Malou Talosig-Bartolome

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DFA finds influx of Apostille applicants caused by recruiters’ misinformation

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has identified three recruitment agencies involved in spreading “misinformation” among applicants for authentication of public documents, which is believed to have caused the influx of 800 people, mostly overseas Filipino workers, camping outside the DFA Aseana Business Park building in Parañaque City Tuesday night.

200 OFW seafarers stranded in Ukraine

Aside from the 21 rescued seafarers in Chornomorsk in southwestern Ukraine, there are around 200 Filipino seafarers who are stranded in various ports in Ukraine near the Black Sea, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

CNN PHL DEBATES |  Gonzales pitches national mobilization of people for defense

By Malou Talosig-Bartolome

PARTIDO Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Norberto Gonzales said the Philippines should draw lessons from the Russian invasion of Ukraine on managing tension in the West Philippine Sea.

Gonzales observed that Russian forces slowed down their advancement into Ukraine last week after seeing Ukrainian civilians also fighting alongside their military forces.

A day after Russian troops invaded the capital Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered the general mobilization of its population. All conscripts and reservists were also instructed to wait for activation in the next 90 days to defend Ukraine.
The presidential aspirant said changing the mindset of Filipinos to be nationalist and willing to be trained to fight for the country can also be a good deterrent against foreign aggressors.

“Bago tayo humanap ng  tulong sa kapitbahay o sa ibang bansa, palakasin muna ang character at quality ng ating sambayanan. I was advocating for a National Mobilization (program),” Gonzales said at the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate Sunday night at the University of Santo Tomas.

Gonzales said weapons alone will not win a war, but the “quality of its people,” citing the Vietnam War when the US lost the war from ill-equipped yet gallant Vietnamese people.

Hindi tayo maghahamon ng gyera. Dapat ipakita natin, mga Pilipino nagsanay. Handang tumindig sa ating pinaglalaban. Kung China mahal nila ang kanilang bayan, tayo rin mahal natin ang ating bayan. Kung gusto nila mag-giyera, handa nating harapin yan kahit kulang tayo ng armas,” he explained.

If elected as the country’s chief executive in May 2022, Gonzales said he will initiate an overhaul of the 1987 Constitution in his first year in office.

His vision is to be consultative with all stakeholders in drawing up plans for the country’s future, starting with convening a body to review the political structures which he felt are the root cause of the country’s problems. He will be open to a change from presidential system to parliamentary, federalism and conversion of all regions into autonomous regimes.

Ang pinakaimportante: makumbinse buong sambayanan para sa pananaw sa bukas. Lahat ng magagaling isasama natin,” he said.

The former defense secretary during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is opposed to the neutrality stance of the Philippine government to Russian invasion of Ukraine.

US-bound travelers required to present negative viral test 24 hours before travel

Travelers from the Philippines to the US are now required to present a negative viral test from Covid-19 taken within 24 hours before flight and because of that, they should ensure with their testing provider first if they can commit to deliver to release the results hours before their flight, the US Embassy in Manila announced on Wednesday.

Quarantine rule stuns travelers from Japan

PANDEMONIUM marked the arrival area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 Monday night as OFWs from Green List countries were surprised with sudden quarantine requirements in Manila. This, as authorities carried out measures to reduce risks of the Covid-19 Omicron variant entering the country.

EU, Germany to pour in ₧1B for Mindanao co-ops project

SAID DATU is only 21 years old and yet he has been used to hearing gunshots as part of everyday living in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao. He had to stop his studies and grow up like his community doing farming.  Now, he worries if his son will suffer the same fate. “My dream is to move my family away, to a place without war,” Datu told volunteers of the International Committee of The Red Cross.