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OFW groups welcomed Custom Chief’s public apology; bats for special provisions for OFWs in proposed CMTA

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The Blas F. Ople Policy Center together with other OFW groups belonging to the OFW Coalition, welcomed the public apology of Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina made during the Senate public hearing on the balikbayan box controversy this morning. “The OFW Coalition composed of various OFW groups and advocates welcome the public apology of […]

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OFW groups favor Congress probes over BOC dialogue

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A coalition of OFW groups and advocates that have raised vigorous objections against the Bureau of Customs’ imposition of tighter controls over balikbayan boxes today welcomed the Senate and House hearings as a more appropriate platform for OFW concerns to be heard. John Bertiz, a former OFW and coalition spokesman, said leaders of the coalition […]