Pres. Duterte Wants ‘Maximum’ Penalty For Villavende’s Killers

Pres. Duterte Wants ‘Maximum’ Penalty For Villavende’s Killers

Spotlight

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

PAGEONE Group CEO Included As Expert In The Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal, APR included as one of the industry experts in the Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report by Talkwalker and Hubspot.

President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his vow to visit Kuwait and seek the “maximum” penalty for the suspects involved in the killing of a Filipino worker there.

“In the Middle East, while I talk my heart bleeds. Kaya pupunta talaga ako sa (That’s why I’m really going to) Kuwait. I have to go to Kuwait,” he said in a press briefing in Malacañang after a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Duterte did not bare any name but could have been referring to domestic worker Jeanalyn Villavende who was killed by her employer last December.

He described the murder charges filed against her employers as “good justice”.

“They have arrested the couple and undergoing trial. And while undergoing trial, they are detained inside the jail. To me that is good justice,” he said.

He emphasized that he would want the Kuwaiti government to put the perpetrators to death for their crime.

“If they can follow it through in accordance with their laws, I would ask for the maximum. I want their executioner to cut off the heads of those who are responsible for the death of the Filipina,” he said.

Last January, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said no changes in Duterte’s plans to visit Kuwait have been made so far.

Go said Duterte plans to visit Kuwait sometime March or April.

To recall, Villavende’s murder prompted the government to impose a temporary ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to the Gulf state last January.

The ban was lifted with the filing of charges against the suspects last month.

The Philippines and Kuwaiti governments have also agreed on a template of “a harmonized employment contract” for Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state.

It contains provisions which include allowing workers to keep their passports and mobile phone; entitling them to a paid full day off per week; no less than an hour break after five consecutive hours of work; and eight hours of consecutive night rest among others.

It also prohibits employers from assigning domestic workers to areas outside Kuwait or to another employer without their written consent.

The murder of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis, along with a series of reported abuse and maltreatment of Filipino domestic workers triggered the crafting of a labor pact on the protection of Filipino workers in Kuwait. (PNA)

Photo Credit: facebook.com/pcoogov

Coursera Now Offers Campus Free Pricing Options And Academic Integrity Upgrades

Coursera expands its reach by offering free versions of Coursera for Campus and upgrading features to address the critical and long-term needs of higher education worldwide.

Voter Registration Now From Monday-Friday

Vote on 2022! Check out the new schedule for voter registration here:

DOH-7: Slight Rise In COVID-19 Cases Not Cause For Alarm

DOH-7 assures the public that the increase in cases is not something to be alarmed about. What could be the reason why?

When To Catch The Orionid Meteor Shower

Planning for your stargazing date? Get ready this October 20th!

MMFF Partners With Streaming Services, Premieres Online

This year, MMFF can be seen in the comfort of your home as it goes online!

Dar: Agri Modernization Key To Surviving Pandemic

Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the harvesting of the different varieties of hybrid rice inside the 100-hectare demonstration farm of the Department of Agriculture in Caraga in Barangay Lemon.

Gatchalian Sounds Alarm On Low Teacher Licensure Exam Results

Gatchalian sounds the alarm on the low passing rates of the Licensure Examination for Teachers as he reiterates the need to improve the quality of teacher education and training in the country.

Max’s Celebrates 75 Years Of Sarap-To-The-Bones

Cheers to 75 years, Max's Restaurant! Celebrate this milestone with the special deals they're offering!

Roque: Gov’t Duty-Bound To Protect Even Critics From COVID-19

“Maski kayo po ay walang ginawa kung hindi labanan ang gobyerno, Pilipino pa rin po kayo at may obligasyon pa rin kaming isalba kayo kung kayo’y magkakasakit. Make it easier for everyone po, huwag pong magtipun-tipon."

3 Deleted Scenes From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ That Will Change Everything

"Crazy Rich Asians" is out now on Netflix! After seeing the movie, you might want to check out these never-before-seen clips: