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Asian Superstar Anggun sings latest single onboard Wish 107.5 bus

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Anggun admits being captivated anew by the talent of Filipinos with the concept of the Wish 107.5 bus, the only FM Radio on wheels in the country.

“I love the concept. I really love it. It’s really something refreshing,” she said.

“You know the fact that we sing live here. It’s one of those things that are precious because sometimes there are not many places that you can showcase your songs. It’s really a nice concept. I want to do this again,” Anggun added.

Aside from being a singer, Anggun Cipta-Sasmi is also known for thoroughly assessing the talents of Asians as one of the judges of the ‘Asia’s Got Talent’.

And upon her return to the Philippines, the Asian Superstar shared her talent to her Filipino fans.

“When I sing in front of a crowd who love music, you sort of have that kind of you know… it’s like your fuel. So being here it’s like reminding me how much music is important in my life and in their life. And that is just wonderful feeling to have,” said Anggun.

On board the Wish 107.5 bus, Anggun sang some of her singles in her new album entitled ‘8’.

“It’s really close to my heart. I’m very honest when I was writing this album and I think though it does come from the woman’s perspective but I guess a lot of people can relate to it,” Anggun added.

Anggun is a famous singer-songwriter in Indonesia. Her song ‘Snow on the Sahara’ was among her worldwide hit singles in the 90’s.

She visited the Philippines for the promotion of her new album. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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DND verifies presence of foreign terrorists in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) has received a report from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia that foreign terrorists have entered through the country’s backdoor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting their intelligence gathering to confirm the veracity of the report.

“It is ongoing. We are intensifying our monitoring on the south and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorist but there are homegrown terrorists there in the south we are sure of that,” said Lorenzana.

The AFP for its part said that they are focusing on relatives of neutralized Maute fighters who may be supporting existing terror groups.

“In terms of skills and confidence, we have already diminished them but we are looking on another angle. It’s more on radicalization of the other youth members and supporters of ISIS-Maute,” said Philippine Army chief LtGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista

Secretary Lorenzana noted that these homegrown terrorists are among the reasons why they recommended a one-year extension of martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“We requested for the extension of martial law because we believe that there is still rebellion there brought about our homegrown terrorists, the Maute group, assisted by some foreigners,” said the defense secretary.

The AFP chief said that the extension of martial law is a huge help for the military to move against the terrorist group.

“It does not mean that you will reduce or diminish the threat but we have a lever and call it as manageable risk,” said Bautista. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Several Asian countries pertrubed by reports of citizens joining the Maute-ISIS group

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting

MANILA, Philippines — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Chairman Catalino Cuy confirmed that some Malaysian and Indonesian nationals have been fighting for the Maute terror group.

Cuy said that even China, one of the most powerful countries in Asia, has also expressed concern.

“Even China expressed concern that there might be Chinese nationals already in Marawi and they are worried that afterwards the situation is resolved in Marawi, they might find another place and go back to their respective countries,” said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC Usec. Catalino Cuy.

This caused concern among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that some of their nationals might have also been joining the Maute-ISIS terrorists.

The Philippines jointly patrols with Indonesia and Malaysia to strictly monitor the individuals entering and exiting the three southeast Asian countries.

Representatives of all ASEAN nations agree to conduct similar activities in their respective jurisdictions to address and prevent terrorism.

“So they are considering joint patrols in common borders in other areas of ASEAN countries,” said Cuy.

Each member of ASEAN acknowledges that Southeast Asia is one of the targets of violent extremists. The leaders of these nations vow to not allow terrorists from wreaking havoc in their respective countries and to closely coordinate with each other to address the complex problem at the soonest possible time. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to open PH borders to Malaysia and Indonesia to counter terrorism

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017

PCOO Photo/ Karl Normal Alonzo

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated about the upcoming meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

This is to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the three countries against terrorism

“To formalize an agreement, we have to meet face to face and agree on an agenda for the talks,” said President Duterte during an interview with the press in Davao City.

The meeting aims to strengthen the initial agreement of the three nations in having a joint task force to fight terrorism and other transnational crimes.

The president wants to open the Philippine borders to security forces of Malaysia and Indonesia if needed.

“Kung may hinahabol kami, tapos sabihin, malakas ‘yan, wala nang panahon, tirahin mo na lang siya. Even if it’s a Filipino, sabihin mo doon sa [inaudible], “Tirahin mo na.” or Indonesian dito (If we are running after (terrorists), then they say these are strong and we lack the time, just hit on them. Even if it’s Filipino…or Indonesian here (in the Philippines),” he said.

President Duterte warned recently on terrorists’ next possible targets such as Davao, Zamboanga and even Manila.

This is why the government is also strengthening the capacity of the military and police.

It is the 105th day since conflict in Marawi City started and the chief executive said the retaking of the whole city against terrorists is at its end. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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