Philippines morning news for December 2

Philippines morning news for December 2

Philippines morning news

Senate resolution calls for probe on flagship projects, China funding
A RESOLUTION filed in the Senate calls for an inquiry on the implementation of infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program and its reliance on official development assistance (ODA), particularly from China.
— BusinessWorld

Evacuations in Philippines as Typhoon Kammuri affects SEA Games events
The Philippines has begun evacuating thousands of people, local officials said Sunday, as a powerful typhoon rumbled in off the Pacific, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and threatening SEA Games venues.
— CNA

Duterte orders PHL Navy: Blow pirates in Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea ‘to kingdom come’
President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Philippine Navy to rid Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea of pirates in order to reduce incidents of piracy in those waters.
— GMA Network

DOH questions PHL’s ‘polio-free’ status
Duque said he believes that the eight vaccine-derived polio cases showed the virulence of a wild poliovirus outbreak.
— GMA Network

Duterte hits Pangilinan for law on age of criminal liability starting 15
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday lashed out at Senator Francis Pangilinan for authoring the law that sets the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 15 years old.
— GMA Network

PHL leads SEA Games medal tally with 15 gold medals, 5 silvers, 5 bronze medals (as of 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1)
The Philippines leads the medal tally for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) on Sunday, Dec. 1, with 15 golds, five silvers and five bronze medals, for a total of 25 medals, as of 5:30 p.m.
— Eagle News

No Duterte order to probe China’s co-ownership of NGCP
There is no directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate China’s co-ownership of the private consortium that oversees the management and operation of the Philippines’ power grid, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte: ICC can’t prosecute me ‘for a thousand years’
President Rodrigo Duterte is confident the International Criminal Court cannot prosecute him over his bloody campaign against illegal drugs even for a thousand years.
— GMA Network

505 new HIV cases recorded in Quezon City
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday expressed concern as the new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) recorded in the city reached 505 from January to July this year.
— The Philippine Star

NEDA approves NAIA rehabilitation, other major infrastructure projects
The National Economic and Development Authority board approved over the weekend several major infrastructure projects, including the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
— Manilastandard.net

HSW in Metro Manila get P1,500 additional daily pay
Household service workers (HSW) in Metro Manila will soon have the highest minimum-wage rate nationwide.
— Business Mirror

DOH finds HIV deaths alarming
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Sunday the government and its partners are working double time to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV infections in public and private health facilities nationwide
— Manilastandard.net

DOF awaits EO banning imports of e-cigarettes
The Department of Finance (DOF) is waiting for Malacanang’s executive order (EO) to determine the impact of President Duterte’s ban on the importation and use of vapes and electronic cigarettes in public places.
— The Philippine Star

Labor dept to complete list of foreigners working in PHL
The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced it will be conducting a “special” labor inspection this month to complete its validated list of foreign nationals (FN) who are working in the country before the end of the year.
— Business Mirror

18-Day Campaign to End VAW kicks off in R10
With the theme, “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me,” the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW (Violence Against Women) kicked off in the region with a motorcade, parade and opening program spearheaded by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking, Child Pornography, Violence Against Women and Their Children (RIACAT-CP-VAWC)-10, November 25, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

PH hauls 20 gold, 10 silver medals
The Philippines harvested 20 gold medals on the first day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. It also tallied 10 silver and five bronze medals as of 9 p.m.
— Manila Times

More areas under Signal No. 2 as “Tisoy” moves towards Bicol
More areas are under a Signal No. 2 as Typhoon “Tisoy” maintains its strength and moved towards the Bicol area. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar are under the storm alert.
— Eagle News

Poll cites price lift from fading base effect
which the government will report on Dec. 5 — likely picked up on the back of fading base effects from last year’s successive multi-year highs, according to economists asked last week.
— BusinessWorld

Mayor Rosal green lights sustainable community in Legazpi
MAYOR Noel Rosal of the City of Legazpi approved the development of sustainable communities in the towns of Homapon and Estanza in Legazpi City.
— Manila Times

Common facility planned for backyard hog raisers
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is planning to introduce a system of common facilities for hog raisers to minimize the possibility of African Swine Fever (ASF) breaking out in the southern island.
— BusinessWorld

Bataeño youth urged to seek help on mental health issues
Bataeño youth dealing with mental health issues such as depression and suicidal thoughts are urged to seek professional help.
— Philippine Information Agency

DILG asks Pampanga local chief executives to support Constitutional Reform
Department of the Interior and Local Government Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia asks the support of the local chief executives in the province in pushing for Constitutional Reform (CoRe).
— Philippine Information Agency

