Return of waste shipment to S. Korea deferred to January 13
admin • January 9, 2019 • 1894
MANILA, Philippines – The supposed shipment of mixed waste materials back to its origin in South Korea did not push through on the scheduled date Wednesday (January 9).
According to Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) port collector John Simon, the arrival of the cargo ship on which the garbage-filled containers will be loaded has been reset to Saturday (January 13).
Both the governments of the Philippines and South Korea shouldered the shipping expenses for the return of the waste shipment to Pyeongcheck from where it originated.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still investigating the consignee of the shipment Verde Soko Philippines.
Simon assured that the government will do the best it can to pursue those responsible for the illegal shipment.
“Ang Bureau of Customs bilang law enforcement agency ay ipatutupad ang batas, ang batas ay bawal sa ating ang ganyang klaseng kargamento kaya tayo ay may kapangyarihan para sila at paalisin sa bayan natin.” Simon said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday (August 16) arrested one of Senator Leila de Lima’s co-accused in the illegal drug case.
Around 5:30 am on Friday, NBI operatives nabbed Jose Drian ‘Jad’ Dera in Angeles, Pampanga.
Dera has been hiding for two years since a warrant of arrest was issued against him.
De Lima and Dera were both accused in the two cases of alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in the ongoing trial at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.
Dera is De Lima’s nephew and former staff when she was then Justice Secretary.
Dera allegedly served as De Lima’s middleman in receiving P70-M cash from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prisons as well as in the alleged extortion of P30-M and four vehicles from high-profile inmate Peter Co.
The lady senator, in her statement in March 2017, denied any blood links with Dera.
Dera, meanwhile, also denied being a relative of De Lima.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (August 14) reminded Filipino travelers that entry of animal products is strictly not allowed in South Korea.
In an advisory, the DFA through the Philippine Embassy in Seoul is informing all Filipinos about the restriction being enforced by the Korea Immigration Service–Ministry of Justice (KIS-MOJ) which has taken effect on June 1, 2019.
Specifically, the Korean government bans entry of animal products like raw meat, processed meat, canned meat, eggs and poultry products, milk and dairy products, pet food and supplies.
In case a traveller has any of these products on his or her luggage, that product “must be reported or declared at the quarantine office of the port of entry” according to the Embassy’s advisory.
“This is to prevent the spread of highly-infectious diseases, such as African swine fever, foot and mouth disease, and highly pathogenic avian influenza, under South Korea’s Contagious Animal Diseases Prevention Act,” the advisory further said.
Failure to report or declare animal products at airports and seaports could incur a fine of up to KRW 10,000,000 or equivalent to P428,570 and failure to pay the fine could deny the tourist entry to South Korea or visa extension.
As a similar procedure in Philippine ports of entry, the DFA reminded all Filipinos entering South Korea as visitors, workers, or residents “to refrain from bringing restricted items in their hand carried or checked-in luggage” as all baggage are being subjected to standard security screening.
North Korea’s official news agency KCNA on Wednesday (Aug 7) released still photographs of leader Kim Jong Un watching the latest missile launch.
Kim said the military action was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the U.S. and South Korean authorities,” according to KCNA.
The local news agency added that North Korea launched a “new-type tactical guided missiles.”
It was launched from the western area of North Korea, flew across the peninsula.
It precisely hit the targeted islet in the said area which is off the east coast of the country.
The launches “clearly verified the reliability, security and actual war capacity” of the weapon, KCNA said, echoing analysts who said the launches showed North Korea’s confidence in its missile technology. – Reuters
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