by cyron monton | Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015
Police control the site after a knife attack outside the Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangdong province, March 6, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/STRINGER
(Reuters) – Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another.
It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have unnerved the country, and was launched during the morning rush hour, at 8:18 a.m., the city’s public security authorities said via an official microblog account.
Investigations were ongoing, and the offenders would be severely punished, the microblog said. It gave no information on the identity of the attackers or their motive.
A mass stabbing at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming shook China last March when 29 people were killed and about 140 more were wounded.
Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, but there have been a series of knife attacks in recent years, many on school children.
(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will share the USD 22-million worth of firearms and ammunition donated by the Chinese government.
This is China’s second donation of military equipment to the AFP.
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said, 90 sets of sniper scope will go the soldiers battling terrorists in Marawi City while the guns and ammunition will go to the police for their special forces.
“For now, the PNP needs additional firearms, so we have to help the PNP so that they can do their job. They lack long firearms,” said Año.
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese donation is part of the friendship and cooperation between Beijing and Malacañang in terms of fighting terrorism.
“I want to thank China for its technical assistance in our anti-terrorism operations in Marawi City, this has been vital in winning the battle against extremist,” said Lorenzana.
Thirty-five sets of engineering equipment are also set to arrive before the end of the year. These sets of equipment, the Philippine authorities said, is for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said China is in full support of the Philippines’ fight against the ISIS-inspired group Maute and illegal drugs.
The Chinese ambassador noted that Beijing has already donated an estimated of 5.5 billion pesos worth of humanitarian assistance and disaster reduction and military equipment to the Philippines.
“Let me assure you that China will provide additional grants and assistance to the Philippines. We would like to be your partner in a rehabilitation and reconstruction of the city of Marawi,” said the Chinese ambassador.
Jianhua explained that the donations will not push through if not for the efforts of President Rodrigo Duterte to repair the relationship of Manila with Beijing. It can be noted the two countries were at odds over the South China Sea during the term of Mr. Duterte’s predecessor.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed, China would like to be a friend in need so we cherish the friendship that rekindled by President Duterte,” said Jianhua. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — China is set to donate on Thursday firearms and ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
AFP PAO Chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the said donations include 3,000 units of M-14 rifles; three million rounds of various types of ammunition and 30 sniper scopes worth USD22-million.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief-of-Staff Eduardo Año will receive the donations which will be turned over by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhao.
“Definitely this will greatly help in the operations that we conduct because this can help in our fire power not just, of course, in Marawi, but in other areas of the country where our combat operations are ongoing,” AFP-PAO Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said. – UNTV NEWS & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Sen. Antonio Trillanes in Singapore
Senator Antonio Trillanes personally went to Singapore to belie the allegations of President Rodrigo Duterte that he has an offshore account in the said country.
Trillanes went to DBS Bank and then to HSBC here in Singapore this morning, but found no account under his name.
The managers of the banks could not release certification as he is not their client.
Following his visit to Singapore, Trillanes has once again challenged the President to sign a waiver to allow authorities to scrutinize his bank accounts.
“So from this, everyone can see that all the allegations of the President against me are all made-up to divert the public’s attention away from the primary issue which is the President’s involvement in illegal drugs, and his hidden wealth,” Trillanes said. “They do this at the same to divert my attention and to harass me and damage my name.”
President Duterte initially disclosed that the lawmaker has currency accounts in Shanghai, China, Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, Singapore, and in Cayman Islands.
Mr. Duterte, however, noted that the senator’s accounts in Zurich and here in Singapore are already closed.
Malacañang, meanwhile, said authorities have to validate Trillanes’ claims that he has a non-existent bank account in Singapore.
“Those things have to be verified, apparently like we said, the President already checked into the background of that particular account ,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. – Mary Jo Maleriado | UNTV News & Rescue
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