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US Marine Kills Transgender

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US Marine Kills Transgender

October 2014, a group of Filipinos are protesting the presence of the U.S. military after the killing of filipino transgender Jennifer Laude by Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  The victim Jennifer (formerly Jeffrey) Laude dressed as a woman and met Joseph in a bar.

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The Marine was on shore leave in Olongapo City when he befriended two he thought were Filipino women at a disco bar called Ambyanz.

According to the the Philippine National Police investigation, they checked into the Celzone Lodge, a motel.  Laude asked the other woman, Barbie, to leave before Joseph could discover that they were both transgender.

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When Celzone Lodge staff went to inspect and clean the room, Laude’s body was discovered slumped next to the toilet.  Joseph had already fled the scene.  Laude was drowned in the toilet.

The murder brings back memories of past abuses and crimes by US services members when the US had a larger presence in the Philippines in the 80’s, so some groups strongly believe the US should not have been invited back.  These groups see the murder of Jennifer Laude as evidence that America and its military should be thrown out immediately.

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Joseph Scott Pemberton was given over to the Philippines government to be dealt with by the justice system.  Meanwhile, this situation has put a strain on Philippine-US relations at least on a social level.  Politically, there is a lot at stake.  The US is pushing to send more troops to the Philippines in light of China’s aggressive actions to attempt to bully and takeover of the entire China sea and all the islands therein.

Although some seek to get rid of the US, President Benigno Aquino III defended the military agreement and cooperation with the military by saying, a crime can happen anywhere and “the sin of one person” should not reflect on the entire country.

 

 

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Rescued Filipina kidnap victim set to be repatriated to PH

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On April 2, 2014, Mercy Dayawan, 40, an employee of a resort in Sabah, Malaysia and a Chinese tourist were kidnapped by armed gunmen.

“The rescued Filipina kidnap victim was turned over to the Embassy early Sunday night and she is now under care and custody of Embassy in Kuala Lumpur,” Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Jose told reporters Monday.

They were rescued May 30, 2014, by police.  The bandit group Abu Sayyaf is suspected to be behind the kidnapping.

 

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Filipino sentenced to death in Qatar for espionage

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We have been taking a closer look at the status of filipinos working in the middle east.  Here is the latest news in what seems like an endless stream of tragedy events for pinoys in that part of the world.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is hoping to save the life of  trying to save the life of a Filipino on death row in Qatar charged with espionage.

Last year, April 11, a filipino citizen was put to death for the same charge.  Two others working as technicians at a Qatari military base were given life in prison for the same offense.

The Foreign Affairs Department says, their relatives have been informed and the Philippine Embassy in Qatar is already extending legal assistance to the three Filipinos. ANC World Tonight, May 24, 2014  

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Filipino Woman Burned by Saudi Employer

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fatima saudi scalding water filipina maid

23 year old Fatima had boiling water poured on her after two months of being in Riyadh.  The picture you see here was posted on Facebook and ignited a lot of attention from other filipinos online.  After the Saudi woman through the boiling water on her, it took them 6 hours to take her to the hospital.

Fatima was beaten up within five days of her arrival by her male employer and was sometimes deprived of food.

I was in Kuwait from 2012 – 2013, I highly discourage ANY and ALL filipinas to go to the middle east.  If you have another alternative, then take it.  There are a lot of things like this that happen to asian women in the middle east that is not reported, ignored or hidden from the public.  When I was in the country, I heard of rapes, blackmail, slavery and blatant exploitation of filipinas from filipinas that had been there.

I will be honest and say, this does NOT happen to all or even most filipinas in the middle east, but its a LOT.  Its just not a safe place for filipino women.  Not safe for women at all.

While I do not think that Islam teaches people to do such things, I do believe that there are some followers of the faith that set a poor example of how muslims should

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A Filipino maid has been left covered in burns after her Saudi boss’s mother allegedly threw boiling water at her as punishment for not making coffee quick enough.

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Man killed daughter posted on facebook

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Man killed daughter posted on facebook

Angel was 7 years old.  Mark Alvin Manliclic of Barangay Sta. Lucia in Novaliches, killed her and posted a picture of her body on Facebook.  

Why did a 31 year old father do this to his daughter?  Because he was angry at his wife.  

Mark is in jail awaiting psychological evaluation. 

Angel, Rest in Peace.

more on this story – https://anc.yahoo.com/news/man-kills-daughter-then-posts-photo-on-facebook-044336533.html

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Immigration Officer Slaps Chinese Women

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Immigration Officer Slaps Chinese Women

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On 5 May 2014, Jiang Huixiang, a 38 year old Chinese citizen was denied access into the Philippines after Immigration Officers noticed several extensions since 2012.  The noticed repeated violation of Philippines immigrations law.

