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Miss Universe 2017 and other candidates visit tourist spots in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_Miss Universe in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A week after the Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, newly-crowned Queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa flew to the Philippines.

She was joined by Miss Universe 2017 candidates from different countries including India, Singapore, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Malaysia and China.

Alongside them was Miss Philippines Rachel Peters and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France.

They were in the country to explore the beauty of the Philippines.

Earlier Wednesday, they visited some popular destinations in Manila.

They first went to the famous Rizal Park then toured the historical site of Intramuros.

Nel-Peters said she enjoyed their first day of tour in the country and the warm welcome of Pinoys.

“I think Manila has been everything I heard it would be. All the love that I’ve been receiving on social media has just come to life over here so it’s so exciting to be here,” Nel-Peters said.

Meanwhile, Filipino fans are really delighted to see the lovely ladies.

“We were really surprised that Miss Universe together with the other contestants are here! They are all beautiful po,” said Andrei Roque, a fan.

“I just saw them on the TV, on the screen but in person, they are really beautiful. They are really fantastic people,” said another fan, Lourdes Bosito.

The beauty queens who were tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism are set to visit other places in the country including Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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North Korea leader sincere, must be rewarded for move to abandon nuclear weapons: South Korean president

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO – South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk during a luncheon, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 21, 2018. KCNA via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sincere and really means to abandon nuclear weapons, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a French newspaper, adding that the international community needed to reward him for that.

Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged at a landmark summit in Singapore in June to work toward denuclearization. But the agreement was short on specifics and talks have made little headway since, with the North refusing to declare its nuclear weapons and facilities or agree to a concrete timeline.

“This year I have discussed in depth with Kim for hours. These meetings have convinced me that he has taken the strategic decision to abandon his nuclear weapon,” Moon told Le Figaro in an interview before a state visit to Paris.

Moon is to meet President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

While Pyongyang has stopped nuclear and missile tests this year, it failed to keep its promise to allow international inspections of its dismantling of the Punggye-ri site in May, stirring criticism that the move could be reversed.

But Moon said Kim was “sincere, calm and polite” and “felt frustrated by the international community’s continuing mistrust”.

“It is now time to respond to these efforts that were hard to agree to,” Moon said. “We need to assure Kim Jong Un that he took the right decision in deciding to denuclearize and we need to accompany him in his wish for a durable and solid peace.”

Washington wants concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, before meeting Pyongyang’s demands, including an official end to the Korean war and the easing of international sanctions.

Moon said he hoped another Trump-Kim summit would allow the two leaders to go further than the statements they made at their first meeting in Singapore.

“Declaring an end to the Korea war would be a start to establishing a regime of peace,” he said, also calling for the United States to take “reliable corresponding measures to guarantee the security of the regime”.

“We could also in the future discuss the easing of sanctions, in accordance with progress on denuclearization,” he added.

Reporting by Ingrid Melander; editing by David Stamp

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Koreas’ first ladies visit Pyongyang children’s hospital, music university

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

North Korea’s First Lady Ri Sol Ju (Left) and South Korea’s First Lady Kim Jung-sook (Right) | REUTERS

South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook visited a children’s hospital and music university with her North Korean counterpart Ri Sol Ju in Pyongyang on Tuesday (September 18), a tour that took place on the sidelines their husbands’ inter-Korean summit.

Ri accompanied Kim’s visit to the Okryu Children’s Hospital and the Kim Won Gyun University of Music, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were holding their meeting in the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

South Korea’s music producer Kim Hyung-suk, singer Ailee and boy band member Zico from Block B joined the first ladies’ tour to the hospital and music college.

The footage provided by the Pyongyang Press Corps showed Kim greeting the hospital workers with Ri before watching an orchestra performance at the university.

On Wednesday (September 19), Kim is scheduled to visit the Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace, an educational institution for art, music, and sports for young talent. It is unknown Ri will be accompanying Kim for the second day of the state visit. — Reuters

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Undocumented Filipinos warned as Malaysia’s immigration crackdown begins

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) wait outside before boarding a flight | REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Filipinos are advised to carry their legal documents at all times following the end of Malaysia’s amnesty program for undocumented workers on Thursday (August 30).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on its website issued an advisory following an announcement that Malaysian authorities will launch a nationwide immigration crackdown as early as Friday (August 31) and that the Voluntary Deportation Program will no longer be extended.

“We are reminding our kababayans in Malaysia, particularly those without legal immigration status, that the amnesty program ends today (August 30). In view of this, we request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,” said Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose.

Ambassador Jose assured that the Embassy is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos who will be affected by the crackdown.

Since the amnesty program was announced in 2016, Jose said the embassy has assisted a total of 5,844 Filipinos, though the number is only less than 1 percent of the estimated 400,000 undocumented Filipinos working and staying in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Malacañang encourages Filipino illegal immigrants in Malaysia to return home to the Philippines rather than being detained.

“Hinihikayat natin ang ating mga mamamayan na umuwi na kayo dito sa Pilipinas dahil alam po natin na pag nahuli kayo at illegal kayo, may kulong sa pagiging illegal migrant diyan sa Malaysia” – Marje Pelayo

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