Philippines morning news for December 31

Philippines morning news for December 31

Philippines morning news

Duterte asks God for fatal aneurysm after presidency
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he had asked God to take his life shortly after his presidency ends in 2022.
— GMA Network

PH economy still among Asia’s fastest amid easing inflation
The Philippine economy remained one of the best performers in Asia after rebounding from an initial slowdown in the first two quarters of 2019 amid obstacles, reflecting the government’s spending catch-up and easing inflation.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte tells troubled media conglomerate owners to sell out
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told owners of a media conglomerate that has drawn his ire to sell the company ahead of the network’s franchise expiry.

CA deficit to GDP ratio narrows to 0.42% in Q3
The share of the country’s current account deficit to gross domestic product (GDP) narrowed to 0.42 percent in the first nine months of the year as imports slowed down, while services trade strengthened, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

45,361 ‘Ursula’ victims remain homeless in Panay
As Filipinos are set to welcome the New Year, at least 45,361 people in Panay Island remain homeless due to typhoon “Ursula”.
— Tempo

DOH: Number of firecracker-related injuries rises to 54
The number of firecracker-related injuries since the Department of Health started recording such cases on December 21 has risen to 54
— GMA Network

D.A. spending P40 billion for tobacco plan
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing to spend P40 billion over the next five years to modernize and industrialize the country’s tobacco industry in its bid to improve planters’ yield and revenue.
— Business Mirror

Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry sees economy expanding 6.5-7.5% in 2020
THE Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) is bullish about the country’s continued economic growth of 6.5 percent to possibly 7.5 percent next year.
— Business Mirror

Thailand urged to comply with WTO ruling on Philippine cigarettes
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has written its Thai counterpart to press for compliance to a ruling issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a cigarette tax case the Philippines won, warning of possible consequences of non-compliance.
— The Philippine Star

BSP expected to cut rates by 50bps
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is expected to resume its policy easing cycle in the first half next year to stimulate the economy, German financial firm Deutsche Bank AG said in a report.

Local D.T.I. regulators biased? Steelmakers to national headquarters: Take over
LOCAL steelmakers are asking the national level of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to take over the monitoring of mandatory products to intensify the fight against substandard products.
— Business Mirror

Philippines says ban on US senators a warning against foreign inteference
Malacañang Palace on Sunday said the Philippine government’s ban on United States senators should serve as a warning to foreigners who intrude into the affairs of a sovereign nation.
— Khmer Times

Thousands flock to BARMM Job Portal at launch
Thousands have electronically trooped to the Job Portal of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during its first week of launch.

Wage-setting review seen to gain traction
THE call to finally “fix” the existing minimum-wage setting mechanism is expected to gain momentum next year.
— Business Mirror

11 solons push for ABS-CBN franchise renewal in face of Duterte opposition
In the face of President Rodrigo Duterte’s determined opposition to the extension of the legislative franchise of media giant ABS-CBN, also known as the “Kapamilya” network, 11 of the most influential members of the House of Representatives want the network to continue operating beyond the March 20, 2020 franchise expiration.
— Manila Bulletin

Chinese criminals top list of fugitives nabbed by BI
CHINESE nationals topped the number of foreign criminals arrested in the Philippines in 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Sen. Go pledges P40 million for new municipal building in Nueva Vizcaya town
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has allotted P40 million of his congressional funds for the construction of a new municipal building for the upland town of Kayapa.

From undersecretaries to directors, Cimatu orders reshuffle of key DENR executives
Starting next year, both officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be working under a new environment following Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s issuance of special orders (SO) reshuffling key executives of the department.
— Business Mirror

Lopez assures better tax perks for new investors
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez has urged investors to come in now as he assured of investors, especially new projects, of more favorable tax perks under the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA).
— Manila Bulletin

2019: Headway on independent foreign policy, OFW protection
Three years into the Duterte administration, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has seen “significant headway” into Manila’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 400 int’l criminals nabbed in 2019 –BI
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its operatives nabbed 421 international criminals in 2019, 64% more compared to last year.
— GMA Network

Great strides made in improving PH peace, stability: Lorenzana
With 2019 coming to a close, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the department and its attached agencies, made excellent strides in improving the country’s peace and stability.
— Philippine News Agency

Typhoon Ursula farm damage climbs to P999.4 million–DA report
The damage caused by Typhoon Ursula (international code name Phanfone) to the farm sector has climbed to almost P1 billion from P782.97 million, following additional reported losses incurred by farmers in the regions of Mimaropa, Western and Eastern Visayas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— Business Mirror

DFA to repatriate remains of 2 Filipinos who died in Singapore car crash
The Department of Foreign Affairs has plans to repatriate the remains of the two Filipinos who died after a car lost control and crashed in Singapore on Friday afternoon.
— Eagle News

17 Pinoys flee after armed men stormed their home in Libya
Seventeen Filipinos, including five minors, fled to safer area after armed men stormed the residential building they were staying in at Salahuddin, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli reported Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

195 cities, municipalities across PHL have firecracker ban –BFP
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said it is working closely with communities to enhance response to fire incidents this holiday season, noting that 195 cities and municipalities across the country have already enforced a firecracker ban.
— GMA Network

