Filipino group in Canada calls on Pres-elect Duterte to initiate rescue of Canadian national nabbed by ASG
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Pinoy patriotic movement staged a prayer vigil in support to Canadian national robert hall and the rest of the victims being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Toronto, Canada on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (UNTV NEWS)
Pinoy Patriotic Movement staged a prayer vigil in Toronto, Canada in support to Canadian national Robert Hall and the rest of the victims being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The deadline for the ransom being demanded by the Abu Sayyaf Group in exchange for the release of Canadian national Robert Hall is already on Monday.
Hall is currently with a Filipina and a Norwegian national being held captive by the ASG since they were kidnapped in October 2015.
Thus, the group Pinoy Patriotic Movement in Canada is appealing to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for the immediate rescue of the victims.
“This is for the kidnapping of the French-Canadian Robert Hall. His life is in danger until June 13. So, we ask the President to act on this. I know that you’re still not the president of the Republic of the Philippines right now but I totally believe on behalf of Pinoy in Canada Patriotic Movement that you can help,” said Joey Abrenilla, a member of the said group.
It can be recalled that in April, the bandits beheaded another Canadian national John Ridsel because the government refused to give ransom money.
Now, the group is demanding P300 million for the release of Hall.
During the G7 Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintained to uphold the Canadian government’s no ransom policy for the victims.
“One of the issues that certainly came up was in discussing security and terrorism. Our renewed resolve to ensure that we do not pay ransom to terrorists taking hostages,” Trudeau said.
The group will constantly monitor on the developments of the case until the deadline.
President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.
“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.
President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.
The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to ban the use of plastics in a bid to mitigate the effects of climate change, Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the president mentioned the idea during a discussion on climate change in a Cabinet meeting last Wednesday.
“The president floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” Panelo told reporters but said he is not sure if Duterte was referring to single-use plastics.
There are bills filed in Congress seeking to ban the use of single-use plastics that are currently pending at a committee level.
These measures seek to prohibit food establishments, stores, and markets from issuing single-use plastics, and task manufacturers to control the circulation and disposal of these materials. It also encourages consumers to instead use reusable or other alternative materials.
The Philippines has been listed in a 2015 report as one of the biggest sources of plastic leaking into the oceans, after China and Indonesia.
A recent study by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) revealed that Filipinos use more than 163 million plastic sachet packets, 48 million shopping bags and 45 million thin film bags daily.
The organization extrapolated the data to calculate daily and yearly plastic usage throughout the country in order to provide new quantitative evidence about plastic pollution in the Philippines.
GAIA said that findings in the report show how cities and municipalities in the Philippines are struggling against plastic residuals despite efforts of many localities to institute Zero Waste programs.
With the projected increase in plastic production worldwide, including in the Philippines, the group said that national governments, as well as local government authorities need robust data and effective strategies to address the looming plastic pollution crisis.
It also called on manufacturers to regulate, and stop producing, single-use plastics.
“We would appreciate kung ang Pangulo will tell Congress na iprioritize nga itong bill on single-use plastic,” Beau Baconguis, an Asia Pacific Plastics Campaigner of GAIA said.
“Dapat hindi lang tignan as a waste disposal issue at waste management issue pero titingnan ang buong life cycle ng plastic at buong problemang kaakibat ng different stages ng production ng plastic,” Baconguis added.
The House of Representatives, for its part, assured it will continue to conduct inquiries on proposals to ban the use of plastics in the country.
“There will be a hearing before the committee level, all the stakeholders shall be heard, and ultimately we shall decide the course,” Cavite Fourth District Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr., who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, said.
“The decision of the President will carry much weight in so far as the action of the House of representatives is concerned,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday sent a memorandum to Malacañang stating her acceptance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for her to become co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez posted a photo of the memorandum on his Twitter account with the caption, “Handa na ba kayo para sa akin?”
The vice president on Wednesday said she has accepted the designation in hopes of stopping the killing of innocent lives under the administration’s anti-drug war.
Duterte made the offer following Robredo’s call to allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, which she said was “not working.”
She later clarified that she meant to urge the administration to assess its campaign.
In a briefing with Malacanang Press Corps, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Robredo is welcome to attend the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday.
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