Pres. Duterte to open up issue of fighting terrorism in ASEAN-India summit

UNTV News   •   January 24, 2018   •   3026


The Philippine delegates led by President Rodrigo Duterte left for New Delhi, India on Wednesday afternoon to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on Thursday.

The President sees the summit as a good venue that will open many opportunities for the Philippines’ Economic Growth.

He also sees this as a platform to discuss the issue on fighting terrorism.

“We’re okay sa ASEAN. But it’s all trade and commerce and everything else under the sun, except but we do not have the platform for terrorism and other problems of law and order . . . That’s why I will go, because I will tell them, “If these will only be the agenda, so what’s the use of meeting just once a year?” And probably the ministerial level, once every 3 months,” Duterte said.

The Chief Executive adds that he will also take harsh measures against terrorists who will try to sow violence in the country. And if the threats get worse, especially in Sulu and Celebes Sea, he will ask China to help the Philippines to resolve it.

“I will tell you, if we can’t solve it. We just have to call China to come in and blow them off just like Somalia, that Aden Strait there, were it not for the presence of the Chinese, piracy there would have not stopped,” said Duterte.

Meanwhile, President Duterte gives the Kuwaiti government an ultimatum. If no action is taken on the abuses against Overseas Filipino Workers, the President is determined to order a recall and a ban on the deployment of OFW’s in the said country.

Although the President said Kuwait has been helping the Philippines and it is truly an ally, he will not let our fellow Filipinos not only in Kuwait but also in the whole of middle east to suffer abuse in any form.

“Can I ask you now just to treat my countrymen as human beings with dignity? I do not want to fight with you. We need your help to improve our country,” Duterte said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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)

AFP: Kin of Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Abu Sayyaf Group

The brother of an Abu Sayyaf leader was killed during an encounter with the military forces in Sulu on Tuesday (September 10).

The soldiers identified the neutralized terrorist as Nanz Sawadjaan, the younger brother of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

The 41st Infantry Battalion conducted a focused military operation in Sitio Tubig Pansol, Barangay Langhub, Patikul, Sulu.

They encountered 40 ASG members under Almujer Yadah, Ben Tattoh, and Apo Mike. The heavy firefight lasted for 20 minutes until the military was able to overrun the enemy encampment.

Two soldiers were injured during the encounter.

According to Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the troops are still conducting pursuit operations.

“Our troops remain persistent in tracking down and neutralizing the remaining terrorists in Sulu,” he said.

“The successful operations of our troops are also attributed to the local community who feeds information, directing our troops to the terrorists’ location,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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)

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