Philippines Morning News For January 23

Philippines Morning News For January 23

Philippines morning newsPhilippines to deport Hamas ‘rocket scientist’
The Philippines said Monday it would deport an elderly Iraqi man described as a scientist for Hamas and accused of helping the Palestinian militant group lob missiles at Israel.

Philippines’ president asks military to shoot him if he extends his tenure
The firebrand leader sought to dispel speculation he had ordered loyalists in congress to change the constitution to introduce a federal system that would let him stay in power beyond 2022, when his single term ends.
The Cable

Cyber fraud threatens integrity of PH banking system
A LITTLE over a week ago, social media was flooded with reports of livid customers, including many overseas Filipino workers (OFW), who claimed to have lost thousands of pesos from unauthorized transactions from their online bank accounts.
The Manila Times 

Rights issues in PH remain of ‘serious concern’ – EU report
Rights issues hounding the Philippine government remained of “serious concern,” a European Commission report said on Monday.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Philippines Raises Alert Level as Mayon Volcano Eruption Intensifies
Philippine officials raised the alert level on the Mayon volcano on Monday as it began spewing an ash plume more than 4,000 feet high from its summit in a spectacular show of destructive power.
The New York Times 

Sanofi agrees to shoulder cost of death or case related to Dengvaxia
A representative of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur today agreed to shoulder the cost of any death or case related to the Dengvaxia vaccine they manufactured and marketed to the Philippine government.
Manila Bulletin 

Will Duterte’s ‘Cha-Cha’ Train Lead to Dictatorship in the Philippines?
Recent moves have raised some troubling questions about the country’s drift to authoritarianism under a strongman’s rule.
The Diplomat

Head of Philippines news site Rappler meets investigators over complaint
The head of a Philippines news site ordered to be closed for ownership violations met with state investigators on Monday to answer what she called a “suspicious” complaint about a five-year-old story, as domestic fears grow of an impending crackdown on media.
The Guardian 

Philippines Arrests Explosives Expert Tied to Mideast Militants
Philippine intelligence operatives have arrested an Iraqi explosives expert who has eluded the local authorities since last year and were checking whether he had been in contact with Filipino militant groups, the police said Monday.
The New York Times 

Integrity pacts and open contracting: The EU perspective
In 2016 one in three Europeans felt that their governments and political leaders were mostly or entirely corrupt. The European Commission consequently teamed up with Transparency International to pilot the use of integrity pacts (IP). In essence, an IP is an agreement with the public authorities that allows civil society to act as independent monitors of the procurement process.

100% smoke-free policy in malls, restaurants urged
Owners of malls and restaurants were urged yesterday by a health think tank to adopt a 100 percent smoke-free policy.
Manila Bulletin

EU to support PH in implementing 27 confabs to retain GSP+ status
The European Union (EU) on Monday committed to continue working closely with the Philippines through the ongoing Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) monitoring process, guaranteeing support to ensure that progress is made on implementing 27 international conventions it adhered to.
Philippine News Agency 

Philippines revises Q3 2017 GDP growth upwards to 7%
The Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) in the 3rd quarter grew at a faster pace than previously reported, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said days before it announces preliminary figures for the last quarter of 2017.

Philippines’ Duterte Pursues Distraction Over Accountability
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano on Saturday attacked Human Rights Watch for “deliberately misrepresenting” the scale of the killings of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” to create an “unfair and unjust image” of the country. Cayetano also accused Human Rights Watch of having “politicized the [drug war] issue for its own gain and has not done any real research, study or investigation on the human rights situation in the Philippines.”
Human Right Watch 

Palace: Philippines has sovereignty over Scarborough shoal
China can assert its claim to Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal but Philippine sovereignty over the area remains, Malacañang said yesterday.

Senate approves PH treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany
The Senate on Monday, January 22, unanimously concurred in the ratification of treaties between the Philippines and the European Union (EU), Sweden, and Germany.

PH, Netherlands to craft Manila Bay masterplan
The Philippines and the Netherlands will be working on a masterplan for the development of the Manila Bay area following the signing of a memorandum of agreement on Monday.
The Manila Times 

‘Economic Cha-cha not enough to end PHL woes’
Lawmakers now at the forefront of efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution at the House of Representatives on Monday rejected calls from business groups to limit the Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative to the economic provisions.

Anti-hazing bill hurdles House
The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to prohibit all forms of hazing and regulate the initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations.
Philippine News Agency 


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