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Russia offers Phl “sophisticated weapons, not the second-hand ones”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Russia is ready to continue its good ties with the Philippines, as well as supplying modern firearms and other equipment the country would need.

 

Russia is confident that its good ties with the Philippines will remain.

In a press conference on Wednesday with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev held on the Russian anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs at the Manila South Harbor.

The Russian Ambassador noted that he understands the Philippines’ objective to expand its relations with its foreign partners and that Russia is ready to give aid to the Philippines.

“We are talking about diversification. It’s not a choice between these partners and those ones. Diversification means preserving and keeping old traditional partners and getting new ones. So, Russia is ready to become a new reliable partner and close friend of the Philippines,” Khovaev said.

Russia is also ready to supply modern weapons for the country.

China and Russia had previously offered the Philippines weapons after reports of the United States’ plans to stop selling assault rifles to the country due to worries of rise in the death toll brought about by the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“We are ready to supply small arms and light weapons, some airplanes, helicopters, submarines and many, many other weapons. Sophisticated weapons. More than weapons. Not the second-hand ones.”

Also, Ambassador Khovaev assured that they never used the military cooperation as political leverage.

“The military cooperation with Russia has no political conditionality. That’s the best possible assurance. And in the history of military ties of Russia with all our partners around the world, there has never been, never I’m saying again never been, any kind of interference; any kind of link between military cooperation and political pressure. That’s not possible at all.” — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Putin invites North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in September

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Qingdao, China June 10, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhael Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked North Korean official Kim Yong-Nam at their meeting in Kremlin on Thursday (June 14) to pass an invitation to visit Russia in September to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Yong Nam is head of the Presidium of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly.

Putin’s invitation to Kim Jong Un comes days after the reclusive North Korean leader held landmark talks in Singapore with U.S. President DonaldTrump.

Putin said he welcomed the meeting between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.

During the meeting, the North Korean official handed a written message to Putin from Kim Jong Un.—Reuters

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President Duterte inaugurates resort-themed Mactan Cebu International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Mactan Cebu International Airport

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Together with stakeholders of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local officials, President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of MCIA Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The project aims to give the public a world-class travel experience through its unique designs that feature the local culture to invite more tourists and business travelers.

MCIA’s passenger capacity is expected to reach 12.5 million following its opening.

The 65,000 square meters-wide Terminal 2 is expected not only to address the increasing number of passengers but also open more international flights in Cebu.

Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the present administration. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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