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

UNTV News   •   January 24, 2018   •   3108

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

PH halts ‘visa upon arrival’ for Chinese nationals amid threats of novel coronavirus

Marje Pelayo   •   January 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese nationals cannot enter the Philippines as easily as before following the issuance of a new immigration order which temporarily suspends ‘visa upon arrival’ (VUA) facility in all gateways across the country.

On Tuesday (January 28), Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that the order takes effect immediately in a move to curb the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that afflicted thousands in China and penetrated several other countries.

In an effort to contain the virus, China has shut down public transportation to and from virus-stricken cities.

The Philippines, likewise, suspended all flights from Kalibo International Airport to Wuhan City.

“The Civil Aeronautics Board has already suspended direct flights from Wuhan province,” said Morente.

“We are now temporarily suspending the issuance of VUA for Chinese nationals to slow down the influx of group tours,” he added.

Morente explained that the VUA is often used by Chinese nationals in tour groups visiting the country.

The official clarified, however, that there is no order banning Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines.

“We have not received any directive imposing policy changes on Chinese nationals,” he said.

“But we are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCov,” he added.

Morente stressed the importance of monitoring all arriving passengers especially those coming from ground zero or Wuhan City in China as the new strain of coronavirus has no proven cure up to this date.

“It is the Bureau of Quarantine who conducts monitoring of arriving passengers to see if they are manifesting symptoms of the corona virus. They have put up measures in place to strictly check arriving passengers,” he stressed.

“They have been very active in giving information to frontline port personnel on how to prevent the transmission of the virus, given the risk of direct contact with possible carriers,” Morente added.

China bans wildlife trade amid novel Coronavirus outbreak

Marje Pelayo   •   January 28, 2020

China on Saturday (January 26) has imposed a nationwide ban on the trade of wildlife until the outbreak of novel coronavirus is eliminated across the country.

This new restriction includes transport and trading of any form of wildlife, specifically in markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms.

Experts blame the country’s eating habits as the possible cause of the current epidemic.

China is known for its bizarre custom of eating wild and exotic animals ranging from peacocks, snakes, civet cats, wolves, rats, and bats which health experts consider as ‘incubators’ for viruses that may evolve or mutate and spread to humans often in unhygienic conditions.

These wild animals are also made available on online shops in China.

As of Monday (January 27), China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reported a total of 1975 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus with a death toll of 80.

So far, the outbreaks’ epicenter, Wuhan City, remains on lockdown along with 19 other cities across Central China.

Health authorities in Beijing, through a text message sent to mobile phone users in Wuhan City, urged people not to shake hands as the common Chinese greeting.

Instead, the public is advised to salute using a traditional cupped-hand gesture.

PH Customs to bury seized ASF-tainted products

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs at the Manila International Container Port (BOC-MICP) on Monday said it is set to bury seized meat products that tested positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.

In a statement, the BOC said the meat products that were confiscated from a container van include boxes of dumplings, pork-chicken balls and roast chicken wings.

The container was consigned to Dynamic M Int’l Trading Inc. which arrived at the Manila North Harbor last December 11, 2019 from China and was put under an alert order for suspicion of containing misdeclared items.

The bureau said the abovementioned food items, particularly the pork-celery dumplings, indicated the presence of the ASF virus after they were subjected to examination and laboratory tests by the Veterinary Quarantine Services.

The agency noted that the seized items were not covered by any Sanitary permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

Agricultural items not covered by such permits may carry plant diseases and pests that can affect local agriculture.

The confiscated shipment violated the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, the BOC said.

An inter-agency team was ordered to immediately dispose of the shipment in order to prevent the spread of the ASF virus, it added.

The BOC, however, did not provide details on when and where it plans to dispose of the ASF-tainted meat products.

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