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Taiwan President calls for int’l support to defend democracy amid threats from China

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 7 January 2019 11:45 AM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. (Photo courtesy: Photoville Taiwan | UNTV News and Rescue)

TAIPEI, Taiwan – President Tsai Ing-wen calls for international support to defend democracy as it faces renewed threats from China particularly it’s “one country, two systems” policy.

“We (Taiwan) are an important and loyal supporter of all internationally important values. So when a country like us faces difficulties and threats, we hope that the international community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us,” she said in a press conference with foreign media including UNTV News in Taipei on Saturday (January 5).

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during a briefing with foreign media on Saturday (January 5). (Photo courtesy: Office of the President of Taiwan)

Tsai also calls on all parties in Taiwan to rally behind her and fulfill the wishes of the Taiwan people.

She noted that such a threat from China can also happen to any other countries if the international community will just watch and not extend its help to Taiwan.

“When a country that does its best to practice democracy and shared international values face threats and violation, I believe that this is also a violation of democracy and those values. If the international community does not speak out for and support Taiwan while it is facing such a situation, we have to ask which country will be next.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping insists that Taiwan was part of China and offered reunification to its people and pressed the implementation of the “one country, two systems” framework.

Tsai, a pro-independence president, said Taiwan cannot accept such political arrangement with China as it will bring them under Xi’s rule and it will only result to further misunderstandings.

Instead of putting much pressure to Taiwan on territorial matters, Tsai said Xi should pay attention to issues that will affect both countries neighbors such as the outbreak of African Swine Fever.

Taiwan became persistent in its quest for independence since Tsai took office in January 2016. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

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China commits in drafting South China Sea Code of Conduct – FM Wang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:52 PM

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines July 20, 2011. REUTERS/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

BEIJING, China – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin has met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday (March 20) where the two officials discussed matters pertaining to issues that concern both countries.

Wang assured the Philippines that China will cooperate with all member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in crafting the long-stalled Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in the next three years.

China also raised the possibility of discussing its flagship Belt and Road program.

“China will work together with the Philippines and other ASEAN countries, to remain determined, exclude interference, and strive to finish negotiations on the COC by the end of 2021, and make it a real stabilizer for the South China Sea situation,” Wang said.

In April, the Philippines and China will meet to discuss the China-Philippine Bilateral Consultation Mechanism.

Locsin confirmed, meanwhile, that President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the second Belt and Road Forum in China scheduled next month.

The official added that the Philippine government is working on strengthening its political trust with China to further boost the two countries’ bilateral cooperation which include programs on maritime cooperation and peace and navigational stability.

“Between the Philippines and China, which have always been friends and never enemies, resisting attempts by the great powers of the previous century to use our proximity against each other rather than for each other’s benefit,” Locsin said.

“Early on, I am proud to say that I was part of an effort to bring our countries close together,” the Foreign Affairs Secretary concluded. —  Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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DFA Sec. Locsin to visit China next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 12:22 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will embark on a four-day official visit to China next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday (March 16).

The official visit will take place from March 18 to 21, upon the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“Secretary Locsin and his Chinese counterpart will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss the strengthening of the friendly relations between the Philippines and China in the spirit of mutual respect and through enhanced functional cooperation,” the DFA said in a statement.

The two foreign ministers are also expected to tackle ways to advance the larger goal of “bringing peace and prosperity to the region.”

This will be Locsin’s first visit to China since assuming the post in October last year.

The Duterte administration has been vocal on its intent to forge stronger economic ties with China despite a maritime dispute over the South China Sea.

The incumbent government has opted to hold a bilateral consultation mechanism with China to settle the dispute, setting aside discussions on the permanent court of arbitration’s ruling on the contested waterways.

In 2016, the international tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s expansive nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea. – Robie de Guzman

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Filipino radio program airs weekly in Taiwan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:58 AM

Filipina radio host, Jay Rose ‘Kaibigang Jay’ Ho. (Photo by Chris Narag|PVI)

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A Filipino radio program has been hitting the airwaves in Taiwan since February 2016.

It is hosted by Jay Rose Ho or simply ‘Kaibigang Jay’, a daughter of a Filipina overseas worker who eventually became an immigrant in Taiwan.

Her program entitled “Feel at Home Ka Dito” is delivered in Filipino language and airs weekly through Taiwan Broadcasting Corporation.

It aims to answer questions of Filipinos living and working in the state.

“(Ito ay) para sa mga foreign workers na nagtrabaho dito sa Taiwan, kasama na doon ang mga new immigrants. Mostly kaya ako nagsasalita ng Chinese kasi mayroon ding nakikinig (gaya ng) aking employer or agency or broker (This is for foreign workers here in Taiwan including the new immigrants. I mostly speak Chinese because I also have local listeners like my employer, my agency or broker),” Ho said.

The program has four segments. The first part talks about the latest local news and updates. This is when ‘Kaibigan Jay’ also shares personal experiences and observations that can inspire her listeners.

The second part talks about Taiwan laws that immigrant should know.

Meanwhile, the third part is a much more specific discussion about the latest news involving Filipinos in the country.

Lastly, ‘Kaibigang Jay’ offers Mandarin lessons on air.

Jay said her former job at Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor Help Hotline 1955 was helpful for her to be able to extract and explain the details of the country’s labor laws and for Filipinos to be informed on which measures to take should they encounter problems in their workplace.

Jay’s program has been instrumental in solving several problems of Filipino workers who have asked for help through her program.

“Recently ang sabi niya [Filipino worker] nga sa akin pwede ba daw sila manganak dito sa Taiwan? Sabi ko, pwede naman, ang masama nga yung nabuntis ka tapos papaalisin ka papirmahin ka ng letter (Recently, a Filipino worker asked me if she can give birth here in Taiwan. I said yes. What’s worst is when you are pregnant and then suddenly you will be asked to leave and sign a letter),” she explained.

“Mayroon kang rights. Kasama tayo sa Taiwan Labor Standard Law kaya you are allowed (na) mabuntis (o) manganak dito sa Taiwan (You have rights. We are covered under the Taiwan Labor Standard Law so you are allowed to conceive and give birth here in Taiwan),” she added.

Jay invites other Filipinos in Taiwan to join her on board to share to the Taiwanese community the Filipino culture, the beautiful places in the Philippines and the Filipino values.

She hopes to be of help to more Filipinos in the future through her humble program. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Amiel Pascual)

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