ABTA and Police issue warning on rising holiday booking fraud Holiday and flight booking fraud increased in 2013
Those special flight deals which are too good to be true might land you up the creek without a paddle
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), The City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online have joined forces to warn the general public about the... [More]
3 day freebie set as a climax to British festival in Manila Featuring British Fashion, cars, sports, education, film, theater, music, business and more!
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad invites everyone to the Great British Festival happening at the Bonifacio High Street on March 7 to 9. The festival will highlight the United Kingdom's world-class contributions in industry, entertainment, fashion, sports, education and the arts and will feature exhibitions and performances... [More]
Visas to the UK from Dublin to cost more as service is outsourced
UK Visa changes for applications from the Republic of Ireland
The British Embassy in Dublin's visa service is now outsourced
From 19th March 2014 the British Embasy in Dublin is handing over to their commercial partner Teleperformance Ltd which will take over the running of the Visa Application Centre in Dublin. The Visa Application Centre will move. [More]
Pinay care worker in desperate battle to stay in UK with husband
More than 400 people have signed a petition backing Norfolk couple Arlene and Stephen Watty in their struggle against deportation
Stephen and Arlene Watty of Hemsby are facing an immigration battle after the Home Office claimed they do not earn enough for Arlene to stay in this country. The couple pictured on their wedding day in 2012. Photo courtesy Lauren Rogers/Archant
The following is reprinted with the kind permission of the Norwich Evening News
By Lauren Rogers
Forty-five-year-old Arlene, who works full time at a care home in Hemsby, Norfolk just north of Great Yarmouth, moved to the UK from the Philippines in 2009.
She arrived on a student visa, studying health and social care, and a year later fell in love with a neighbour, Stephen, and the couple married in 2012. [More]
Helena Skeggs the travel agent
Skeggs seems to have branched out into the airline ticket industry - in California
Complaints are coming in from California of people who paid Skeggs for tickets to the Philippines, but did not fly as High Court Sherriff's in London are hot on her trail
If reports coming in from the sunshine state of California are correct, Helena Skeggs has started a new line of business, that of selling tickets to Filipinos wishing to travel home. [More]
Canadian firm tried to ship toxic cargo to Manila
Greenpeace calls for ratification of Basel Ban Amendment following discovery of Canadian toxic shipment
Some of the 50 shipping containers being opened and discovery of the toxic waste (link to news report & video below)
Canadian company Chronic Incorporated of Ontario will have to pick up a shipping bill of at least $USD200,000 to return toxic container vans back to Canada
Environmental group Greenpeace today expressed alarm at the discovery of fifty container vans from Canada, supposedly carrying plastic scraps, but found to contain a mixture of different household waste that include adult diapers, and plastic containers with liquids. [More]
UN slams Vatican over cover-ups on pedophile priests
UN says church covered up to preserve reputation at expense of abused children
Monsignor Cristobal Garcia who left the USA after admitting having had sex with two altar boys also investigated over illegal ivory trading; his family own a large chunk of Cebu based Visayan Electric Co is just one of many pedophile priests whose activities were covered up by the Vatican (link below to original story)
By Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva
The Vatican has been told by a United Nations Committee to immediately remove all clergy within the catholic church known or suspected of involvement in child sex abuse. [More]
Ex-Chief Justice Corona to face charges over P130 million unexplained assets
Arroyo poodle charged by Ombudsman over hidden money
Former President Arroyo appointed Corona as top law officer to protect her from corruption charges
Disgraced former Chief Justice Renato Corona tried to conceal millions of pesos of unaccountable money. Supreme Court photograph
The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge former Chief Justice (CJ) Renato Corona and his wife, Cristina Corona, with violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 1379, and CJ Corona with eight (8) counts of perjury and eight (8) counts of violation of Section 11 of RA No. 6713. [More]
Typhoon Haiyan concert in London's West End
More Stars Join the Line-Up of "You'll Never Walk Alone - The West End Unites for the Philippines"
More names have been announced for a special one-night-only concert You'll Never Walk Alone at the Queen's Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 7.30pm in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Tickets are now on sale from £32.50, with all proceeds going directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee
Joining the line up are: Danielle Hope (Winner of BBC's Over The Rainbow), Pashaand Katya (BBC's Strictly Come Dancing), Cynthia Erivo (The Colour Purple, I Can't Sing!) Cassidy Janson (Lend Me a Tenor, Candide) and Francine Lewis (ITV's Britain's Got Talent). Avenue Q original London cast members Jon Robyns (Les Miserables, Spamalot), Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages, I Can't Sing!), Julie Atherton (The Last Five Years, Sister Act) and Giles Terera (The Book of Mormon) will also be sharing the stage with the likes of Princeton and Kate Monster for a special reunion performance. [More]
William Hague to visit Manila
British Foreign Secretary Hague will go to the Philippines
William Hague is on a two country SE Asia visit of the Philippines & Indonesia
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague will visit the Philippines this week, taking up a personal invitation to visit from Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Mr Hague is coming here as part of a two-country visit, which also includes a visit to Indonesia.