Once denied, Huixiang started yelling at the officers.

Keep in mind that before any of the events you see in the video, Jiang Huixiang had already thrown her bag and BIT an officer:

This developed as an on-duty lady security guard Delisia Yap disclosed that Huixiang became unruly that early morning when she suddenly pushed her red hard case from the exclusion room to the airport’s transfer lobby.

Yap attested that the Chinese national suddenly became hysterical and even threw her bag at her.

Yap added that when a colleague grasped Huixiang’s hands, the latter suddenly bit the right hand of the guard.

The real failure is the Philippines Immigration was too nice.  Once Jiang assaulted an officer she should have gone to jail and brought up on charges BEFORE being deported.   

 Officer Rashid Rangiris attempted to calm Ms. Huixiang who started screaming and insulting the officer.  Huixiang was asked to go to the exclusion room.  She refused, shouting then laying on the floor and stopped breathing in an attempt to kill herself.

The Chinese citizen was then physically moved to the exclusion room, but attacked the Officer on the way.  She kicked, slapped and punched the officer.  When she reached into her purse (perhaps to grab an object to attack the officer further) Officer Rashid responded by slapping her.

The Immigrations bureau suspended Officer Rashid and is in the middle of a thorough investigation of the incident.

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Filipina nurses killed in Yemen terrorist attack

Smoke rises from the Defence Ministry’s compound after an attack, in Sanaa

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52 people were killed and 167 people wounded at the Yemen’s Defense Ministry complex at the hands of a terrorist.

 

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40 Filipino workers were injured.  Two Filipino women nurses were among the 7 foreigners killed.  The seven included two aid workers from Germany’s  Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), an Indian nurse and two doctors from Vietnam.  Report and details are still coming in, but among those dead may have been a Venezuelan.  The Defense Ministry Complex held soldiers, civilians and a military hospital. 

The Al Qaeda style attack rammed a car packed with explosives into the Defense Ministry complex and then stormed heavily armed gunmen stormed inside.  The killers conducted the attack in broad daylight taking advantage of some construction work in the area.  There mission was to kill as many as possible.  Some filipino workers survived only by pretending to be dead.

Smoke rises from the Defence Ministry's compound after an attack, in Sanaa
Smoke rises from the Defense Ministry’s compound after an attack, in Sanaa

“We condemn this senseless and barbaric act and we call on the Yemeni government to bring the masterminds to justice and to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of Filipinos and other foreigners in Yemen,” said Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez.  The attack from Al-Qaeda linked militants as the Yemini government increases ties to the U.S. 

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are nearly 1,000 OFWs working Yemen mostly as nurses. 

 “We nurses are vulnerable to any armed conflict that may arise in different countries, these are the times wherein we have to be more critical of the motive of the killing of Filipino nurses, we mourn the lost lives of my colleagues in the nursing profession. May your soul rest in peace and condolence to the bereaved family.” John Rye –http://anc.yahoo.com/news/dfa–7-filipino-hospital-workers-killed-in-yemen-suicide-bombing-031803234.html

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Kuwaiti woman sentence to death for murdering Filipino maid Astria Samad

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Kuwaiti woman sentence to death

Everyone is echoing the news: “Kuwaiti woman gets death sentence for murdering a filipino maid”.

But the real story happened in the summer of 2009.  July 17, 2009, the Kuwaiti police discovered a body near Kabd dessert area.  It was the body of  34-year-old Astria Samad Abdul from Maguindanao, a muslim part of the Philippines.

Once the police began to investigate further they got a full confession from the Kuwaiti couple Abdulaziz Al-Falekh and Rabagh Mustafa Sahata.  They told the police that they mistreated Abdul so badly that they feared she was dying.  They took her to the desert near horse stables and ran her over with a car over and over to make sure she was dead and to try to make it look like she was killed by a car.  — more info here

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Nepali & filipino immigrants Kuwait

If you are planning to work in the middle east and you are filipina, please be careful and be aware of some of the the news regarding how many filipinos are treated there.  Its certainly not ALL bad and there is a LOT of work there.  In fact, I am sure that some employers are great in some cases.  But unfortunately there are a lot of cases of abuse not only of filipinos but Indians, Indonesians, Ethiopians and others.  Though I am sure many from developing countries are happy to find opportunities abroad they are certainly not going there to be treated like dogs and/or raped/killed.

