TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says the sailors from a South Korean tanker seized in the Persian Gulf by Iranian troops last month are free to leave the country on humanitarian grounds. State TV on Tuesday cited ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, who said a legal investigation into the tanker and its captain would continue. Iran maintains the tanker and its 20-member crew were stopped because of the vessel’s “environmental pollution,” a claim rejected by the vessel’s owner. The crew, including sailors from Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea and Vietnam, were in custody at the port city of Bandar Abbas near the Strait of Hormuz.
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“Mahigitna anim na taon na itong modernisasyon ng transport sa Boracay. Hindi natin dapati-delay itong programa. May tricycle operators na hindi nag-renew ng kanilang franchises dahilalam nila matutuloy ang e-trike program,” he added. KALIBO, Aklan – Amid the campaign forjeepney modernization, the local government of Malay is looking to graduallyphase out tricycles next. “Isasa mga advantage ng e-trikeproject ay mabawasan ang problema natinsa environment, health atpollution,” Bautista said. (With a reportfrom Akean Forum/PN) The Municipal Traffic Code requires e-trikedrivers and operators to secure franchises with the Municipal Transport andFranchising Regulatory Board before they are allowed to operate. “Kailanganmay total phase out na ng mgatricycles sa Boracay mula Nov. 19 hanggang Dec. 31 this year. Impound natin ang mga ito pag mahuli sa Enero at i-transport sa mainlandMalay,” Bautista said. He said that then former mayor CecironCawaling issued Executive Order No. 007 on Feb. 1, 2018 for the full enforcementof the e-trike program, but the Sangguniang Bayan requested for the suspensionof the implementation due to the temporary closure of Boracay. Bautista has issued Executive Order No.40 series of 2019 on Nov. 11 enforcing the guidelines and policieson electric tricycles (e-trike) program. The gradual replacement of conventionaltricycles in Malay, Aklan was introduced in 2013 to promote cleaner andefficient vehicles, lessen noise pollution and environment-friendly mode oftransport. According to Malay acting mayor FloribarBautista, gasoline-fueled tricycles plying in Boracay Island and the town’smajor thoroughfares will be replaced by electronic tri-wheels.