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Hostaged!

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This is the story of 31-year old seafarer, Gerald Gonzales, from Iloilo City. He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia. Gerald boarded Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-months stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of US$350. His contract was to […]

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Modern Slavery

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By Susan V. Ople (Published in Philippine Panorama, Dec. 23, 2012)   What is the difference between forced labor and human slavery? Forced labor and slavery is defined by the Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003 as the extraction of work or services from a person by means of enticement, violence, intimidation or threat, use of force […]

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OFW Christmas

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By Susan Ople (Originally published in Philippine Panorama, 30 December 2012) The Christmas season is a playground of emotions. Once the “-ber” months dominate one’s desk calendar, the percentage of yearning rises despite stagnant incomes pending the release of the most beloved Christmas bonus. Can you imagine if your parents named you “Bonus”? You’d be […]