Philippines morning news for August 13

Philippines morning news for August 13

Philippines morning news

No UNCLOS, no US-EU in South China Sea: Xi Jinping wants code of conduct finished before Duterte’s term ends
After its initial reluctance, China is now urging members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to complete the code of conduct on the South China Sea before 2021, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s three year turn as chairman of the regional ends.
— Politiko

DOH: Dengvaxia can prevent future dengue epidemics
The Department of Health admitted that controversial Dengvaxia vaccine can be useful in preventing future dengue epidemics.
— CNN Philippines

UP cited more times in health research than top US, UK schools, rankings show
The University of the Philippines (UP) scored higher on health research citations than some of the most prominent universities in the United States and United Kingdom, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 showed.
— GMA News

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion
In the heat of the summer, Sivan Noel and her sister Michal say they rarely venture outside of their family’s small, basement apartment in Tel Aviv.
— Gulf Times

South China Sea: Jinping defies key ruling in critical blow to Duterte’s territorial claim
Beijing has opposed the 2016 landmark ruling and have said they will continue to do so despite President Rodrigo Duterte planning to mention it. Duterte, who has previously been criticised for not pushing back China’s dominance in the waters, said “it’s time” to start talking.
— Spratly Islands

Further talks scheduled with China Customs over shipments of cigarette-making machinery
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) said it will hold further discussions with Chinese customs officials about shipments of cigarette-making machines to the Philippines, which must be registered but are often used in the illicit production of cigarette products that evade tax.
— BusinessWorld Online

Govt to collect P36.5B from other ‘sin’ taxes
THE Department of Finance (DOF) said its proposal to raise the excise taxes on alcohol and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) will yield P36.5 billion for the government’s universal health care (UHC) program next year.
— Business Mirror

Senators to probe Dengvaxia issue after PHL named fake drugs hot spot
SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto is seeking a deeper inquiry into the Dengvaxia debacle amid reports that the Philippines was found to have the “highest incidence” of fake drugs in Southeast Asia.
— Business Mirror

Financial sector invests $500 million yearly for anti-money laundering compliance
Philippine banks and financial institutions spend about $500 million annually to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, Georgia-based Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions said in a report.
— The Philippine Star

Trade, infra, border control deals up in China visit
The Philippine government is set to sign five agreements with China during President Duterte’s upcoming visit to Beijing this month, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— The Philippine Star

House measure to abolish regional wage boards
LEYTE Rep. Martin G. Romualdez has re-filed a bill that seeks to abolish regional wage boards and assign industry-wide wage increases to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).
— BusinessWorld Online

Over 4.1 mln foreign tourists visit Philippines in H1
A total of 4,133,050 foreign tourists visited the Philippines from January to June 2019, an increase of 11.43 percent compared to the same period in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters
After two Chinese survey ships were found to be operating in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without permission, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announced he was eyeing a “universal ban” on marine surveys in Philippine waters.
— Rappler

Senators move anew to lift restrictions on foreign participation in public utilities
MEASURES amending the 82-year-old Commonwealth Act No. 146, or Public Service Act (PSA), to remove foreign ownership limits on sectors engaged in public services have been filed anew in the Senate.
— BusinessWorld Online

Reforms in property valuation could net local govts P12.6B
LOCAL government units (LGUs) stand to earn P12.6 billion in real property taxes if they will all adopt a single valuation system that is on a par with international standards, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— Business Mirror

Revilla bats for tax incentives for media
SEN. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. filed a resolution seeking to grant tax incentives to broadcast and print media that devote air time and space to educational programs, and to advertisers supporting such programs.
— The Manila Times

UAE gov’t opens rehab projects for Marawi
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will launch several intervention projects for the ongoing rehabilitation of war-ravaged Marawi City.
— Philippine News Agency

Comelec seeks stricter screening of party-list groups
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is pushing for a stricter policy in accrediting party-list organizations in the coming poll exercises.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DILG chief backs ban on new buildings, tree cutting in Baguio
Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao on Monday backed a proposed yearlong moratorium on the construction of high-rise buildings in Baguio City to afford the summer capital “a breather from overdevelopment.”
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Property firms bullish on demand despite POGO uncertainty
PROPERTY developers remain optimistic about demand for office space despite China’s crackdown on Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), citing limited exposure to such tenants.
— BusinessWorld Online

Overseas Filipino Bank to be relaunched
The government is eyeing to relaunch the Overseas Filipino Bank (OF Bank) into a branchless digital lender by next year.
— The Manila Times

SEC mulls 25% public ownership for listed firms
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is eyeing to raise the minimum public ownership (MPO) of publicly listed companies to 25 percent but with a longer compliance period, making it at par with other ASEAN countries.
— The Philippine Star

