Stranded Filipinos receive help

Updated 03 January 2013
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Stranded Filipinos receive help

The Filipino fraternity has donated paint, mattresses, carpets and double bunks to a temporary shelter for stranded Filipino women in Riyadh.
The timely humanitarian assistance was extended by Triskelion International, Riyadh Regional council, an alumni organization of Tau Gamma Phi/Sigma, that launched its "Adopt a Shelter Program" on Dec. 28, at the Bahay Kalinga, a temporary shelter provided by the Philippine Embassy.
The group's chairman Jude Llaneta said they have already repainted the rooms, carpeted the floors and moved the other furniture into the shelter.
Meanwhile, the organization will launch its sixth Lion's Cup women's volleyball tournament today at Kingdom Hospital. The participating teams are Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital in Olaya, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital in Al-Qassim, Al-Imam General Hospital, Security Forces Hospital, Al-Hammadi Hospital, Riyadh Military Hospital (Prince Sultan Cardiac Center), Palm Crest International School, Dallah Hospital and Kingdom Hospital.
Proceeds of the event will be donated for the third time to a home for the aged in the Philippines.
"This is a continuation of our efforts to extend humanitarian assistance to our fellow OFW's all over the globe through our various chapters worldwide," said Amen Panolong, one of the group's advisers.
This is the first project of the newly elected officers who were inducted on Dec. 21. Other elected officers are Mark Santiago, VP internal; Christopher Reyes, VP external; Sherryl Cruz, secretary; Marlon Gojar, assistant secretary; Catherine Barreda-Santerva, treasurer; Romano Moreno, assistant treasurer; Christopher Cimanes, auditor; Petronio Balaguan, junior assistant auditor; Joel Rasing, head master Triskelion; Leo Vasquez II, deputy head master Triskelion; Edward Carmona; Joselito Castro; Glenn Santerva, master; Lindlee Ompoc, Master Triskelion.


US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Updated 21 October 2018
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US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed.
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was “a good first step but not enough” as Riyadh faced increasing international pressure over what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
US President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis’ handling of the case.
“It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem.
Mnuchin confirmed that he would not attend a Saudi investment conference on Tuesday. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November.
“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said.
The visit, he said, was necessary as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions against Iran.
He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions.
“I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments,” said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih while in Riyadh.