Duterte lists reasons for seeking ML extension
PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday formally asked Congress for another extension of his martial law (ML) declaration in Mindanao, this time lasting for a year, citing recruitment activities of the Maute terror group which attacked Marawi City in May, and its efforts to reorganize.
Transco ready to partner with China Telecom, but franchise may not allow it
The president of the National Transmission Corp. (Transco) on Monday said the state firm is a candidate to be the local partner of state-run China Telecom Corp. in the much-hyped search for a third player in the country’s telecommunications industry.
Philippines defied experts’ advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme
As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country’s “expertise” in research.
— The Straits Times (paywall)
Philippines gets Fitch upgrade; investors shrug off drug war
The brutal drug war has not shaken investor confidence and macroeconomic fundamentals remain strong, prompting international debt watcher Fitch Ratings to upgrade the Philippines’ credit rating yesterday.
2017 milled-rice output seen rising to 12.78 MMT
The country’s milled-rice production this year could settle at 12.78 million metric tons (MMT), 5.35 percent higher than the 12.13 MMT recorded output last year, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations’s Food Agriculture Organization (FAO).
$380M loan to boost Mindanao connectivity
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board is expected to approve the $380 million loan agreement for a project in Mindanao which seeks to improve connectivity on international trade corridors.
US-Philippines Coast Guard Cooperation in the Spotlight with Coast Watch Center Visit
A key facility in maritime security collaboration was in the headlines again this week.
— The Diplomat (paywall)
Honda motorcycles leave practical image behind in Philippines
The Philippines has become a nagging outlier against Honda Motor’s dominance of the Southeast Asian motorbike market, pressing the Japanese automaker known for light two-wheelers to pivot strongly toward heavy-engine motorcycles in the country.
— Nikkei Asian Review
Duterte’s promise to sack corrupt commissioners hangs
There was no word yesterday on whether President Duterte made good on his promise to fire members of an entire commission over corruption.
Bangladesh minister: We want to ‘wipe out’ Philippines bank after $80 million heist
Bangladesh’s finance minister has said he wants to “wipe out” the Philippines bank linked to a cyberattack that left the country’s central bank $81 million out of pocket.
FDI inflows surge 62% in Sept.
Foreign direct investments (FDI) net inflows reached $754 million in September 2017, 61.8 percent higher than the $466 million recorded in the same period last year.
‘Martial law to be used vs NPA’
The threat posed by communist rebels was one of the reasons cited by President Duterte to justify his request for Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao by one more year.
PH defied experts’ advice in pursuing vaccine program
AS she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country’s “expertise” in research.
Why does the Church favor lawbreakers, not enforcers?
WHOM should the Catholic Church, rights groups, and other moral and religious authorities support— criminals, rebels, and terrorists; the police and soldiers battling them; or the victims of their depredations?
— The Manila Times
Compromise on jeepney modernization, DOTr, transport groups told
Sen. Grace Poe called on both the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the drivers and operators of public utility jeeps (PUJ) to be flexible for the success of the jeepney modernization program of the Duterte administration.
Pay hike for cops, soldiers gets final House nod
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a joint resolution aimed at raising the salaries of police and soldiers by next year.
— Update Philippines
Smart completing LTE roll-out this year
As part of its network modernization, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) will finish upgrading more than 4,200 3G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) sites across the country by this year-end.
— Manila Bulletin
Parents of vaccine ‘victim’ seek justice
PARENTS of the 11-year-old girl who died of dengue after being inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine last year vowed to help in the investigation into the P3.5-billion dengue vaccine program being conducted by the Justice department and other bodies, to bring justice to their child and other children who have received the shots.
— The Manila Times
Think tank warns of jihadist recruitment
A think tank has called on government to intensify intervention on the plight of internally displaced Filipino Muslims in Marawi as the emergence of new mujaheddin looms large, increasing the possibility of another Marawi-like war in Mindanao.
— The Manila Times
Employees urge Duterte to fire Dev’t Academy of the Philippines president
Employees of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fire their president, Elba Cruz, over “questionable moves” and her alleged lack of “knowledge, temperament, and behavior” necessary to lead a government institution.
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