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ASEAN calls on first world countries to fulfill commitment on climate change adaptation

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his opening remarks during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, declares that the plenary session will be the avenue for them to continue their discussions on how to further consolidate their efforts and shared aspirations toward an ASEAN Community that is rules-based, people-oriented, and people-centered. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reiterated the role of first world countries in mitigating the impact of climate change and how countries severely affected by the global phenomena can adapt to its effects.

During the 31st ASEAN Summit, the regional bloc issued a joint statement calling upon developed countries to “honor and fulfill their existing mitigation commitments.”

Geri-Geronimo Sanchez, the chief of the Hazardous Waste Management section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said part of the joint statement will be read in the ongoing 23rd session of the conference of parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany.

The commitment includes financial support amounting to US $100 billion annually under the convention.

In a joint statement, ASEAN member-states said climate change policies must strengthen the ASEAN rapid response capacity on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response.

The regional bloc also urged developed countries to provide means of implementation in order to enhance sustainable management as well as conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem and landscapes.

It also calls on the parties to enhance support for the ongoing efforts on promoting low carbon and climate resilient ASEAN cities. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ma. Isabel Lopez says sorry for violation, appeals to LTO not to cancel her license

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Actress and former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez humbled herself and apologized for the breach of security protocol she committed when she illegally used the lane designated for the delegates and heads of state of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Once again I’m apologizing to the people I have inconvenienced. The public, those people who missed their flights. It was a lapse of judgment on my part,” said Lopez.

With her lawyer, Lopez faced earlier the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after she was summoned and issued with a show cause order last Monday.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) seeks to suspend or cancel the license of the actress for violating the security protocol authorities implemented during the ASEAN Summit.

The actress said she is ready to accept the punishment and fines the agency will impose on her, but pleaded to not revoke her license to drive.

“I am pleading. I have no driving violation or traffic violation on my driver’s license. Whatever penalty will be imposed on me, please give me some senior citizen’s discount,” said the actress.

The former beauty queen said she regrets what she did and noted that she should had waited in the heavy traffic.

Francis Ray Almora, the director of the LTO ordered Lopez to submit a written explanation on the incident before releasing a decision on whether or not to suspend or cancel her license.

“We are determining if Ms. Lopez is a proper person to hold a license or to drive a motor vehicle. It is consistent with the Republic Act 1436M, said the director. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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Trump brags of his five-nation Asia tour as a “tremendous success”

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017


In a televised speech, US President Donald Trump bragged his five-nation Asia tour as a tremendous success claiming America is back as a global leader.

“The days of the United States being taken advantage of are over. Other countries treat America with the respect that our country so richly deserves,” said Trump.

Trump returned on Tuesday night, from a tour that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The president claimed to have won agreement from countries in the region to exert “maximum pressure” on North Korea in its development of nuclear weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

He also mentioned of other accomplishments that resulted from his meeting with ASEAN and other partner countries such as paving the way for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, and insisted on “free and reciprocal” trade relations with the Pacific Rim.

“At ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, we made it clear that no one owns the ocean. Freedom of navigation and overflight are critical to the security and prosperity of all nations,” said the US president.

On his trip to the Philippines, Trump vowed to deepen the US ties with the Philippines and preserve the long-standing alliance the following rift from his predecessor, citing the US help during the war in Marawi City.

“During our visit, President Duterte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS,” said Trump. — Reuters

 

 

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World leaders praised the Philippines on how it hosted the ASEAN Summit

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — “We also would like to thank the Philippines also for its chairmanship achievements under each of the three ASEAN pillars including the finalization of a framework on a Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea,” said Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong.

Several significant agreements were also signed in the summit, including the ASEAN declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers, which will benefit more than 200,000 Filipinos working in other ASEAN countries.

Also agreed upon was the crafting of the code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea which is expected to assuage the tension in the disputed waters.

In the program, Get It straight with Daniel Razon, PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan stressed that the country has benefited a lot from the ASEAN Summit.

“ ‘Nakakain ba ang ASEAN?’ Iyan ang tanong sa atin. Hindi nakakain ang ASEAN pero yung produkto ng ASEAN pwedeng makain natin(Can you eat ASEAN? That what they ask us. We cannot eat ASEAN but we can eat the products created by ASEAN),” said Ablan.

“Halimbawa sa larangan ng ekonomiya, pag bumibili tayo ng bagay-bagay sa palengke o sa supermarket, di niyo ba na notice na medyo bumaba na ang presyo ng mga produkto na galing sa ibang ASEAN member states? Malaki ang binaba. Hindi po smuggled yun. Dala po yun ng ASEAN kasi nagkaroon po ng agreement ang sampu, yung free trade natin wala pong papatawan ng tax,” said Ablan.

(Translation: For example, in the field of economics, when you buy goods in the market or supermarket, have you not noticed the decrease in prices of goods that are from ASEAN member states? There is a significant decrease. These are not smuggled goods. It was made possible by the ASEAN through the free trade agreement between the 10 member-states; no taxes will be imposed.)

The cut down on airfare going to and from ASEAN member states is also a result of the summit.

Ablan stressed that, although guaranteed, other benefits from the ASEAN Summit will not be immediately felt.

“Hindi niyo nararamdaman overnight (It will not be realized overnight). It takes time pero (but) the way everything is cheaper now, it is the result of a collaboration such as ASEAN,” said the assistant secretary.

The government spending for the ASEAN Summit has totaled to more than 15 billion pesos.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), however, clarified that the said fund had not been used only for this week’s gathering of leaders but also since the beginning of the country’s preparations wherein several ASEAN meetings had also taken place. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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