PNoy exec behind faulty water deals — PRRD
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday faulted Manila Water President Jose Rene Almendras “and other Malacañang employees” for the “disadvantageous” water concession contract that the government signed with the company and the Pangilinan-led Maynilad.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte warns courts vs. issuing TROs against Wawa, Kaliwa dams
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned courts against issuing temporary restraining orders that would delay the construction of the Wawa and Kaliwa dams.
— GMA Network

65% of Filipinos want martial law expired by yearend
With martial law in Mindanao set to expire by yearend, majority of Filipinos agree that there should no longer be any extension of military rule in Southern Philippines, according to a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey.
— Philippine News Agency

Agriculture secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF
Agriculture secretary William Dar urged the provincial government of Aklan to intensify biosecurity measures against African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Rappler

Pangasinan’s agri industry gets boost from national gov’t, LGUs
Amid the challenges encountered in 2019, the agriculture industry in the province of Pangasinan remained steadfast due to the support from the national government and the local government units (LGUs).
— Philippine News Agency

Cases of indiscriminate firing increase each year — research
The cases of indiscriminate firing recorded during New Year’s eve celebrations have steadily increased over the last three years, according to data colllated by GMA News.
— GMA Network

Another Filipina killed in Kuwait
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday strongly condemned the killing of a Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait allegedly by the employer’s wife.
— Manila Times

Faster restoration of power lines in Samar and ESamar seen
The arrival of the 55 linemen coming from Mindanao will expedite the restoration of power lines damaged by Typhoon Ursula in Samar and Eastern Samar.
— Philippine Information Agency

ISIS terror risk to rise in south Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lift martial law in 2020 on the southern island of Mindanao was met with a bang on December 22, when Islamic State (ISIS)-aligned militants launched a brazen grenade attack near a Catholic church.
— Asia Times

Gov’t urged to promote creative industries for economic growth
Creative industries in the Philippines are potential contributors to the country’s economy and should be promoted by the government, the state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies said.
— Rappler

Malay PNP issues travel safety warning for Boracay tourists
Officials warned tourists visiting Boracay Island to be alert in anticipatioin of a surge of holidaymakers and other incoveniences brought about by the devastation of Typhoon Ursula.
— Rappler

QC getting 1,500 CCTV cameras under ‘Safe Philippines’
Quezon City became the 7th city to join the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Safe Philippines project, receiving 1,500 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for installing in major areas and roads.
— Rappler

Duterte to Pinoys: Fight apathy and divisiveness
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged the Filipinos to emulate Dr. Jose Rizal and fight apathy and divisiveness, as the nation marked the national hero’s 123rd death anniversary.
— GMA Network

BFAR, Maritime police push for fishing boat registration
The Regional Maritime Police pushes for the registration of fishing boats in the Ilocos region as it noted that a big number remain unregistered.
— Philippine Information Agency

4K Ursula-affected households in Malay town to get aid
Around 4,000 households devastated by Typhoon Ursula (international name Phanfone) in Malay town, Aklan will receive financial assistance for rehabilitation and recovery, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Malay confirmed on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao Oriental caps 2019 with fruitful initiatives
Capping the year 2019, the province of Davao Oriental underscored the success of its various initiatives amidst challenges.
— Philippine News Agency

House probe on rebel returnee program sought; Año unfazed
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday accepted the call of some leftist lawmakers to investigate the government’s program for communist rebels who had surrendered to authorities.
— GMA Network

18 arrested for illegal discharge of firearms as of Dec. 30 –PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said a total of 18 individuals have already been nabbed for illegal discharge of firearms this holiday season.
— GMA Network

PDRRMC wants Antique placed under state of calamity
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has recommended that the province be placed under a state of calamity because of the devastation caused by Typhoon Ursula last week.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Credible polls amid problems’: Comelec ends 2019 on a high note
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) described 2019 as another successful election year.According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, the midterm polls conducted in May was considered as one of the most credible elections in the country’s history.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP pays tribute to Rizal: He was selflessly devoted to duty, country, people
The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday, Dec. 30, paid tribute to national hero Jose Rizal for his “selfless devotion to duty, to country and people.”
— Eagle News

President Duterte says he asked Año to handle, “fix” PNP until the end of his term
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Dec. 30, said he has asked Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano to lead the Philippine National Police.
— Eagle News

4ID celebrates Rizal Day with LGU, stakeholders
The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division Philippine Army joins the whole nation in the commemoration of 123rd Rizal Day with the theme, “Jose Rizal: Huwaran ng Pilipino sa Ikadalawampu’t Isang Siglo.”
— Philippine Information Agency

2 Chinese tourists die after fall from boat
Two Chinese tourists died after falling from a parasailing boat in Panglao, Bohol, last Sunday afternoon.
— Tempo

P1.1-M worth of chainsaws surrendered to PNP Cagayan
As part of its intensified campaign on environmental laws specifically RA 9175 or the Chainsaw Act, 34 chainsaws worth P1,156,000 are now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Cagayan.
— Philippine Information Agency

Globe’s TeamNorte reaches out to IP community in Gattaran town
The members of the Indigenous People (IP) community in this town were this year’s beneficiaries of the annual ‘Paskong Norte’ spearheaded by the Globe’s TeamNorte and Philippine Technological Council – Young Engineers Section.
— Philippine Information Agency


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