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Independence Day protest: Militants ask Malacañang to stop defending China

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the heavy downpour, militant groups remained unfazed as they flocked in front of the Chinese Consulate office in Makati City and the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, June 12.

Some vented their anger over the fate of some Filipino fishermen whose catch had been seized by Chinese coast guard. They noted that Malacañang and the fishermen themselves admitted that there were instances that Chinese coast guard left them with only noodles and canned goods in exchange for the fish. This, to them, is a sign of surrender to China.

“Anong magagawa ng noodles at tubig kung hindi makapangisda ang mga mamamayang Pilipino? Pero ito ang itinutulak ni Duterte sa atin. Ang pagsuko niyang ito ay nagpapatunay ho na ang sikmura niya mismo ay made in China,” shouted a militant.

The Palace again clarified that they are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the incident but refused to call it a form of harassment

“We are demanding that the Chinese should take steps to stop the coast guard from doing these acts. Gumawa na kami ng mga hakbang at ang hinihingi natin, gumalaw ang mga otoridad ng Tsina na itigil itong mga pangyayari,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

With this statement, the militant groups appealed to the palace spokesperson to stop defending China.

“Si Roque sa halip na iprotesta niya ito eh parang binibigyang katuwiran pa ang ginawa ng Chinese Coast Guard,” said opposition Congressman Antonio Tinio.

“Ngayon po ay araw ng kalayaan pero walang kalayaan sa West Philippine Sea lalo na para sa ating mga mangingisda na inaagawan ng mga huli ng Chinese Coast Guard. Ang panawagan natin sa araw na ito ay kamtin natin ang tunay na kalayaan,” he added.

June 12, 2018, is the country’s 120th-year commemoration of the Philippine Independence.

However, the militants believe that the country is not completely liberated unless it is free from the influence of foreigners and that Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc and nearby areas can fully exercise their exclusive rights to the riches of the island. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

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‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos’: Passengers’ influx seen in major Manila piers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018

Passengers at the North Port Passenger Terminal

MANILA, Philippines — Rainy weather has not become an obstacle for commuters traveling their way back to their provinces.

In Manila North Harbor Pier on Friday (December 21) the influx of passengers is significantly noted though there are no final data from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yet on the total number of passengers.

But according to PCG Spokesman Captain Armado Balilo, the number of passengers definitely increased.

As of 6:00 a.m. the number of outbound passengers has reached to 21,423 in 10 major piers across the country.

Commuters are advised not to bring deadly weapons and other sharp objects such as ice pick or knife to avoid delays.  — UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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#WalangPasok: Classes, gov’t work in Manila suspended prior to Xi’s state visit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Classes on Tuesday (November 20) at all levels in public and private schools in Manila have been suspended.

Based on the Executive Order No. 41 of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the class suspension is in relation with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Xi will be attending the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument, therefore, Manila Police District has recommended classes suspension to enforce security measures.

Suspension of work in Manila City government is also included.

Work in Manila courts including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are also suspended. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Truck runs over motorcycle rider in Pandacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Brain matter scattered at the crash site

 

MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle rider, Allan Rivera, died on the spot after being run over by a truck in Barangay 868, Pandacan, Manila at around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 13).

Traffic enforcer, Lito Urdaneta, rushed to the scene after hearing a loud crash.

“May lumagapak sabi ko, ‘Ano yun?’ Tiningnan ko. Tinakbo ko. Tiningnan ko agad, ‘Ay, utak.’ Tumakbo ako pabalik sa pulis,” Urdaneta recounted.

(Something crashed and I wondered what it was. I ran towards it to check. I then saw pieces of brain matter. I ran back to the police.)

Rivera’s lifeless body was found underneath the truck.

The truck’s driver Edilberto Manayao promptly surrendered to authorities.

Manayao said he wasn’t aware that a motorcycle was driving alongside him.

“Paglagpas ko diyan sa may crossing, madilim po kasi, bandang kanan niya. Ngayon, nung lumagapak yung motor niya, doon po ako nag-full stop. Nakita na yung motor nakatumba … doon ko po nakita yung tao,” said the truck driver.

(After I passed the crossing, it was dark on the right side of the road where the motorcycle was. When it fell over, that’s when I made a full stop. I then saw the fallen bike…and the body.)

Manayao claimed that he was driving slowly. Nevertheless, he asked forgiveness from the victim’s family.

Though a CCTV camera is installed in the area it failed to capture the whole incident. — Gerry Galicia

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