UK Embassy Outreach: Liverpool cancelled, moved to Manchester
26 Jan 2014
The Philippine Embasy's outreach to Liverpool has been cancelled and moved to take place in Manchester 15th February
A press release from the Philippine embassy in London has stated that the planned outreach in Liverpool has been cancelled and the location has been moved to Manchester. [More]
The Filipino American Senior Association of Chino Hills, California inducts new officers
24 Jan 2014
The induction - large photograph below with named officers
The Filipino American Senior Association (FASA) of Chino Hills, founded in 1993, observed and celebrated its 20th Anniversary at Los Serranos Golf and Country Club last Sunday, 19 January 2014. [More]
Filipino crewed ship arrested in the River Thames
23 Jan 2014
Greek shipowners haven't paid Philippine crew of unseaworthy vessel
The Greek owned MV Isis, photographed above when docked at the Port of Rio Grande in Brazil in 2008 by Marcelo Viera, has been detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) at Tilbury docks on the River Thames and is due to be arrested by the International Transport Federation over unpaid wages to the Filipno crew - this is the second time Greek operators, Athens-based company Derna Carriers and owners Diamond Seaways Corp of the Marshall Islands registered vessel, have defaulted on paying its crew
The Tilbury branch of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) along with the International Transport Federation (ITF) has stepped in to support the Pinoy crew of a cargo ship currently detained at Tilbury on the River Thames near London after British coast guards inspected and arrested the Greek-owned ship over its poor condition.
The distressed Filipino crew of the mv Isis have not been paid their wages over the last few months after the ship's Greek owner fell into financial problems. [More & photo of MV Isis detained at Tilbury]
Against the exclusion of Adult Dependent Relatives in the UK
22 Jan 2014 Meetings to be held around the UK for consultations on the restrictions
Legal Campaigning organisation the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is working to change the restrictive rules on the Adult Dependent Relative category of the immigration rules. Since July 2012 rules introduced by Theresa May, Home Secretary, have made it virtually impossible for elderly parents or other family members of British citizens or settled people to join their families in the UK. [More]
Philippines: Surge of Journalist Killings, Justice Failures
22 Jan 2014 Entrenched Rights Problems Demand Government Action
The Maguindanao Massacre: Scene of the world's worst ever peacetime killings of journalists by the Ampatuan crime family; the case is still slowly going through the courts 5 years after
Manila - The Philippine government failed to match its rhetoric in support of human rights in 2013 with meaningful action to end impunity for extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
Barangays domestic violence cases under reported
21 Jan 2014
The ‘few' reported domestic violence cases in a brgy. with many of these
An illustration from JJ Grandville's Cent Proverbes (1845) captioned "Qui aime bien châtie bien" (Who loves well, punishes well).
by ARIANNE MEREZ
CITY OF SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA
Even if there are reportedly 1,026 domestic violence cases in Barangay San Vicente alone, only 93 cases are recorded at this city's social welfare and development office.
This figure of domestic violence cases in San Viente is based on the crime statistics report of the barangay for the first quarter of 2013 (January-June). [More]
Bulacan city council forcing businesses to install CCTV
14 Jan 2014 Crimes caught on CCTV a push for city ordinance's amendment
San Jose del Monte businesses could be forced to install CCTV cameras. Photo credit: Hustvedt
BY MARL NICOLE LIM
CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN
The crime incidents caught by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inspired the city government to extend its installation from financial institutions to all established businesses. [More]
Philippine Embassy in London releases outreach dates for 2014 including Irish visits
10 Jan 2014
London Embassy outreach programs announced
The Philippine Embassy in London has announced its outreach program for 2014
The Philippine Embassy in London has just announced its outreach program for 2014.
