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Mindanao solon wants total ban on import and export of waste

June 14, 2019

  Share MISAMIS ORIENTAL (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 14) - Responding to the recent fiasco making the Philippines the dumping ground of garbage and waste materials from other countries, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy sounded alarm bells and called on Filipinos to declare independence from what she called "imported garbage." The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines. There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries. “It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly urged the Filipino people. House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage. “We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement. Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress. Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.”  Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources. “I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Shipping out of Verde Soko garbage to start June 30

June 14, 2019

Philippine and South Korean officials have agreed on June 30 as their target date for shipping out over 5,000 metric tons of garbage from the Phividec Industrial Estate through the Port of Tagoloan, according to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who attended the bilateral meeting.      “For the next two weeks, the imported garbage consignee Verde Soko and a logistics firm will undertake the rebagging and transport of the garbage from Phividec to the port in shipping containers,” Uy said.      “For their part, the South Korean side will ‘find and provide” and available vessel while Philippine officials will inform them of when at least 20 containerized garbage is ready for shipping back to South Korea,” Uy added.      Uy said the June 13 meeting took the whole day and another meeting will be convened to tackle other matters.       At the meeting were Director General Yeong-Dae Jung of South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, Congresswoman Uy, Customs District Collector Floro Calixihan, Mindanao Container Terminal Port Collector John Simon, Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal III, and Atty. Abbas Lao of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau in Region 10.       In her remarks at the start of the meeting, Congresswoman Uy asked the South Korean government to share with the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice relevant information that can help in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

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CHR expresses concern over Abs-Cbn franchise renewal

June 14, 2019

  Share METRO MANILA (MDN National News, June 14) - With President Rodrigo Duterte against the renewal of the giant TV network in the country, ABS CBN could be closed in 2020. Jacqueline De Guia, spokesperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed her deep concern after she heard on the move by the House of Representatives to allegedly "freeze" the bill seeking renewal of abs-cbn legislative franchise.  De Guia said in a statement the services provided by television giant ABS CBN owned by the Lopez group are "beyond the whims of politics." She said “If the network has committed any violation, it must be tackled through due process.” She added: “Non-renewal can be tantamount to shutting down the network. If an entire media giant would be toppled down due to a political caprice, it could signal the beginning of a bleaker state of press freedom in the country and a catapult to the wave of previous assaults to media.” It was earlier reported that House Bill 4349, which proposes for the extension of abs-cbn franchise for the next 25 years was still pending at the committee level for almost three years now. In 2020, the abs cbn franchise is going to expire, it was learned.  This, even as the House Committee on Legislative Franchises failed to submit a report on the said franchise renewal before the 17th Congress adjourned its last session. ABS-CBN did not comment on the reported speculations regarding the bill when interviewed by reporters. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte last year revealed he is personally not in favor of the renewal of the TV network's franchise, accusing that the network allegedly swindle him. Duterte also accused the TV network as well as The Philippine Daily Inquirer of what he termed as "slanted" and "unfair" reporting on his administration. The CHR also sounded alarm bells on the reported illegal arrest of journalist Margarita Valle at Laguindingan International Airport. Valle was mistakenly identified as a certain Elsa Renton, the suspect with multiple murder cases and arson. Renton has a standing warrants of arrest for several cases filed in court. She said “We reiterate utmost compliance to the requirements of the Constitution in carrying out arrest warrants. There are no excuses to circumvent the standards enumerated in the bill of rights especially by those duty-bound to uphold it.”  The CHR spokesperson also noted the mistaken arrest of a suspect raised fears on the reported growing cases of harassment and intimidation meted on some individuals and groups , and even inlcuding the members of the Fourth State, which is the media. ### ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Kapa founder will meet with Pres Duterte today in Gensan

