Pagpapatupad ng Anti-Smoking Law sa China, malaking hamon sa pamahalaan

admin   •   August 28, 2013   •   6382

A man smokes next to a "No Smoking" sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

A man smokes next to a “No Smoking” sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

SHANGHAI, China – Sinimulan nang ipatupad ang Anti-Smoking Law sa China alinsunod sa kampanya ng World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Ngunit ayon kay dating Health Minister Huang Jiefu, walang ngipin ang naturang batas dahil mismong ang mga tagapagpatupad nito ang lumalabag.

Ang mga naging prime minister ng bansa na sina Mao Zedong at Deng Xiaoping ay kilalang mga heavy smoker.

Samantalang ang kasalukuyang premier na Si Xie Jinping ay naging kontrobersiyal pa sa kaniyang research na naglalaman ng pamamaraan kung paano umano mababawasan ang masamang epekto ng tar kapag naninigarilyo.

Nangunguna ang bansang China sa talaan ng pinakamaraming active smokers sa mundo.

Ayon sa survey, umaabot sa 300 million Chinese ang naninigarilyo at karamihan sa mga ito ay mga lalake.

Ang mga kababayan nating Pilipino, dismayado rin sa dagdag na polusyon at walang disiplinang paninigarilyo sa China.

Ayon sa OFW na si Nick Awat, halos walang epekto ang bagong batas kaugnay sa paninigarilyo.

“Yong bagong batas ng paninigarilyo, ganun parin naman sila sigarilyo pa rin kahit saan, restaurant, elevator. tingin ko nga mas dumadami pa ang naninigarilyo kung saan saan lng sila nagsisigarilyo.”

Ayon naman kay Armando Gandela, “hangga’t maaari ay ipagbawal at ipatupad ang batas na kailangan madisiplina ang mga naninigarilyo.”

Samantala sa Shenzhen, China ay hinigpitan pa ang pagpapatupad Anti-Smoking Law.

Mula sa 20 RMB ay tumaas sa 500 RMB o P3,500 ang multa sa mahuhuling naninigarilyo sa mga lugar na ipinagbabawal.

Habang 30,000 RMB o P210,000 naman ang babayaran ng anumang kumpanya na nagtitinda o nagpapahintulot ng paninigarilyo sa mga non-smoking areas. (Dulce Alarcon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Pro and anti-Beijing supporters face off at shopping mall

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 13, 2019

Pro-Beijing supporters flooded into a Hong Kong shopping mall waving China flags and singing the Chinese national anthem on Friday (September 13) where they were confronted by with anti-Beijing groups.

The confrontation came hours before a city-wide Mid-Autumn festival celebration where demonstrators are set to carry lanterns and form human chains on the scenic Victoria Peak, an area popular with mainland Chinese tour groups. The human chain is also due to be formed on Lion Rock which separates the New Territories from the Kowloon peninsula.

The anti-China demonstrations started in June in response to a bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, but have broadened into calls for democracy.

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. It denies meddling in Hong Kong and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the Joint Declaration. (REUTERS)

P53-M misdeclared agri-products from China seized in Manila Port

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly P53 million worth of misdeclared agricultural products from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Manila.

The BOC said the products that were shipped inside 16 containers arrived in Manila last August 8.

The shipment was consigned to a certain Shinerise Trading Service. It was initially declared as fishballs.

However, upon inspection of the containers, the BOC found that the shipment contains carrots and onions estimated to worth P40.1 million, broccolis worth P10.04 million, and P2.5 million worth of potatoes.   

The bureau has issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the said shipment.

The BOC also cancelled the accreditation of the Shinerise Trading Service and its broker was placed under investigation.

The confiscated agriculture products will be destroyed as these did not have necessary clearance as proof that these items are safe for public consumption, the BOC said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Chinese Premier says Beijing supports Hong Kong government to end violence and chaos

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2019

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (September 6) that the Chinese government unswervingly safeguards ‘one country, two systems’ and ‘Hong Kong people govern Hong Kong people’.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel raised Hong Kong with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Friday, saying a peaceful solution is needed.

Li said Beijing supported the Hong Kong government “to end the violence and chaos in accordance with the law, to return to order, which is to safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.”

The extradition bill, which would have allowed people in the former British colony to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, triggered mass protests that have since widened into a backlash against the Hong Kong government and its political masters in Beijing.

Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport, after embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill failed to appease some activists. (REUTERS)

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