Duterte to explain Chinese fishing in PH waters at 4th SONA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2019   •   1997

President Rodrigo Duterte will explain his decision on allowing Chinese fishermen to fish in the Philippine waters during his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

The chief executive said he will explain why his decision was not unconstitutional.

“Maybe during SONA, I will educate people. By any stretch of imagination, hindi unconstitutional iyong ginawa ko (what I did was not unconstitutional). As a matter of fact, it was in keeping with the law,” he said.

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Duterte also slammed his critics for saying his action to allow Chinese fishermen in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is an impeachable offense.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also reiterated that the president will explain his decision and not defend it.

“He will not defend; he will educate people who think that what he did was unconstitutional. He will lecture on the constitutionality of what he has done,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

WHO to send experts to China as countries rush to evacuate citizens

UNTV News   •   January 29, 2020

China has agreed that the World Health Organization (WHO) could send international experts to the country, in an effort to increase understanding of coronavirus and guide the global response to the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday (January 28).

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made a two-day visit to China, met with President Xi Jinping, as well the health and foreign ministers.

After Ghebreyesus’ visit, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said that a better understanding of the virus’ ability to spread from person-to-person was urgently needed in order to advise other countries where cases have been detected.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in China surged to 4,515 as of Monday (January 27) from 2,835 the previous day, the Chinese government said.

Cases have also been confirmed in countries including France, Germany and Thailand.

Wuhan, where the virus originated, is under virtual quarantine, with a lockdown on transport and bans on gatherings. Tens of millions in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, live under some form of travel curb. (Reuters)

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DFA begins repatriation of Filipinos in Wuhan City, Hubei province

Marje Pelayo   •   January 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is readying the repatriation of Filipinos in Wuhan City, the epicenter of novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), and those in other cities in Hubei province affected by the outbreak in China.

The agency is making available special flights from Hubei Province to the Philippines for Filipinos who wish to come home, subject to China’s rules on disease containment, including immigration clearance and quarantine process, among others.

As discussed in the meeting with health experts and other concerned government officials, the DFA reiterates that Filipino repatriates will undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival as required by the Department of Health (DOH).

Those who wish to stay in China are likewise advised to heed advisories from local health authorities, and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of the virus.

Likewise, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella stressed the call of Chinese government that Filipinos in the affected areas needing medical assistance and treatment should go to the nearest medical facility and seek proper medical care, including treatment and quarantine.

Filipinos who wish to avail of the repatriation are advised to contact the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai:

Tel. No.: (+86-21) 6281-8020

Fax No.: (+86-21) 6281-8023

Hotline No.: (+86) 1391 747-7112

Email: shanghai.pcg@dfa.gov.ph / shanghaipcg@hotmail.com

Website: www.shanghaipcg.dfa.gov.ph

Those who wish to remain in Hubei, apart from the abovementioned contact details, may likewise use any of the two 24-hour Hotlines established by China Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA):

+86-27-8712-2256

+86-27-8781-1173

The said MFA Hotlines can also be contacted should Filipinos need assistance, supplies, and other needs.

Based on the National Health Commission’s latest count, as cited by state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN), the number of individuals affected by the 2019-novel coronavirus is broken down as follows:

– 5,997 confirmed cases, including eight in HK; seven in Macao and eight in Taiwan

– 132 deaths

– 9,239 suspected cases

– 103 discharged from hospital

Germany confirms first case of coronavirus

UNTV News   •   January 28, 2020

Germany has declared its first confirmed case of the coronavirus that broke out in China.

Bavaria’s health department said late on Monday that a man in the town of Starnberg, 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Munich, has been confirmed as suffering from the virus.

The patient is in “good condition” and isolated under medical observation, Bavaria’s state health ministry said in a statement posted on its website. It did not disclose any details of the patient’s age or nationality.

“People who have been in contact (with the patient) have been informed in detail about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission channels,” the minsirty said in the written statement.

The virus, that broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year, has so far killed 100 people, infected over 2,800 others, stranded tens of millions during the big Lunar New Year holiday and rattled global markets.

Cases linked to people who travelled from Wuhan have been confirmed in a dozen countries, from Japan to the United States.

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