Nigeria punishes 13 Filipinos for oil theft in delta

February 21, 2009

ABUJA, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Thirteen Filipinos were sentenced to five years in jail or a $6,770 fine on Friday after pleading guilty to handling oil products suspected to have been stolen in the Niger Delta.

The military arrested them in November after intercepting a vessel suspected of carrying 12,000 tonnes of stolen crude oil in the delta, the heart of Nigeria’s oil sector.

Nigeria is the world’s eighth biggest exporter of crude oil but thieves take a sizeable proportion of its output by drilling into pipelines or hijacking barges loaded with oil, theft known locally as “bunkering”.

“The accused persons, who initially pleaded not guilty on arraignment, later changed their plea and they were found guilty based on their plea,” said a spokesman for Nigeria’s anti- corruption police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Some estimates say 100,000 barrels of crude are stolen from the Niger Delta each day, about five percent of the country’s production and equivalent to around $4 million daily or $1.5 billion a year at current prices.

It is shipped out of Nigeria and sold on the international market. Human Rights Watch has put the amount stolen at two or three times that level.

Last week, the military impounded 22 barges of stolen crude oil in the delta in what it said was its biggest seizure for months. (Reporting by Randy Fabi, edited by Richard Meares)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKLK13877320090220

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Kapit sa patalim ng immigration

November 27, 2008

At least, mayroong Nigeria OFW na sumulat patungkol sa Immigration natin.

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http://www.gmanews.tv/story/135557/Kapit-sa-patalim-ng-immigration

Kapit sa patalim ng immigration

11/25/2008 | 03:41 PM

Maagang pagbati po ng Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon.

Suportahan ko lang po yung ibinahaging liham ni Charry ng Singapore. Tama ang sinabi niya na lagayan sa immigration para makabalik kami rito sa Nigeria ay 12,000.00 php. Kababalik ko lang ulit nitong October at anim na beses akong umuuwi sa loob ng isang taon kaya anim na beses din akong naglalagay sa immigration.

Malaki na po ang kinita nila sa akin at malaki rin naman ang naitulong nila sa akin. Kailangan naming patulan o kunsintihin ang immigration dahil kailangan kong bumalik sa trabaho para may ipangtustos sa pamilya ko.

Wala ng kinikita ang POEA dahil hindi na kami nagbabayad ng OEC at PHILHEALTH, sa madaling sabi immigration fee lang ang problema namin para makabalik dito sa Nigeria.

Sana mabigyan pansin naman ng ating gobyerno na alisin na ang ban to Nigeria para naman maging legal ang pagbalik namin dito.Hindi namin lubos maisip bakit kailangan i-total ban ang Nigeria gayung wala namang kaguluhan o giyera.

Oo nga’t may nakidnap dito noon na mga Pinoy, sila ay mga sea worker na nadedestino sa ibat- ibang bahagi ng mundo. Nagkataon lang na nabiktima sila na napakalayo naman sa pinagtatrabahuhan namin. At meron ding nakidnap na isang Pinoy na nakalaya rin naman agad at isang babae na nakidnap daw na hindi naman totoo.

Hindi naman siguro dapat pagbasehan yun para ideklara ng pamahaaan na gawing total ban ang pagpapadala ng mga manggagawang Pinoy sa Nigeria. – GMANews.TV

Salamat po GMA Kapuso,

Nigel


Lebanon ban lifted but not Nigeria??

November 25, 2008
Mga kababayang naija pinoys at pinays, isa na namang di maintindihang decision ng ating government officials.

Biruin nyo, Lebanon‘s “ILLEGALLY DEPLOYED OFWs” – meaning, undocumented workers- are allowed to come home without any fear of being banned from returning to their place of work.

abused domestic helpers protest

And yet, Ms. Manalili, just like her predecessors, have the gumption to say that the ban to Nigeria will remain because  the government still believe that the entire Nigeria is very risky. Manalili is saying security of workers is the major consideration of the government.

This is madness.

If security is a big issue, why can’t the philippine government impose a travel ban to the following places in the Philippines which Australia deems to be ‘dangerous’.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20081124-174051/Australia-updates-travel-advisory-vs-RP

We, the Filipinos in Nigeria, are very disappointed by Ms. Manalili’s parroting of the previous statement made by DOLE Sec. Roque and DFA/OUMWA Usec. Conejos.

We cannot believe that Ms. Manalili would just say that Nigeria is a risky country when she has not even a first-hand knowledge about the situation in Nigeria, nor has she made any effort to get feedback from filipino association in Nigeria.

In other words, her pronouncement with regards to Nigeria ban is based on ‘blessed ignorance’ of what is the present situation in Nigeria. Knee-jerk decision making. That is their habit. Bad news for bad news, i think Middle east is consistently DEADLY to hapless HSWs.  So why is the government not putting a ban on their deployment?

We wonder who are the people behind the lobby to have the Lebanon ban lifted. We would like to hire them
as Nigeria lobbyist also.

The risk in Lebanon is not only rooted on occassional war, but more on the Arab culture. How many Sri Lankans, Filipinos and Bangladeshis die in the hands of their Arab employers every year??

EVERY YEAR !

And yet Ms Manalili, like her bosses at DOLE and DFA, continue to insist that Nigeria is as dangerous as Somalia. Some people are not reading their news.

Ms. Manalili, we Filipinos in Nigeria, invite you to visit us here in West Africa. Maybe when you meet with us in Lagos, you will have a better understanding of why we Naija Pinoys make a lot of noise and effort to have this ban lifted. And then maybe you can give a correct report to your superiors that the ban is no longer necessary.

We hope you will have a merry christmas. Dahil kami sa Nigeria, nangigil sa galit at naiiyak sa lungkot sa pahirap na dinaranas namin dahil sa ban na to.

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LOCAL NEWS: POEA says OFWs in Lebanon can spend Christmas in RP
By Mayen Jaymalin Updated November 24, 2008 03:47 PM
Filipino domestic helpers employed in Lebanon can now look forward to spending a Christmas at home.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Jennifer Manalili said the government would be allowing illegally deployed Filipino workers to return home for the holidays.
“The POEA  will soon be coming out with a resolution that will allow our workers in Lebanon to spend Christmas here without fear of getting banned from returning to their jobs,” Manalili said in an interview.
Manalili noted that they have been getting numerous requests from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Lebanon, most of whom were deployed illegally, that they be allowed to spend the Christmas season in the Philippines.
“We are granting their request, but we must stress that only those who will come home for the holidays will be allowed to return to their jobs in Lebanon,” Manalili said.
“The possibility of allowing new hires in Lebanon is still under study, we still have to validate the job orders,” Manalili explained.
The government is also unlikely to lift the ban in Iraq, Nigeria and Afghanistan, saying security of workers is the major consideration of the government.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=418256