Philippines Morning News Roundup For March 3

Philippines Morning News Roundup For March 3

Welcome to the Philippines morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Philippines news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


Philippines morning newsChina donates 450 transistor radios to Philippines

The Chinese government handed over 450 digital transistor radios to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of Philippines on Monday.
Asia Radio Today 

3 Japan firms infusing P14.5B in PH operations
The Department of Trade and Industry reported a total of P14.5 billion worth of new Japanese investments coming to the Philippines.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Police faked evidence in ‘drug war’ killings – report
POLICE manufactured evidence to justify unlawful killings in a “war on drugs” that caused more than 7,000 deaths, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed in a new report.
The Manila Times 

Death penalty to reach SC
With Congress one step closer to reviving capital punishment, the fight of a small group of congressmen against the bill reimposing the death penalty will definitely reach the Supreme Court.
Phil Star 

Surge in Chinese tourism to the Philippines
This year the Philippines expects the number of Chinese tourists to cross the 1 million mark, a 49% increase on the roughly 670,000 hosted in 2016, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT). If achieved, this will bring the country closer to the DoT’s full-year objective of 7 million arrivals, following a 2016 showing of just shy of 6 million.
Business World Online 

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content
The Philippine government may soon give media accreditation to bloggers and other ‘social media publishers’. Many have welcomed the initiative as a positive “step towards citizen engagement” but others worry that the proposed guidelines on how bloggers can join government-sponsored events could undermine the independence of accredited ‘social media publishers’.
Global Voice

Int’l rights group: Killings have had little impact on PH drug problem
The deaths allegedly caused by the administration’s anti-narcotics drive have done very little to solve the Philippines’ drug problem, an international human rights group said.

PAL flying non-stop to Middle East
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to start non-stop service between Manila and seven destinations in the Middle East later this month.
Phil Star

Duterte to sign PHL coffee road map next week–official
AFTER a series of consultations with industry stakeholders, the long-awaited Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2017-2022 will finally be signed on March 7 at the Malacañan Palace, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday.
Business Mirror 

‘PH could be Asean’s lead economic force’
WITH firm fundamentals in place for sustainable growth, the Philippine economy could become a driving force for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) to develop its full potential and promote lasting peace in the region, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) said Wednesday.
The Manila Times 

Philippines: Drug suspects ‘routinely’ killed by police
A human rights watchdog has accused police in the Philippines of falsifying evidence to justify unlawful killings in the government’s bloody war on drugs and pointed the finger at President Rodrigo Duterte as being ultimately responsible.

Stopping crimes more important than Philippines reputation — Pimentel
Putting a stop to drug trafficking and other heinous crimes is more urgent than worrying about the country’s reputation before the international community, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
Phil Star

Philippine to host international conference on translation in September
The Philippines in September will host an international conference on translation and translation studies to discuss best practices worldwide and potential collaboration in the region.
Business Mirror

Phl third worst ASEAN country
Vigilantes and cops are killing for thrill. Communist and Islamist rebels kidnap at will. Life is cheapened, as thousands of murders stay unsolved and half-a-million firearms loose.
Phil Star 

HRW: PH risks being lumped with North Korea, Syria
The Philippine government needs to understand that their problems with the international community will not go away unless these killings stop,’ says New York-based Human Rights Watch of the Duterte administration’s drug war

CNN Philippines hailed news website of the year in 2017 UmalohokJuan awards
CNN Philippines’ website reaped its first award on Thursday, as the “online news website of the year” at the 2017 UmalohokJuan Awards.
CNN Philippines



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