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Position Paper of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center re AMLA Amendments As Submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee by Susan Ople, president, Blas F. Ople Center

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March 15, 2016 The Philippines must prove to the world that we as a country are 100% behind global efforts to fight money laundering. There should be no sacred cows grazing in the shiny, metallic fields of our casinos, because any perception of leniency and non-cooperation on the Philippine side may prove disastrous to over […]

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NGO seeks immediate repatriation of scalded OFW

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September 8, 2014 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), today called on the government to prioritize the repatriation of scalded OFW “Candice” Alagasi in light of the dismissal of the public rights complaints filed against her employers by a Saudi prosecutor. The NGO called on […]

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OFW group urges Senate blue ribbon and labor committees to release its report on sex-for-flight cases

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April 25, 2014 A non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) urged the Senate blue ribbon and labor committees to release its committee report on the sex-for-flight hearings in light of the decision of the labor department to reprimand one of those allegedly involved in sexual harassment of OFWs. “The OFW sector is […]

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PHL EMBASSY REMINDS FILIPINOS TO CARRY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS, PASSPORTS

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From the Department of Foreign Affairs 16 January 2014 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminded Filipinos in Malaysia to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents in light of the Malaysian Government’s announced crackdown on undocumented foreign nationals starting January 21. “We would like to remind our nationals to […]

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Ople Center lauds decision of King Abdullah to extend Saudi deadline

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The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor and migration issues, lauded the decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to extend by four months ending November 4, 2013 the grace period for all foreign workers to correct their status in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of Filipinos […]

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NGOs push for inclusion in investigative panel and expansion of probe into “sex-for-flight” allegations

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There is a groundswell of support building up for the inclusion of civil society representatives to join the government panel tasked with investigating the alleged “sex-for-flight” complaints against certain embassy personnel particularly in Middle East posts. Susan Ople, President of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, said that a group of civil society leaders and […]