News Flash

August 28, 2015, Friday
  • Some INC members blocked the convoy of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima as she was leaving the DOJ before 5 pm Thursday. 6 hours ago |
  • Expelled INC minister Samson’s camp says INC’s rally wants to force gov’t to favor INC leaders facing illegal detention & other charges. 7 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura Street in Manila rendered impassable by INC members holding protest at DOJ. 7 hours ago |
  • Police exercise maximum tolerance as hundreds of INC members hold protest in front of DOJ. 7 hours ago |
  • Some INC members accuse DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima of meddling in INC’s internal affairs. 7 hours ago |
  • Hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo members hold protest in front of Department of Justice along Padre Faura St. in Manila. 7 hours ago |
  • Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon warns a cut in the capital outlays of state universities & colleges could result in tuition hikes. 14 hours ago |
  • House approves on third reading the LPG Industry Regulation and Safety Act. 14 hours ago |
  • Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima and Customs Chief Bert Lina invited to attend the Senate probe on balikbayan boxes next week. 14 hours ago |
  • Senate probe on BOC’s random inspection of balikbayan boxes to begin next week. 14 hours ago |
  • Migrante International calls on OFWs to support ‘no remittance day’ on Friday. 14 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquno expected to visit and greet Justice Sec. De Lima at DOJ on her 56th birthday. 14 hours ago |
  • Taft Avenue & Padre Faura St. in Manila temporarily closed on Wednesday a.m. due to a protest rally staged by group ‘Bayan’ in front of DOJ. 14 hours ago |
  • Some U.P. Diliman students staged a walkout from their classrooms to protest tuition hikes in state colleges and universities. 14 hours ago |
  • Henry Sy is still number one in Forbes’ list of richest Filipinos. 14 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says the Senate sub-committee’s probe on allegations vs. Binays is delayed by Gerry Limlingan & Ebeng Baloloy’s absence. 14 hours ago |
  • DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson says sorry for the heavy traffic and frequent floods in Metro Manila. 14 hours ago |
  • DPWH Sec. Singson says it is not easy to implement the comprehensive flood control project in Metro Manila. 14 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino emphasizes the need for a comprehensive flood management plan. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites the presence of too many new cars and new motorcycles on the road as factors that aggravate the heavy traffic situation. 15 hours ago |
  • Light to moderate rains expected in some areas in Northern and Central Luzon. 15 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says the release of water by 3 dams in Luzon won’t result in floods as no heavy rains are expected on Wednesday. 15 hours ago |
  • Binga and Ambuklao dams in Benguet and San Roque dam in Pangasinan release water. 15 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima says she won’t react to issues on Wednesday as she celebrates her 56th birthday. 15 hours ago |
  • NEDA says the Philippine economy grew by 5.6% during the second quarter of 2015. 15 hours ago |
  • Makati Rep. Binay says Sen. Antonio Trillanes should use his 55 consultants to help him get his facts right. 15 hours ago |
  • Makati Rep. Abigail Binay dares the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee to invite her to its hearings. 15 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon defends the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee’s continuous probe on alleged anomalies linked to Binays. 15 hours ago |
  • Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada offers flowers at Quirino Grandstand for 8 HK tourists who were killed in a bungled hostage crisis 5 years ago. 16 hours ago |

Sex-for-flight: Labor staff sacked, 2 attaches recalled

By Vito Barcelo | Jul. 17, 2013 at 12:02am
The Labor Department announced on Tuesday that it has terminated the services of a Philippine Overseas Labor Office staff and recalled two labor attaches’ linked to the “sex-for-repatriation” cases in the Middles East.

Dismissed was POLO officer Blas Marquez, a local hired office staff in Kuwait, while Jordan assistant labor attaché Mario Antonio and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Assistant Labor Attaché Antonio Villafuerte were recalled from their posts after the DoLE fact-finding team completed its fact-finding mission abroad.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Villafuerte plans to get a private lawyer to defend himself against accusations from three female overseas Filipino workers that he had sexually abused them.

The three labor officers were linked to the sex-for-repatriation  scam where distressed female OFWs were allegedly given plane tickets to travel back to the Philippines in exchange for sex.

“The fact-finding team that gathered information and pertinent documents from overseas Filipino workers, Filipino community leaders, and Philippine Embassy officials on the allegations about the ‘sex-for-flight’ issue, and to validate such information, arrived the other day from Jordan,” Baldoz said.

“The team will recommend to the disciplining authority the filing of a formal charge. Should the recommendation be approved, the DOLE Hearing Panel chaired by Asst. Sec. Gloria Tango, earlier constituted to expedite the proceedings of the case, will

receive and evaluate the formal charge including all the supporting documents, statements and evidence. Should the respondents opt for a formal hearing, the Panel was instructed to conduct marathon hearings,” Baldoz said in a statement.

“Under the DOLE Rules on Disposition of Administrative Complaints and Cases issued pursuant to the CSC Revised Rules in Administrative Cases, the Panel has 60 days to conclude its investigation. Within 15 days after the conclusion of the formal investigation, the Panel shall submit its report, recommendation and draft decision to the disciplining authority. The disciplining authority has 30 days from receipt of the formal investigation report to issue the decision,” she added.

The fact-finding team is composed of Atty. Ophelia Almenario of OWWA, Atty. Rose G. Duquez of the POEA, Atty. Leah T. Fortuna of DOLE and Atty. Edna Yasay, an observer from the DFA. The team left for the Middle East on 28 June.

Baldoz said the information-gathering and fact-finding mission in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the team interviewed several OFWs and Filipino community leaders, including those who may have information and knowledge about the allegations.

“They also interviewed Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office officials and employees. They also received oral testimonies, letters, and e-mails related to the issue, and documented these submissions,” Baldoz said.

She added that “the team also gathered information, pursuant to its expanded task, on the operational aspects of the POLO, to provide guidance on the institutional reforms that the DOLE has pursued.”
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with editorial standards, may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section
comments powered by Disqus

In This Category

Want Updates?

Be the first to know on what is latest from, simply enter your email below to get started. We don’t spam dont worry!