PH, Singapore reaffirm close ties, eight agreements signed

DAVAO CITY —President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Singaporean President Halimah Yacob reaffirmed their ties Monday as both leaders look forward to a stronger cooperation in the coming years. President Yacob, the eighth president of Singapore, arrived in the country Sunday for a five-day state visit. In a joint press statement, President Duterte expressed his interest …

PH Embassy in Tehran ready to help 12 seafarers taken in Persian Gulf

DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Embassy in Tehran i is monitoring and getting ready to assists 12 Filipinos held in Iran after their vessel was taken in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured Sunday. The DFA in a statement said they are “Seeking further updates on the seafarers’ condition, and …

Japan starts accepting Filipino language teachers

MANILA— The Japanese government is now accepting applications for assistant language teacher positions under its 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Filipinos accepted in the program will work in public or private schools, or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. Their primary task will be to …

Two Pinoy seafarers killed in Mexico bar fire

DAVAO CITY— Two Filipino seafarers were killed in Mexico after the bar they were in was set on fire, reportedly by gang members, on August 27, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Friday. Philippine Ambassador to Mexico Demetrio Tuazon reported that 26 others were killed during the incident in the Port of Coatzacoalcos, …

Progress in PH-Bahrain cooperation hailed

MANILA— Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has sought to further enhance the Philippine-Bahrain ties as he hailed the growing engagement between the two nations’ governments. The Bahraini official said this during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Amable Aguiluz last August 28 in …

DOJ eyes overhaul of visa-on-arrival policy for Chinese travelers

MANILA — Logistical considerations are among the factors being taken up by the Philippine government over the proposal on whether to refine or scrap outright the visa upon arrival (VUA) policy for Chinese travelers, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday. “China is a very big country. Andaming nanggagaling (There are many people who come) from remote provinces ng (of) …

197 deportees arrive in Zamboanga City from Sabah

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Thursday that another batch of 197 Filipino deportees arrived here from the Malaysian state of Sabah, where the Philippines has a dormant claim. Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD regional information officer, said they arrived at the local port Wednesday night aboard a commercial ferry, M/V …