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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit Duterte in his home in Davao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit President Rodrigo Duterte at his home in Davao City.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit President Rodrigo Duterte at his home in Davao City.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Abe will be arriving in the Philippines on Thursday and will travel to Davao City on Friday.

The two chief executives are expected to discuss measures to strengthen the economic relations between the Philippines and Japan.

“Apparently, the Prime Minister wants to visit the President’s residence house so it’s interesting,” Abella said. “Basically, they will talk about regional issues, business, counter-terrorism. Stuff like that.”

The Prime Minister is also set to meet with the country’s business sector. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Davao City declares Trillanes ‘persona non grata’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — By virtue of a council resolution, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV has been declared persona non grata in Davao City.

“Hindi po siya kailangan dito (He is not needed here). Hindi po siya welcome dito sa ating syudad (He is not welcome in the city),” said Davao Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag.

This, following a statement made by the senator at a press conference in Chicago where he said Davao City is the most dangerous city in the whole Philippines.

The Davao City vice mayor said Trillanes is mistaken with his claim as the city has been a recipient of a Seal of Good Governance award, granted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the years 2011 and 2015.

“He can come here without his bodyguard. I can assure him that he will feel safe here in the city,” said Al-ag.

Trillanes, however, said he based his statement on a Philippine National Police (PNP) 2015 data showing Davao City recording the highest number of murder cases and ranking 2nd in the most number of rape cases.

He believes that Davao City residents are aware of this but are just tolerating it out of fear or due to the fact that they have been brainwashed into thinking that they live in the safest city in the world.

When asked to react on this development, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “I do not know how you want me to react because this has nothing to do with the President and I speak for the President other than congratulations to Davao City”, said Roque. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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North Korea warms to South Korea after visit, volume down on border propaganda

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a newly established Pyongyang trackless trolley factory in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on February 1, 2018. KCNA/via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s leader said he wants to boost the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue” with South Korea after his high-level delegation returned from a visit to the South, as his foes reiterated the need to keep up maximum pressure and sanctions.

Kim Jong Un gave instructions for measures aimed at more inter-Korean engagement after his younger sister Kim Yo Jong led a three-day visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, North Korea’s state media reported on Tuesday.

It did not specify what those instructions were.

The United States has appeared to endorse deeper post-Olympics engagement between the two Koreas that could lead to talks between Pyongyang and Washington. South’s President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the United States is open to talking with North Korea, Moon’s spokesman told a briefing.

“The United States sees inter-Korean dialogue in a positive light and has expressed its openness for talks with the North,” Moon told Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, according to the spokesman.

U.S. officials also want tough international sanctions to be ramped up to push North Korea to give up its nuclear program.

That sentiment was repeated by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, who said Moon had agreed it was necessary to keep up maximum pressure on North Korea.

Last year, North Korea conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test in defiance of U.N. resolutions as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.

Japanese officials took pains to stress there was no daylight between Japan, the United States and South Korea on their approach to dealing with North Korea.

The United States’ “fundamental policy” aimed at denuclearization of the Korean peninsula has not changed, said a senior Japanese diplomat in a briefing to lawmakers.

“The goal is denuclearization and the process is dialogue for dialogue, action for action, so if North Korea does not show actions, the United States and Japan will not change their policies,” he said.

A senior military official stationed at the border between North and South Korea told Reuters North Korea has lowered the volume of its border propaganda broadcasts since the Olympics’ opening ceremony on Feb. 9.

“I still hear it, but it is much less than before,” said the official who is stationed on the southern side of the border and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Moon, who was offered a meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang via his sister, has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Seoul is planning to push ahead with its plans for reunions of family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in order to sustain the dialogue prompted by the North Korean delegation’s visit.

Meanwhile, Trump urged Russia to do more in urging North Korea to scrap its nuclear program, the White House said on Monday, aimed at intensifying the pressure campaign on Pyongyang.

Talk of an inter-Korean summit, which would be the first since 2007 if it happened, come after months of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington.

As with North Korean media over the weekend, the KCNA report again made no mention of the summit offer made to Moon.

Rather, Kim Jong Un gave his gratitude to Seoul for their “sincere efforts” to prioritize the delegation’s visit, which were “very impressive”, KCNA said.

Moon and his administration hosted several meetings and meals for the delegation during their stay at the presidential Blue House and luxury five-star hotels while Moon personally accompanied Kim Yo Jong for events at the Olympics as well as an orchestra concert.

In addition to the high-level delegation, hundreds of North Koreans including an orchestra and cheer squad have visited South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

The cheerleading team will be attendance at the united women’s ice hockey team’s final game in the Olympics on Wednesday, facing old rival Japan to conclude preliminary round play.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Additional reporting by Linda Sieg and Tim Kelly in TOKYO and James Pearson in PYEONGCHANG, South Korea; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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Davao City declares measles outbreak

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.

MANILA, Philippines — The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said that of the 224 suspected cases, 17 individuals are confirmed to have measles, while four infants aged 6-months old to two years old died due to the said viral disease.

This prompted local government officials to declare a measles outbreak in the entire City.

“Number 1, we know there are more than 400 families who evacuated to Davao City from outside many from Marawi. That’s one matter they saw. The other factors that contribute to the sudden rise, for children are that they are malnourished, their nutrition is not good, their immunity is also not strong. They can easily contract the disease, but this is a communicable disease,” said Villafuerte.

The local government assured Davao City residents of having enough supply of vaccines against measles.

“Rest assured. We have a good government now. The vaccines medicines are readily available. To those who are afraid of  Dengvaxia, well this happened in the previous administration. The doctor said these vaccines will be coming out. Rest assured these are 101 percent safe,” said Councilor Jesus Melchor Quitain Jr.

Around 13,000 children aged five months old to five years old have received the anti-measles vaccine from the health office following the rise in the cases of the viral disease in the city.

Aside from the free house-to-house vaccination and health center based immunization, the local government is now intensifying its awareness campaign against measles in villages and private establishments.

Parents are also advised to immediately bring to the nearest hospital or health center their children who are showing symptoms of the viral disease such as fever, cough and cold, sore throat, and skin rashes to prevent it from worsening. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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