Palace hails organizers, volunteers for ‘superb’ SEA Games launch
Malacañang on Sunday praised the organizers, volunteers, and the other people who made a “job exceedingly done” in organizing the formal launch of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Taal Volcano activity still high
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) could raise Taal Volcano’s alert status to level 2 amid the continuous detection of high seismic activity, which indicate increasing volcanic unrest.
— Tempo

100K residents evacuated in Albay due to ‘Tisoy’
Disaster authorities have started to evacuate over 100,000 persons living in lahar-prone areas across the province on Sunday in anticipation of heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Tisoy, which is expected to hit the Bicol Region on Monday, the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said.
— Philippine News Agency

DOE partners with Japan for clean energy initiative suitable for ASEAN
The Department of Energy (DOE) has partnered with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. in tackling clean energy initiatives that are seen applicable to the needs of the Southeast Asian bloc.
— Manila Bulletin

Malaysian shuttlers rout Philippines to enter semi-finals
Malaysia, as expected, reached the semi-finals of the men’s badminton team event following an effortless 3-0 win over the Philippines at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex today.
— New Straits Times

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan affirmed the 90-day preventive suspension of Shariff Saydona Mustapha Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan over a graft case when he was governor of Maguindanao.
— Rappler

PCOO chief backs church’s initiatives to address malnutrition
The government can learn a thing or two from the feeding program being implemented by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

No moves to oust Speaker Cayetano amid SEA Games issues –Barbers
House Committee on Dangerous Drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers said Sunday he has not heard or seen of any moves to oust Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, amid issues in the preparations for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— GMA Network

Ombudsman dismisses last plunder complaint vs Arroyo
The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the last plunder complaint filed by former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo involving charges that the former chief executive misused millions in funds of the state-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
— Rappler

Cop who died shielding kids from blast to get PNP posthumous award
The cop who died after using his body to shield children from a grenade explosion in Misamis Oriental has been recommended to receive posthumously a Philippine National Police medal.
— GMA Network

Duterte yet to choose next AFP chief –spokesman Arevalo
President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to choose the next Commanding General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to Army spokesman Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo.
— GMA Network

2K passengers stranded in Bicol; ‘Tisoy’ maintains strength
At least 2,156 passengers were stranded in major ports across the Bicol region as Typhoon Tisoy maintained its strength, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

China interference with PHL power transmission possible –Gatchalian
China interference with the power transmission in the country is possible as the State Grid Corporation of China holds a 40% equity stake at the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Sunday.
— GMA Network

POGOs, other gaming firms required to pay taxes: Palace
All gaming firms are required to pay their taxes and Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) are no exception, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

The Philippines is the best diving destination according to the World Travel Awards
The Philippines bagged the Best Diving Destination award at the World Travel Awards 2019. The event ws held in Muscat, Oman last November 28.
— Rappler

Clark landfill firm hops onto waste-to-energy bandwagon
The company which owns and operates the 100-hectare sanitary landfill in the uplands of Capas town here within the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) jumped onto the waste-to-energy bandwagon by proposing to provide up to 35 megawatts of electricity for New Clark City.
— Rappler

Sara Duterte slams use of ‘Manila’ song in SEA Games opening
Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte took to Instagram on Sunday, December 1, to air her criticism of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee’s (Phisgoc) decision to use the upbeat Hotdog song Manila during the opening of the games.
— Rappler

PDL in region 10 decrease by more than 50%
The number of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) detained at jails in Northern Mindanao have declined by more than 50 percent, according to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) region 10.
— Philippine Information Agency

Partial release of license plates to begin Monday –LTO
The partial release of motor vehicle license plates will begin on Monday, according to the the Land Transportation Office.
— GMA Network

Progressive groups create EJK memorial ahead of Human Rights Day
In anticipation of International Human Rights Day on December 10, several progressive groups on Sunday set up a memorial for extrajudicial killing victims at the Ecumenical Center of the National Council of Churches of the Philippines in Quezon City.
— GMA Network

5 generals shortlisted for top Army position
The Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday disclosed that five military generals were recommended by the Board of Generals to President Duterte to be the next commanding general of the more than 90,000-strong Philippine Army.
— Tempo

Mati City dive site documentation continues
Documentation of possible diving sites in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental continues as divers from both the private and government sectors continue their search on their second week.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE suspends labor inspections in December 2019
The inspections of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be suspended in December to make way for the implementation of the agency’s inspection programs in 2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced on Sunday, December 1.
— Rappler

Ateneo de Davao backs MinDA programs via research, dev’t
The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) expressed its support for the programs of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) through aid in research and development.
— Philippine News Agency

IPs in NorMin hold action planning workshop in support to EO 70
Some 300 Indigenous People (IPs) in Northern Mindanao gathered here for a three-day Regional Action Planning Workshop in support to the 12 Lines of Efforts (LOEs) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
— Philippine Information Agency

Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan dies at 61
Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan died on Saturday, November 30.
— Rappler

 

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

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