Malakanyang, umaasang lalong mapabubuti ang kalagayan ng bansa sa muling pagkapanalo sa eleksyon ni US Pres. Barack Obama

admin   •   November 7, 2012   •   2008

Kagaya ng pag-asa ng mga bumoto kay US President Barack Obama na mapapabuti ang kalagayan ng Estados Unidos ay ang pag-asa ng Malakanyang na lalong mapabubuti ang kalagayan ng Pilipinas. (UNTV / Photoville International / Aaron Romero)

MANILA, Philippines — Nagpaabot ng pagbati si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III kay  US President Barack Obama dahil sa muling pagkapanalo sa eleksyon.

Ayon sa pahayag ng Pangulo sa pamamagitan ni Secretary Edwin Lacierda, umaasa siya na lalo pang mapapatatag ang kooperasyon sa pagitan ng Amerika at Pilipinas.

Una nang inihayag ng Palasyo na kung sinoman ang mananalo sa US presidential elections ay handa ang Pilipinas na makipagtulungan dito.

We can work both republicans & democrats, we have working democrats for the past two years,” ani Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Sa inilabas naman na statement mula sa Department of Foreign Affairs, ikinatuwa nito ang ginawang malaking partisipasyon ng mga Filipino-American sa naging botohan sa Estados Unidos.

Umaasa rin ang ahensya na lalong magiging matibay ang relasyon ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos sa pagpapatupad ng kapayapaan at seguridad sa mga rehiyon. (NEL MARIBOJOC, UNTV News)

Republicans set rules for Trump’s impeachment trial in early morning vote

UNTV News   •   January 22, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) leaves the Senate floor during a dinner recess in the impeachment trial at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 January 2020. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Washington – The United States Senate in the early hours of Wednesday approved the ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, after a 13-hour debate in which all amendments proposed by the Democrats were rejected by the Republican majority.

The rules resolution, which passed with 53-47 votes in favor, stipulates that both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense teams will get 24 hours spread over three days to make their arguments, a process which is set to start on Wednesday at noon.

After the six days, the Senate will open a question-and-answer session, and then discuss whether to extend the trial with witnesses called to testify — as demanded by the Democrats — or if the trial will be swiftly wrapped up in favor of the president.

Tuesday’s debate showed the unity of the Republican bloc, which has a majority in the Upper House, although it only needs one-third of the votes to absolve Trump over charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, pressed by the Democrats in relation to his alleged pressure tactics against Ukraine.

While the Republicans had been seeking a rapid trial from the beginning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer employed a delay strategy, introducing around a dozen amendments in the rules resolution, with the debate stretching for 13 hours.

The rules were finally approved around 2 am, after the House rejected all the amendments, which sought to subpoena witnesses such as former national security advisor John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, along with documents from the Pentagon and the Department of State.

Only one of the amendments received a favorable Republican vote — from Senator Susan Collins, who has supported fulfilling some of the Democrats’ demands for the trial. The amendment was ultimately rejected.

Tuesday’s debate could be an early indication of a trend that could be repeated throughout the trial, a process which would be steered by Trump’s party and looks set to end in his acquittal, unless a dramatic and improbable change in public support for impeachment forces some Republican senators to switch sides.

The impeachment proceedings are based on allegations that the president abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a possible rival in the 2020 presidential elections, and his son.

The Democratic opposition says it has evidence Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce a bogus Biden corruption investigation while withholding some $400 million in military aid, and that he obstructed Congress by refusing to release any documents related to — or allow any White House officials to testify on — the matter. EFE-EPA

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DFA reminds Filipinos: Don’t bring animal products to South Korea

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2020

Quarantine workers spray disinfectant at Incheon International Airport, in Incheon, South Korea, 21 January 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday reminded Filipinos that bringing of animal or livestock products to South Korea is prohibited.

The DFA issued the reminder after a Filipino traveler was issued a five-year entry ban for “failing to pay the fine amounting ₩5,000,000.00 (PHP219,907.87) for bringing pork sausages at the airport.”

The Filipino traveler came to South Korea last October 21, 2019.

“This shows how stringent the South Korean authorities are regarding the enforcement of the regulation,” the DFA said.

The agency, through the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, reiterates that under South Korea’s Law on the Prevention of Contagious Animal Disease, and pursuant to the advisories from South Korean government agencies, carrying animal or livestock products is restricted, adding that products should be reported and declared at the quarantine office of the port of entry.

Policy violators will be fined up to ₩10,000,000.00 (PHP439,815.73), and those who fail to pay the fine will be banned from entering South Korea.

The DFA also advised Filipinos entering South Korea as visitors, workers or residents to refrain from bringing restricted items in their hand-carry or checked-in luggage.

“All hand-carry and checked-in luggage of passengers are subjected to security screening at the airport terminals,” the agency added.

Two Filipinos trafficked into Iraq back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

DFA-OUMWA welcomes home two more Filipinos from Baghdad, Iraq. Both are victims of human trafficking. The Philippine government shouldered their airfare and exit visa. Fifteen Filipinos have been brought home since mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq was declared on January 8, 2020.

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino women who were trafficked into Iraq have returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

In a statement, the DFA said the two females who repatriated from Baghdad, Iraq arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Department representatives welcomed the two repatriates who were both victims of human trafficking.

The DFA said a total of 15 Filipinos have been brought home since the government ordered for mandatory repatriation of Filipino workers in Iraq last January 8.

The mandatory evacuation order was triggered by the hoisting of alert level 4 due to the security threats in the Middle East.

The alert level for Filipinos in Iraq was raised after Iran launched a series of ballistic missile attacks on Iraq’s bases, where US forces were located.

Iran’s firing of rockets was in retaliation for the death of top military general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad last January 3.

On the same day, more than 170 passengers were killed after Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane while on alert after its missile attack against US forces.

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