MANILA, Philippines- Nais ni Senator Grace Poe na may managot sa pagbili ng tatlong train sets mula sa China na “incompatible” sa riles ng Philippine National Railways (PNR).
Sa hearing ng Senate Committee on Finance sa proposed P167.12-billion 2023 budget ng Department of Transportation, sinabi ni Poe na bumili ang PNR ng train sets na may standard gauge kahit na narrow gauge ang mayroon sa PNR.
“Paparating na ito galing sa China. Walang mapaparkingan. Hindi rin magagamit ng PNR ngayon kasi narrow gauge ang riles nila Sino bang genius ang nag-order nito?” tanong ni Poe.
Sinabi ni Jeremy Regino, general manager ng PNR, na ang PNR board ang nagdesisyon sa procurement.
Sinabi niya na nagsimula ito noong 2019 o bago ang pandemya.
“With the signing of the China loan agreement, they felt the best solution, the best looking forward, it would be better to have a standard gauge train purchase rather than narrow gauge in order to be of use even after the South Long Haul project had already been established,” paglalahad ni Regino.
Sinabi niya na noong panahon na iyo, ang PNR ay mayroong project relocation program kung saan magkakaroon ng dalawang tracks—isang makipot at ang isa ay standard—upang maging dual-fit ito.
Subalit, sinabi niya na hindi ito maaari kung magdadagdag sila ng standard-gauge railway at magiging mas “judicious” ito kung iko-convert ang train sets pata kumasya sa narrow-gauge tracks.
Inihayag naman ng PNR chief na ang tatlong tren na binili mula sa China ay nakasailalim pa sa factory acceptance test at nakipagkita na siya sa China firm upang hilingin na i-convert ang standard gauge trains sa narrow gauge o kung pwedeng suspendihin ang delivery at produksyon ng mga tren.
“Whoever who made that decision to buy the wrong specs of trains should be named and held liable. Bakit ‘yan ang pinili niyo. Ngayon nahihirapan tayo magre-negotiate tapos magbabayad tayo ng extra para palitan na naman,” ani Poe. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Inihayag ng Qatari official na “between 400 and 500” migrant workers dang nasawi sa construction projects na konektado sa 2022 World Cup.
Mas mataas ang pagtatayang ito kumpara sa naunang naiulat na bilang ng mga ansawi kaugnay ng $200 billion ginastos sa stadiums, subway lines at iba pang imprastraktura.
Nagmula ang bilang kay Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general ng Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, sa panayam ni British journalist Piers Morgan.
“The estimate is around 400, between 400 and 500,” ani Al-Thawadi kay Morgan. “I don’t have the exact number. That’s something that’s been discussed.”
Naglabas ang Qatari Supreme Committee spokesman ng pahayag nitong Martes na “there were 3 work-related deaths and 37 non-work related deaths connected to the 8 stadiums, 17 non-competition venues and other related sites under the SC’s scope.”
“Separate quotes regarding figures refer to national statistics covering the period of 2014-2020 for all work-related fatalities (414) nationwide in Qatar, covering all sectors and nationalities.”
Binuksan ang World Cup, na sa unang pagkakataon ay ginanap sa Middle East, noong Nobyembre 20 at gugulong hanggang Dsiyembre 18.
“One death is a death too many—plain and simple,” sabi ni Al-Thawadi told Morgan. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Sa paggunita ng bansa sa ika-159 anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ni Andres Bonifacio, nanawagan si Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. nitong Miyerkules sa mga Pilipino na tularan ang bayani sa pagiging “dutiful and law-abiding” na mamamayan.
Hinikayat ni Marcos ang mga Pilipino na maging mapagbantay sa pagproteksa sa bansa mula sa “social ills”.
“The shackles that once held our forebears may no longer constrain us, but we must remain vigilant in protecting our country from social ills and other elements that threaten our liberties,” giit ni Marcos.
“I call on my fellow Filipinos to honor Bonifacio’s life of extraordinary selflessness by becoming dutiful and law-abiding citizens who will contribute towards a brighter and freer future for all Filipinos,” patuloy niya.
Pinarangalan ni Marcos si Bonifacio, at sinabing ang mga ideya ng huli ang dahilan na “our heroic ancestors were able to muster the will and the courage to fight their oppressors thereby paving the way to our motherland’s eventual emancipation.”
“Indeed, it was his deeds that provided the impetus for our collective liberation, which we are challenged to preserve and protect amidst these trying times,” dagdag ng Pangulo.
“His spirit lives on in the stories we tell and use to build on his legacy, breathing new life into his words with our sense of duty and patriotism.”
