Sen. Estrada, hinimok ang MECO na palakasin ang bilateral relations sa Taiwan counterpart

admin   •   August 13, 2013   •   3086

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jinggoy Estrada (UNTV News)

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jinggoy Estrada (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Hinimok ni Senador Jinggoy Estrada ang Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) na palakasin ang bilateral relations sa counterpart nito sa Taiwan.

Ito ay upang maging madali ang pagresolba sa anumang problema na makakaapekto sa mga nagtatrabahong Filipino workers sa Taiwan.

Isa sa ginawang halimbawa ni Senator Estrada ang sanction na ipinataw ng taiwan sa Pilipinas dahil sa pagkasawi ng isang Taiwanese fisherman sa Balintang Channel noong Mayo 9, 2013.

“We must find ways to more effectively and efficiently manage pressing concerns between Taiwan and the Philippines and prevent or at least mitigate adverse effects on our workers and other areas of relations. For this purpose, it could be a good move if the MECO comes up with its counterpart Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) a bilateral mechanisms set-up which should be readily operational if and when any other such concern arises in the future,” anang senador. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Taiwan donates disaster relief fund to Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has turned over to the Philippine government its donation for the country’s disaster relief operations.

Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines led the Taiwan delegation in the handing over of the donation worth US$ 200,000 as its “humanitarian assistance for the victims of the recent typhoons including Rolly and Ulysses, at a hand-over ceremony in TECO on 20 November 2020.”

A media release from TECO said Vice Chairman Gilberto F. Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government.

On the same occasion, Lauengco also received 700,000 pesos donated by Taiwan Association Inc. in the Philippines, the statement added.

TECO said, “As the closest neighbor of the Philippines, Taiwan expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families which lost their beloved ones in the aforementioned tragic disasters and extends a helping hand to the Philippines for its rehabilitation and recovery work.” — /mbmf

Malacañang reminds charity groups to coordinate with LGUs for relief ops after Jinggoy’s arrest

Marje Pelayo   •   May 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has reiterated its call on humanitarian groups to coordinate first with local government units (LGUs) before conducting relief operations especially when the government is implementing strict protocols in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. 

The reminder comes after the arrest of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada for allegedly violating the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) when he distributed goods to the people of San Juan City.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque stressed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plea to set aside politics while the country is battling COVID-19.

“Nakikiusap po kami doon sa mga nais magkawanggawa na makipag-coordinate po tayo sa LGUs dahil doon sa pagbibigay ng ayuda sa ating mga kababayan, kinakailangan pong magkaroon ng safeguards nang hindi po magkumpol-kumpulan at dagsain kayo ng taumbayan [We ask humanitarian missions to coordinate with the LGUs because there must be safeguards in relief operations to make sure that people will not crowd the relief distribution],” Roque stressed.

Kinakailangang magkaroon ng hakbang upang masigurado ang social distancing habang namimigay ng ayuda [There must be protocols to make sure that social distancing is observed during relief distribution],” he added.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) explained that the former senator did not coordinate with San Juan City LGU in his relief operations which led to his arrest. 

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, Estrada and his team are not even considered authorized persons outside of residence.

Nakita ko sa video may mga pagsuway sa physical distancing [I saw in the video that there were violations of social distancing protocols],” the official said.

Pati ang mga seniors at saka minors ay lumabas din ng bahay. Another pagsaway na naman iyon [Even seniors and minors went out of their houses. That’s another violation],” he added.

Though they understand the former lawmaker’s intention to help, Año said that does not exempt him from following strict ECQ guidelines. 

“Kung kaaway naman niya ang LGU, pwede naman ang OCD [If he’s in conflict with the LGU, he can go straight to the (Office of the Civil Defense)],” Secretary Año said.

Ibigay mo ang gusto mong ipamigay doon, and let OCD do its job dahil may mga ahensya naman sa ilalim niyan [You distribute goods there and let the OCD do its job as there are agencies under it that can assist you],” he added.

But Estrada maintained he did not violate any law but instead, local politics had a hand in his arrest. 

“Why are they singling me out? Just because I am an Estrada? Bawal na ba kaming tumulong dito sa [Are we banned from helping the people of] San Juan?” Estrada said. 

“Noon pa lang sinasabi niya na huwag tutulungan ang mga rolling store namin [Even back then he discouraged others from helping our rolling stores] So, you expect me to get a fair shake? I don’t think so,” he added.

However, Mayor Francis Zamora denied the allegation reiterating that Estrada violated the ECQ protocols.

Zamora noted that he even granted a one-day permit to the former senator’s daughter, former San Juan Vice Mayor Janella Estrada when she requested a permit for their rolling drugstore.

Zamora maintained that the arrest of Estrada had nothing to do with politics but with law and order especially amid the coronavirus pandemic wherein strict measures must be observed. 

The Estrada clan is the archrival of the Zamoras in San Juan City.

Estrada was later released from the San Juan Police Station. MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Manila court rules in favor of Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The eight personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) who were involved in the shooting and death of a Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang Channel were convicted ‘guilty of homicide’ by a court in Manila.

According to the ruling of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 15, the involved PCG personnel will face eight up to 14 years in prison for killing Taiwanese fisherman Hong Shi Cheng in the incident that happened in May 2013.

The accused include Cdr. Arnold Dela Cruz; SN2 Nicky Aurelio; SN1 Edrando Aguila; SN1 Mhelvyn Bendo II; SN1 Andy Gibb Golfo; SN1 Sunny Masangkay; SN1 Henry Solomon; and PO2 Richard Corpuz.

Likewise, the Court demanded that the defendants pay P100,000 in damages to the victim’s family.

The accused maintained that the shooting was unintentional when the Taiwanese vessel being paddled by Hong and his company trespassed into the Philippine waters.

The Coast Guard personnel argued that the Taiwanese vessel even engaged in a chase and rammed their patrol vessel which compelled the Philippine authorities to open fire.

The defendants’ legal counsel, Atty. Rod Moreno clarified, meanwhile, that the decision is not yet final and their camp vowed to appeal the case. – MNP (with reports from Roderic Mendoza)

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