Philippines Morning News For January 31

Philippines Morning News For January 31

Philippines morning newsRPT-Philippines drinks makers shun China corn syrup imports to avoid tax
Philippine beverage producers are swapping their imports of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for domestic sugar to avoid higher taxes on the alternative sweetener, industry and government officials said, limiting exports from top supplier China.

Philippines Charges Islamic State-Linked Militants With Kidnapping, Beheading
More than 50 members of an Islamic State-linked militant group that occupied and laid waste to the southern Philippines city of Marawi were charged with kidnapping and murder in one of the country’s largest mass indictments of alleged terror groups.
The Wall Street Journal

Philippines probes sale of passport endorsements
The Philippine government is investigating the sale of passport application endorsements from government agencies, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, January 30, as criticism floods the DFA over passport application problems.

P108-M seized illegal drugs from US turned over to PDEA
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena on Tuesday turned over P108-M worth of seized illegal drugs shipments to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here.
Manila Bulletin

Rappler links Duterte 2016 campaign to certain fake news
News website Rappler has found millions of false social media accounts spreading fake news linked originally to the 2016 campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Philippines: Hold police to account for unlawful killings in “war on drugs”
Responding to the news that police have resumed their role in implementing the so-called “war on drugs” declared by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez said:
Amnesty International 

Proposed federal gov’t set-up wants Sabah included in Philippine territory
A member of a consultative committee that President Rodrigo Duterte appointed to review the 1987 Constitution said he would propose the inclusion of Sabah in the Philippine territory as part of the country’s shift to a federal system of government.

A significant amount of ash has fallen on towns near the Philippines’ most active volcano after energetic eruptions of lava from the crater.
Macau Daily Times 

South Korea eyes improved economic ties with Philippines
South Korea plans to ramp up investments in the Philippines this year after a slowdown in 2017, with planned projects to support the government’s massive infrastructure program.

Senate sends Faeldon to Pasay jail; Palace won’t intervene
Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon was transferred to the Pasay City Jail on orders of the Senate which had earlier cited him in contempt over his refusal to appear before its hearing of the P6.4-billion illegal drugs shipment from China.
Manila Bulletin 

PH ready for federalism, says Cha-cha panel member
The Philippines is ready for a shift to a federal form of government, a member of President Rodrigo Duterte’s consultative body on charter change said Tuesday.

Grab urges LTFRB to increase cap on TNVS units
GRAB PHILIPPINES (, Inc.) is urging the Land and Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to raise the cap on transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units plying the country to around 75,000, based on its estimated number of active units on the road.

Palace compels gov’t agencies to submit procurement funds report
Malacanang has compelled all government agencies to submit, “for monitoring and evaluation purposes”, their reports on funds transferred to the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS).
Philippine News Agency 

European Union still open to aid for Philippines
Despite the government’s repeated rejection of its development assistance, the European Union remains open to providing aid to the Philippines, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said yesterday.

House OKs ban on contractualization
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning contractualization in the workplace, a measure that could benefit up to six million workers.
The Manila Times 

Government’s infrastructure push piques interest of South Korean businessmen
South Korea is joining the trend of East Asian countries targeting Southeast Asia as an investment area, as a dozen of Seoul-based businessmen are now looking into the prospect of taking part in Manila’s infrastructure program.

Duterte appeals to Marawi residents to help keep terrorists from entering their city
President Duterte has vowed adequate funds to rebuild a better Marawi City but appealed to residents to help prevent terrorism from infiltrating their community again.
Manila Bulletin

Rising retail trade boosts industrial market demand
The rising retail trade has been boosting demand in industrial space in the country, Santos Knight Frank Associate Director for Investment and Capital Markets Kash Salvador said.
Philippine News Agency


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