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Hong Kong residents relieved as clean up continues after super typhoon

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

 

 

Hong Kong Victoria Harbor | REUTERS

Workers in Hong Kong continued the cleanup and repair operation on Tuesday (September 18) after a typhoon, dubbed the “King of Storms”, struck over the weekend.

Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 54 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.

The city has been trying to clear scores of felled trees and bamboo scaffolding which have been blocking roads and on Monday contributed to severe disruption to commuters. Some buildings, including the One Harbourfront office tower, had many windows smashed after a day in which some of the city’s skyscrapers had swayed with the ferocious gusts.

Residents said they were relieved that public transportation has resumed.

The China Meteorological Administration said Mangkhut was one of the 10 biggest storms to hit southeast China since 1949 – when records began – with wind speeds at around 162 km/h. — Reuters

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Without ICC treaty, PHL can’t sue China if it invades Panatag, Scarborough — Carpio

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines July 20, 2011.
REUTERS/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has concluded the oral arguments on the petition questioning the validity of the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It was the Executive Department’s turn to argue that there is no explicit constitutional provision that states Senate concurrence is required in treaty withdrawal.

Solicitor General Jose Calida explained that President Rodrigo Duterte did not violate the Constitution, but only exercised his power as the chief architect that crafts and implements foreign policy.

But Justice Antonio Carpio said the ICC treaty is the only legal deterrent that can protect the country from China’s abuses, specifically, the Kampala Amendment which activated the court’s jurisdiction on crimes of aggression.

“If China invades Pag-asa [Island] and puts up a naval base in Scarborough Shoal, we will not be able to sue President Xi Jin Ping and his military leaders because we have withdrawn already from the ICC, correct?
I mean we cannot take advantage of this legal defense anymore because we are withdrawing from the Rome Statute.

Calida suggested that there might be other international treaties that can be used, but Carpio insisted otherwise.

“This is the only treaty in the world that holds political and military leaders of a state that commits the crime of aggression,” Carpio said.

The Philippines withdrew from the treaty in March 2018 via note verbale sent to the United Nations amid the preliminary examinations on Duterte’s war on drugs by ICC prosecutor Fathou Bensouda.

But according to constitutional law professor Tony La Viña, whether or not the high court rules in favor of the president, investigations on his controversial drug war will continue.

“Kahit sabihin ng Supreme Court natin na valid ang pag withdraw ni Duterte di ba? For any case filed against him, for acts he committed noong member pa tayo, continue iyon. Ang consequence lang ng pagwithdraw natin sa ICC ay any acts committed after April or March, when it takes effect, is no longer covered,” La Viña said.

The petitions asking for the nullification of the withdrawal were filed by opposition senators and the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court. — Mai Bermudez

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Migrante HK launches online petition to oust Rep. John Bertiz

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

 

Migrante HK’s online petition #BertizAliz | Screenshot via change.org

 

HONG KONG – Filipino labor group Migrante in Hong Kong launched an online petition seeking support to call for the removal of Congressman Anecito “John” Bertiz III as representative of ACTS-OFW Party-list.

The petition #BertizAliz has gained 66 signatures as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (October 3) on www.change.org.

Based on the petition, Bertiz has conflict of interest being the owner of two recruitment agencies. Bertiz is the president and chief executive officer of Global Asia Alliance Consultant Incorporated, one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

Aside from this, the group criticized Bertiz as rude and impolite to overseas Filipino workers who he is supposedly representing.

Bertiz drew flak over a brawl with an OFW leader in Hong Kong last year.

According to Eman Villanueva, the secretary general of Unifil-Migrante HK, what’s best for Bertiz at this point is to resign.

“Baka mas maganda pa po yung magresign bilang isang graceful exit sa malaking iskandalo na nangyaring ito. Baka mas ma appreciate pa po yun ng ating mga OFW at ng ating mga kababayan. Gayunpaman po nananawagan din kami sa gobyerno ni President Duterte na ‘yun pong mga kahilingan naming na pinaabot noon sa DOLE ay hindi pa po naaksyunan kagaya noong OEC, ‘yun pong problema sa recruitment agencies eh aksyunan naman po kasi hindi naman kami natulungan ni Congressman Bertiz baka ‘yung ibang opisyal po natin tulungan po kami sa mga problemang iyan,” Villanueva said. – Marje Pelayo

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Gov’t: PHL-China joint oil exploration could solve surging oil prices, energy security

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A child holds national flags of China and the Philippines before President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

 

MANILA, Philippines — The government believes that the possible joint oil exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippines Sea will help address surging oil prices and ensure the country’s energy security.

The government is eyeing to sign a formal agreement with China during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the country this year.

However, Malacañang clarified that the agreement will not be immediately implemented pending processes and studies to be undertaken on the matter.

“That’s why we are studying it and the administration is pushing for the joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea because based on the initial study, there is natural gas or diesel especially in what we call the Service Contract No. 72,” said Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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