Duterte to order mass arrest of communists
His officials said the terrorist classification of any group requires court approval, but President Duterte is already preparing for a roundup of communist peace consultants.
No WHO approval issued before Dengvaxia vaccination
THE Department of Health (DOH) in early 2016 went ahead with its mass dengue immunization program without any advisory from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the effects of the Dengvaxia vaccine, the WHO said Tuesday.
Huge poultry factory opens in the Philippines
The biggest poultry plant in the Philippines, based in Santo Tomas, has just been opened via a joint venture between Cargill and Jollibee Foods.
— Global Meat News
Philippines a dangerous country for green activists
Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the corruption-plagued Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness.
— The Straits Times (paywall)
Government has spent P3 B for Dengvaxia
Since the Department of Health (DOH) has spent P3 billion of P3.5 billion for its controversial anti-dengue vaccination program, it now seeks to negotiate with French manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur for still unused doses of Dengvaxia vaccine.
Dengue vaccine deal a scam, says ex-usec
FORMER Department of Health undersecretary Susan Pineda-Mercado yesterday branded a “scam” the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia deal executed under the previous administration of President Benigno Aquino III and former Health secretary Janette Garin.
— Manila Standard
Business group seeks passage of emergency powers bill
Foreign businessmen are clamoring for the passage of a bill giving the President of the country emergency powers to address transportation traffic and congestion.
Duterte: Give me another year vs drugs
A day after he brought the police back to his brutal war on illegal drugs, President Duterte yesterday said he needed one more year to end the narcotics problem, a mission that he described as a “sacred thing.”
Infra spend jumps 12%
The national government’s expenditures for infrastructure and other capital outlays jumped by 11.8 percent as of end-October versus the previous year’s level, data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed.
DTI: Coal tax to affect resurgence of local manufacturing sector
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged policy-makers to reconsider the proposed hike in excise tax on coal, as its impact on electricity cost may temper the manufacturing sector’s growth.
Philippine military under fire over aid blockade
Troops are blocking aid to almost 2,000 indigenous people who fled their homes amid intensifying military operations against communist rebels in Mindanao last week, according to church officials in the southern Philippines.
DOF wants China-PH ‘significant’ trade disparity checked
The Department of Finance (DOF) ordered the Bureau of Customs to meet with its counterpart in Beijing to discuss the significant gap between China’s registered export volumes to the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin
Chinese oil company eyes PH refining plant
Handi Group, one of the largest and advanced private specialty oil producers in China, expressed interest to invest in petroleum refining and a petrochemical manufacturing facility in the Philippines.
— Manila Standard
Philippines and Czech Republic consider moving embassies to Jerusalem after Trump announcement, report
Leaders of the Philippines and the Czech Republic have reportedly expressed interest in moving their embassies to Jerusalem, after US President Donald Trump announced he would be relocating his country’s embassy.
— The National
India-Philippines Coast Guard Exercise Spotlights Maritime Cooperation
This week, the Indian and Philippine coast guards carried out a bilateral maritime exercise. Though the interaction did not receive widespread media coverage, it was nonetheless significant within the context of the ongoing defense cooperation between the two sides, which extends into the maritime domain.
— The Diplomat
Manny Pacquiao: Boxer becomes a colonel in the Philippines army
Manny Pacquiao has lived a varied life outside of the ring and now the former eight-weight world champion has announced he has been promoted to the role of colonel in the Philippines Army.
Government tightens screws on terror financing
The government has approved rules for tighter regulation of terrorist financing.
PH, Cambodia ink pacts on culture, defense
Cambodian and Philippine governments on Wednesday signed agreements on defense and preservation of culture and arts during their 2nd Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) held in Manila.
— Update Philippines
JFC wants Duterte to get special powers vs traffic
Businessmen belonging to the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) asked Congress to enact a measure mandating the grant of emergency powers to President Duterte to solve the traffic crisis.
PH global hotspot for environmental murders
Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness.
— The Manila Times
Eight tribal leaders shot dead by Philippine troops
Religious leaders and human rights workers condemned the killing of eight tribal members during a military offensive on Dec. 3 against communist rebels on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Duterte orders ‘mass arrest’ of NDF consultants out on bail
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he will order the “mass arrest” of National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants, who were released temporarily, following the collapse of the peace talks with the communist rebels.
— Philippine News Agency
PNP vows to take measures to ensure less bloody war vs illegal drugs
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has vowed to take all the precautionary measures to ensure a less bloody war on drugs following the order putting back the police on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
— Manila Bulletin
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