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Your Excellency, President Rodrigo Duterte: First, we wish to thank your administration for finally facilitating the release of hospital equipment and supplies donated to Department of Health-affiliated Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) in Tandag, Surigao del Sur.
This arrived in April 2015, and impounded by Customs for 18 months.
A second donation to Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao City, is reportedly still unreleased.
The donor is Virginia-based Montero Medical Mission (MMM), led by Dr. Juan Montero, MD.
But Dr. Montero still has a problem.
Customs wants the government-affiliated ASTMMC to pay a staggering P1.2 million in fees and charges.
This ballooned from P559,435.69 as of May 2016.
The increase was partly due to delays in Customs processing, courier service, etc., leading to compounding penalties, until it was ridiculously considered abandoned by Customs for nonpayment of fees that the hospital and donor could no longer afford to pay.
In frustration, Dr. Montero abandoned the hopeless Davao City case but pursued
the Tandag case because the donation included P17.5 million worth of prosthesis
equipment which would benefit thousands of poor paraplegics.
It is unfortunate that humanitarian donations for poor Filipinos are held at bay
by government fees and charges.
The Montero case is actually the tip of the iceberg.
Many donations from US-based Filipino doctors, who want to give back to
their countrymen, suffer the same fate.
The government has a mandate to help the poor, than to make more money for itself at the expense of the poor.
Please, Mr. President, pakiusap para sa mahihirap na makikinabang (a favor for beneficiaries who are poor).
We appeal to you to have the Tandag and Davao City donations
released at once.
We also appeal to you to come up with an Executive Order freeing future humanitarian donations from charges and Customs red tape.

the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Thailand

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The statement quoted in the report on Bertha the hippo supposedly having lived a happy life in Manila’s zoo is false in Friday 12 July 2017.
Manila Parks and Recreations Bureau Director James Albert Dichaves tried to
refute Jason Baker, vice president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (Peta), by claiming that Bertha was
That statement is laughable.
Has anyone really monitored the daily number of hours zoo keepers romp around with the animals?
I visited Manila’s zoo soon after the petitions for the release of Mali the elephant began around 2010. D
The zoo was in a pitiful state; there was hardly any greenery in any of the cages. The few zookeepers I saw seemed disinterested in the animals.
I was told that a vet sometimes visited Mali, who has been in the zoo since she was given as a baby to Imelda Marcos by the Sri Lankan government.
To look at Mali’s misery is heartbreaking.
Mayors Alfredo Lim and Joseph Estrada ignored all demands by Peta to be allowed to take her to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
Absurd reasons were given for why she could not be shipped - that she was doing okay, and that she would be unable to survive the trip, etc.
I would not be surprised if Mali will be the next death at Manila’s pitiful zoo.

in Burma and was later taken to an elephant hospital in Thailand.

Re: , in Thursday 10 August 2017.
I have lived in South Korea for the past two years.
When I arrived in the country, I was impressed with its clean and efficient public transportation system.
Its extensive subway system is world-renowned, but what is less known is
its excellent bus system.
Should Bangkok wish to adopt the public bus system from South Korea, it should do so according to its actual functions and implementations.
All buses are air-conditioned and installed with comfortable seats.
There are also clearly labelled seats designated for the elderly and disabled, which
occupy the front half of the bus.
At every bus stop there are clear map routes indicating the buses that pass through as well as their destinations, operating time, and frequency.
Crucially, South Korea employs the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to
its buses.
At every bus stop, a small screen indicates precisely when your bus will arrive.
The real-time information is so accurate that commuters can even see when their bus has left the previous stop! Such reliability may be difficult in Thailand, where traffic is chronically bad.
The colour-coded scheme in South Korea is different from what has been adopted
in Bangkok.
The colours of the bus (and yes, the paint covers the entire body of the bus!) are not zone-designated as in Bangkok's case, but rather indicates the purpose and function of the bus.
Blue indicates a bus that runs regular, middle-range routes, and green for buses that run through smaller neighbourhoods and alleys or to mountainous suburban areas. Neither Korean nor Thai commuters need to know which bus colours operate in which zone of the city (north, south, east, west); hence, Bangkok's latest colour-scheme adaptation entirely misses the mark.
The South Korean government provides guide maps detailing all bus routes in the
form of booklets and online both in Korean and English, so locals and tourists
can easily access them. Most of the current information available online is in
Korean, although I have already seen some genuine efforts to increase
English-language access in the relevant applications.
Finally, paying for the bus fare is a breeze, since apart from the pre-paid
transportation card option, one can even use their bank debit card to pay for
both buses and subway rides!
Furthermore, buses run frequently and it is illegal for bus drivers to skip stops. Therefore, two-hour waiting times that have been mentioned among Thai commuters is unheard of here.

17/08/2009 · A new lease on life for one elephant in Thailand

At Friends of the Asian Elephant’s hospital in Thailand, ..

Meet Wasana the elephant who has been fitted with a special prosthesis after she lost one of her feet after standing on a landmine in Thailand. The injured elephant, who spent many years working in the logging industry in Thailand's forests was rescued.

27/02/2015 · The Independent Online

The media report of a group of former MPs from the Northeast paying a visit to
three of their party's should be a cause for concern for
democratically minded Thais.
The first is Thailand's former prime minister and former army chief.
This man is now 86 years old.
Some 20 years ago, the government under this PM was responsible for the 1997 economic crisis that affected many countries across the world.
Many blamed him for the tumult that took place in Thailand in the 1990s.
The second (85), is the caretaker leader of Thailand biggest party.
He is another elderly Thai who cannot say with pride that he has done anything good for society.
The last is a notorious politician (84) who came to prominence by acting as a local boss in the Northeast - after becoming owner of a fleet of transport trucks operating in the region.
During his time as a cabinet minister in the early 2000s, this person was
alleged to have ordered for a piece of land that belonged to a Buddhist temple
to be transformed into a privately owned golf course.
Be that as it may, he could not be brought to trial because of a lack of evidence.
It looks like Thailand's road to democracy is doomed as long as these three octogenarians keep interfering in politics - instead of taking care of their great-great grandchildren!

Chavalit Wannawijitr,
Bangkok,
Thailand

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Re: in December 28.
Plaudits to China for outlawing all sales of ivory.
As the main consumer market for ivory in the world, the ban on all sales - if strictly enforced - will go a long way toward ending the senseless slaughter of elephants around the world.
Pressure should now be placed on Thailand, and all other countries that still
allow the sale of ivory, to enact and enforce similar bans.
Only when the sale of ivory is completely ended will the poaching of elephants stop.