Philippines Morning News For February 27

Philippines Morning News For February 27

Philippines morning newsUber for doctors, medicine takes off as tech moves healthcare
Filipinos can now call a doctor and have medicine delivered with just a few taps on their mobile device, as tech startups meet demand to move health services in the country.

Duterte says PH to get 5,000 firearms from a ‘friendly country’
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday revealed that the Philippines will receive 5,000 firearms “in the next few days” from “a friendly country.”
— Inquirer.Net

Terrorists regrouping for another Marawi-type strike: Australian authorities
Australian authorities said separately that the IS-linked terrorists responsible for the siege of Marawi City last year may be regrouping to strike again elsewhere, according to The Manila Times Online report on Monday (Feb 26).
— Thai PBS

Sovereign markers to float in PH Rise
Floating “sovereign markers” will be placed in shallow portions of the Philippine Rise to assert the country’s sovereignty over the 13-million-hectare undersea plateau before Independence Day on June 12.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte mulls arming reservists if terrorism worsens
If the threat of terrorism worsens in the country, President Duterte is inclined to arm the country’s military reservists to help protect and defend the nation.
— Manila Bulletin

Saudis trading Filipino maids
Filipino migrant workers in Saudi Arabia are calling on the government to stop employers there from trading their maids among themselves.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last-minute boost helps PH shares
Philippine shares had a slow start to the week as it bucked the rally in equities across Asia, languishing at the 8,400 level.
— ABS-CBN (video)

POEA reiterates no direct-hire policy for domestic helpers
Labor officials on Monday reminded Filipinos seeking jobs abroad as household service workers that the government adheres to the no direct-hire policy.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

NBI to probe recruiter of Joanna Demafelis
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate and build a case against the labor recruitment agency that deployed Joanna Demafelis to Kuwait, where she was allegedly murdered by her employer.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DICT: PH among most vulnerable to cyberattacks
Amid the continuing digital shift, risks of cyber attacks are also rising. In fact, the Philippines is among the top 10 nations vulnerable to cyber attacks. The government eyes to improve security with the creation of a national cyber intelligence platform.
— ABS-CBN (video)

(ADVISORY) Oil price adjustment, Feb. 27, 2018 (Tuesday)
A new round of oil price adjustments will greet motorists effective tomorrow, February 27.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines’ Ayala takes over California solar tech company
Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. has acquired a majority stake in a California-based solar-technology company, its latest push into “disruptive” assets.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Maynilad inks P18.5-B notes facility
MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. has signed a P18.5-billion notes facility with various banks, which will be used mainly to refinance debt.
— BusinessWorld Online

PAL flies home 1.2K OFWS from Kuwait
A TOTAL of 1,240 Filipinos have so far been flown back home from Kuwait by Philippine Airlines (PAL) since President Rodrigo Duterte called for the repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) suffering from maltreatment from their employers.
— Sun Star

Excise tax collections rise 81.7% in Jan. after TRAIN
EXCISE TAX collections rose nearly 82% year on year in January as the new tax law kicked in, according to data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines sets record for largest art class
Students in Philippines made history by attending what the Guinness World Records has classified as the biggest art class the world has ever seen.
— The News International (video)

Gov’t rejects all bids for T-bills as yields climb
THE GOVERNMENT rejected all bids at yesterday’s auction of Treasury bills (T-bill) as banks asked for higher returns following growing expectations of a rate hike from the US Federal Reserve soon.
— BusinessWorld Online

In marches around Philippines, Catholics protest threats to life
Catholics came out strongly against what they described as “threats to life” in rallies held in major cities across the Philippines Feb. 24.
— The Catholic Register


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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