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Pinoy survivor sa lumubog na cargo ship sa Vietnam, dinala na sa Philippine Embassy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Google Maps: Vung Tau City, Vietnam

MANILA, Philippines – Dinala na sa Philippine Embassy sa Vung Tau City sa Vietnam ang nag-iisang survivor sa lumubog na cargo ship na Bulk Jupiter.

Ayon sa state-run Vietnam news agency, si Angelito Capindo Rojas, chef ng barko ay nasa maayos na kalagayan.

Sa huling ulat ng maritime rescue forces mula sa Ba Ria-Vung Tau, dalawa pa lamang ang kanilang nare-recover na bangkay at 16 pa ang nawawala.

Ang dalawang bangkay ay dadalhin din sa Philippine Embassy ngayong araw.

Nabatid na ang Bahamas nationality ship na may 19 crew ay lumubog 150 nautical miles sa Vung Tau southeastern coast noong January 2, lulan ang iron ores mula Malaysia na dadalhin sa China. (UNTV News)

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U.S. senators pay tribute to John McCain as White House wobbles on flag

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

 

Former US Senator John McCain. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

U.S. senators paid tribute to the life and legacy of John McCain on Monday (August 27), saying a powerful and independent voice had gone silent.

“The Senate won’t be the same without John McCain. I think it’s fair to say the passion that John brought to his work was unsurpassed in this body. In more than 30 years as a senator, he never failed to marshal a razor-sharp wit, a big heart and of course a fiery spirit,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said.

McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, longtime U.S. senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died of brain cancer on Saturday at age 81.

From across the aisle, the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, also praised McCain’s dedication to the truth.

“He was unafraid to take on presidents. He was unafraid to take on his own party. He was equally parts funny and furious, foul-mouthed and statesmanlike. He could put the temper in temperament. He was a brave and honest man. He was a patriot,” Schumer said, adding that he was putting forth a resolution to change the name of the Senate office building where McCain worked to honor his name.

Schumer also read from a farewell statement from McCain in which he wrote: “Do not despair of our present difficulties. But believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history, we make history. Farewell, fellow Americans.”

A vase of white roses sat on McCain’s empty desk on the Senate floor. The flag outside the Capitol building flew at half-staff.

The White House lowered its U.S. flag to half-staff, raised it back up and on Monday lowered it again after the death of McCain, in an unusual and confusing break with a protocol on the passing of a national leader.

President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was “not a war hero,” wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect.

Trump’s White House lowered its flag on Saturday, then raised it back following the minimum period under law. Trump also delayed issuing the customary proclamation for flags to remain at half-staff for longer than the two-day minimum.

Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain’s service to the nation and ordered flags to half-staff.

Presidents normally follow Congress’ lead on the death of a prominent lawmaker and order flags lowered until sunset on the day of burial. Critics of the president saw his reticence as a final slight against McCain.

McCain was a frequent Trump critic and his family has said he did not want the president to attend his funeral. — Reuters

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More OFWs in Kuwait register for 2019 polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait register for the overseas absentee voting program.

 

KUWAIT – The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is pleased to announce that it has surpassed its target of overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration by almost 50 percent.

The Embassy said there are more or less 260,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. To date, they already have registered more than 42,000 overseas voters.

 Actually, ang target natin mula noong December 2016 hanggang 2018 ay 28,834. From that date up to the present, ang registered na is 42,596 so na-reach na natin ang target natin,” said Charge d’ Affair, a.i. Mohd. Noordin P.N. Lomondot.

In 2016, around 49,000 OFWs in Kuwait voted in the presidential elections. Lomondot is confident that the voter’s turn out in the 2019 midterm polls will be higher among OFWs in the Gulf State.

The Embassy is continuously encouraging Filipinos in Kuwait who were not able to vote in the past two consecutive elections to reactivate their registration to be able to join the elections next year.

The last day of the overseas registration is on September 30, 2018.

Overseas registration hits 1.6 million mark – DFA

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs- Overseas Voting Secretariat is confident that before the deadline, the agency will be able to register around 1.9 million potential overseas voters in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

As of May 2018, the agency has registered more than 1.6 million Filipino voters in different countries, already surpassing the previous record of 1.376 million absentee voters for to the 2016 Presidential Elections. – Sonny Delos Reyes / Marje Pelayo

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OFWs in Vietnam have differing opinions on Duterte admin’s take on West PHL Sea issue

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: West Philippine Sea, a marine wealth of the Philippines

 

VIETNAM – It’s been two years since President Rodrigo Duterte visited Vietnam and met with the Filipino community there.

Like the Philippines, Vietnam is also one of the claimant countries in the disputed territories in the South China Sea, however, Filipino migrant workers in Vietnam have different views and opinions on the issue.

Under the Duterte administration, the Chief Executive shelved temporarily the maritime dispute and instead, developed a better relationship with China for economic inclination.

The government of Vietnam took a different route.

On May 2018, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam formally pressed on China its withdrawal of military equipment and military activities on the disputed area in the South China Sea.

Some OFWs in Vietnam agree with the steps that the Duterte administration has taken — others do not.

Filipino migrant worker Dale Orocio believes that, “Dapat din talaga kung talagang atin yun, ilalaban talaga yun (We should fight for it if it is really ours).”

While OFW Mae Laolao said, “Hindi ko masasabi na pakikipagmabutihan sa China, I wouldn’t call it that, pero para sa akin siguro mas okay yung ganoon. Kasi lahat tayo the nations around the border of South China Sea, ano tayo eh, nagde-depend din tayo dun sa dagat na yun. So, siguro mas titingnan ko na lang siya as shared stewardship kumbaga.”

(It’s not that we’re cozying  up to China,  I wouldn’t call it that.  But I think it’s better that way because all the nations around the border of South China Sea depend on that sea. So, maybe it’s more of shared stewardship.

Another lady OFW said, “Para sa akin lang naman po no, kung talagang atin po talaga yung lugar na yun, wala naman po sigurong masama kung iki-claim natin sya. Para sa atin yun eh. Ang Pilipinas ay para sa Pilipinas.”

(For me, if that [disputed teritory] is ours, there’s nothing wrong if we claim it because it’s ours. The Philippines is for the Philippines.)

Meanwhile, Vietnam Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam expects China to maintain the peace and order in the East Sea. The installation of missles in the Spratlys is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignity.

According to the Philippine consulate, there are 3,400 Filipinos residing  in Vietnam are eager to hear the President Duterte’s third SONA. — RJ Timoteo / UNTV News & Rescue.

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