Tag Archives: Malacañang

PHP1B for distressed workers abroad

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte was reported to have approved for a PHP1-billion budget to assist distressed Filipinos abroad in 2018, from previous PHP600 million.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expects to start implementing “liberal” guidelines for the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress by next year.���
Raul Dado, DFA Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs, said Friday the new guidelines are up for review by Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.��

Treaty prohibits US airstrikes in PH

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
UNITED States military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is limited to technical assistance, information sharing and training while PH-US military alliance remains solid and robust,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella issued the statement after the People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Tuesday said any direct participation in combat operations by US troops, including airstrikes, is prohibited under the Philippine Constitution and the mutual defense treaty between the two countries.

PH to US: Observe due process on drug probe

By: Omer Almenario
THE People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Thursday said it expects “due process” to be observed in the conduct of an investigation by a human rights panel of the United States House of Representatives into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan caucus in the US House of Representatives, will investigate the “human rights consequences” of the Philippines’ war against illegal drugs Thursday.
According to the Commission, lawmakers will study how the anti-narcotics campaign is being implemented in the country and then issue recommendations on ways to address drug-related problems.
They will also recommend policies that would “ensure” accountability on alleged human rights violations by security personnel.