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Bahrain Princess & Social Media Stars Defend OFWs against Kuwaiti Influencer for Anti-OFW Remarks

Bahrain Princess & Social Media Stars Defend OFWs against Kuwaiti Influencer for Anti-OFW Remarks

Kuwait
The Royal Princess from The Kingdom of Bahrain, her Royal Highness Sheikha Noora, along with several other social media influencers, have expressed distaste towards beauty vlogger Sondos Al Qattan’s strong words against the new legal measures implemented for OFWs in Kuwait. The comments came after Sondos expressed via an Instagram video her strong reactions to the new legal Kuwaiti measures granting Filipina maids one day off every week and prohibiting employers from taking their passports. The influencer defended her statements by tagging the reactions as an “attack” on Islam, Hijab, and Kuwait and by telling everyone that her actions do “not concern humanity or human rights” because she did not beat the employee or deprive her of her salary. One of the most controversial reacti
Scalded OFW in Saudi to return home soon

Scalded OFW in Saudi to return home soon

Saudi Arabia
The overseas Filipina worker (OFW) who was doused with boiling water by her employer in Dammam, Saudi Arabia has been discharged from the hospital and will be repatriated to the Philippines soon. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said that OFW Gealyn Tumalip-Gavanes, who is currently in the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, will be repatriated once she is declared fit to travel. Cato also assured that help will be extended to the Filipina particularly on settling her unpaid salaries and processing of necessary documents for her repatriation. “The Embassy has also met with representatives of her Saudi recruiting agency to demand that they settle her unpaid salaries, secure her exit visa and shoulder the cost of her repatriation,” he added
Filipino in Dubai falls from window while escaping rapists

Filipino in Dubai falls from window while escaping rapists

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An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dubai sustained serious injuries and fractures after jumping out of a window to escape two students who attempted to rape him. The 41-year-old Filipino said he was befriended by a 19-year-old Arab student who promised to help him secure a job if he would come with him to his apartment in Al Qusais, reported The Gulf Today. Inside the apartment on May 14, the student said he would only change clothes before accompanying the Filipino to a job interview. When the student came out, he was half-naked and tried to strip down the Filipino’s clothes. While the commotion was happening, the student’s roommate arrived and the two connived to strip the Filipino naked at knifepoint. The Filipino was only able to escape by jumping off a window but sustain
Sondos Al Qattan is back on social media; thanks her 2.4 million followers

Sondos Al Qattan is back on social media; thanks her 2.4 million followers

Kuwait
Kuwaiti social media star Sondos Al Qattan has returned to social media after a quick hiatus. She recently posted a photo of her thanking her 2.4 million followers for supporting her amid backslash on her controversial remark against Filipino domestic helpers. The photo shows Al Qattan holding a cake designed with the words “Congratulations, Sondos” at the bottom. “Thanks for your support,” Al Qattan captioned the photo with a heart emoji. Thanks for your support ❤️ A post shared by Sondos Alqattan سندس القطان (@sondos_aq) on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:03am PDT The Kuwaiti social media star also uploaded a video of her makeup tutorial and a selfie on Instagram. الشدوات الي استخدمها كلها من باليت ايفكت رقمه بالبوتيك 2438 ، سويت في الشدو على عظمه الجفن وتحت حواجبي بلون ف
Nanny in Dubai who killed her newborn undergoes mental health check

Nanny in Dubai who killed her newborn undergoes mental health check

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A Filipina nanny in Dubai who admitted to killing her newborn through suffocation will undergo psychiatric tests to check her mental health status. During the hearing before the Dubai Criminal Court, the sister of the nanny’s employer said that the maid visited her home in Al Qusais in Dubai on September 16, 2017, reported The National. The employer’s sister added that the nanny excused herself to go the bathroom. They grew worried when the nanny has not left the bathroom after two hours. When the nanny decided to go out of the bathroom, she was carrying a plastic bag before lying down on a chair. The nanny started bleeding and was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that she gave birth while inside the bathroom. The Police was called to check the employer’s siste
COA calls out DFA to return unused blood money for 2 OFWs executed in ME

COA calls out DFA to return unused blood money for 2 OFWs executed in ME

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The Commission on Audit is demanding for the return of the Php44.8 million unused blood money supposedly for the executed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Middle East in 2015 and 2017. In COA’s 2017 report for the Department of Foreign Affairs, it noted that the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh allocated blood money of P21,163,445.73 and P23,727,868.65 to save the lives of OFWs Joselito Zapanta and Jakatia Pawa who were in death row in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, reported Manila Bulletin. The Philippine government deposited the blood money to be given to the families of the OFWs’ victims to be forgiven for their crimes. Despite this effort, Zapanta was beheaded in 2015 while Pawa was hanged in 2017. “With the execution of the two OFWs, the intended purpose of the blood monies could
OFW group asks POEA to ban Kuwaiti celebrity from hiring Filipino helpers

OFW group asks POEA to ban Kuwaiti celebrity from hiring Filipino helpers

Kuwait
A pro-overseas Filipino worker (OFW) non-governmental organization (NGO) urged the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to include a Kuwaiti blogger in the department’s employers blacklist after posting a video online complaining about the reforms on the kafala system. Blas F. Ople Policy Center head Susan Ople said that Kuwaiti blogger Sondos al-Qattan should be banned from hiring Filipino domestic helpers for questioning the bilateral agreement which now allows Filipino domestic workers to have the right to days off and possession of their own passports. “By her words, publicly uttered and shared through social media, her undesirability as a foreign employer cannot be denied. She is not worthy to be even in the same room as our valiant and hardworking OFWs,” Ople sa
OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia
An overseas Filipina worker from Dagupan City in Pangasinan has made history as the first Filipina to set off through the roads of Saudi Arabia as the kingdom started to allow women to drive on June 24 wherever they please. OFW Graynne Angel Panitan is among thousands of women in the Gulf state who now regularly hits the road to and from work. A video taken by her husband while she was driving around the streets of Riyadh made the rounds online. The Filipina medical admin coordinator in Riyadh told The Filipino Times: “Katuwaan lang po namin ng asawa ko. Kinuhaan niya ako ng video habang nagmamaneho kasi nga po nakuha ko na ang lisensya ko.” Video credit: Ariel Tanghal Panitan said that her valid Philippine driver’s license helped her to easily go through the process a
OFW recovers bag with Php60,000 cash stolen by taxi driver

OFW recovers bag with Php60,000 cash stolen by taxi driver

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An overseas Filipina worker (OFW) from Oman was able to recover her bag stashed with Php60,000 cash and other belongings from the taxi driver who tried speed away with the bag. OFW Catalina Prado, a laser technician from Oman, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on July 16 and rode a white taxi, driven by Rodel Ormillo, to Muntinlupa City, reported Manila Standard. Prado and Ormillo, however, had a misunderstanding regarding the Php1,700 fixed fare and agreed to drop the OFW off to transfer to another cab. While unloading her bags, Prado noticed that one of her bags, a black backpack containing her cash and belongings, is missing. She immediately ran towards to taxi but the driver sped away. Prado reported the missing bag to the Manila International Airport...
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