Philippines Morning News For February 16

Philippines Morning News For February 16

Philippines morning newsPresident Rodrigo Duterte offers US$500 kill bounty for Philippines communist rebels after he told troops to shoot female fighters in genitals
The Philippine president has offered a nearly US$500 bounty for each communist rebel killed by government forces to save on anti-insurgency costs and says insurgents are easier to hit than birds because they have bigger heads.
South China Morning Post 

20 Filipinos jailed for fake ID cards, using others’ cards
Twenty Filipinos were jailed in Malaysia on Wednesday after pleading guilty to using forged identity cards or ID for other people.
Asia Times

Thousands of Filipinos hit by Kuwait worker ban
As many as 250,000 Filipinos will be affected by a total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, according to a Philippine government estimate.
Ucanews

Duterte could allow ownership of high-powered guns vs terrorists
President Rodrigo Duterte may allow the private ownership of high-powered firearms if the terror threat in the country worsens and the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria spills over to Luzon.
Philstar 

Expert: Many OFWs seen as ‘commodity’ by foreign employers
Refusing to see workers as human beings leads to abuse.
That was what Toots Ople, the Head of the Blas Ople Policy Center, told CNN Philippines Thursday when she was asked about how a tragedy like that of Joanna Demafelis happens.
CNN Philippines 

A warning from the Philippines’ paradise lost
From being named among the world’s best beaches in 2011 and 2012 to being declared a cesspool by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine island of Boracay has suffered a crashing fall in its reputation.
The Nation 

Philippine finance secretary thanks Alibaba for tips on digital economy
Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez thanked Alibaba’s founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma on Thursday for providing insights on optimising the use of technology to improve governance and prepare Filipinos for the future under a digital economy.
Xinhua Net 

Duterte could allow ownership of high-powered guns vs terrorists
President Rodrigo Duterte may allow the private ownership of high-powered firearms if the terror threat in the country worsens and the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria spills over to Luzon.
Philstar 

Ombudsman: Probe on Duterte wealth closed after AMLC refusal to cooperate
The Office of the Ombudsman said it closed its investigation on President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged unexplained wealth due to lack of evidence.
CNN Philippines 

DICT moves deadline for auction of 3rd telco slot
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) moved the deadline of submission of bids for the slot of the 3rd major telecommunications player to May 18, instead of March, heeding the call of prospective entrants.
Rappler 

Duterte-Trump ‘romance’ boosts Philippines-US ties
Relations between the Philippines and the United States are on the upswing under the Duterte-Trump administrations, the head of the US Pacific Command said.
Philstar 

Duterte wishes for stronger bond between Filipinos, Chinese in the Philippines
On the eve of the Chinese New Year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday expressed his wish for a stronger sense of solidarity and goodwill between Filipinos and Chinese in the country.
Xinhua Net 

Accused Priest Extradited From Philippines Pleads Not Guilty
A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded not guilty.
US News 

Duterte-Trump ‘romance’ boosts Philippines-US ties
Relations between the Philippines and the United States are on the upswing under the Duterte-Trump administrations, the head of the US Pacific Command said.
Philstar 

Philippines Banks to Use Visa’s Blockchain Payments Platform
Five banks in the Philippines are reportedly grouping up to use Visa’s blockchain-based payment platform.
Coin Desk 

Oxfam aid workers in the Philippines ‘spent weeks lounging around hotel with girls who looked to be 14 or 15’
British pilot Chris Jacobs said guests at the five-star Marco Polo hotel were disgusted by the sight of “older male staff” cavorting with girls who appeared to be only 14 or 15 years old.
The Sun 

Palace on Teo’s foreign trips with makeup artist, aides: It’s Duterte’s nature to ask
President Rodrigo Duterte would ask Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo about a report by The STAR that a make-up artist and utility clerks accompanied her in her foreign trips in the last two years.
Philstar

PH eyes satellite rice production abroad
The Philippine government is aiming to clinch a deal with Papua New Guinea (PNG) for Filipinos to be able to grow rice there and supply the staple back here.
Manila Bulletin 

PH seen to produce 1M cars a year by 2028
SANTA ROSA, Laguna-The Philippines could have an annual car production of one million units by 2027, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said, citing a study done by a Japanese government agency.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Duterte-Trump ‘romance’ boosts Philippines-US ties
Relations between the Philippines and the United States are on the upswing under the Duterte-Trump administrations, the head of the US Pacific Command said.
Philstar 

 

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