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Kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, patuloy na tumataas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga kabataang maagang nabubuntis sa bansa.

Batay sa 2011 report ng United Nations (UN) Population Fund-Philippines, tumaas ng 70 porsyento ang antas ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa sa loob lamang ng 10 taon.

Noong 1999, umabot sa 114,205 ang naitalang kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa bansa, subalit pagsapit ng 2009 ay umakyat pa ito sa 195,662 kaso.

“Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue, it is deeply rooted on poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and force marriage,” pahayag ni Dr. Reena Dona ng United Nation Population Fund – Philippines.

Sa ulat naman ng Commission on Population noong taong 2010, nakapagtala ng 168 maternal death sa mga kabataang may edad 15 pataas.

“When they get pregnant di nila alam how to take care of themselves, nahihiya pumunta sa mga clinic. Sometimes they keep it na lang,” pahayag ni Eleonor Cura, Regional Director ng Commission on Population.

Kabilang sa mga panganib na maaaring idulot ng maagang pagbubuntis ay ang pagkakaroon ng kumplikasyon na madalas nauuwi sa kamatayan.

Kaugnay nito, nananawagan ang ilang grupo sa pamahalaan na bigyan ng atensyon ang dumaraming kaso ng teenage pregnancy sa pamamagitan ng pagpapasa ng batas na makatutulong sa maayos na komunikasyon at samahan ng isang pamilya.

“Yung values education, yun yung foremost role ng family they have to give them real value,” pahayag pa ni Cura. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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U.S. voices outrage as Syria assumes presidency of U.N. disarmament body

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

A U.S. national flag and its shadow on the Harry S. Truman Building at the Department of State are pictured in Washington, in this October 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files


The U.S. State Department voiced outrage on Tuesday (May 29) over the Syrian government’s assumption of the presidency of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament for the next month, saying Damascus lacked credibility to preside over the body because of its use of chemical weapons.

“We are outraged at the Syrian regime’s blatant disregard for human life, its serial violations of and contempt for its international obligations and its audaciousness in assuming the presidency of an international body committed to advancing disarmament and nonproliferation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing. “Syria lacks the credibility to assume the presidency.” — Reuters

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Palace slams UN rapporteur’s dictatorship remark

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea denies the remarks of United Nations special rapporteur for indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on the Duterte administration’s governance.

MANILA, Philippines — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that what is really happening in the Philippines is contrary to the statement of United Nations special rapporteur for indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Corpuz is included in the 600 names that the Department of Justice (DOJ) wants declared as “terrorists” due to alleged involvement in Communist Party of the Philippines New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Medialdea made the statement after the reported statement of Corpuz in the Human Rights Festival in Milan, Italy last March 25.

The special rapporteur likened the Philippine government to a dictatorship because of its alleged control over Congress; filing of an impeachment case against the chief justice; and imprisonment of a senator.

She accused the government of opposing institutions that are supposed to balance the executive branch.

In her statement, Corpuz said the critics of the government are lumped together with criminals and made out to be guilty by association.

According to the rapporteur, they are now the next target of another war led by vigilantes and police in the anti-drug war.

Executive Secretary Medialdea said that the democracy in the country is strong and all government branches are working.

The executive also respects the separation of powers in other government branches and does not interfere with their duties.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Corpuz should prove to the court that she is not involved in the group considered as a terrorist. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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North Korea, U.S. clash at disarmament forum

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations Han Tae Song attends an interview with Reuters at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea said on Tuesday it had a “powerful and reliable” nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

“This is a dangerous act of throwing a wet blanket over the current positive atmosphere of inter-Korean relations … which could drive again into an extreme phase of confrontation,” Han Tae Song, North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics presented a “precious chance” for the United States and North Korea to discuss the North’s weapons programs.

North Korea is developing missile and nuclear technology amid regular threats to destroy the United States and Japan and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Han, addressing the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, said nuclear tests last year had allowed his country to “perfect a national nuclear force” in a transparent manner.

“Thus DPRK (North Korea) at last came to possess a powerful and reliable war deterrent,” he told the Geneva forum.

“I am proudly saying that DPRK’s nuclear force is capable of frustrating and countering any nuclear threats from the U.S. and it constitutes a powerful deterrent that prevents the U.S. from starting an adventurous war.”

Han said as a “responsible nuclear power” North Korea could not resort to using the weapons unless hostile forces violate its sovereignty or interests.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said: ”The United States will not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapon state.

“If the North wishes to return and be in the good graces of the international community, it knows what it has to do, it has to take steps toward denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.”

In an earlier speech on Tuesday, United Nations disarmament official Izumi Nakamitsu welcomed an easing of tensions between North and South Korea but called for further steps toward removing nuclear weapons from the divided peninsula.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Janet Lawrence

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