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    Planong pag-take over sa Zamboanga City hall, itinanggi ng MNLF

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013

    FILE PHOTO: MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

    FILE PHOTO: MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Walang plano ang Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) na lusubin at kubkubin ang Zamboanga City Hall.

    Paliwanag ni Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla, ang legal counsel ng MNLF, nais lamang sana ng kanilang mga miyembro at taga-suporta na magsagawa ng mapayapang rally kaninang madaling araw ngunit nauwi ito sa bakbakan.

    “We have done that in Davao we creed out flags in Davao near the city halls we have also conducted holding of flags in General Santos City near the city hall at the back of the city hall and there was nothing that happened, ito lang si Mayor Climaco ang hindi namin maintindihan kung ano ang nasa isip niya noon,” ani Fontanilla.

    Sa ngayon ay nananawagan ang pamunuan ng MNLF ng third party intervention upang makipag negosasyon at mapahupa ang tensiyon.

    Ayon kay Fontanilla, mayroon na silang nilagdaang peace agreement at ng pamahalaan kasama ang Organization of the Islamic Conference kaya umaasa silang matutulungan sila ng United Nations at ang bansang Indonesia sa problema ngayon sa Zamboanga.

    Dagdag pa ng abogado, nais din nilang pangunahan ng isang independent party ang imbestigasyon upang lumabas ang katotohanan kung sino ang nagsimula ng kaguluhan.

    “There are counter allegations and allegations it would be prudent for every parties to seek for third party intervention on this matter to seek the truth.”

    Sinabi pa ni Fontanilla na ikinalungkot ni MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari ang pangyayari lalo na ang pagkamatay ng anim na tao.

    “We are saddened and we would like to make it very clear to everybody listening that we detest we do not like war,” saad pa nito.

    Samantala mariin namang kinundena ng regional government ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ang pangyayari.

    Agad na ring inalerto ni ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman ang mga awtoridad sa kalapit na mga lugar ng Zamboanga gaya ng Basilan, Sulu at Tawi Tawi sa posibleng spill over ng pangyayari. (Louell Requilman / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    Countries sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. via REUTERS

    Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

    “Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, I now declare the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons open for signature,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.

    “There remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children’s future,” said Guterres.

    “Today we rightfully celebrate a milestone. Now we must continue along the hard road towards the elimination of nuclear arsenals.”

    The United States, Britain, and France are among nine countries believed to have nuclear weapons.

    “We regret the fact that those who still who use nuclear weapons as part of their security deterrence status have decided as of yet not to join this global initiative. Their inaction is not an option. Maintaining the status quo is a very dangerous situation for international security. And it leaves the humanity and our planet under the looming shadow of insecurity. Security does not come from weapons,” said Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis.

    The treaty was adopted in July by two-thirds of the 193 U.N. member states after months of talks, which United States, Britain, France skipped.

    They instead pledged commitment to a decades-old non-proliferation treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. — Reuters


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    Speaker Alvarez opposes the restoration of CHR’s proposed budget

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Instead of approving the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is more willing to re-align it, for instance, to fund the free tuition or for purchasing the gadgets of law enforcers.

    “If you have a chairman with that kind of thinking, why would you give him fund? You will just waste the government’s money for an agency that does nothing,” said Alvarez.

    The lawmaker said CHR does not deserve any amount since it is not doing its mandate.

    But the CHR maintains that its mandate is to investigate abuses committed by government officials or personnel like the police.

    Alvarez sought the action of CHR on Mamasapano case and the recent incident of hazing that caused the death of Horacio Castillo III.

    “He should read the provision of the Constitution it is clearly stated there. To all individual and not only [those] from the government,” said the House speaker.

    Alvarez shared idea of President Rodrigo Duterte that instead of CHR, an international human rights group like United Nations and the European Union should set up office in the country.

    With this he said, they may have an independent investigation, unlike CHR who depends solely on government funding.

    “They should transfer their bases here in the Philippines. Their office in Europe, set it up here so that they themselves can give their own personnel to monitor the human rights condition in the Philippines,” said Alvarez.

    Alvarez maintains he will oppose if the Senate will try to restore the CHR’s proposed budget.

    CHR proposed budget for 2018 is more than 600 million pesos but the House of Representatives just approved 1,000 pesos.

    I do not discount the possibility of increasing amount but to restore the original proposal. I don’t think it’s possible,” said the Alvarez. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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    133 accused in the Zamboanga siege, feared to be released

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017


    Zamboanga City Government is waiting for the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the plea bargaining proposal of the individuals accused in the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

    Under the said plea, the suspects are asking authorities to downgrade to sedition the rebellion charges filed against them.

    Atty. Jesus Carbon, the City Legal Officer of Zamboanga, said Judge Maria Rowena San Pedro of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court has initially approved the request of the accused.

    The city has already filed a motion for reconsideration which asks the DOJ to not approve the plea of the suspects.

    “We inquired why everything is so silent now there is no movement what’s happening we found out that there is yet no still comment on our motion for reconsideration because as you can remember Judge San Pedro approved the plea bargaining agreement from rebellion to sedition,” said Carbon.

    Atty. Carbon noted the suspects might be released from prison once the DOJ accepts their plea.

    Sedition has a punishment of 2 to 4 years of imprisonment only, while rebellion has a penalty of reclusion perpetua or lifetime imprisonment.

    The city government plans to appeal the DOJ’s decision to a higher court if the need arises.

    Meanwhile, the primary suspect in the bloody siege, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding Chair Nur Misuari, remains at large.

    “Even Misuari we don’t know what is going on with respect to the Misuari case,” Carbon said.

    Despite this, the Zamboanga City officials stand firm that they will not withdraw the case or allow the approval of the plea bargaining proposal by the camp of the MNLF. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News and Rescue

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