Giving specific dates for most, the outreach for Cardiff is still only listed for sometime in July.
There are 3 for Ireland, one for Belfast in March, and two for Dublin, in May and October.
Other dates are given for the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Glasgow. [More]
Zamboanga refugee camp with smiling children
A girl reconnects with friends who were also displaced by the conflict. Child protection issues remain a major concern © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN/CERF
Three months after renegade Muslim militants opposed to efforts by the Philippine government to end a decades-long rebellion laid siege to the southern city of Zamboanga, traumatized children are learning to laugh again.
TNT in La Union: Sacked, Struck-off and Wanted
Paul Ryan Laminoza who is now a wanted man for illegal recruitment
A Filipino nurse who was sacked from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and subsequently struck off the British nursing register is now on the run the Philippines with an arrest warrant out for him after he perpetuated a PhP1.7 million illegal recruitment scam on 29 nurses.
Paul Ryan Laminoza who was first registered as a nurse in the UK in 2002 ripped off the nurses, mostly from San Fernando, La Union of 60,000 pesos each for false nursing jobs in a Singapore hospital. [More]
OFW Complaints Service
Balita Pinoy has set up a universal complaints service for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's).
This is so OFW's can have a central point to air problems they may have with Embassies, Consulates and companies offering services for OFW's such as cargo, money remittance, employment & migration services as well as travel companies.
The form (below) is simple to complete, just fill it in with the details and we will look into the matter. [More]
Davao Del Norte Press & Radio-TV club statement on the killing of Bukidnon broadcaster Joash Dignos
Joash Dignos who was murdered by four killers in Bukidnon (YouTube screen grab)
The Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club strongly condemns the brutal killing of radio broadcaster Joash Dignos, who had a blocktime radio program "Bombardeo" in DXGT Radyo Abante 92.1 FM in Maramag, Bukidnon.
The manner on how the radio commentator was killed by four still unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects and the many number of bullets pumped at his body speak that the assassins were out and determined to assuredly finish off the journalist. [More]
Tacloban's Typhoon Radio Station
Life-saving radio begins broadcasting in typhoon-hit Tacloban
(IRIN) - As distraught families in central and eastern Philippines struggle to access supplies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, an emergency radio station broadcasting critical life-saving information has gone live in badly-affected Tacloban city. [More]
"[The station] aims to be the voice from the government and the relief community to the affected [people] and also to provide two-way communication [with] the community," Mike Adams, the international coordinator for First Response Radio (FRR), an international non-profit network of radio technicians who have had a team on standby in the Philippines since 2007 and are a partner of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) network, told IRIN.
Healthcare Training Academy Duo Sentenced
Owners of Healthcare Training Academy (HTA) were sentenced today at Worcester Crown Court
A screenshot of the Healthcare Training Academy's website which defrauded many Filipino NVQ students as well as staffers
The owners of the rip-off NVQ training college in Kidderminster in Worcestershire were today sentenced by a judge after the trial where they were found guilty of fraud offenses relating to duping Filipino students.
Michael Grice who is 67 and his wife Carol Grice, 57, had previously been convicted on three counts of fraudulent trading relating to the Healthcare Training Academy (HTA) and a linked company, Transnational Services GB, operating in the English town of Kidderminster in Worcestershire last month. [More]
Special London Mass in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
The Philippine Embassy invites all Filipinos in the United Kingdom to join us in this solemn occasion, in unity with our fellow Filipinos back home.
Following are details (flyer below) of the special Mass organized by the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Communities in London:
- Date: 16 November 2013, Saturday
- Time: 4:00 pm
- Venue: Holy Redeemer Church 20 Brixton Road, London SW9 6BU
Mga Kababayan, let us gather at the Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday, 16 November, to express our sympathy. [More]
Yolanda/Haiyan: Casualty lists declared so far
The Philippine governement have released an initial list of casualty figures they have at the moment (13 Nov 2013).
