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RIYADH OFWS GREET PRESIDENT DUTERTE MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 25, 2019

About a million Filipinos are in Saudi Arabia who have become an important of part of the Kingdom’s socio-economic development for decades.   With that number, Saudi Arabia becomes one of the countries in the Gulf region to host the largest number of Filipino diaspora.   Here are the greetings of OFWs in Saudi Arabia, extending their warmest Yuletide message to the President and their wishes for themselves and the country:   “Ang wish ko po sa sarili ko at sa pamilya ko ay sana makasama ko na ang pamilya ko sa Pilipinas at sana para sa aming mga OFW ay magkaroon kami ng kabuhayan pag-uwi namin sa Pilipinas. Alam ko po na hindi papabayaan ni Tatay Digong at Senator Bong Go ang ating bansa. Merry Christmas po!   Oscar Ramos Caduyac, Davao City Crew, Jollibee Riyadh     “Mula po sa Riyadh, KSA, binabati po namin si Tatay Digong ng Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon. Tatay Digong, ipagpatuloy n’yo po ang inyong magandang ginagawa para sa ating bansa. Kami po dito sa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ay sumusuporta sa inyong administrasyon.   “Binabati ko rin po ang aking nanay, tatay sa Bicol. Ang aking mga kapatid at ang aking dalawang anak ng isang Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon. Sana next year ay magkasama-sama tayo sa Pilipinas.”   Boogie Salcedo Moya Restaurant manager, Jollibee, Riyadh     “Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Pangulong Duterte at sa lahat po ng bumubuo sa embassy. Maraming maraming salamat po. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”   -Mary Jane Cartia, Bulacan, Female ward, Lotuston Hotel, Riyadh     “Ang Christmas wish ko po para sa akin sarili at sa pamilya at para sa aking sarili ay makauwi na ako sa Pilipinas upang makapiling ko ang aking pamilya. Para po sa ating Pangulo, sana magkaroon siya ng magandang kalusugan at malinaw na kaisipan para magabayan n’ya nang maayos ang ating bansa. Wish ko rin po na sana ay bumuti na ang kalagayan sa Pilipinas upang hindi na po mangibang-bansa ang mga Pilipino at magtrabaho na lamang sa sariling bayan kapiling ang kanilang mga pamilya. Maraming salamat po!”   Elizabeth Paulino, 27 years old, Nueva Viscaya Awaiting repatriation in Bahay-Kalinga, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia     “Sa panahon pong ito ng Kapaskuhan ang hiling ko po, kagaya ng maraming naririto ay makauwi na po ako sa aking pamilya sa Davao City at makapagpagamot po ako ng aking sakit sa kidney. Para po kay Tatay Digong, hiling ko na maging malusog siya sa darating na taon para magampanan niya ang kanyang mga tungkulin bilang Pangulo. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”   Jennifer Gabaitan, Davao City Female ward, Bahay-Kalinga, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. PND

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AL KHOBAR WARDS GET TIMELY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM PRESIDENT DUTERTE

December 25, 2019

AL KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia — In time for Christmas, distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here received Christmas presents from President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday, December 24.   The female and male wards at the Al Khobar shelters were given care packages and special financial assistance.   Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola and Ambassador Adnan Alonto handed over the care products to the female and male wards awaiting repatriation.   A special video message was also played with the President extending his Yuletide greetings to the OFWs and at the same time expressing his gratitude for their hard work, loyalty to the country and for their support to the government.   “More than anything, we want you home. We want you live frutiful and meaningful lives close to your loved ones. Maraming salamat po. Hinding-hindi ko kayo malilimutan. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!”   The President’s message was warmly received by the OFWs.   Undersecretary Borje also relayed President Duterte’s continuing concern for the plight of Filipinos working abroad noting the Duterte administration is working relentlessly to address the  concerns of OFWs and strives to improve the economic condition in the Philippines to create more jobs.   After providing assistance to the female and male wards, Undersecretaries Borje and Arriola also met the members of the Filipino community in International Philippine School in Al Khobar.   The President’s representative relayed the message of the chief executive for his continuing commitment to ensure the welfare of OFWs.   Undersecretary Borje, also President Duterte’s Special Envoy to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was sent to North Africa and the Middle East to assess the situation of Filipinos in those regions.  PND

