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Only where our OFWs are effectively protected

It took the Joanna Demafelis case to make the Kuwait and the Philippine governments act decisively on the problems of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in that country. Demafelis had disappeared over a year ago with no one outside her family apparently concerned about her – until last February 9 when President Duterte said her battered body had been discovered in a freezer in the abandoned apartment of her former employers, a Lebanese and his Syrian wife.

Relatives of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Maguindanao expressed fear over the life of their kin after a Filipina nurse took to Facebook to post pictures of her in seeming coma at a hospital in Kuwait.

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What happened to us in Marawi City appears to be part of a worldwide phenomenon of one sector of Islamic extremism seeking to gain ascendancy, not only over other religious faiths but also over other Muslims who do not share their radical views and means.

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Hariri set to explain situation

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations and explain his situation, after his shock resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia sparked political turmoil.

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An administration congressman yesterday called for the immediate activation of the Presidential Middle East Preparedness Team amid tension that has been triggered by a rift among key members of the royal family in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia said its forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired Saturday by rebels in Yemen towards one of the kingdom’s major international airports on the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh.

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