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PH embassy in HK expects a 50% voter turnout

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016

The secretariat in action during overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong. (UNTV News)

The secretariat in action during overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.
(UNTV News)

HONG KONG — The Consul of the Philippines in Hong Kong is positive that voter turnout will get higher than 50% or an estimated 41,000 according to the latest list of the embassy yesterday.

According to Vice Consul Alex Vallespin, hopes are high that they will get 50,000 votes or more before the end of election today.

This year there are 93,049 registered voters in Hong Kong. These include voters from Macau and Taiwan.

Additional interruptible power supplies have been prepared in case of power trips like what happened in last year’s election.

The counting of ballots is open to all accredited media and poll watchers for purposes of transparency in the canvassing. Chairs have been provided inside the embassy’s auditorium in Bayanihan Center.

As of today, according to Vice Consul Vallespin, no less than 10 voters have submitted formal complaints against problems encountered while voting.

(FERDIE PETALIO/UNTV News)

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UNTV, MCGI extend assistance to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong

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

A UNTV volunter distributing snack packs to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG – Some Filipino tourists were robbed of their dream vacation after a strong signal number 10 Typhoon Mangkhut battered the island state over the weekend.

Some of them were first time travelers who did not expect that their excitement would end up in dismay because instead of a comfortable hotel bed, they were compelled to sleep on chairs and eat at the airport.

“Ang hirap po dahil, ang mahal po ng pagkain dito. Tapos wala man lang pong nag-assist sa amin, ni tubig or mahigaan man lang dahil napakalamig po ng sahig dito,” said one Filipino who refused to be identified.

Some of them were vacationing Filipino workers.

Janice Ebo was supposed to take a vacation home in the Philippines. But she did not hear any advisory from her airline company regarding the cancellation of her flight. She was only informed upon her arrival at the airport.

“Hindi ako naabisuhan na na-cancel pala iyong 11:30 na flight, so nakapunta na ako dito,” she said.

Janice was just among the few stranded Filipinos at Hong Kong International Airport who received assistance from volunteers of UNTV and Members, Church of God International (MCGI). Aside from providing them with snacks and drinks, the group also coordinated with the concerned airline companies for immediate rebooking of flights of the stranded Filipinos.

“Napakaswerte namin, kahit ganito ang nangyari sa amin. Hindi pa rin po kami pinababayaan ni Kuya Daniel, salamat po Kuya Daniel sa tulong ninyo po sa amin. Nawa’y magpatuloy po ang kabaitan mo sa ibang tao sa katulad naming OFW na nagtatrabaho, dito. Sana marami pang blessings na darating sa iyo,” Janice said.

Susan Degula and Venus Ragragio, also among the stranded Filipinos, expressed gratitude to the UNTV and MCGI for their assistance.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo, hindi po kami makakauwi agad. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” said Susan. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Ferdie Petalio)

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Hong Kong residents relieved as clean up continues after super typhoon

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

 

 

Hong Kong Victoria Harbor | REUTERS

Workers in Hong Kong continued the cleanup and repair operation on Tuesday (September 18) after a typhoon, dubbed the “King of Storms”, struck over the weekend.

Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 54 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.

The city has been trying to clear scores of felled trees and bamboo scaffolding which have been blocking roads and on Monday contributed to severe disruption to commuters. Some buildings, including the One Harbourfront office tower, had many windows smashed after a day in which some of the city’s skyscrapers had swayed with the ferocious gusts.

Residents said they were relieved that public transportation has resumed.

The China Meteorological Administration said Mangkhut was one of the 10 biggest storms to hit southeast China since 1949 – when records began – with wind speeds at around 162 km/h. — Reuters

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11 HK, China flights cancelled due to Tyhoon Mangkhut

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2018

Torrential rains and intense gales have grounded airlines and passengers over parts of Asia as Typhoon Mangkhut tears through Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong province.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that the following flights to Hong Kong and China have been cancelled today, September 17, due to the typhoon:

China Southern
CZ 3078 Manila – Guangzhou

PR382 /383 Manila – Guangzhou – Manila

Cebu Pacific
5J272 / 273, / 5J 110 / 111
Manila – Hong Kong – Manila

Cathay Pacific
CX 906 / 907/ CX 900 / 901
Manila – Hong Kong – Manila

The MIAA advises passengers to get in touch with their respective airline companies.

Source : MIAA

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