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Senators Joel Villanueva, Win Gatchalian and JV Ejercito have rallied behind President Duterte's lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) especially after an agreement was sealed ensuring the protection of their wellbeing was inked recently.

As part of his push for wider federalism throughout The Philippines, when it comes to Moro regions of Mindanao specifically, Duterte has promised to implement a federal style local law of autonomy known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The report noted that military aircraft had also landed on all three of China's airstrips in the Spratly chain, while a transport aircraft was spotted on Mischief Reef in early January.

In March, the government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, formally notified the UN secretary general of the Philippine withdrawal of its signature from the Rome Statute that set up the ICC based in The Hague, Netherlands.

The sooner the Duterte administration realizes that the better. "We will see to it that justice is applied everyday, that fairness is observed".

This significant event reveals to them the will of Allah and reaffirms their resolve to achieve spiritual cleansing and growth. "I ask that you foster a sense of solidarity among all Filipinos by manifesting faith through action", Duterte said in a statement.

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Duterte has always been cognisant of Muslim sensitivities in spite of The Philippines being a largely Roman Catholic nation.

The Palace has denied that the president is a misogynist, with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque saying that "sometimes, these feminists are really a bit OA (overreacting)".

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to lift the ban completely on Thursday.

There are more than 150,000 Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait and a total Philippine workforce in the country exceeding 250,000.

Gatchalian said government agencies should pursue a tighter crackdown against illegal recruitment, and consistently maintain an updated database of accredited recruiters in order to monitor the outflow OFWs, monitor their conditions, and devise further strategies to safeguard their rights and welfare.

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