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UNTV, MCGI extend assistance to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A UNTV volunter distributing snack packs to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG – Some Filipino tourists were robbed of their dream vacation after a strong signal number 10 Typhoon Mangkhut battered the island state over the weekend.

Some of them were first time travelers who did not expect that their excitement would end up in dismay because instead of a comfortable hotel bed, they were compelled to sleep on chairs and eat at the airport.

“Ang hirap po dahil, ang mahal po ng pagkain dito. Tapos wala man lang pong nag-assist sa amin, ni tubig or mahigaan man lang dahil napakalamig po ng sahig dito,” said one Filipino who refused to be identified.

Some of them were vacationing Filipino workers.

Janice Ebo was supposed to take a vacation home in the Philippines. But she did not hear any advisory from her airline company regarding the cancellation of her flight. She was only informed upon her arrival at the airport.

“Hindi ako naabisuhan na na-cancel pala iyong 11:30 na flight, so nakapunta na ako dito,” she said.

Janice was just among the few stranded Filipinos at Hong Kong International Airport who received assistance from volunteers of UNTV and Members, Church of God International (MCGI). Aside from providing them with snacks and drinks, the group also coordinated with the concerned airline companies for immediate rebooking of flights of the stranded Filipinos.

“Napakaswerte namin, kahit ganito ang nangyari sa amin. Hindi pa rin po kami pinababayaan ni Kuya Daniel, salamat po Kuya Daniel sa tulong ninyo po sa amin. Nawa’y magpatuloy po ang kabaitan mo sa ibang tao sa katulad naming OFW na nagtatrabaho, dito. Sana marami pang blessings na darating sa iyo,” Janice said.

Susan Degula and Venus Ragragio, also among the stranded Filipinos, expressed gratitude to the UNTV and MCGI for their assistance.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo, hindi po kami makakauwi agad. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” said Susan. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Ferdie Petalio)

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Trapped bus passenger films landslide in Philippines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

 

Screengrab from the video of landslide filmed by Kersee Masilem | via Reuters

A woman trapped in a bus filmed falling rocks and trees being uprooted by a landslide on Sunday (November 4) in Benguet, a remote mountainous region on the Luzon island in the Philippines.

Kersee Masillem, who filmed the scene, was sitting on a bus which could not reverse as another vehicle was blocking the road behind it.

She watched soil and rocks slip down a hillside for several minutes as huge landslide, which uprooted trees, hit the mountainside filling the nearby road with debris.

Rocks can be heard bouncing off the bus and passengers screaming inside. No one is believed to have been injured.

The landslide took place at Man-asok near Buguias in the Benguet province, an area prone to landslides.

More than 60 people were killed in the province by landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. — Reuters

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AFP still unbeaten; Judiciary snaps losing streak at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Best Players of the Game Vicente Evidor AFP #19 produced a total of 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal to go with co-awardee Boyet Bautista’s 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. (Charles Ember Paña / Photoville International)

Two-time champion AFP Cavaliers maintains its pristine record after routing the GSIS Furies, 93-87, in a match held on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Best Players of the Game, Vicente Evidor and Boyet Bautista, led the AFP with their combined scores of 40 points and 9 rebounds.

This fourth victory earns the AFP a ticket to the second-round eliminations while the GSIS Furies bid farewell to this season after failing to win any of their games.

“Hopefully, magtuloy tuloy. It’s a long way to go. Syempre, hindi pa kailangang mag-relax,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(Hopefully, our winning streak will continue. It’s a long way to go. Of course, we should not relax yet.)

The AFP is set to face the Season 6 champion Senate Defenders in a match on November 8, Thursday.

Two-time champion Judiciary Magis, meanwhile, finally barged into the win column after clobbering the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 104-65.

Richard Litonjua and Edu Mustre’s combined 24 points led the Judiciary to victory which has now climbed up in the rankings with one win and three losses.

“Itong huling ensayo namin, hard practice na kami, more on defense na kami dahil yun ang nagiging problema,” Judiciary Magis head coach said.

(Our last practice was a hard one, we practiced more on defense because that’s where we are lacking.)

The Judiciary is set to battle with PhilHealth Plus, who keeps two-two win-loss record, in a knockout game on Sunday.

The Ombudsman meanwhile will collide with the NHA Builders in a non-bearing game on November 8.

The rookie team PITC Global Traders also gained a bigger chance to advance to this season’s second round eliminations after defeating DOJ Boosters, 74-60.

Rod Vasaloo and Haddi Porto earned the Best Players of the Game title after bucketing 22 and 15 points, respectively.

“Kaya masaya kaming lahat dahil alam namin na this game is very important to the team. We promised Boss Dave [ Alamarinez] na pag-uwi nya may lalaruan pa sya na liga. So eto nag trabaho naman lahat,” PITC coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(We are happy because we know how important this game is. We promised Boss Dave Almarinez that when he returns he still has a league to play in. So, everyone worked hard for it.)

Meanwhile, DOJ Justice Boosters Coach Reynaldo Tomas Jr. said, “Back breaker talaga yung dalawang tres ng (PITC) imbes na apat na lang yung lamang nila naging sampu agad, eh. So kahit papaano nakakabawas ng moral yun…kaya hindi na namin kinaya noong huli.”

(The 2 consecutive three-pointers of PITC were back breakers. Instead of catching up only 4 points, it ballooned to 10 points. It was quite demoralizing; we failed to recover.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Migrante HK launches online petition to oust Rep. John Bertiz

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

 

Migrante HK’s online petition #BertizAliz | Screenshot via change.org

 

HONG KONG – Filipino labor group Migrante in Hong Kong launched an online petition seeking support to call for the removal of Congressman Anecito “John” Bertiz III as representative of ACTS-OFW Party-list.

The petition #BertizAliz has gained 66 signatures as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (October 3) on www.change.org.

Based on the petition, Bertiz has conflict of interest being the owner of two recruitment agencies. Bertiz is the president and chief executive officer of Global Asia Alliance Consultant Incorporated, one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

Aside from this, the group criticized Bertiz as rude and impolite to overseas Filipino workers who he is supposedly representing.

Bertiz drew flak over a brawl with an OFW leader in Hong Kong last year.

According to Eman Villanueva, the secretary general of Unifil-Migrante HK, what’s best for Bertiz at this point is to resign.

“Baka mas maganda pa po yung magresign bilang isang graceful exit sa malaking iskandalo na nangyaring ito. Baka mas ma appreciate pa po yun ng ating mga OFW at ng ating mga kababayan. Gayunpaman po nananawagan din kami sa gobyerno ni President Duterte na ‘yun pong mga kahilingan naming na pinaabot noon sa DOLE ay hindi pa po naaksyunan kagaya noong OEC, ‘yun pong problema sa recruitment agencies eh aksyunan naman po kasi hindi naman kami natulungan ni Congressman Bertiz baka ‘yung ibang opisyal po natin tulungan po kami sa mga problemang iyan,” Villanueva said. – Marje Pelayo

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