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UNTV bags Best TV Channel for Public Service in the 2019 Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Individual achievers and celebrities were accorded at the first Rotary Wheel Celebrity Award for Public Service held in the walled city of Intramuros on Friday (April 26).

UNTV was hailed as Best Television Channel for Public Service for its people-centered programs conceptualized by BMPI-UNTV’s CEO and president, Kuya Daniel Razon.

Among the main supporters of Kuya Daniel’s initiatives is Bro. Eliseo Soriano, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI).

One of UNTV’s flagship project is “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” which primarily equips UNTV Correspondents to prioritize providing lifeline before delivering headlines.

Also among the station’s advocacy programs include UNTV Cup, a charity basketball league where participating teams get to donate their cash prizes to their respective chosen charitable institutions. Dubbed as the “League of Public Servants”, it is now preparing for its eighth season.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa award na ito. Sa ngalan po ni Kuya Daniel Razon, maraming salamat at siyempre sa pangunahing tumutulong po ng lahat ng public service ng UNTV (kay) Bro. Eli Soriano. Tayo po ay nagbibigay ng genuine public service sa ating mga kababayan at bonus na po kung tayo ay nabibigyan ng award,” said Ms. Annie Rentoy, the station manager of UNTV’s AM Station Radyo La Verdad after receiving the award in behalf of the station.

(We thank God for this award. In behalf of Kuya Daniel Razon, thank you so much and of course, to the very first person who supports UNTV in all of its public services, Bro. Eli Soriano. We are providing genuine public services to our fellowmen and having an award like this is already a bonus.)

Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards is a project of Rotary Club of Manila Fort Santiago in cooperation with Aliw Awards Foundation Inc, Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and the Soroptimist International – Las Piñas Central. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Official count gives Widodo election victory in Indonesia

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Indonesian president Joko Widodo speaking during a field visit, interview with Widodo’s supporters | Courtesy: (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters

Incumbent President Joko Widodo won last month’s Indonesian election with 55.5 percent of votes against 44.5 percent for his challenger, retired General Prabowo Subianto, the election commission’s official count announced early on Tuesday (May 21).

“The valid ballots voted for presidential candidate number one, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, is 68,650,239 or 44.5 percent of the total national votes,” said Commissioner Evi Novida Ginting of Indonesia’s National Election Commission.

The official result released by the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms unofficial counts by private pollsters of the April 17 election, giving Widodo a comfortable victory, though it could trigger a legal challenge and potential street protests after Prabowo claimed widespread cheating.

Widodo won with over 85 million of the total 154 million votes cast in the world’s third-largest democracy.

“The valid ballots voted for presidential candidate number one, Joko Widodo and Maruf Amin, is 85,607,362 or 55.5 percent of the total national votes,” Ginting said.

An election supervisory agency earlier on Monday (May 20) dismissed claims of systematic cheating because of a lack of evidence and independent observers and analysts have said the poll was free and fair.

The losing party can lodge a legal challenge at the constitutional court. Otherwise, the commission will officially declare the winner by May 28. (REUTERS)

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Ex-Ombudsman Morales temporarily held at HK airport

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales
FILE PHOTO: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales

MANILA, Philippines – Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was temporarily held at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday (May 21).

According to Deputy Consul General Germinia Aguilar-Usudan, Morales arrived at 12:20 p.m. along with her family for a vacation.

Her family was allowed entry but the Hong Kong Immigration Officials stopped her and held her at the airport.

With assistance from Philippine Consulate officials, Morales was allowed entry at around 3:00 p.m but she decided to just take a flight back to the Philippines.

Aguilar-Usudan said, however, they were not informed of the exact reason why Morales was held.

The former Ombudsman and her family will take Philippine Airlines flight PR307 to Manila.

In March, Morales along with former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, filed a complaint of crimes against humanity against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for purportedly damaging the resources at the disputed territory in West Philippine Sea through China’s ongoing reclamation activities in the area. —Marje Pelayo (with details from Ferdie Petalio | UNTV Hong Kong)

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Blast hits tourist bus, injuring over 10 in Cairo

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

An explosion hit a tourist bus near Cairo, Egypt that left 10 people injured. | Image grabbed from Reuters footage

An explosion hit a tourist bus near the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Sunday, injuring at least 10 people.

The blast occurred in the afternoon when the bus carrying 25 foreign tourists was hit by an explosive device near the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Some witnesses heard a huge sound at that time and state-run Nile TV said the blast shattered the glass windows of the bus and other nearby vehicles.

According to Egypt’s security department, the blast was caused by unknown explosive put outside the fence of the museum. Preliminary investigation shows that the blast was triggered by a remote-controlled device.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said the blast didn’t cause damage to the museum, which is under repair and scheduled to open to the public next year.

As of now, no individual or organization has claimed responsibility for the blast. (REUTERS)

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