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Speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the CLOA distribution in Cotabato (first part)

December 24, 2019

Kindly sit down. Salamat po.   Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones; the other members of the Cabinet; Senator Bong Go, ang tinulungan ninyo [applause]. Tao ninyo ito maniwala kayo. Ako na ang nagsasabi. He is serving the interest of the Moro people. Matagal siya sa akin. BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim; beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform Land Ownership Program; my brothers and sisters from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; mga kababayan ko; mga mahal kong kababayan na Moro. [applause]   Alam mo may prepared speech ako. It’s only two pages pero babasahin ko kung may panahon pa tayo. ‘Pag nandito pa ako hanggang alas-siyete nakatindig, babasahin ko na ito.   Iyong may gusto akong sabihin sa inyo. Alam ninyo na hindi ako nagbobola ng tao lalo na ang kapwa Moro. Kung ayaw ninyong maniwala, kayo. It’s fine with me. But ganito ‘yan sinabi ko kay Kagi Murad na, “Alam mo I have two years left and I want the BARMM to really evolve into something that is a functional regional autonomous government.” Ngayon na.   Sabi ko kay brother na ‘pag… Wala naman akong sinabi na ako lang ang marunong, ako lang ang ano. But we do not have an idea --- the imponderables of life kung sino ang susunod sa akin.   Tutal napag-usapan na rin ‘yan nang matagal, nakipagpatayan kayo sa gobyerno. Alam mo sa totoo lang after the war and the loss of lives and everything, at the end of the day maghawak ka ng baril, it has no meaning at all. Kung ilan ang napatay mo o ilan ang natakot mo o ilan ang pinasabog  na mukha. Hawakan mo ‘yan pagkatapos sasabihin at the end of the day, anong maibigay nito? Ang maibigay ng baril, baril rin. Walang katapusan na. Ang Moro nagtitiis.   Pagdating ng mga Espanyol, iyon ang perdition ninyo. Walang… Ang mga kapatid man ninyo walang kasalanan ‘yan. Iyong mga Tagalog na… Eh binola tayo ng Amerikano eh. “Go to Mindanao because it is the land of promise,” kasi ang Moro ayaw makipagtrabaho sa kanila.   It was a… Alam mo maraming mahirap noon pa. Ang tatay ko nagpunta dito kasi --- ano abugado siya pero alam niya walang mangyari sa buhay niya doon. So pumunta siya ng Mindanao dinala niya kami. Hindi naman namin alam kung ano ang history na inagaw tayo ng… Well, sinabi lang… Iyang who discovered the Philippines. T***… Anong discover? Nandito na tayo. They occupied this land for 350 years more. So ginawa tayong alipin. Wala tayong magawa, wala tayong baril, wala tayong gunpowder. Pagputok niyan, takbo lahat. Maski na gaano katapang na Moro kung hawak mo lang ang iyong sundang, ah patay.   That is why ang history natin is full of repression. Ang Christianity was imposed on the Visayan, the tribe, the Hiligaynon. Ang Bisaya, ang Cebu is Sugbuanon ang tribe nila. Iyon ang pangalan nila. Hindi ‘yon Cebu. It’s Sugbu. At ang mga tao doon Sugbuanon. Kaya lahat tayo and it was a --- at a cause.   Noon ‘pag ayaw mong mag-convert, firing squad ka talaga. If you do not swear allegiance to Jesus Christ or God, patay ka. Anong magagawa ng kapatid natin? Anong magawa namin noon? Ang mga ninuno ko, ang mga lolo ko, anong magawa niya? Puro naman tayo Malay, Indonesia, we come from a same stock.   Ngayon, this continued until today. Alam mo may sabihin ako sa inyo ha. Iraq was invaded by America on an excuse or pretext that there weapons of mass destruction. Pumunta sila doon at pinatay nila si Saddam. Walang weapons of mass destruction. Kaya lang ‘yung mga sundalo noon na tumakbo, natakot sa bomba, walang laban eh. Nag-grupo-grupo ‘yan, kaya ‘yang ISIS, Iraq pati Syria. Iyan ‘yang mga sundalo na bata at pumasok na lahat, at galit sila.   Pero nandiyan na kasi itong mga Amerikano dinadala nila sa eleksyon. You will not begrudge me because I am one. Ang Muslim is a feudal setup. Kaya kung magtawag ka ng eleksyon doon, magulo talaga. Iyang eleksyon is a sham. Puppet ‘yan ng mga lider nila ng Amerika. And it has not brought peace.   Tignan mo ang Iraq ngayon, then Syria and Afghan. Binobomba ‘yung… Alam mo sa totoo lang when you are already evolved into something which is really a regional at meron kayong sariling armed forces or police, payag ako. Mag-armas kayo but you know you have to kill the terrorists. Hindi madala ‘yan sa pausapan. Mag-llamano lang kayo ‘pag magsabi “brother peace, salaam.”   Hindi ‘yan naniniwala because they have interpreted itong Qur’an in a very atrocious, monstrous interpretation na magpatay ka ng tao. ‘Pag magpatay ka ng tao maski dito o sa Iraq, o Syria, Libya, ubos, puro dysfunctional talaga.   Now, if we are not careful, we should avoid --- the BARMM government should assert its authority at kung ayaw nila patayin ninyo because those were --- they are the guys that will create trouble in the future. Wala nang katapusan. Pareho na tayo ng Syria. At baka hindi ako ang Presidente magkalat. ‘Pag kalat niyan, bomba dito, bomba doon. Eh ‘yung mga terorista bomba dito. Eh kung matapos ‘yung pasensiya ng national government? Eh kung gamitin ‘yang ilang jet ‘yan diyan na FA-50? Tapos bombahan dito, bombahan doon. You think that the tribe of Maguindanao will survive?   -more-  

