to Morocco for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

“The Embassy has dispatched a consular team to Casablanca to coordinate with authorities and arrange for the repatriation of the victim,” the DFA said.

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DFA raises alert level in Sudan due to ongoing civil unrest

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday (June 14) announced that it raised the alert level in Sudan to Alert Level 2 on June 7, following the ongoing civil unrest in the capital of Khartoum and other areas of the country.

In a statement released by the DFA, it said: “Alert Level 2 or Restriction Phase is issued if there are real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country.”

“Filipinos who remain in the country where Alert Level 2 is in effect are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation,” the statement added.

The agency added that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will only allow the return of overseas Filipino workers who have existing employment contracts and in consideration of “other special circumstances”.

Filipinos in Sudan in need of assistance are urged to contact the Philippine embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers (+202) 252-13062 or through its Facebook Page.

They may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Khartoum at (+249) 183-468717 or (+249) 183-468716.

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