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ORGANIZED labor has called for a congressional probe into the government’s P8-billion e-passport project. The Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions (PAFLU), an umbrella organization of labor unions, on Sunday expressed concern on the implications of the project amid allegations of overpricing in the contract for the new digital passport.…

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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested an alleged member of the “Korean mafia” who was linked to the celebrated Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay case. Arrested on orders of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd was South Korean businessman Kang Tae Sik, who earlier was cleared of any link to the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte should be careful with his public pronouncements on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute and assert, not undermine, the Philippines’ claims, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has said. Carpio agreed that the Philippines could not afford to go to war with China but…

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LABOR groups will hold massive protests nationwide if President Rodrigo Duterte will accept and approve the new order on job contracting issued last week by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said it is hoping that the President will take the…

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CATHOLIC bishops came out strongly against the death penalty bill anew on Sunday, warning that capital punishment could be used to oppress people and hitting back at those using the bible to justify the measure. “We know from history how capital punishment has so often been used by repressive governments…

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FIVE more labor attaches stationed in the Middle East and Taiwan face recall for their failure to provide the needed support and assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in their areas of jurisdiction. Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Wednesday directed the five concerned officials of the…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Friday sought an immediate accounting of the “illegal” collection of travel tax and terminal fee from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for the last three years. “They [airline companies] have to account to us how much they collected for the last three years and up…

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TONS of used clothing, popularly known as ukay-ukay, worth millions of pesos and fake high-end goods have been uncovered by intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in simultaneous raids on four buildings on Cuneta Avenue in Pasay City (Metro Manila). Seized during the raids, Customs Intelligence and Investigation…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd signed on Thursday the new guidelines on work contracting and sub-contracting without resolving the impasse between the workers and employers groups. It was immediately rejected by organized labor. Bello, in a news briefing, explained that he had to take matters into his hands after efforts…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd signed on Thursday the new guidelines on work contracting and sub-contracting without resolving the impasse between the workers and employers groups. It was immediately rejected by organized labor. Bello, in a news briefing, explained that he had to take matters into his hands after efforts…

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