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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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Philippines to import P6.7-B worth of rice from Thailand and Vietnam

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018




MANILA, Philippines – Re-bidding for the country’s importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice ended early on Friday.

The bid prices of Thailand and Vietnam were lower than the reference price of the NFA so both were accepted.

But it should be noted that the reference prices of the National Food Authority (NFA) have increased by more than $45 per metric tons.

The Philippine government will be spending P6.7 billion for the 5 million sacks of rice. Initial delivery is expected at the end of May.

However, according to the president of the Central Luzon Farmers’ Cooperative, Simeon Sioson, the bid prices are too high and importation should have been done last year.

“Kapag alam ng supplier na kailangang-kailangan natin meron silang karapatan at prerogative nila na itaas yung presyo ng gusto nila,” Sioson said.

NFA spokesperson Rex Estoperez said, the agency had wanted to import rice in the last quarter of 2017 but the NFA council did not approve it.

He added that the government could have saved billions of pesos because the price then was much lower.

“Yun yung sinasabi natin yung complexity of NFA operation. Decision should always be on time,” Estoperez said.

The NFA expressed intention to open the government to government mode of procurement to other countries like India, Pakistan and Myanmar so they can have more choices and healthier competition among bidders.

But this request for them to be able to participate is still pending with office of our department of foreign affairs,” NFA Deputy Administrator Judy Carol Dansal.

The agency is set to import another 5 million sacks of rice for their 15-day buffer stock.

But President Rodrigo Duterte wants to increase the stock to last 60 days. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Thai environment protesters stage large demonstration against luxury housing project

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Protesters rally over the luxury housing project in Thailand with signs saying “justice delayed is justice denied.

Over a thousand people gathered in the Northern Thai City of Chiang Mai on Sunday to protest against the building of a government luxury housing project on the forested land.

Protesters, many wearing green ribbons, demanded the government demolish the new buildings that encroach into Doi Suthep Mountain, saying the government must comply in seven days or face more protests.

Public officials have defended the project, pointing out construction was legal and on state-owned land which does not encroach into the national park that covers the mountain.

The gathering was one of the largest since Thailand’s Junta took power following a 2014 coup. — Reuters

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

by UNTV News   |   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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