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| Last updated: Wed, 13.11.2002 |
 
 
 
Sabah refugees:
Tales of hardship and uncertainty
By Maita V. Santiago
 
  Janti Sabri finds a tight space to wait with other Filipino refugees as they prepare to disembark from a Philippine naval vessel at the port of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. On the night. of Sept. 20, 2002, a Philippine Navy ship and coast guard vessel ferried 789 undocumented Filipino citizens from Sandakan, Sabah to Tawi-Tawi. More than 400 hundred of them had been detained and deported by Malaysian government officials who have been cracking down on illegal immigrants residing in Sabah since
August 2002.
Photo by Ryan Anson
 
Utoh Asman, 42 years old, saw three of his 12 children die since his family was deported by Malaysian authorities last August.
After spending about 13 years as a laborer in Sabah, Utoh and his entire family were arrested when Malaysian police came to demolish their house. For the next 15 days, they were confined in one of Sabah’s notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary detention centers before being sent home to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Full story
 
No evacuation in Middle East
OFWs in the Middle East can stop worrying about packing their bags and leaving on a jet plane for their beloved Philippines. The estimated 1.4 million land-based OFWs there will not be shipped out if the US attack on Iraq escalates into a regionwide conflict. Full story
 
Registration of illegal aliens in Italy, Korea on
No crackdown on entertainers in Japan
Saudi OFWs donate goods for deportees
Call for a Dubai consulate renewed
New danger for Filipino workers in Israel
700,000 Filipinos deployed in 8 months
PRC exam probe holds deployment of deck officers
Online renewal of passport now available
Seafarers want exclusion from OFW law
DOLE requires pre-employment seminar
POEA issues OFW ID Card to new hires
Recruitment firm ordered closed
Dream house at Pag-IBIG fair in Jeddah
 
Saving Primo Gasmen
4 named outstanding seafarers of 2002
11 Pinay seek damages vs. recruiters, Korean 'flesh trader'
Ex-club workers in South Korea fighting back
Jerphi, Tokofil deny deploying recruits-turned-prostitutes
Sheik seen as savior of 23 seamen rotting in Abu Dhabi jail
 
Better late than absent
Time was when being absent puts some one in a bind. You fail your class, you’re terminated from work, or you simply waive your right. This time, being absent could make a difference. Especially if you’re eight million strong.
This developed as the Philippine Congress vowed to pass the Absentee Voting Bill giving overseas Filipino workers and other foreign-based Filipinos the right to cast their votes, hopefully, in the 2004 national elections. Full story
 
Migrant workers see no glory under Gloria
For whom the bell tolls
'Stop deployment of OPAs to Korea'
Shopping bonus for balikbayan
Be a nurse for P14,000 a month
Cheaper house from housing dep't
War vet's kids, grandkids to get gov't posts
Rep. Solis wants maritime department
Drilon meeting kasimanwas in Damman
 
Caught in the AVB crossfire
Overseas Filipinos are demanding Congress to pass ora mismo the Absentee Voting Bill (AVB). The bill giving overseas Filipinos the right to vote has been languishing in the legislature for 15 years. If legislators still dilly-dally, they threatened to cut their cash remittance and postpone coming home this year. Full story
 
Sabah workers, employers back in each other’s arms
Free livelihood skills training for deportees
Overseas Filipinos starting their own bank
OFW dependents putting up seafood farm, resto
Dubious money managers on the loose
Saudi consulate promotes entrepreneurship
ROADIE: Sunday freaky Sunday, Ford rolls out 5 millionth Explorer, Civic RS Limited Edition out
 
The case of the mysterious diagnosis
A reputable OFW clinic facing suspension of license for alleged misdiagnosis? What could have gone wrong? Balikbayan sleuth Jun G. Garcia narrates his findings. Full story
 
Med’l certificate not exclusive to agency, employer
Non-compliant OFW clinics to lose license
New therapy removes body toxins
Pros and Docs
By Dr. Pedro S. de Guzman
 
Super Sex Bombs
Balikbayan spies Windsor John Genova and Jun Garcia explored the superhero in each of the 14 Sex Bomb beauties and how they would use their imaginary superpowers in saving mankind from the scums of the universe. Full story
 
Angelica Jones is RP’s Britney Spears. Owss?!
Ivy Violan vs. Jackielou Blanco in bodybuilding war
Going to Graceland
Fil-Ams help Musikerong Bumbong
 
One more time
People say the Batang Red Bull Thunder team won the 2nd Conference championship title in the 2002 season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) because of their imports. They credit the win to Julius Nwosu, Tony Lang and Sean Lampley (Lampley replaced Lang in the Thunders' finals duel against Talk and Text.) and not to the locals. They may be right because Red Bull has yet to win an All-Filipino Conference championship title since joining the PBA last year. Full story
 
PBA champs fans of Sex Bomb Girls
Vince Hizon reunites with his first love
Jaworski to help poor athletes
Blood-sport at Saudi schools
I See, I So
By Jannelle A. So
 
Destination: Intramuros
Flying fiesta
Dark justice
Batchelor match of best hotel
 
Haybol By Arch. Jecelyn G. Gumila

PASALUBONG
Talk, snap and send pictures with Nokia 6650
Desknote: The best desktop alternative

SUOT EN ABUBOT
Rene’s holiday collection
SHEER presents Fabia lingeries

WAY TO GO
AnoB’Ang4Halloween? at the Zillion Bar

Chinese Horoscope By Prof. Sherwin M. Gomez

 
 
SEX BOMB GIRLS. Fourteen boob-tube babes would like to help fight lawlessness and evil in our crime-infested communities. How are they going to do it if they have superpowers?
 
 
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