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Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB


Bello rejects calls to use OFWs' OWWA contributions for aid

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers

OWWA TRUST FUND. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from Middle East were given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces by land transport on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The racial and genocidal underpinnings of the American Way of War

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Racism has been a central feature of the way the United States has waged its wars

DOLE: Remains of 301 Saudi Arabia OFWs home by July 4

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated

Bello dismisses reports of OFWs scavenging for food

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The labor secretary insists the OFWs in Saudi Arabia sorted for themselves food rejected by groceries, not actual garbage

LABOR WOES. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III addresses lawmakers during a House inquiry on the government's repatriation program for OFWs on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Zoom

Saudi Arabia asks PH to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

No means of transpo? Employers required to provide shuttle for workers

May 23, 2020 - 2:48 PM

'If they can’t provide that, they can’t force you to work,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

Traffic builds up at a checkpoint along Marcos Highway, even though public transportation is still not allowed on Sunday, May 17, 2020 during the 2nd day of the start of the MECQ. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million

UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE. Mall visitors pass inside a temperature and disinfection channel at the entrance of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The race to build a new socio-economic system

May 18, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Who will ride the tiger? Only the Left and the Right are serious contenders in this race to replace a dying neoliberalism.

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 exposes dangers of wildlife trade, fragility of global food system

Apr 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis is the opportunity it spells for food sovereignty

Catherine Bello, labor chief’s ‘favorite sister,’ dies of COVID-19

Apr 18, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'She was about to recover; I don't know what happened – she relapsed,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

FAVORITE SISTER. Catherine Bello, sister of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, died of COVID-19 on April 18, 2020. Photo from Catherine Bello's Facebook page

Bello suspends Dubai welfare officer over misconduct

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The suspension comes after the government was accused of repurposing donations into relief packs for Dubai OFWs affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Bello photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE stops accepting applications for workers' cash aid

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:53 PM

'The requests simply ballooned beyond the capacity of DOLE's resources,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

AID SUSPENSION. An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gov't may wire workers their subsidy if employers remiss with requirements

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employees of negligent businesses may submit their payroll directly to the government, to receive their P5,000 handout during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Looking for the disappeared

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'What I can’t get is why the so-called college-educated middle class are so approving of Duterte’s mass killings,' says Aileen Diez-Bacalso in an interview with former congressman Walden Bello. Bacalso is the recipient of the prestigious Franco-German Ministerial Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

[OPINION] Lawfare and warfare: The blitz against Senator Leila de Lima

Feb 24, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'Three years in jail have not broken Senator Leila. Ten more years won’t break her.'

Philippines lifts deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The lifting of the ban means newly-hired and returning skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, professionals, and household service workers can return and work in the Gulf state

BAN LIFTED. The Philippine government lifts the total deployment ban to Kuwait, which was imposed after the killing of a Filipina domestic worker there in December 2019.

Bello wants travel ban lifted for OFWs returning to Taiwan

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:55 PM

In the meantime, the government will provide financial aid to overseas Filipino workers stranded in the Philippines due to the ban

TRAVEL BAN. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines eases deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'

LABOR SECRETARY. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte is a mass murderer, but I support his terminating the VFA

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Here goes that knee-jerk anti-Americanism again, some folks may say. But really, entering these two agreements were two of the most irresponsible foreign policy decisions made by our heads of state,' writes Walden Bello

A review of Walden Bello’s 'Counterrevolution'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:00 AM

'I don’t think this kind of book can be written by just any sociologist (or political scientist). Intellectual discipline and clarity of this kind come only with a particular depth of political involvement and experience.'

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE to send response teams to Middle East to aid in evacuation

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says teams will be deployed to assist in repatriation of Filipino workers in case it is needed

OFWS SAFETY. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello orders the deployment of rapid response teams to the Middle East. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China's wrong approach to its strategic dilemma

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:13 AM

China has valid strategic concerns in the South China Sea, but its way of addressing them has involved violating the territorial and resource rights of its neighbors

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Plan for domination or strategy for crisis?