Pinangunahan ni Marcos ang wreath-laying ceremonies sa Andres Bonifacio National Monument sa Caloocan City nitong Miyerkules ng umaga.
Dumalo rin dito sina National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairman Rene R. Escalate at Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.
Nagsagawa rin ng flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies sa mga sumusunod na lugar:
Andres Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Tutuban, Manila Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, San Juan City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; at
NHCP Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, Maragondon, Cavite. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Binigyang-diin ng top national security at foreign relations experts ang kahalagahan ng dayalogo at diplomasya sa pagresolba sa mga alitan at pagpigil sa giyera sa West Philippines Sea (WPS).
“I think [President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.] has paved the way for that future trajectory of where we’re going. So, he’s saying, ‘Let’s just continue dialoguing, constructive dialogue, and the like, and diplomacy,’” ani National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos.
Aniya pa, “You don’t choose. Play smart. Define what your goals are as a nation. Play your game well. This is now a new Philippines. A newfound confidence about who we are.”
Para naman kay dating Ambassador at dating Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rosario Manalo, diplomatic solutions ang daan upang mapigilan ang paglala ng kasalukuyang state of affairs.
“The value of diplomacy when it comes to the blue economy is to prevent war. War brings about the end of our existence,” giit ni Manalo.
“There are three modes of settling disputes. The first one is called the diplomatic process… the second is through legal action… and the third is through arbitration,” dagdag ng dating ambassador.
Gayundun, ikinalungkot ni Philippine National Police (PNP) General at ngayo’y Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong na ang kanyang lungsod ay “impacted indirectly by the ongoing issue of the West Philippine Sea.”
“The only way we will be able to resolve the issue is through dialogue, constant dialogues, low-key dialogues. Besides, our only objective there is to allow our fishermen to go to that area and proceed with their livelihood. And second, probably a joint exploration on the oil. There was a study made by the US Geological Survey stating therein that there are about a billion barrels of oil and trillion natural gas in the West Philippine Sea,” giit ni Magalong.
Ayon naman kay dating Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, kinakailangan ng “a lot of skilled diplomacy to solve that, but one thing is undeniable – the livelihood of our fisherfolk is primary because this is survival for them.”
Inihayag ni Teodoro na ang “multilateralism basically is really important in the sense that it prevents a stronger country, in theory, from bullying a smaller one. Now, having a bilateral approach would mean the more powerful one will prevail.”
“So, the balance will be we continue to develop our capabilities in creating a credible deterrent against expansionism, but we continue to pursue those activities which can redound mutually to the benefit of our interests of both people, particularly economically,” aniya. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Umaasa si Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. na bababa ang presyo ng bigas habang papalapit na ang Kapaskuhan.
Tinanong kasi si Pangulong Marcos kung ano ang Christmas gift nito sa lahat ng mga Filipino kung hindi ang bigas sa halagang P20 kada kilo.
“The P20 was really the goal, the dream… We are continuing with the transfer payments that we have began with,” ayon kay Pangulong Marcos.
“We are going to widen the scope of the Kadiwa so it is now… the Kadiwa was always conducted at an LGU level, individually. (Now, it is a) national program,” wika pa ng Pangulo.
“I’m hoping that we can… it looks like baka naman swertehin,” dagdag na pahayag ng Punong Ehekutibo.
Samantala, binisita naman ni Pangulong Marcos ang International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) headquarters sa Los Baños, Laguna kung saan binanggit nito na i-adopt ang supportive policies para i-modernize ang rice sector bilang bahagi ng “vibrant agri-food industry” sa bansa.
“There are new technologies that address the problems that we are facing, and those technologies are beginning to be disseminated down to the local farmers,” ayon kay Pangulong Marcos sa hiwalay na mensahe.
“The pandemic and the situation in Ukraine have been a glaring reminder of how fundamental the agricultural sector is and food supply not only in the Philippines but to the entire world,” dagdag na pahayag nito.
Tinuran pa ng Pangulo na ang agricultural technologies ay isinulong kahit pa maharap sa panganib ang rice crops mula sa “higher fertilizer prices and challenges in water management.”
“And as I’ve said, it gives me hope to see the research that we were doing is headed exactly in those directions that we feel are going to be necessary — that we have to develop further,” ayon sa Pangulo.
Ang IRRI ay isang independent, nonprofit, research at educational institute, itinatag noong 1960 ng Ford and Rockefeller foundations na may suporta ng Philippine government.
Mayroon itong tanggapan sa 17 rice-growing countries sa Asya at Africa at mayroong mahigit na 1,000 staff.
“The IRRI is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations,” ayon sa ulat. Kris Jose