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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.


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Filipinos in Saudi Arabia reminded of punishment over spreading rumors, fake news

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018


Saudi flag flying over consulate building | REUTERS

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has warned Filipinos in the Kingdom to “avoid producing, spreading, or sharing electronically, anything that compromises public order, religious values, public morals and privacy.”

In an advisory released October 17, the Embassy said the Saudi government considers these activities as cyber crimes.

Those who will be caught guilty of the practice will be punished with imprisonment of up to five years and payment of fines up to three million Saudi riyals or about P43 million.

The advisory further stated that similar penalty will be applied if rumors and fake news are prepared and shared electronically, or if said information remains stored in a computer and in various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Instagram among others. – Marje Pelayo

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Migrante HK launches online petition to oust Rep. John Bertiz

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018


Migrante HK’s online petition #BertizAliz | Screenshot via change.org


HONG KONG – Filipino labor group Migrante in Hong Kong launched an online petition seeking support to call for the removal of Congressman Anecito “John” Bertiz III as representative of ACTS-OFW Party-list.

The petition #BertizAliz has gained 66 signatures as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (October 3) on www.change.org.

Based on the petition, Bertiz has conflict of interest being the owner of two recruitment agencies. Bertiz is the president and chief executive officer of Global Asia Alliance Consultant Incorporated, one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

Aside from this, the group criticized Bertiz as rude and impolite to overseas Filipino workers who he is supposedly representing.

Bertiz drew flak over a brawl with an OFW leader in Hong Kong last year.

According to Eman Villanueva, the secretary general of Unifil-Migrante HK, what’s best for Bertiz at this point is to resign.

“Baka mas maganda pa po yung magresign bilang isang graceful exit sa malaking iskandalo na nangyaring ito. Baka mas ma appreciate pa po yun ng ating mga OFW at ng ating mga kababayan. Gayunpaman po nananawagan din kami sa gobyerno ni President Duterte na ‘yun pong mga kahilingan naming na pinaabot noon sa DOLE ay hindi pa po naaksyunan kagaya noong OEC, ‘yun pong problema sa recruitment agencies eh aksyunan naman po kasi hindi naman kami natulungan ni Congressman Bertiz baka ‘yung ibang opisyal po natin tulungan po kami sa mga problemang iyan,” Villanueva said. – Marje Pelayo

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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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