2017 will be a tough year
Jan02

2017 will be a tough year

THE year 2017 will be a tough one because the world is busy defending itself on several fronts. Its borders are closing, the European Union is falling apart, terrorism refuses to die, and climate change continues to surprise us. Recently, two superpowers argued over a US-owned drone, submerged in our waters, and taken away by the Chinese government, as we watched like a sunburnt Mom observing a tennis match. Here at home, the...

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A Bagong Bayani in Need: Let’s help Alfred Salmos!
May09

A Bagong Bayani in Need: Let’s help Alfred Salmos!

He wishes to come home and be with the family he had lost touch with while spending more than 20 years of his life in Saudi Arabia. Alfred Salmos suffered serious burns, several of which have hardened into keloids, after being electrocuted at work. An electrician by profession, he was sucked into a 14,000-volts breaker that he was trying to shut down. For the past two years, an Indonesian worker has been looking after Mang Fred. He...

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A Mother’s Appeal: “Gerald, come home”

Nanay Aurora Gonzales is stoic. She seldom smiles, and bears a posture of sternness, like a school principal. But all that’s an act. She is a mother, after all. And her eldest son is missing. Gerald Gonzales boarded a shipping cargo vessel named Iceberg 1 on April 7, 2009. The ship is owned by a Dubai-based company called Azal Shipping & Cargo. Gerald’s manning agency in Manila is Inter-World Shipping Corporation. On...

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Ople Center backs calls of OFWs in Barcelona for consulate to remain open

OFW and labor advocate Susan Ople urged the Department of Foreign Affairs to reconsider its decision to shut down the Philippine Consulate in Barcelona, Spain in view of the large number of Filipinos under its jurisdiction. The president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes on migration issues, noted that Filipinos in Barcelona have organized a Facebook account with over 4,000 members to...

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Ople Center’s Press Release on PHL’s Tier 2 rating

Loss of $250 million in non-humanitarian aid averted with PH’s Tier 2 rating A non-government organization welcomed the improved standing of the Philippines in the United States Trafficking in Persons Report for 2011 from a Tier 2 Watch List to a Tier 2 rating but emphasized the need to build on these gains because human trafficking syndicates continue to operate in the country. Susan Ople, president of the Blas F. Ople Policy...

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Today is Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, we honor the “Tatays”, “Papas”, “Amangs”, “Dads”, and “Itays” in our family. We thank them for their fortitude. We celebrate their perseverance. We admire their humor in the face of all kinds of adversity. My own father passed on at the age of 75. He lived a full life, with seven children and several grandchildren, and an entire country to serve. His...

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