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Trudeau presses rule of law, raises human rights issues with Duterte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

MANILA, Philippine – Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during a conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was “receptive” to his comments.

“All throughout, it was a cordial and positive exchange,” he said.

Trudeau said Canada had a reputation for being frank in discussing issues like the rule of law and human rights with partners everywhere.

“I emphasized the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connection there but I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law, specifically the extrajudicial killings being an issue Canada is concerned with,” he added.

Meanwhile, the trash issue was also one of the topics of concern. Trudeau emphasized that he does not disregard the issue. In fact, his government is finding an appropriate solution to the problem. However, there are certain matters that need to be settled first.

“Canadian legal regulations prevented us from being able to receive the waste back in Canada even though it originally came from Canada we had legal barriers and restrictions,” he said.

Meanwhile, DENR-Environment Management Bureau chief, Geri Geronimo Sanchez confirmed that cases were already filed against the consignee of the waste shipment from Canada.

He added that the shipments contain non-hazardous but recyclable materials, therefore, they do not violate the country’s environmental laws.

“We have filed and the criminal case is ongoing so I cannot really share much of what will happen but there is already a court order to return it to the Canada,” Sanchez said.

Only 26 of the 55 containers of waste shipment remain in the country. – Angela Lagunzad | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Locsin: PH, China to discuss ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ during Xi’s visit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping when the latter visits the country this month.

According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, the two leaders will discuss the Philippines’ participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and a memorandum of understanding will be signed during Xi’s visit.

Locsin added in a message that this is Xi’s priority because the Philippines is the only ASEAN country that has yet to join the initiative aimed at linking Southeast Asia and South Pacific through massive infrastructure projects with multi-billion dollar fund earmarked by the Asian power.

The Chinese president is expected to visit the country this month after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Papua New Guinea.

The DFA secretary, meanwhile, denied earlier reports that a deal on joint oil and energy exploration in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea will be signed between the Philippines and China during Xi’s visit.

This is because the proposed deal is still being studied according to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and the president has yet to approve the bid to explore the Service Contract No. 57 situated west of Calamian Islands in northwest Palawan.

Cusi also clarified that the said area is not included in the hotly contested parts of the West Philippine Sea.

“Service Contract No. 57 and this is an issue of farming-in for a company to be because that service contract is owned by PNOC-EC and then needed the partner to pursue further exploration and exploitation if when the time comes. So they have been looking for partners and one partner that they have shown that interest is the CNOOC. So, for them to farm-in because it has been farming-in is not allowed,” said Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Both Cusi and Locsin admit they have no idea whether Duterte and Xi will discuss the proposed joint oil exploration deal in the West Philippine Sea during their meeting. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to invite China’s Xi to his Davao home

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will invite Chinese President Xi Jinping to his home in Davao City.

The top Chinese official is set to visit the country this month after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea.

Duterte has previously brought Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his home when the official visited the country in January 2017.

This will be the first visit of the Chinese president to the country under the term of President Duterte. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte’s strong political will paved the way for third telco’s entry – Palace

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PVI/Cerilo Ebrano

MANILA, Philippines —Malacañang welcomed the entry of Mislatel Consortium as the provisional telecommunications player of the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the public “have long waited for a reliable, efficient, and inexpensive telecommunications service.”

He said that the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte paved the way for the entry of a new major telco player that is expected to provide a genuine competition and effective service for the Filipino people. — UNTV News & Rescue

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