Sacrifice to help communities — Duterte on Ramadan

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The Philippines is a major labour exporter, especially to the Middle East. About a 10th of the population works abroad, and the earnings they send home have bolstered the Philippine economy for decades.

The move comes after the country allowed skilled and semi-skilled workers to seek employment in Kuwait earlier this week following a bilateral agreement signed on Friday that grants new protections to Filipino staff.

Kuwait, however, protested after Philippine authorities carried out rescue missions for troubled housemaids they said were seeking help and a video of the rescues was posted online. "Let us join hands in the shared task of nation-building as we make the Philippines a more inclusive, peaceful, and united country in the years to come".

Gatchalian said government agencies should pursue a tighter crackdown against illegal recruitment, and consistently maintain an updated database of accredited recruiters in order to monitor the outflow OFWs, monitor their conditions, and devise further strategies to safeguard their rights and welfare.

"I think I was asked three times already by the President to announce not to believe anyone who will say that he has connection with the President". Duterte currently faces the following obstacles to implementing the BBL.

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If Xi won over Duterte using the first promise, that is probably because the latter is harboring real worries of being ousted.

Aside from the labour deployment ban, which Duterte recently threatened to impose permanently, he also ordered the repatriation of thousands of Filipino workers facing problems in Kuwait.

The Palace has denied that the president is a misogynist, with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque saying that "sometimes, these feminists are really a bit OA (overreacting)".

Duterte has sought the removal of Morales, along with the chief justice and prominent Duterte critic Maria Lourdes Sereno, accusing them of allowing themselves to be used to discredit his administration. Instead, he said, the Philippines would likely do better to keep the peace with Beijing.

"All the more I am determined to push for my bill (seeking) to increase and institutionalize overseas legal assistance fund for our distressed OFWs", Ejercito said.

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