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative is the ultimate example of 'gigantism' and it is inviting a transborder ecological and social disaster

'Last card': Duterte sending Bello to talk to Sison

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again expresses openness to peace talks with communists

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello attend a Labor Day event. Malacañang file photo

China’s global economic reach: A balance sheet

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:00 PM

China’s economic relationship with the Global South may be overall positive, but Beijing needs to address the questionable practices of its corporations and agencies

Over 500,000 workers regularized as of 2019 – DOLE

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Department of Labor and Employment has also forwarded its new version of the security of tenure bill for Malacañang approval

SECURE WORK. Workers from various companies call for the passage of the security of tenure bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China's rulers and its restive people

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Xi Jinping has consolidated his dominant position in the ruling bloc but spontaneous protests are common among the people

Walden Bello to launch 'Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash' on November 15

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

In his book, Bello points to three troubling signs why China is a prime candidate to be the site of the next financial crisis

Capitalism with Chinese characteristics

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The strengths of Chinese-style capitalism have also been its vulnerabilities

BUILDING UP. Workers erect scaffolding at a construction site in Beijing on October 22, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bello opposes House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the current 6-month probationary period is enough for employers to determine workers' qualifications, and extending it would encourage contractualization

BILL REJECTED. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III rejects a House bill seeking to triple workers' probationary period from 6 months to 2 years. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE: No deployment ban or mandatory repatriation for OFWs in Hong Kong

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

In response to false online posts, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies there is no order banning deployment or enforcing mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in Hong Kong

NO REPATRIATION. DOLE says there is no deployment ban or mandatory repatriation order for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bello now supports creation of new OFW department

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

But senators are not completely sold on the need to create a new government agency

BUDGET HEARING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OFWs 'stable' after Saudi oil attacks – Bello

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives assurances the Philippine government is ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers should conditions worsen in the Gulf state

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gave assurances Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were safe after attacks on oil plants as the situation for Filipinos in the Gulf state remained 'normal.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Part 2 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

In the second part of Walden Bello's interview with Senator Leila de Lima, the detained lawmaker talks about the Duterte Cabinet, the military, the GCTA mess, and moves to crush the opposition

[OPINION] Part 1 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Former congressman Walden Bello interviews detained Senator Leila de Lima. In the first part of their interview, De Lima weighs in on Philippines-China relations, Dutertenomics, and Metro Manila traffic.

Budget cuts may hurt DOLE programs for OFWs, displaced workers in 2020

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks the House committee on appropriations for an additional P4 billion or P5 billion for his department next year

BUDGET WOES. The lower budget allocated for DOLE in 2020 may reduce the funds for on-site welfare services for overseas Filipino workers. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

DOLE hit for lack of baseline data on contractual workers

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:42 PM

'In the absence of any data, mahirap masabi na 504,000 [regularized workers] is an accomplishment,' Bayan Muna Representative Ferdinand Gaite tells the labor department

LACKING DATA. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III faces the House committee on appropriations on September 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Philippines eyes employment agreement with Saudi Arabia

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippine government wants an agreement with Saudi Arabia to protect Filipino workers in the Gulf state

REGULARIZATION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III orders the regularization of around 10,000 PLDT employees following findings that they are performing core functions of the company. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Iceland 1, China 0: The diplomatic significance of the U.N. Human Rights Council vote on the Philippines

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The UNHRC vote was the first great test of Duterte’s diplomatic investment in China, and it proved disastrous: China simply could not deliver the votes

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] To Professor Blanco on Leloy Claudio

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Dr Claudio has spoken out openly against the dishonest recruitment practices of communist front organizations on college campuses, a deeply troubling issue that deserves scrutiny

[OPINION] An academic's response to Walden Bello's defense of Leloy Claudio

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:30 AM

'Our concern has little to nothing to do with [Claudio's] academic credentials but rather with the use to which they have been put'

[OPINION] Defending academic freedom from political extremism

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

On the persecution of the historian Lisandro Claudio by political extremists

Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

Rappler Talk: Making sense of the 2019 party-list race with Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Former Akbayan representative Walden Bello weighs on the lessons learned from the 2019 elections

[ANALYSIS] 2019 elections: The jolt we all need

May 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Perhaps we need to realize that we are no longer in the realm of politics as usual and take seriously the task of forging an effective mass political movement to head off the Final Solution