Rep. Biazon: Mga barko ng Pilipinas, dapat pabalikin agad sa Panatag Shoal

UNTV News   •   July 5, 2012   •   3437

Former Senator and incumbent Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Walang dapat sayanging panahon ang gobyerno at dapat pabalikin na sa Panatag Shoal ang mga barko ng Pilipinas.

Ito ang panawagan ng Chairman ng House Committee on National Defense na si Rodolfo Biazon kay Pangulong Aquino.

Ayon sa kongresista, lumilikha ng negatibong impresyon sa international community ang kawalan ng presensya ng ating barko sa disputed area.

“It sends the impression that we are giving up,” anang dating Senador Biazon.

Bukod sa barko ng Philippine Coast Guard, dapat na ring hikayatin ng gobyerno na bumalik  sa Bajo De Masinloc ang mga pilipinong mangingisda, maging ang Philippine Navy.

Binatikos rin ng mambabatas ang ikinakasang oil exploration sa Recto Bank kasama ang mga negosyanteng Tsino.

Ayon kay Biazon, mas maiging kumuha na lamang ng katuwang sa oil exploration sa ibang bansa gaya sa Europa at hindi sa mga bansang may interes sa ating mga teritoryo gaya ng China.

“Why are we going to invite to our house an entity that is claiming our house? That is crazy!”

Ipinahiwatig din ni Biazon ang kanyang pagsuporta sa hakbang ng Aquino administration na hilingin sa Amerika ang pagpapalipad ng spy plane sa pinag-aagawang Scarborough Shoal para mamonitor ang lugar.

May batayan din ang gobyerno sa ilalim ng international at ASEAN protocols patungkol sa exchange of intelligence information at lalong matibay na maaring pagbatayan ng bansa ang mutual defense treaty ng Pilipinas at Amerika.

Subalit una nang nagbabala ang China sa isang local newspaper nito na dapat tigilan na ng Pilipinas ang inilalabas nitong mga provocative statement upang hindi na gumulo pa ang sitwasyon.

Apela ng China, tumulong ang Pilipinas na pakalmahin ang sitwasyon at isulong ang bilateral cooperations. (Ito ang Balita ni Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Indonesian Navy ships dock in PH for 4-day goodwill visit

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Two Indonesian Navy vessels, the multi-role light frigate KRI Bung Tomo (357), and SIGMA class corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367), on Monday docked at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila for a four-day goodwill visit.

The visiting navy contingent, headed by Captain Amrin Rosihan, was welcomed by Sealift Amphibious Force Commander, Commodore Ernesto Baldovino who represented Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.

In a statement, the Philippine Navy said the goodwill visit reaffirms and further strengthens the already strong relationship between the two navies.

“It fortifies the PN’s firm commitment of maintaining good relationship with other foreign navies,” it added.

The Philippine Navy said that Rear Adm. I Nyoman Mandra M. Sc., the Assistant for Personnel, Indonesian Navy, together with the Commanding Officers of the two Indonesian Navy are scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Empedrad.
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“Likewise, series of confidence building engagements between the PN and Indonesian Navy are lined up, such as reciprocal receptions, goodwill games, shipboard tour and pre-coordination meeting,” it said.

“A passing exercise (PASSEX) between the vessels of the visiting navy and the designated PN vessel is set to cap-off the goodwill visit,” it added.

The visiting navy contingent will stay in Manila until Thursday, Nov. 21.

“The Philippines and Indonesia as a neighbor country with many common grounds and are both founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation have a long history of maritime cooperation because of mutual regional security threats, ranging from natural calamities to piracy and terrorism,” the Philippine Navy said.

China lifts almost 5-year ban on import of US poultry

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

Chickens are seen in a barn at Todd Chapman’s poultry farm in Clermont, Georgia, USA. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

BEIJING – China has lifted import restrictions on poultry products from the United States after nearly five years, according to the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture.

In January 2015, China banned the import of chicken and poultry products from the US to protect itself from bird flu that had been recorded in some areas of America in 2013 and 2014.

According to a joint statement by the two Chinese bodies, the US took active and preventive measures following the bird flu outbreak, and that no fresh cases had been reported since March 2017.

A team of Chinese experts visited the US in July 2017 on Washington’s invitation to conduct on-the-spot assessments of measures against bird flu, the statement said.

In May 2018, the two countries held consultations on the subject, and after a full assessment, China considered the bird flu epidemic in the US to be effectively under control, and poultry regulation systems were compliant with Chinese legal requirements.

The statement said that following the lifting of US import restrictions, Chinese poultry imports would expand to effectively respond to market demands.

According to US trade authorities, the end of the import ban would result in the export of poultry products worth more than $1 billion to China annually.

Moreover, China has been facing a meat shortage following an outbreak of African swine fever, which has led to the culling of millions of pigs in the country, affecting the supply of pork, a preferred food item among the Chinese. – EFE-EPA

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Robredo: Majority of illegal drugs in PH came from China

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo who is also the co-chairman of the government’s anti-illegal drug program, said that the majority of the illegal drugs in the country came from China.

After the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) Enforcement Cluster Meeting on Thursday (November 14), Robredo said this is based on the reports they currently have.

“Kasi iyong pinaka-report talaga sa atin ngayon, karamihan sa supply na pumapasok dito, galing China. Pati iyon mga nahuhuli sa ma nago-operate within the Philippines, karamihan Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese national (Because based on the reports we have, most of the supply entering the country came from China. Even those who are arrested for operating in the Philippines, most of them are Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese nationals),” she said.

The vice president also said she wants to collect more data and review the information they have gathered regarding the supply of illegal drugs entering the country.

However, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino the drugs entering the country came from the Golden Triangle Drug Syndicate.

The Golden Triangle, Aquino said, is an area on the border of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.

Aquino added that due to the crackdown of illegal drugs in China, drug syndicates in the said country opted to get their supply from other places instead of manufacturing it.

Meanwhile, Robredo also plans to coordinate with other countries including the United States regarding the drug war in order to strengthen the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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