The two countries are working on a pact to protect overseas workers. The Philippines on Tuesday formally apologised to Kuwait for actions the latter viewed as violation of its sovereignty after the southeast Asian nation's embassy "rescued" several overseas workers from employers' homes, the foreign secretary said. Kuwait had protested over the "rescue" of Philippine citizens working as domestic help, summoned the Philippine ambassador to demand an explanation and arrested two embassy staff who were involved in Saturday's incidents. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Kuwait has accepted the Philippines' explanation after the Kuwaiti ambassador met President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday in southern Davao city and held talks with Cayetano on Tuesday in Manila. "We're...
KUNA said on Sunday the two Filipinos acknowledged convincing the maids to leave. Kuwaiti police have arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes as the Philippines' ambassador faced questions for comments about his embassy's work in aiding abused workers, authorities said Sunday. The arrests, reported by the state-run KUNA news agency, come as relations are tense between Kuwait and the Philippines, which sends many domestic labourers to the Gulf Arab emirate. فيديو جديد / انتهاكات السفارة الفلبينية .. تهريب خادمة من منزل معزبها في وضح النهار#الفلبين pic.twitter.com/9Jg9CNhDSH — ديوان الكويت 🇰🇼 (@aldew3n_q8) 21 April 2018 Already, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte has banned workers from heading to Kuwait over ab
Kuwait summons ambassador, hands two protests Manama: Kuwait has protested to the Philippines following “serious offences” that included conducting operations to whisk domestic workers away from their employers’ homes in diplomatic vans. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it summoned on Friday the Philippines ambassador to Kuwait and handed him two protest notes. A spokesperson for the ministry said the notes were “related to recent remarks by several Filipino officials which [amounted to] serious offences against the State of Kuwait and [led] to the actions some embassy employees in violation of the diplomatic norms governing relations between the two countries as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported. The spokesperson “expres
The primary suspects to the murder of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis had been sentenced to death by hanging, a judicial source told Kuwaiti newspapers. Justice has been swift for the young Filipina domestic helper who had suffered much abuse in the hands of her employers who were also the primary suspects to her murder. Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf and his wife, Syrian national Mona Hassoun, were found guilty of torturing and beating Demafelis before she was placed inside a freezer at the couple’s home in Kuwait Assaf locked the apartment, told the landlord not to open the door as there were valuables inside, reported to authorities that Demafelis had run away from their home, before taking his wife out of Kuwait to their respective hometowns. The last time neighbors had s
The airline had stopped all flights to Beirut after a warning about flying close to Lebanese airspace. Middle East carrier Kuwait Airways said on Thursday it had stopped all flights to Beirut after a warning about flying close to Lebanese airspace. The security warning came from Cyprus authorities, the Middle East airline said on Twitter early Thursday morning. The announcement came two days after Europe's air traffic control agency told carriers flying over the eastern Mediterranean to exercise caution due to possible air strikes into Syria. Source
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III is hopeful that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which aims to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait will be signed before the Ramadan season. In an interview, Bello said the Philippine government is only waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte’s instructions on the date of the signing. He said the date should be before the Ramadan season, which is expected to begin in May. “It should be within April because once we enter May, it would be Ramadan and [Kuwaiti officials] would not be available,” Bello said. The MOU aims to ensure that rights of OFWs are protected. The two countries decided to draft a version following the imposition of deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait after the body of Joanna
Bahrain and Kuwait have so far announced the dates. Next Sunday, April 15, will be a holiday in Kuwait on the occasion of Isra Wal Miraj, the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al Saleh said in a statement to Monday. This means residents in Kuwait will get a three-day holiday. April 15 public holiday for Israa and Me'raj -- cabinet https://t.co/CKFXrlIqvm — kuna (@kuna_en) 9 April 2018 Late last week, the Directorate of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Bahrain, said it will hold the annual ceremony of the Isra Wal Miraj after Isha (evening) prayers on Thursday, April 12 (Rajab 26, 1439 in the Islamic calendar) at the Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Centre in Bahrain. It will be held under the
The Kuwait parliament’s financial and economic affairs committee has given its stamp of approval to a bill stipulating fees on overseas workers’ remittance fees abroad. This comes after two-thirds of the committee approved the piece of legislation, on the premise that the taxes to be imposed to money transfers of expatriates must be low, Kuwait News Agency quoted MP Salah Khorshed as saying. Once the bill has been passed into law, Khorshed says that they expect to gather KD 19 billion (approximately $63 billion) in a year out of the fees from money transfers. The bill is proposing for the imposition of different fees for various salary categories: KD 90 at one percent remittance fee, the KD 100 to 200 segment at two percent, the KD 300 to 499 category at three percent and the KD 5