Thousands of jellyfish stranded at El Nido beach

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Authorities and residents in the town of El Nido, Palawan, are baffled by what seemed to be a stranding phenomenon of several thousands of jellyfish larvae at Nacpan Beach, Sitio Calitang in Barangay Bucana. Photos of the said phenomenon, which was posted on June 16 by El Nido resident Justin Silvestre...

Filipina in UAE saved from death row

Photo from “Save Jennifer Dalquez’ Life” Facebook page

A FEMALE overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was spared from the death row after a court in the United Arab Emirates acquitted her for the killing of her employer who tried to rape her in 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain, in a hearing on June 19, declared Jennifer Dalquez, 30, innocent “without diyyah or payment of blood money,” the DFA said in a statement.READ MORE

62 dead in Portugal forest fires

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal (Updated) — A raging forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they desperately tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads. The disaster — the worst tragedy Portugal has experienced in decades — shook the nation, with the president declaring that the country’s pain...

Environmentalist surrenders Philippine Eagle

A FORMER environmental planner from Baguio City surrendered a Philippine Eagle in the Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) Baguio under its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) on June 7. Benedict Solang said the eagle was turned over to him by his daughter-in-law Joven Fernandez which was also passed to...

More OFWs becoming financially literate

THE Social Security System (SSS) said that more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are becoming financially literate and secured as many of them are starting to invest for their future.

This, after the agency noted that the annual incentive benefits (AIB), disbursed to qualified OFWs in 2016, rose by 18.1 percent to P15.5 million from the P13.15 million provided in 2015.MORE

US, UK, Australia warn citizens after Resorts World attack

THE United States (US), United Kingdom and Australian governments issued separate travel advisories on Friday, June 2, urging their citizens to exercise caution following the attack that left 37 people dead at Resorts World Manila. A gunman stormed the Resorts World Manila and torched gambling tables in the crowded area on Friday before dawn, June 2. Aside from 37 fatalities, dozens were injured.MORE

PH Embassy in Beirut releases office schedule during Ramadan

THE Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Beirut, London issued an announcement informing the public of their operation schedule during the holy month of Ramadan last May 26. READ: Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered As of Monday, May 29, the embassy is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no lunch break. The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, except during Lebanese and...

Scientific study eyed to identify blue whale in Bohol Sea

A SCIENTIFIC study will be conducted by a group of researchers and students of the Department of Biological Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, United States, to identify the blue whale species in Bohol Sea. Edna Sabater, the principal investigator, was in Dumaguete City to request for permission to conduct the study...

Russian national charged for ‘killing’ an endangered sea turtle

POLICE filed charges against a Russian national on Wednesday afternoon, May 17, for allegedly killing an endangered Green Sea Turtle in a marine sanctuary in Masaplod Sur, Dauin town in Negros Oriental. Charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office was Anton Likharev, 35, single, of Vladivostok, Russia, said Dauin Police Chief Bernabe Rubio. The Russian national...

14 abandoned sea turtles rescue in Southern Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Marine troopers stationed in Southern Palawan rescued 14 abandoned live sea turtles locally known as “pawikan.” Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-4 rescued the turtles on May 13 in Barangay Mangsee Island in Balabac, following information from residents of Mangsee Island, who do not want the sea turtles harmed...

Cebu-LA suspension hurts balikbayans

Arrival. Balikbayans, specially those from the US prefer direct flights when coming home to Cebu. (SunStar File)

TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu are saddened over the recent decision of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to suspend its Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu flight saying it will have impact on the balikbayan traffic.

Cebu Association of Tour Operator Specialists (Catos) president Alice Queblatin, suspected that the load factor might have influenced the decision of the Lucio Tan-led airlines to halt, albeit temporarily, the long-haul flight.MORE

Owwa targets 5K OFWs for amnesty program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) targets 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia to avail of their 90-day “Nation without Violations” Amnesty Program.

Those who can avail of the program include Filipinos residing at Saudi Arabia whose Iqama, the identification card given to foreign workers and paid for by the employers, expired on or before March 19 and Filipino workers with work permit but no Iqama Identification card.MORE

Gov’t gives P10,000 cash aid to repatriated OFWs from Saudi

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte welcomed around 150 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City early Monday morning.

A total of 150 Filipinos, who had availed of Saudi Arabian government’s amnesty for undocumented workers, returned to the country along with the President following his three state visits to the Middle East.MORE