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Thai gov’t warns against hoax message about Thai canned food contaminated with HIV

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A circulating text message saying canned food, particularly canned fruits, manufactured in Thailand are contaminated with HIV.


Rumors circulating through text messages and social media websites saying canned food, particularly canned fruits, manufactured in Thailand are contaminated with HIV, have caused confusion recently.

Thus, the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Indonesia issued clarifications that the said message is definitely a hoax.

The embassy in Indonesia said agencies involved in Thai food industry have attested that the country’s food products are safe and certified according to international standards.

Meanwhile, the embassy in Malaysia said the message clearly aims to discredit Thai food exporters and Thai products altogether.

The Thai government appeals to recipients of the message not to share the false news any longer. — UNTV News & Rescue

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BOC seized ₱8.65-M worth of beauty, whitening products at NAIA

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

(Left-Right) BOC-NAIA district collector Atty. Vincent Maronilla and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña present to the media some of the beauty and whitening products confiscated at the airport.

MANILA, Philippines —Forty-eight boxes of whitening and beauty products were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

According to BOC-NAIA district collector Atty. Vincent Maronilla, the products were declared as personal effects.

The BOC, however, was suspicious of the content of the large bulk of packages and had them X-rayed.

Ang allowed is ₱150,000 per balikbayan box. Kung ganito, hindi na po masasabing personal effects at obviously commercial yung quantity,” said the district collector.

(The maximum amount allowed for tax exemption is ₱150,000 per balikbayan box. If it’s like this, it can’t be considered personal effects anymore. The quantity is obviously for commercial purposes.)

The products which amounted to more than P8-million reportedly belongs to a certain James Halasan from Bangkok, Thailand.

BOC commissioner Isidro Lapeña said that the said products from Bangkok will be further examined.

“This will be subjected to further examination and we will see if baka ito ay mga  (these are possibly) fake products,” said the customs chief.

Halasan is now facing a charge of violating Section 1400 of the Republic Act 10863 for misdeclaration of goods.

The BOC added that the said beauty products will be destroyed after being examined. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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Philippine Navy contingent departs for a regional maritime security collaboration in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017

A Philippine Navy contingent began to sail to Thailand, Wednesday, to participate in the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations Multilateral Naval Exercise (AMNEX) to be held in Thailand from the 13th to 22nd of November.

“This is very historical. We are involving our naval reservists, the rescue recon group, as part of the contingent,” Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander, Commodore Albert Mogol said.

The AM-NEX 2017 will be held simultaneously with the 50th ASEAN founding anniversary and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s Meeting.

Commodore Albert Mogol is part of the Philippine Navy Contingent.

Mogol believes the naval exercises will greatly help in further improving the relationship of the Philippines with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

“Through naval diplomacy, we can do more to ease the tension within the region and have cooperation among our ASEAN neighbors,” Mogol said.

Aside from the 10 ASEAN countries, also participating in the naval drill are other non-Southeast Asian nations such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka and the United States.

By joining AMNEX, the Philippine Navy aims to expand its ties with its counterparts for possible humanitarian assistance and disasater response operations.

Margarita Paredes, who lives in the province of Cavite, escorted her grandchild earlier who is among the students chosen to participate in the naval drill.

Margarita said she feels happy and sad with the travel of her 23-yr old grand daughter.

“She should take care of herself, especially her health. And I pray she returns to us in good shape,” Paredes said.

The Philippine Navy contingent is expected to dock in Thailand on the 13th of November and is expected to return home on the 28th of the same month. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Watchdogs! The strays trying to keep Thai streets safe

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Meet the four-legged furry friends chosen to test run a prototype ‘smart vest’ which could turn stray dogs into heroes by spotting potentially unfriendly strangers and other dangers within a community.

“Our philosophy at work is to show how creativity and technology can be used together to help solve problems for the people or society,” said Satit Jantawiwat, chief creative officer at Chiel.

A hidden camera is attached to the collar of a dog’s vest and activated when its sensors detect aggressive barking noises, sending a live streaming video of what the dog saw in front of them to a central location.

The Phuket-base Soi Dog Foundation, a group formed over a decade ago to save street dogs and cats in Thailand, welcomed the initiative but deemed the vests to be in an early ‘trial and error’ stage.

“It’s too early a stage to actually say how practical the vests are. We really don’t know how they’re going to work. So, it’s going to be trial and error. We’re also going to be on a steep learning curve at the start and then we will iron out differences as we move forward,” said Soi Dog Foundation managing director Martin Turner.

The project began in March 2017 and the Cheil company said there will be more development before the project is introduced for a full trial run in the community. — Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News  & Rescue


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