June 13, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (Mindanao New digital, June 13) - Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario is reported to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte today in General Santos City. WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO FEED BELOW: This was confirmed by Pastor Apolinario in a phone patch during a prayer rally of thousands of members of Kapa held at Acharon Complex in General Santos City, and other parts of the country. Another big gathering of Kapa members yesterday was also held at Quezon City memorial Apolinario assured his 5-million strong members to stay calm as a meeting with the president is being arranged today to appeal to the president to give Kapa a chance to prove they are a strong religious organization and not a ponzi scheme as alleged in news reports. Several days ago, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation from Metro Manila raided most of the offices nationwide of Kapa Ministry International by virtue of a search warrant and upon orders of President Duterte aired live on Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's Sonshine Radio/TV. Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also denied allegations that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has a hand in the immediate closure of Kapa Ministry International.###   ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Duterte says Kapa is a continuing crime, urges donors to stopĀ 

June 13, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN National News, June 13) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said Kapa Ministry International, Inc is a continuing crime and urged the people and its members to stop donating. The president was in General Santos City and distributed Certificate of Land Ownership Award in time that Kapa Ministry was also holding a 2-day prayer rally in hopes that Pres Duterte would hear their appeal to consider their ministry to operate again. President Duterte said: “Kanang naa ko’y tambag. Hinay-hinay na’g baligya para ikapital sa KAPA. Sige. Sige iprenda kay ugma ipatawag ta mo’g usab kay palinyahon ta mo ngari. Sumbag ang inyong madawat nako. Babae’g lalaki.”  “Ang akong gi-ingon sa NBI ug sa police- Dakpa! kay ang estafa, sa atong balaud, nga gipasar sa Congress, large-scale estafa kay non-bailable, kamong tanan naa sa kapa mogawas gani na inyong pangalan sa papel, nga morag benefactor-pagbantay mo, maaresto gani mo, walay mahayay,” was the president's stern warning to the 5-million strong members of Kapa Founder Pastor Joel Apolinario. Meanwhile, the Kapa Ministry founder has maintained they can sustain the operation of the ministry especially on the monthly pay out of 30 percent blessings or love gifts. "Kanang mga scammer nga tinood dili nila ma-sustain kay wala man silay mga businesses to support their operation. Pero ang Kapa Ministry aduna man kita daghang negosyo nga maka-sustain sa operation sa Kapa," Pastor Apolinario claimed, adding that they will comply whatever needed papers imposed by the government. KAPA businesses to sustain operation One of the members of Kapa told MDN digital that contrary to reports that the ministry is dependent on donations, Kapa Ministry right now has lots of businesses to sustain its operations since it operated three years ago. He said the ministry has a hospital in Tagum City, gasoline stations, computer business, mining, and 25 other businesses. It also has a big farm and during harvest season all members buy rice in Kapa offices for only P30/kilo. Late aftrenoon also yesterday, Kapa founder Joel Apolinario visited his thousands of members at Acharon Sports Complex and assured them that Kapa would continue to operate and they would comply whatever lacking legal documents needed by the Philippine government agencies.  

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Defense chief denounces Chinese for abandoning Filipino fishermen in West Philippine Sea after collision

June 12, 2019

  Share METRO MANILA (MDN National News, June 12) - Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana denounced the actions taken by Chinese fishermen, who left the Filipino fishermen after their fishing vessels collided in West Philippine Sea Sunday night. Lives of twelve fishermen were in danger on that very night the Chinese fishermen left them. Fortunately, a Vietnamese fishing vessel arrived in time and rescued the Filipino fishermen. The Filipino fishermen were onboard F/B Gimver1 when they met a collision incident with a Chinese fishing vessel  near Recto Bank in West Philippine Sea. "We denounce the actions of the Chinese fishing vessel for immediately leaving the incident scene abandoning the 22 Filipino crewmen to the mercy of the elements," defense chief Lorenzana said. Lorenzana also told reporters: "We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew. This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people."  The ship of the 12 Filipino fishermen was anchored when a Chinese fishing vessel accidentally hit it. But Filipinos were annoyed as the Chinese fishermen did not bother to help them, instead they left them worrying.  The military coordinated with the rescue of the fishermen which also lead the Vietnamese fishermen to help and conducted the rescue operation. Lorenzana "thanked the captain and crew of Vietnamese vessel, for saving the lives of the 22 Filipino crew."  The defense chief has also called for the formal investigation of the said case in Philippine Sea and vowed to do diplomatic steps to prevent from repeating the same mistake. It can be recalled that in the past years, China and the Philippines has been involved in maritime dispute issues. ###  ----     ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

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