Global News Briefs


Filipinos on Ill-Fated MH17 were 'Chance Passengers'

The Filipinos who boarded the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were apparently ''chance passengers'', one of their relatives said, reports ABS-CBN News. MH17 fatality Irene Pabellon-Gunawan and family were  chance passengers of the Malaysian plane, which was shot down over the Ukraine July 17, according to Gunawan's sister-in-law.

Libyan Extremists Behead Filipino Worker

A Filipino construction worker in Libya was beheaded by militants in Benghazi, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.. He is the first Filipino casualty in Libya since first civil war that toppled the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Ghadafi in 2011, reports

OFWs Warned of Internet 'Love' Scams

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur warned Filipinos against unscrupulous individuals or groups who are asking for money on the pretext of love, reports GMA News. The embassy received reports of Filipinas who were scammed by supposed lovers they met through chatrooms and Facebook. One Filipina based in Hong Kong reportedly lost “huge sums of money” to her fiancé, a Malaysia-based Briton she met on social media.

Three Filipinos Make It to 'X-Factor Australia'

Three Filipino singers made it to the audition phase of Australia's “X-Factor,” earning standing ovations not only from the audience but also from the four judges as well, reports GMA News.
The three were self-described shy girl Marlisa Punzalan; Tiny Justin Vasquez, who has won a singing competition in Manila; and pop-rock fan Mary Ann Van Der Horst.

Singapore Warns Maid Agencies Against Undignified Ads

Singapore has warned maid employment agencies in the city-state against “undignified” advertising following complaints by rights groups that domestic workers are being marketed as commodities, reports

Two Filipinos Among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants for '14

Two Filipinos—social worker Alberto Rodil of Toronto, Ontario, and doctor Anna Wolak of Vancouver, British Columbia—were named among the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for 2014, a prestigious contest organized by Canadian Immigrant magazine and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), reports

Filipino Among Top 10 Graduate Students in Turkey

A Filipino student,   Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, was named one of 10 outstanding PhD students this year in Turkey, reports  The award was conferred by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Iþler during the recent International Students Graduation Ceremony in Ankara. 


World Bank Hails PH as the Next Asian 'Miracle'

President Aquino received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle,” reports Kim, who was in Manila for a two-day visit, also announced that the World Bank was providing $119 million for the construction of new roads, bridges and irrigation systems in Muslim Mindanao.