Philippines Morning News For November 30

Philippines Morning News For November 30

Philippines morning newsDuterte wants Charter change to limit powers
PRESIDENT Duterte on Tuesday night said he is pushing for the amendment of the Constitution, not to prolong his stay in power or become a dictator but to ensure that the Constitution “would mandate more accountability and responsibility” among public officials.

PH in manufacturing resurgence
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sees the growth of the manufacturing sector picking up to a range of 10 to 11 percent every year till the end of the Duterte administration in 2022 after hitting a 7-year quarterly record in the third quarter this year.

Duterte ushers in Filipinos to ‘new revolution’
President Duterte will not have any official activity as the country marks today the 154th birth anniversary of Filipino hero and Father of the Philippine Revolution Andres Bonifacio, but he urged the Filipinos to wage a “new revolution” – the need to liberate the country from corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.

Philippines best to lead in global disaster management – UN
Being a disaster-prone country and for its efforts in making the country and people disaster-resilient, the Philippines is in the best position to be the global leader in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said yesterday.

Senate approves P3.7-T national budget
The Senate approved last night the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2018 that saw last-minute amendments for new funding requirements, including an increase in the base pay for uniformed personnel.

Duterte: Nothing to fear, I’m no dictator
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has allayed fears he would become a dictator, saying he was just after a new Constitution that would address corruption.
The Manila Times 

Investment boom sees PHL surge past peers
Capital investment in the Philippines is surging past the rest of Southeast Asia, as the government and firms ramp up spending.

PH, Japan to ink deal for MRT-3 maintenance
A government-to-government (G2G) agreement to be signed before the year ends will allow Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. take care of the Metro Rail Transit-3’s (MRT-3) upkeep, the Transportation department said.
The Manila Times 

De Castro: Sereno misled SC justices
After realizing she had been “misled” by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the supposed ratification of an order and other issues, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro said she sought clarification from the chief magistrate but received none.

DTI sees car sales hitting 1 million by 2025
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects sales of automobiles to reach almost 1 million units by 2025, despite the possible increase in excise tax on cars under the proposed tax-reform package of the Duterte administration.

Govt, private sector must capitalize on ‘Industry 4.0’
The government, private sector, and academe must come up with a strategy that would allow the Philippines to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the so-called fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, Ayala Corp. Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel del Ayala said on Wednesday.
The Manila Times 

Gov’t closes in on tax reform after 20 years
Government is now one big step closer to reforming the country’s tax system for the first time in over two decades with the Senate’s approval of its version of the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), according to Carlos Dominguez, secretary of the Department of Finance.

Duterte sees off Vietnamese fishermen, highlights bilateral ties
President Duterte yesterday emphasized the importance of Philippine and Vietnam relations and with other countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when the government facilitated the release of five Vietnamese fishermen caught poaching last September.

Educators group airs concerns on implementation of Senior High School
Private schools called for more dialogue between concerned education agencies yesterday as they aired concerns on the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) after almost two years since its nationwide rollout.
Manila Bulletin

Social media being used to ruin democracies including Philippines
There is an increasing worldwide pattern of social media use to aid repressive regimes and undermine democracy, a digital diplomacy expert said Wednesday.

Philippines Killed Communist Rebels Near Manila, Military Says
Fifteen communist guerrillas were killed in a clash with Philippine troops just south of Manila on the same day that the government closed the door on peace talks with the rebels, the military said on Wednesday.
The New York Times 

Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games
Video games that put the player in the shoes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he kills criminals have been removed from Apple’s app store.

1,962 new HIV cases in 2 months — DOH
In a span of two months, 1,962 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were reported in the Philippines.

Interim O&M provider eyed for MRT
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) may tap the former maintenance operator of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 as an interim solution to the worsening condition of the train system.

1M cars sold in ’25
Vehicle sales are projected to reach close to 1 million by 2025, according to Rafaelita Aldaba, assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


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