Independence Day protest: Militants ask Malacañang to stop defending China

Marje Pelayo   •   June 12, 2018   •   4170

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

Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

MMDA: Closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila to push through on August 24

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the scheduled closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila will push through on Saturday, August 24.

The temporary closure of the intersection was initially set last August 15 but it was not implemented as planned after the contractors encountered technical difficulties, according to the MMDA.

The said intersection will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for seven consecutive nights and will remain passable in the morning. This is to give way to the launching of a girder for the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

The MMDA earlier said an average of 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles will be affected by the temporary closure.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following routes:

FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:

  • From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;
  • Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;
  • Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.;
  • Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination

TRUCKS ROUTE:

  • From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or
  • Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.

The intersection will fully reopen on Friday, August 30, the MMDA said.

Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

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