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SENATOR BONG GO GETS STRONG BACKING FROM FILIPINOS IN TUNISIA, SAUDI ARABIA

December 24, 2019

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Filipino community in Tunisia expressed appreciation for Sen. Christhoper Lawrence “Bong” Go’s continuing concern for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) vowing to support the lawmaker now that he is part of the country’s legislative branch.   Senator Go greeted the Filipinos in Tunisia through a special video message during their meeting with Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje at the Philippine consulate in Tunis.   Undersecretary Borje is President Rodrigo Duterte’s Special Envoy to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.   The senator also joined distressed Filipinos in Jeddah during an early Christmas celebration also through a special message.   Senator Go said it is an honor for him to greet OFWs in celebrating the Yuletide underscoring that through their sacrifices, they ensure the welfare of their families and help build the nation.   “Kaya naman para sa Bagong Taon, aking hangad para sa inyong lahat ay ang biyaya ng kalusugan, pagmamahal at kasaganaan,” he said in his message that got a strong reception from Filipinos.   During the last senatorial election, Go run on a platform of protecting the rights and welfare of OFWs. Among the OFW interests he champions are the creation of the Department of OFWs and the provision of accessible health care to returning workers.   In Riyadh, the members of the Filipino community also expressed their continued solidarity with the Duterte administration and Senator Go as they push for creation of the Department of OFWs.   Undersecretary Borje conveyed the President Duterte’s message to the OFWs in Riyadh saying the administration is working hard to improve the Philippine economy to provide Filipinos with local jobs. PND