If you go to the middle east to work, I hope you do not work as a domestic worker.  If you do, please know that you have rights in the middle east.  Speak up and speak out against mistreatment, NEVER go out at night alone for any reason.

The Kuwaiti woman (Rabagh Mustafa) now faces the death penalty.  Which means a public hanging in Kuwait.  I am not sure why its only the woman getting the death penalty.  Maybe she was the driver.

According to thenational.ae, more than 100,000 Filipinos, many of them women working as maids, live in Kuwait, where some 600,000 domestic helpers

 

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Filipino woman – Cherish Maningat in Korean Musical: Arirang Fantasy

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Cherish Maningat filipina woman in Korean Musical: Arirang Fantasy.

There is only one foreigner to make it in Korean musicals and her name is Cherish Maningat (aka 체리쉬 마닝앗 ).  Maningat plays the lead role in Arirang Fantasy (in Korean 아리랑환상곡).  It is a love story, musical/play touring in major Korean cities.  It is about a filipino woman “Isabel” who falls in love with a handsome Korean man.    Cherish plays alongs side Korean performers Park Hae Mi and Bae Gi Sung.

Buhay Korea talks a little about seeing the play last year:

One of my favorite parts is Isabel’s monologue explaining herself to her MIL indirectly. I think a lot of foreign daughters-in-law feel the way she did. During that part, people in the audience shed a tear or two and I heard a lot of sniffling.

Cherish is so effective as “Isabel”. She’s quite funny too with her heavily accented Korean. Her comedic timing is fantastic. (Oh, she’s naturally funny in person too!) Her voice is soothing and her acting is effective.

As Cherish says in an interview with her long time friend Kring Elenzano, The play breaks the negative perception of filipinas in Korea and around the world.

Here is why this play is important:

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... it’s about [filipinos] and it represents [filipinos] and this play is somehow also trying to show the world who Filipinos are. Because this play is about a typical Filipino living in Korea, and typical Filipinos, too have stories to tell. Because even if the language is in Korean, the message is universal, and everyone can and will be able to understand.

I want to break the negative perception of foreigners about Koreans (especially the Filipinos who’ve had bad experiences with them) – that all Koreans are mean and bad. They are not, and we should not treat them as a whole. It’s like saying that all Filipinos are prostitutes, just because there’s a lot of them. We hope we can break these misconceptions. – Cherish Maningat

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I don’t know a lot of Korean but LISTEN to her voice!!  SHE KILLS it!  YOU GO PINAY!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOBas9xBBC8

Arirang Fantasy is a classic that bridges two worlds.  And does it so tastefully.  To check out what Cherish Maningat is doing these days check her out on the “YOUTUBES” hanging out with Kring for “My Korean Boyfriend” or on Twitter.

 

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Muslim Saves Filipina From Yolanda

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Operation Saving Grace

An incredible story about how 31-year-old Canadian Houssam Hammoudi went to save his girlfriend from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, married her and got her the help she needed.

 

Houssam said he was able to contact Mary Grace’s  brother, Nathaniel, a few days later and was told that Grace, the mother, was in  a coma and that Mary Grace’s son John Allen had a broken wrist.

 

“When I was looking for Mary Grace, all they were  telling me was that she was okay… I have to see it with my own eyes,” he said.

 

A week later, on Nov. 14, Houssam arrived in Cebu after  taking a direct flight from his hometown Montreal.

Efilipinowomen – has donated to Houssam.  His wife is getting major surgery and its costing them a LOT of money.  To donate go here: http://operationsavinggrace.tumblr.com/

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Canadian rescues Filipina fiancée from typhoon; marries her

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Sunday, November 24th,  2013

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Yes.

This word was repeated three times by 31-year-old Canadian Houssam Hammoudi  when asked by the Imam, a Muslim priest, if he was accepting his Filipina  fiancée Mary Grace Acojedo, 22, to be his wife until the day of judgment.

The two were wed in a simple Islamic ceremony inside one of the private rooms  of a private hospital in Cebu City, more than a week after Hammoudi rescued  Acojedo, who was severely injured when supertyphoon Yolanda (international name  Haiyan) devastated her village in Ormoc City in Leyte province; and literally  carried her in his arms to safely bring her to a hospital here.

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My name is Yuri Sincero I am a part-time writer and full-time marketing student at Cebu Institute of Technology. My passion is cooking & singing, but have been getting into blogs and Search Engine Optimization. I am in Cebu city, but will be moving to the US soon. Follow me on Google+ and Facebook.

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