Vendors selling Chinese flags in Luneta ‘staged’—NPDC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2019   •   3098

Viral photos of vendors in Luneta allegedly selling Chinese flags were ‘staged’ according to The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).

The NPDC said a closed circuit television footage (CCTV) shows vendors were seemingly being paid to pose as if they were selling Chinese flags.

Authorities also arrested four minors for allegedly selling Chinese flags at Luneta park.

NPDC executive director Penelope Belmonte said the vendors admitted receiving P100 for selling Chinese flags.

Photos had been circulating on social media showing Chinese flags were being sold at Rizal Park in celebration of Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day.

Meanwhile Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. told the public not to fret because “they [vendors] will be selling the US flag on Philippine-US Friendship Day as well.”

Pro and anti-Beijing supporters face off at shopping mall

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 13, 2019

Pro-Beijing supporters flooded into a Hong Kong shopping mall waving China flags and singing the Chinese national anthem on Friday (September 13) where they were confronted by with anti-Beijing groups.

The confrontation came hours before a city-wide Mid-Autumn festival celebration where demonstrators are set to carry lanterns and form human chains on the scenic Victoria Peak, an area popular with mainland Chinese tour groups. The human chain is also due to be formed on Lion Rock which separates the New Territories from the Kowloon peninsula.

The anti-China demonstrations started in June in response to a bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, but have broadened into calls for democracy.

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. It denies meddling in Hong Kong and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the Joint Declaration. (REUTERS)

P53-M misdeclared agri-products from China seized in Manila Port

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly P53 million worth of misdeclared agricultural products from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Manila.

The BOC said the products that were shipped inside 16 containers arrived in Manila last August 8.

The shipment was consigned to a certain Shinerise Trading Service. It was initially declared as fishballs.

However, upon inspection of the containers, the BOC found that the shipment contains carrots and onions estimated to worth P40.1 million, broccolis worth P10.04 million, and P2.5 million worth of potatoes.   

The bureau has issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the said shipment.

The BOC also cancelled the accreditation of the Shinerise Trading Service and its broker was placed under investigation.

The confiscated agriculture products will be destroyed as these did not have necessary clearance as proof that these items are safe for public consumption, the BOC said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Chinese Premier says Beijing supports Hong Kong government to end violence and chaos

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2019

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (September 6) that the Chinese government unswervingly safeguards ‘one country, two systems’ and ‘Hong Kong people govern Hong Kong people’.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel raised Hong Kong with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Friday, saying a peaceful solution is needed.

Li said Beijing supported the Hong Kong government “to end the violence and chaos in accordance with the law, to return to order, which is to safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.”

The extradition bill, which would have allowed people in the former British colony to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, triggered mass protests that have since widened into a backlash against the Hong Kong government and its political masters in Beijing.

Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport, after embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill failed to appease some activists. (REUTERS)

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