This list is of those who are dead, injured and missing.
Many of the dead are unidentified. Strangely, a few are listed as having died of frostbite, this must be a typographical error or probably means hypothermia.
These lists are obviously incomplete as the situation on the ground is still chaotic, and updated lists will be placed in Balita Pinoy as they become made available over the coming days. [More]
Typhoon Yolanda: Important information regarding donations, assistance & missing persons
Tacloban City airport after the typhoon struck. Photo credit: IRIN
Information released by Philippine Embassy in London
Donations for Yolanda/Haiyan-affected Areas in the Philippines
Statement on Foreign Offers of Assistance to Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts in "Yolanda" - Hit Provinces
Missing Persons Finder
Typhoon Yolanda: Britain sends in Navy & RAF
Britain will send a Royal Navy warship and RAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in a £10 million aid operation
Britain will deploy a Royal Navy warship and RAF military transport aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Prime Minister David Cameron announced tonight.
HMS Daring and her crew will provide humanitarian assistance, helicopter lift from one on-board Lynx and engineering and first-aid expertise. The Type 45 destroyer also carries equipment to make drinking water from seawater. [More]
Laguna trial court has lifted warrant of arrest against Greenpeace campaigners
Quezon City, Philippines - The bench warrant issued against three Greenpeace campaigners for allegedly failing to attend a court hearing in connection with a decontamination action on a Bt talong field trial has been lifted following the November 6, 2013 appearance of the three Greenpeace staff accused of a malicious mischief case before the Laguna Municipal Trial Court.
Tyhoon Yolanda: British Gov't Disaster Aid Team Lands In Manila
UK offers support to Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda
Emergency number issued for British affected by the disaster
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire says a relief assessment team has arrived in Philippines to co-ordinate aid
FCO Minister of State Hugo Swire sends condolences to those affected by Typhoon Yolanda and offers support to the Government of the Philippines.
With the super typhoon death toll at 1,200 and expected to rise, along with the extensive damage caused, the British Foreign Office has sprung into action with the Department for International Development (DFID) having already had a team on its way to the Philippines, seemingly almost as initial reports were coming in of the scale of the typhoon's devastation. [More]
Super Typhoon Yolanda: Now to count the cost
British Ambassador promises assistance
(IRIN) - Aid agencies are bracing for the worst after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in the early hours of 8 November, triggering landslides, heavy flooding and affecting tens of millions of people. [More]
"We are working closely in support of government and local authorities to assess the life-saving needs of the people affected by this typhoon," said Julie Hall, acting resident and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines.
Cool House For Less Than $30,000
Canadian architectural design team come up with innovative home solution
Pinay jointly heads revolutionary team
The NOMAD micro house with design team leaders Ian and Joel Kent
A Vancouver based architectural design team have pushed the limits with affordable housing in designing a 10' x 10' micro-house costing $US25,000.
NOMAD micro homes from British Columbia is headed by husband, Canadian Ian Kent, and wife, Filipina Joel Alvaro Kent, who lead a small team which is now in the process of promoting and raising additional funds. [More]
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CFPB Launches Education Campaign About New International Money Transfer Protections
Multilingual Multimedia Kampanya ay tumutuon sa Aninaw at Bagong mga proteksyon
WASHINGTON, DC- Ang Mamimili Pananalapi Proteksyon Kawanihan (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) (CFPB) ay naglulunsad sa buong bansa ng kampanya sa multimedia upang ipaalam sa mga mamimili na nagpapadala ng perang pangdaigdigan tungkol sa bagong mga proteksyon na epektibo ngayong araw. Ang mga proteksyon ay nakapaloob sa isang panuntunan na tinatapos na mas maaga sa taong ito. [More]
Philippine Embassy In London Issues Toughest Warning Yet Over Rogue Immigration Advisors
Philippine Embassy warns Filipinos against suspicious "Immigration Consultants"
Officials in the Philippine Embassy in London are getting alarmed at the number of complaints coming into them about Filipinos cheating their countrymen over the issuance of visas, specifically those who state they have insiders at the UKBA.
The Embassy has received a number of complaints against certain individuals who allegedly defraud people of huge amounts of money by promising to obtain visas through "contacts" inside the UK Border Agency (UKBA). [More]