Rain-triggered floods force evacuations, disrupt traffic in south China

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2019   •   1209

Various of firefighters evacuating trapped people. Lingchuan County, Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China | Courtesy: Reuters

Torrential rains battered cities in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the past two days, causing massive flooding.

In the city of Guilin, persistent downpours unleashed a severe flood in a local village, stranding many people.

The local fire department dispatched 54 members, 9 fire engines and 4 rubber boats to evacuate locals.

As of 14:50 Sunday, 300 affected people have been evacuated to safety.

Transportation, electricity, and communications are still under repair in the flood-affected areas, and the local authorities are still determining the losses caused by the flooding.

Heavy rain also caused waterlogging in the urban area of Liuzhou City on Sunday, disrupting traffic in many streets. Several low-lying roads were submerged by knee-high floodwaters.

The local transportation department initiated temporary traffic control and dispatched police officers to assist stranded motorists and pedestrians.

In the city’s Liubei District, firefighters on Saturday rescued a woman who was stranded in a tree by the fast-moving floodwaters. (REUTERS)

P10-M worth of hot meat from China seized in Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Veterinary Inspection Board confiscated on Friday morning (December 13) over 10 tons of hot meat in a warehouse in Tondo.

According to Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso, the contraband composed of various meat products, Peking duck, sausage and other similar items sealed inside boxes imprinted with Chinese characters, may worth up to more than P10 million.

Authorities are now tracing the whereabouts of the warehouse owner identified as Daniel Yulo.

The seized products will be turned over to the Department of Agriculture (DA) for disposal.

Those behind the smuggling of the said hot meat will face criminal charges, according to Domagoso.

Currently, the Philippines is implementing an import ban on pork and chicken from China due to the outbreak of avian flu and the African Swine Fever. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

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Wishcovery season 2 champion Rhea Basco explores exotic underwater sites of Mabini with ‘The Dive’

UNTV News   •   December 7, 2019

Rhea Basco

According to Wishcovery Season 2 grand champion, Rhea Basco, her childhood dream was to become a mermaid, inspired by the animated version of the classic fairytale, The Little Mermaid.

And for a day, she was finally able to live this fantasy through scuba diving in Mabini, Batangas when she joined the crew of UNTV’s travel series, “The Dive” on its latest episode.

With over 80 beaches and dive resorts, Mabini is dubbed as the “Diving Capital” of Batangas Province.

It has 26 world-class dive sites, including four protected marine sanctuaries – Arthur’s Rock, Batong Buhay, Twin Rocks and Cathedral dive site.

Mabini is also the location of Anilao – believed to be the “Birthplace of Philippine Scuba Diving”. Anilao is well-known as the “Mecca of Macro Fauna” due to its spectacular marine critters, making it one of the most-visited diving destinations of local and international underwater photographers.

With two and a half to three hours of land travel from Metro Manila, Mabini is one of the nearest destinations where beach chasers can go to level up their travel adventure through scuba diving.

Join Rhea in her first-ever scuba diving adventure in Mabini, Batangas and find out the reasons why scuba diving in Anilao should be added to your bucket list.

Discover the marine jewels of Mabini this coming Sunday, 11:00 AM with your weekly diving buddy, The Dive, only on UNTV. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling

Watch the live stream on the following social media accounts:

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Morales, Del Rosario insist ICC did not reject communication vs China’s Xi Jinping

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario insisted that the International Criminal Court (ICC) did not reject the communication they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping for Beijing’s actions in the West Philippine Sea.

This is after the ICC said in its report that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

In a report released Thursday, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over Morales and Del Rosario’s complaint against China’s alleged crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea.

The Court also found it does not have jurisdiction over the complaint as the accused are from China, which is not a state party to the Rome Statute – the treaty which formed the tribunal.

“The crimes referred to in the communication were allegedly committed by Chinese nationals in the territory of the Philippines. China is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. Accordingly, the Court lacks personal jurisdiction,” the report read.

On March 15, 2019, Morales and Del Rosario filed a communication before the ICC against Xi and other Chinese officials over China’s alleged “atrocious actions” in the West Philippine Sea.

They accused the Chinese executives of committing of crimes against humanity for purportedly damaging the resources at the disputed territory through Beijing’s ongoing reclamation activities in the area.

The ICC noted that while the alleged crimes of Xi and other Chinese officials occurred in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it cannot be considered a territory of the state.

“Criminal conduct which takes place in the EEZ and continental shelf is thus in principle outside of the territory of a Coastal State… This circumstance is not altered by the fact that certain rights of the Coastal State are recognised in these areas,” it said.

Del Rosario and Carpio-Morales, however, said in a joint statement that the ICC’s report only strengthened their resolve, adding that the Prosecutor welcomes new facts and evidence to proceed with the case.

“Let them gloat in the meantime. This is just the beginning. Abangan,” Carpio-Morales said.

The ICC report stated that its findings may be reconsidered in light of new facts and evidence, which Del Rosario and Carpio-Morales vowed to provide. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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