MNLF Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla, negatibo ang pananaw sa Bangsamoro Framework Agreement

admin   •   October 17, 2012   •   3523

“Ang problema sa Mindanao ay hindi ma-solve ng taga-iba pang tao… Kaya lang walang tiwala ang Gobyerno sa mga muslim, kaya hindi nila kinukuha yung Muslim na maging Negotiator.” — MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato — Hindi naniniwala ang Moro National Liberation Front na magbubunga ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao ang framework agreement na nilagdaan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front noong Lunes.

“Ang problema sa Mindanao ay hindi ma-solve ng taga-iba pang tao… Kaya lang walang tiwala ang Gobyerno sa mga muslim, kaya hindi nila kinukuha yung Muslim na maging Negotiator,” ani MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla.

Ayon pa sa grupo, malayong magkaroon ng katuparan ang peace agreement lalo pa’t tinatayang 3 taon pa ang daraanan bago matapos ang Bangsamoro Basic Law. Matapos nito ay marami pang proseso ang pagdaraanan nito at dahil hanggang 2016 lang ang termino ni Pangulo Aquino.

Sa pagpapalit ng administrasyon ay malaki anila ang posibilidad na mabale-wala rin ang peace deal.

Nilinaw naman ni MNLF Chair Nur Misuari na wala silang balak na maghasik ng gulo sa Mindanao sa kabila ng hindi nila pagsang-ayon sa signing ng Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Ani Misuari, “Ngayon, wala. Kahit isa, hindi kailangan ‘yan kasi hindi naman binabalak natin to make war in Mindanao, kasi we are soldiers of peace.” (RITCHIE TONGO, UNTV News General Santos)

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)

(Production: Yuddy Budiman, Embrahim Harris, Angie Teo)

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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Malaysia’s Mahathir resigns, sparks political turmoil

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2020

Mahathir Mohamad

REUTERS – Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted a letter of resignation to Malaysia’s king, his office said on Monday (February 24), amid talk of forming a new governing coalition.

The fate of Malaysia’s ruling coalition had been in doubt after surprise weekend talks between it and opposition groups on forming a new government that would exclude Mahathir’s anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim.

It was not immediately clear if Mahathir could form another government with the support of other parties, but his party, Bersatu, has also quit the ruling coalition, its president, Malaysian home minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Facebook.

The tussle between old rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, has shaped Malaysian politics for decades and tension has persisted, despite their alliance to win 2018 elections based on a promise that Mahathir would one day cede power to Anwar.

“I am impressed with his position…to not bow to groups that want to seize power without an agenda for change,” Anwar told reporters outside his party headquarters after the two met, but without saying what they had agreed.

Anwar added, “I am satisfied with his position, that it is the principle that we need to uphold. The reform agenda must be continued.” He described the meeting as having been “very good”.

On Sunday (February 23), Anwar had accused Mahathir’s party and “traitors” in his own party of plotting to form a new government with the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the former ruling party ousted in 2018 amid graft accusations.

Sources said Mahathir’s party and a faction in Anwar’s party met officials from UMNO and the Islamist party PAS in efforts to form a new coalition and possibly back Mahathir to serve out a full five-year term as prime minister.

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