COMELEC, Pabor sa Sinimulang Framework Agreement para sa Mindanao

admin   •   October 17, 2012   •   2234

“The MNLF and MILF have done the same goal that is to settle once and for all the conflict between the government and that of MILF and the MNLF. The people in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro is hoping this will be the final and last solution of the government in Mindanao.” — Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Masaya ang Commission on Elections sa pagkakaroon ng kasunduan sa pagitan ng pamahalaan at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa pamamagitan ng Bangsamoro framework agreement.

Ayon kay Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph, matagal na nilang hinihintay ang pangmatagalang solusyon para sa peace and development ng Mindanao region.

Umaasa rin si Yusoph na tubong Marawi City na ito na ang solusyon sa pagkakaroon ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa Mindanao.

“The MNLF and MILF have done the same goal that is to settle once and for all the conflict between the government and that of MILF and the MNLF. The people in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro is hoping this will be the final and last solution of the government in Mindanao.”

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng Comelec na hindi makakasagabal ang Bangsamoro Framework Agreement ng gobyerno at MILF sa kanilang isinasagawang paghahanda sa synchronized ARMM at 2013 Mid-Term Elections.”

Ayon sa Comelec, naka-focus pa rin sila sa ARMM elections ayon sa itinakda nilang plano. (Pong Mercado & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Coronavirus outbreak inspires bursts of mask fashion creativity in Indonesia, Malaysia

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Designers in Indonesia and Malaysia are adding their artistic touches to reusable face masks, providing essential supplies and style and uniqueness amid the pandemic.

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Nicholas Septian Sugandi’s print shop had been losing business throughout his country’s mass-scale restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, but thanks to a new product introduced in May, lost business has been “recovered”.

Sugandi’s shop has been printing customers’ faces onto reusable face masks so that they can “look like themselves” when wearing it.

Each of the reusable masks takes around 30 minutes to produce, and cost 50,000 Indonesian rupiah ($3) each. The print shop has received hundreds of orders.

Wearing a face mask remains a mandatory practice across Indonesia.

In neighbouring Malaysia, textile designer Hafiz Drahman has utilised traditional designs from around the region to create colourful cloth masks with interchangeable filters.

In particular, Hafiz uses Batik, which is a traditional Javanese art that uses wax and ink to decorate cloth, and is derived from the Javanese word “titik,” meaning “dot”.

“So, as a designer, I saw that as an opportunity to use the cloth that I had, that is Batik textiles, and turn it into face masks,” Hafiz said from his workshop in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of capital Kuala Lumpur.

Although face masks are not compulsory in Malaysia, people are encouraged to wear them to protect themselves in public areas.

Hafiz currently sells his masks at 20 ringgits ($4.68) each.

Indonesia currently has 50,187 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,620 deaths, the highest total in Southeast Asia, while Malaysia has recorded 8,600 cases and 121 deaths as of Friday morning (June 26). (Reuters)

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Comelec suspends voter registration until March 31 due to COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the voter registration until March 31 amid the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country.

In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the suspension will begin on Tuesday, March 10.

“As a response to the growing threat to public health posed by COVID-19, voter registration has been suspended by the Comelec until the 31st of March 2020,” he said.

Jimenez said the suspension takes effect nationwide, encompassing voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in districts, cities, and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities.

“The public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19 infection,” he added.

The poll body opened the voter registration for the 2022 national elections last January. It was initially set to run until September 30, 2021.

As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a public health emergency amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The DOH also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirming the country’s first case of coronavirus local transmission.

UK PM Johnson: Coronavirus will not stop me shaking hands

UNTV News   •   March 4, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (March 3) that coronavirus would not stop him greeting people with a handshake, adding that he had shaken the hands of everyone he met at a hospital where infected patients were being treated.

Johnson was speaking at the announcement of Britain’s plan to deal with the expected spread of the virus, which included a warning that as many as one in five employees could be off work at the peak of the outbreak.

The global death toll from the virus is over 3,000, prompting a range of official, and sometimes contradictory, advice on how to prevent its spread.

France recommended last week that people do not shake hands to prevent the spread of the virus, while Switzerland has said its residents should consider dropping the everyday greeting of kissing each other on the cheek.

Johnson however, exhibited no such caution.

“I’m shaking hands,” Johnson said when asked how he planned to handle visiting dignitaries.

“I was at a hospital the other night where I think a few there were actually coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody, you’ll be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands.

He said people were free to make up their own minds, but referred to the scientific advice he had received: “Our judgement is washing your hands is the crucial thing.” (UK Pool via Reuters Connect)

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