Ilang senador at senate employees, nanawagan na tutukan ng pamahalaan ang ibang pang Pinoy na nasa death row sa abroad

admin   •   April 28, 2015   •   2359

Mga kandilang sinindihan sa vigil para kay Mary Jane Veloso sa labas ng Indonesian embassy sa Makati, Philippines April 27, 2015. REUTERS/ESRA ACAYAN

MANILA, Philippines — Hindi na bagong istorya ang kaso ni Mary Jane Veloso na sinasabing biktima ng illegal recruiter.

Si Veloso ay inaresto at nahatulan ng kamatayan sa Indonesia matapos mahulihan ng two-point-six kilogram na heroin sa Yogyakarta airport noong 2010.

Ayon kay Senator Cynthia Villar na nagsusulong ng panukalang batas na magkaroon ng Department of OFWs.

Dapat magsilbing daan ito upang tutukan ng pamahalaan ang iba pang Pilipino na nahaharap sa death penalty sa ibang bansa.

Aniya, inosente man o hindi ay nararapat na tulungan ang mga ito ng gobyerno.

Dagdag pa ng senador, tinaasan na ang pondo ng DFA para sa legal assistance fund sa budget deliberation noong nakalipas na taon upang mas maipagtanggol ang mga kaso na dinidinig sa mga foreign court.

Mula P30-million ay naging 100 million pesos na ito.

Ayon naman kay Senador Nancy Binay, sana ay naiintindihan ng pamahalaan ang dahilan ng pagtaas ng budget para sa OFW Legal Assistance dahil nakababahala ang ulat ng DFA na may 77 Pilipino ang nasa death row sa iba’t-ibang bansa.

Naniniwala naman si Senador Francis Escudero Jr. na dapat magtulong-tulong ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan upang asistehan ang mga OFW na may mga kaso sa abroad at dapat ding habulin ang mga illegal recruiter at mapanagot ang mga ito.

Pahayag ni Sen. Chiz, “Yung paghabol doon sa recruiter, DOLE yan; yung pagbigay ng benepisyo sa pamilya kung OFW siya, DOLE at POEA din yan. Pero yung pagsunod sa proseso ng pag-apela, pagbigay ng abugado ang lahat na iyan nasa ilalim at saklaw naman ng Department of Foreign Affairs.”

Samantala, iginiit naman ng Sandigan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Organisasyon o Senado Union na ang kawalan ng disenteng trabaho at makataong wage system ang nag-uudyok sa mga Pilipino na magtrabaho sa ibang bansa.

Ayon sa grupo, si Veloso ay isa lang collateral damage ng sitwasyon ng kahirapan sa bansa.

Nilinaw naman ng Malakanyang na matagal nang binibigyan ng ayuda ang mga OFW na may kaso sa ibang bansa lalo na ang mga nasa death row.

Pahayag ni Sec. Edwin Lacierda, “Lalo na sa mga kasong death penalty. Lalo na kapag may kailangan ang ating mga nationals abroad… we always make sure that we provide assistance to them in any form. If there’s a case filed against them and they are incarcerated, we send our embassy officials to look into their welfare. If legal assistance is needed, we provide legal assistance to our compatriots.” (BRYAN DE PAZ / UNTV News)

295 Filipinos repatriated from Cayman Islands, London arrive in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 295 Filipino workers and their families repatriated from the Cayman Islands and London have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued Monday, the DFA said this batch of repatriates is composed of 287 Filipinos from Grand Cayman and eight stranded in London.

They landed on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) onboard an “airbridge” flight organized by the local government of the Cayman Islands.

The DFA said the Cayman Islands, which is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, mounted the “airbridge” flight to provide an opportunity for foreign contract workers to return to their home countries amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The department added that it was made possible with the cooperation of the Office of the Governor of the Cayman Islands Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington D.C.

“The Manila airbridge flight is but a demonstration of the close Philippine-UK bilateral ties,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.

Arriola assured that the Philippine Government will continue to work closely with other governments and organizations to mount similar repatriation flights to bring home Filipinos who are in distress as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Upon arrival at NAIA, the  DFA said the repatriates underwent thorough documentation and briefing on current safety protocols prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as RT-PCR COVID-19 testing.

“They will be temporarily housed at Bureau of Quarantine-approved facilities for their mandatory quarantine while they await the result of their RT-PCR test,” it said.

Over 230 Filipino sailors from Germany arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over 200 Filipino sailors repatriated from Germany have arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said a total of 239 Filipino seafarers have been repatriated on May 11, with the help of the Philippine Consulate in Frankfurt.

The latest batch of repatriates was composed of 188 crew of AIDAblu, and 51 of AIDAmar who signed off while their ships were docked at the German Port of Hamburg.

The DFA said it facilitated the arrival of the sailors from Germany while the shipping company, AIDA Cruises, chartered the Condor flight to bring the repatriates home.

The department said the repatriation was organized amidst the cap imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the daily number of arriving overseas Filipino workers in order to manage the existing quarantine protocols and to ensure that OFWs are adequately attended to upon their arrival.

The Philippine government has been repatriating Filipino workers from abroad amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

DFA reports no new cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos abroad

Maris Federez   •   May 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign affairs on Sunday (May 10) shared on Twitter some good news amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

On its twitter post, the DFA said it has not recorded any new case of the deadly pandemic among Filipinos abroad.

“Today, for the first time since the DFA began issuing estimates of COVID affected nationals abroad, there are no new confirmed cases and fatalities due to COVID-19 reported by our foreign service posts,” the post said.

“While it could be that this is just a result of weekend dips in reporting, it is still worth taking note. Just as significant, the only reports that came in were of two Filipino patients who recovered in 2 different countries in Europe,” it added.

The department also reported via Twitter that the country now has 24 certified laboratories/facilities for COVID-19 testing.

“For the information of all OFWs and their families, there are now 24 government- certified laboratories/ facilities for COVID-19 testing as of 9 May 2020. The newest addition to the certified laboratories is the De La Salle University – Cavite in Region IV-A,” the post read.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now at 10,794.

As of 4 PM on Sunday, the DOH reported 184 new cases (PH10611-PH10794) coming from the NCR with additional 77 new cases, Region 7 with an additional 75, and 32 new additional cases from different regions.  

The health department also announced that another 82 patients have already recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,924. — /mbmf

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