AirAsia to spend $350M for new jets
THE AirAsia Group is shelling out $350 million to acquire seven more planes for its Philippine unit, according to its chief.
— The Manila Times

Sack underperforming execs, DA chief urged
FARMERS’ group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) said acting Agriculture Secretary William Dar should replace underperforming officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ensure that programs and initiatives under his leadership are properly implemented.
— The Manila Times

Philippines targets P2 M revenues from US fashion trade event
The Philippines is aiming to generate over P2 million revenues from its first participation at the US trade show featuring contemporary lifestyle fashion brands for women.
— The Philippine Star

China still keen on financing Mindanao Railway
China is still intent on financing the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project that will cut through the cities of Tagum, Davao and Digos in Mindanao, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
— The Philippine Star

DoST to help dengue detection kit manufacturer speed up production
THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DoST) is planning to assist the local company that produces the Biotek-M™ Dengue aqua Kit to manufacture more for distribution to a wider area.
— BusinessWorld Online

Solon seeks inquiry into continued entry of canned meat from ASF affected countries
Hundreds of millions of canned meat from China that continue to flow into the country’s grocery shelves have imperiled the P200 billion swine industry due to threat of the African Swine Fever, a partylist lawmaker warned yesterday.
— Manila Bulletin

China demands justice for death of Chinese worker in Las Piñas
China is demanding justice for the death of a Chinese citizen who was allegedly handcuffed by his employer and fell to his death in Las Piñas City.
— Rappler

Malacañang ‘won’t interfere’ in court decision on De Lima’s furlough request
It’s up to the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) alone to decide on Senator Leila de Lima’s urgent request for furlough to see her ailing mother, said Malacañang on Monday, August 12.
— Rappler

DFA to help troubled Filipinos in Israel – Palace
Malacañang assured on Monday that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will help hundreds of Filipinos in Israel who are at risk of being deported.
— Manila Bulletin

Continuous crime rate decline shows anti-drug campaign’s success
The continuous drop in the country’s crime rate indicates that the government’s campaign against illegal drugs is successful.
— Philippine News Agency

TC to issue cement safeguards decision before September 10
The Tariff Commission (TC) will issue its decision on the cement safeguards petition before September 10 when the provisional safeguards imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expires.
— Manila Bulletin

Three killed in Baseco raid
Three people were killed when police officers raided Baseco Compound in Manila on Sunday, an area believed to be infested with illegal criminal activity, the Manila Police District (MPD) said.
— CNN Philippines

Due to dengue epidemic, Baguio may relax school dress code
The Baguio Health Services Office has recommended that the local government and the Education department to suspend requiring students to wear skirts as part of their uniform.
— The Philippine Star

Smart signs deal with two tower builders
Smart Communications said Monday it signed an agreement with Malaysia-based tower provider edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. and local company Isoc Infrastructure Inc. to accelerate the rollout of cell sites across the country.

SC to tackle inheritance rights of illegitimate children
The Supreme Court will tackle the rights of illegitimate children to claim an inheritance.

Israel delays deportation of Filipina worker, Israeli-born son
The deportation of a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son was delayed at the 11th hour to await a final decision on their fate, an association said Monday, August 12.
— Rappler

Marcos wants Marawi contracts exempted from ‘tough requirements’
Senator Imee Marcos sought for joint-venture agreements (JVA’s) in Marawi to be exempted from “tough requirements” of government procurement and investment guidelines to hasten rehabilitation efforts there.

Duterte’s China visit to bolster drive vs. illicit cigarettes
The Philippine government’s drive against illicit cigarette trade is seen to get a boost from the scheduled visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in China later this month.
— Philippine News Agency

China urges PHL to protect rights of Chinese nationals
China on Monday asked the Philippine government to protect the rights of its citizens in the country after a handcuffed Chinese national was found dead in Las Piñas City.
— GMA News

Gov’t workers may accept gifts of nominal value
There is nothing wrong with government workers and officials accepting gifts as long as it is of nominal value, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Sandigan suspends Rep. Madrona over P4.8-M fertilizer purchase
The Sandiganbayan issued a 90-day preventive suspension order against Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus Madrona over graft charges stemming from the alleged anomalous purchase of fertilizer worth P4.8 million.
— GMA News

Recto files bill mandating installation of solar energy systems in all gov’t offices
Senator Ralph Recto has filed a bill seeking to have all government buildings and offices utilize solar energy systems in a reported bid to reduce utility costs and promote the development of renewable energy resources.
— Eagle News


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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.

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