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DISTRESSED OFWS IN RIYADH GET INSPIRING YULETIDE MESSAGE, ASSISTANCE FROM PRESIDENT DUTERTE

December 24, 2019

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) housed at Bahay Kalinga, a shelter run by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) got an early Christmas present from President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 23.   Female wards at the Bahay-Kalinga received care packages and financial assistance from President Duterte and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).   Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola and Ambassador Adnan Alonto handed over the care products to Bahay-Kalinga wards. The distressed OFWs are awaiting repatriation.   In his message to the POLO wards numbering around 300, Undersecretary Borje relayed President Duterte’s continuing concern for the plight of Filipinos working abroad.   Undersecretary Borje said the Duterte administration is working relentlessly to address the concerns of OFWs and striving to boost the economic condition in the Philippines to create local jobs for Filipinos.   Through a special video message, the President also greeted the OFWs expressing his gratitude for their hard work, loyalty to the country and for their support to the government.   “More than anything, we want you home. We want you live frutiful and meaningful lives close to your loved ones. Maraming salamat po. Hinding-hindi ko kayo malilimutan. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!”   The President’s message was well-received by the OFWs.   Another group of 70 female wards and minors, staying in a facility run by the Philippine embassy in Riyadh, also received the same financial and in-kind assistance from the President and DFA.   Undersecretary Borje, also the President’s Special Envoy to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was sent by the chief executive to North Africa and the Middle East to assess the situation of Filipinos in those regions.  PND

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Rugby goes to Talakag

December 23, 2019

Following the success of the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Sevens to the recent 30th SEA Games where the Men’s Team bagged the Gold and the Women’s won the Silver, Filipinos indeed have a great potential of excelling in the sport of Rugby. Unlike other mainstream sports such as basketball and volleyball, Rugby football needs to be properly introduced at the grassroots level as there are certain misconceptions about the sport such as it being a dangerous full contact sport that only big guys can play. \ What most people don’t know is that Rugby has a non-contact version which can be played by kids and adults, across all sizes, genders and cultures. Apart from the skills in playing the sport, kids are also taught the values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship which they would need and practice as life skills. All these are encapsulated in a carefully developed grassroots program called Get Into Rugby (GIR) which is conducted at the community level to spread the love for the sport and possibly develop the future Rugby stars in the country. Realizing this potential early on, Coach Noel Villa, Filipino-born but raised in the United Kingdom, established the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club (CDO RFC) in 2013. For six years he worked very hard to develop the sport in Northern Mindanao by teaching Rugby to kids and adults for free. His efforts have reaped several accolades as the CDO Rafters, the local Rugby Team, has won several tournaments within and outside the region starting 2014 despite being such a very young team. However, in order to sustain interest for the sport, it is important to continuously conduct GIR activities in different localities. Through the invitation of SB Member Jean Suzette Macapayag, CDO RFC’s Founder and Head Coach Noel Villa presented the GIR program to the local officials of the Municipality of Talakag, Province of Bukidnon prior to their 18th regular session of the 20th Sangguniang Bayan. The dynamic group of councilors warmly welcomed the Program and supported the idea of including non-contact form of Rugby in their local schools. Soon, CDO RFC will be teaching the sport to young kids through its free rugby clinic which has the foundations of the Get Into Rugby program that is recognized globally. The Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club is the premiere Rugby Club in Northern Mindanao, a duly recognized member of the Philippine Rugby Football Union since 2013. Its Get Into Rugby program has been significant in the development of Rugby  in the Philippines, and has grown the sport through innovative strategies such as the first GIR in the malls, among others. Coach Noel, a certified World Rugby Coach, has also received several citations from different organizations including an invitation from World Rugby to present the challenges of growing the sport in Northern Mindanao in the year 2015. For more information about the free GIR Program and CDO RFC’s training schedules, please LIKE and FOLLOW their Facebook page(link) or email cdorugbyclub@gmail.com. (By Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club)

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