DID THE PHILIPPINES GET ITS MONEY’S WORTH FOR THE APEC CONFERENCE?

President Benigno Aquino’s government continues to be criticized severely for budgeting 10 billion pesos to host this past week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Manila attended by 18 heads of states, including US President Barack Obama, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What concrete benefits did the…

ANALYSIS: BAN DEPLOYMENT OF FILIPINO MAIDS TO MIDDLE EAST AND HELP THEM INSTEAD TO TAKE UP HIGHER-PAYING CAREGIVER JOBS IN JAPAN & OTHER PARTS OF ASIA

This latest horror story involving an 18-year-old Filipino woman in Saudi Arabia again condemns the Philippine government’s deployment of domestic helpers to the Middle East and urgently underscores the critical need to review this deployment policy and take drastic action. “Rina” (not her real name), 18, is in critical condition in a hospital in Saudi…