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Joanna Demafelis’ family wishes death for her killers

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The brother of the slain OFW tells Rappler this was one of their prayers when Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washed their feet on Maundy Thursday

FINALLY HOME. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

Alleged recruiter apologizes to Joanna Demafelis' family

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Agnes Tuballes, who says she only referred Joanna Demafelis to her recruiters, also tells the OFW's family members that they should have contacted her when the Filipino worker went missing

GRIEF-STRICKEN. Agnes Tuballes fails to hold back tears when she was asked for her message to Joanna Demafelis' family. Photo by Rambo Talabong

Police present Joanna Demafelis' alleged recruiter to media

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Agnes Tuballes is presented by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

ALLEGED RECRUITER. Agnes Tuballes the alleged recruiter of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis, is presented to the media on  March 1, 2018. She says she only referred Demafelis to her recruiters. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP begins hunt for Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Police search for the people behind Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated – the recruiting agency which sent Joanna Demafelis to Kuwait

MOURNING. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Suspending OEC processing for 15 days: Is it worth it?

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:56 PM

This is not the first time DOLE suspended the issuance of overseas employment certificates this year to investigate the same issue

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OFW's execution shows death penalty is wrong – CBCP

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Sadness over the death of OFW Jakatia Pawa who was executed in Kuwait should make us all advocates against the death penalty says the CBCP

DEATH PENALTY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, opposes the capital punishment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

High-caliber firearms found inside balikbayan box – Customs

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs intercepts high caliber firearms smuggled into the country from the US through a balikbayan box

OFW rights groups decry Kuwait's new medical screening system

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:14 PM

An industry experts warns that this new scheme will slow down deployment to Kuwait in the next few months

Filipino, Malaysian artists enhance cultural ties through ArtDialogo

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Philippine Ambassador J Eduardo Malaya says that this is the largest and most distinguished delegation of Filipino artists he has seen in Malaysia

POEA scraps OEC for returning OFWs

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:49 PM

The overseas employment certificate also known as the OEC is scrapped for vacationing OFWs

Unpaid, stranded OFWs in Saudi may now claim aid from OWWA

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Affected OFWs including those who have been repatriated to the Philippines are each entitled to a P20 000 cash assistance

Thousands of OFWs remain stranded, unpaid in Saudi Arabia

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:03 PM

OFWs in Saudi Arabia are in dire need of help after not receiving their salaries for months

File photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

Overstaying Pinay in HK pleads guilty to dumping aborted baby

Jul 02, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Maribel David awaits sentencing by a Hong Kong district court on July 13

SPATIAL NETWORK. While interlinked footbridges connect buildings in Hong Kong Central, it is a place where OFWs reconnect with fellow Filipinos.

Filipino concert promoter charged with fraud, alien smuggling

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:59 PM

In Guam Jemuel Luciano is charged with 29 felony counts of visa fraud conspiracy to commit visa fraud harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling

Luciano has been charged with a total of 29 felony counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling.

Indian man in Dubai convicted of molesting OFW

Mar 06, 2015 - 8:55 PM

The 24 year old man allegedly chased a Filipina housewife inside a building in Dubai cornered her and forced her to kiss him reports the Gulf News

Our Pinoy waiter at the fancy hotel

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:45 AM

I could tell that Conrado was a legend at his job at that 800 night hotel on Fifth Avenue I am pretty sure that he s encountered some high profile Pinoys who probably didn t even say hello