Hundreds of protesters in El Paso rally to condemn Trump’s visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019   •   566

Courtesy: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters gathered in El Paso on Wednesday (August 7) to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to meet victims and first responders from last weekend’s deadly shooting.

People waved signs and chanted ‘El Paso strong’ and ‘go home, Trump.’ Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rouke and El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar addressed the crowd.

“At a time that we are under attack, we are told to remain silent, we are standing up, loud and proud to be counted with our fellow Americans as the best example of this country after one of the worst disasters she has ever seen,” O’Rourke said.

Protesters accused Trump of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

“He has said some horrible things about many different people and his words have impacted our community. He’s motivated people to do hateful things, like what happened on Saturday,” said Veronica Carrillo, 37.

Trump visited survivors in their hospital rooms at the University Medical Center in El Paso. Supporters gathered outside the hospital holding signs welcoming him to the city.

“Not everyone in El Paso is a hater. Some of us love the president of the United States and we love the other El Pasoans, and we pray for the people who want us to hate each other,” said Tracy Kaden, 58, owner of a small manufacturing company.

The massacre, where 22 people died, is being investigated as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism, authorities said.

The FBI said the Dayton shooter also explored violent ideologies.

BOC intercepts illegal shipment of waste from United States

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday (October 21)  intercepted an illegal shipment of potential waste materials exiting the Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation.

The two container vans arrived from the United States and were consigned to Bataan 2020 Incorporated. They were declared as American old corrugated cartons for repulping.

However, further examination by the BOC revealed that the containers were filled with prohibited waste materials which were illegally imported.

Authorities said the consignee and other individuals involved will face charges for violating Republic Act no. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. AAC

President Trump and first lady Melania test positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Trump confirmed their health situation on his twitter account where he also announced they will immediately begin a quarantine and recovery process.

The president’s physician in a statement said the president and the first lady are both well at this time but did not confirm if the two are experiencing symptoms. He added that the first couple will remain in isolation at the White House. AAC

US donates hygiene kits, handwashing stations to Manila City gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of the United States on Thursday donated hygiene kits and handwashing stations to the city government of Manila in support of the Philippine capital’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, US Ambassador Sung Kim said he visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo to handover 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Kim said the hygiene kits could provide additional protection against COVID-19 through the provision of items essential to practicing good personal hygiene.

The kits contain face masks, soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and toothbrushes.

“The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of the Manileños in facing this pandemic. The American people are pleased to support the City of Manila’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” Kim said.

To complement the donation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will continue to collaborate with the Manila City Health Office to help ensure that citizens can access quality tuberculosis services during the pandemic as well as to support the rollout of the Department of Health’s “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE)” strategy to contain the pandemic.

USAID recently donated two ventilators to the Tondo Medical Center as part of the 100 ventilators that the U.S. government handed over last August 28 to the Philippine government.

To date, the U.S. government has donated over P1 billion ($22.6 million) to support the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.

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