Philippines morning news for January 30

Philippines morning news for January 30

Philippines morning news2018 Corruption Index: Philippines improves 12 notches to 99th
The Philippines’ ranking has improved 12 notches in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) conducted by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.
— The Philippine Star

Govt debt balloons to P7.292T in 2018
National government (NG) debt ballooned to P7.292 trillion last year, expanding by over P600 billion from 2017 due to higher domestic and foreign borrowings, the Bureau of the Treasury reported on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

P23B ‘pork’ by senators revealed
SEN. Panfilo Lacson yesterday said some senators have inserted about P23 billion worth of projects in their respective provinces without consulting the concerned agency.
— Malaya

Ransom for Indonesian Hostage’s Release Funded Philippine Church Attack, Sources Allege
Ransom paid to free an Indonesian fisherman who was snatched by Abu Sayyaf extremists funded Sunday’s deadly bombings at a cathedral in the Philippines, an ex-militant and a source with knowledge of Filipino investigations into the attack told BenarNews.
— Benar News

2 killed, 4 injured in Zamboanga City mosque blast
A grenade thrown inside a mosque in Zamboanga City killed at least 2 and injured 4 others around 20 minutes past midnight on Wednesday, January 30.
— Rappler

Majority of Filipinos say children 15 years old and above who commit crimes should be jailed – SWS
MAJORITY of Filipinos believe that children aged 15 years and above who are into rape, murder and drugs should be held liable, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
— The Manila Times

DPWH allots P136M for construction of flood control projects
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),  Iloilo 3rd District Engineering Office has allocated some P136 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget for the construction of additional flood control projects in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.
— Philippine Information Agency

Women get poorer with TRAIN — CWR
A women’s rights advocacy group has expressed concern that millions of Filipino women may become poorer as the second round of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law is being implemented this year.
— Manila Bulletin

Japan’s ANA invests $95M in PAL
ANA HOLDINGS, Inc. (ANA HD), parent of Japan’s biggest airline All Nippon Airways, on Tuesday said it is acquiring a minority stake in the operator of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for $95 million (around P5 billion).
— BusinessWorld Online

Senate panel resumes third telco probe Wednesday
The Senate will hold its final hearing on the country’s third telecommunications (telco) player on Wednesday.
— CNN Philippines

Influx of Chinese investments ‘encouraging’ for PH property market: consultant
The year of the Earth pig will be a “very strong year” for the Philippine property market, driven by Chinese investments and the overall growth of all major sectors, property consultant Santos Knight Frank said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

‘Suicide bombers behind Jolo blasts’
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the twin blasts in Jolo were likely the handiwork of suicide bombers, as he ordered the military anew to crush the Abu Sayyaf terrorists said to be responsible for the attack on Jolo Cathedral.
— The Manila Times

Senate body finalizing bill raising tobacco tax
THE SENATE Ways and Means committee aims to report for plenary action by Feb. 6 the bill further increasing excise taxes on tobacco products before Congress takes its Feb. 7-May 19 break.
— BusinessWorld Online

Comelec seen to grant exemption of vital infrastructure from spending ban
A PLAN by the Executive to seek exemption from the election spending ban for vital infrastructure projects, which the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) will formally pitch to the Cabinet next week, will likely get the Commission on Elections’s nod, according to its spokesman.
— Business Mirror

Residential prices in Bay Area surge 65%
Demand for residential units will remain strong this year, despite the increase in prices last year was partly driven by the influx of Chinese nationals in the country.

PCSO to give P8B to PhilHealth
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan said on Tuesday that the agency would give P8 billion to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in compliance with the Universal Healthcare (UHC) Program of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— The Manila Times

1 dead, 200 families homeless in Quezon City fires
A seven-year-old boy died and some 200 families were left homeless in separate fires that hit two residential areas in Quezon City in the past two days.
— The Philippine Star

Voting 163-5, House approves HB 6517 seeking to legalize use of medical marijuana
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading House Bill 6517 which seeks to legalize the use of medical marijuana.
— Eagle News

Rice buffer stock in Antique remains sufficient
The rice buffer stock for the province of Antique remains adequate while the palay procurement is ongoing as reported by the National Food Authority (NFA).
— Philippine Information Agency

Deaths due to smoking could be averted with tobacco taxation
An estimated 713,000 smoking attributable deaths could be averted by a measure seeking to increase the excise tax on cigarettes, the Department of Health said Tuesday.
— PTV News

China donates P9.45-M-worth e-motorcycles to Manila
The Chinese Embassy in Manila donated 50 units of electric motorcycles to the government of Manila during a handover ceremony held at the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine bishops seek forgiveness for long silence over ‘disturbing issues’ in the country
In a rare move, the largest group of Catholic bishops in the Philippines has sought forgiveness for its lengthy silence over “disturbing issues”, such as the president’s bloody war on drugs and his attacks on the church and its doctrines.
— South China Morning Post

Collection of income, VAT, excise taxes tied to P82-billion BIR shortfall
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday told lawmakers that it recorded a shortfall of P82 billion for 2018, with total collection amounting to P1.961 trillion.
— Business Mirror

Grab slammed with $124K fine by Philippines for incorrect pricing data
THE government’s antitrust body alleged Grab Philippines provided incorrect data about its pricing, thus impeding its review of whether or not the ride-hailing company has been addressing commuter woes since it took over Uber.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Globe reports data breach affecting 8,000 customers
GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. said on Tuesday there has been a data breach on its system for the “On The List” program, affecting some 8,851 customers.
— BusinessWorld Online

EU firms take closer look at PH waste management
Two top-level EU business missions, comprising of some of Europe’s largest firms, are visiting the Philippines this year to explore opportunities in waste management and construction sectors.
— Manila Bulletin

Senate OKs Magna Carta for the Poor, creation of National Commission of Senior Citizens
The Senate approved on third and final reading Tuesday bills championing the welfare of the elderly and the poor.
— GMA News

Online hiring spikes 17% in December 2018
Online hiring activity in the country finished 2018 on a strong note as it rose by 17 percent year-on-year in December behind the continued expansion of the economy, according to employment website
— The Philippine Star

Malaysia’s CIMB expands banking business in Philippines
Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider CIMB Group is dipping its hands in the investment banking business after formally launching its banking presence in the Philippines to complete its footprint in Southeast Asia.
— The Philippine Star

Cebu gov., 11 others face graft complaint over P1.3-billion capitol building
A COMPLAINT has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and 11 others over the alleged questionable awarding of contract for a new 20-storey building at the Capitol complex.
— BusinessWorld Online

French “Spiderman” Arrested After Climbing Philippines Skyscraper
French urban freeclimber Alain Robert was arrested on Tuesday, police said, after he scaled one of Manila’s tallest towers in his latest high-risk ascent.

Senate approves tax perks for small gold miners on 3rd reading
THE Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill offering tax exemptions to small-scale miners who sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte: No more peace talks with Communist rebels
No more peace talks with Communist rebels. President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement on Monday, Jan. 28, following an inspection of the Jolo, Sulu blasts site.
— Eagle News

Manila Bay Rehabilitation: Before & After Photos
Before & After Photos of Manila Bay Rehabilitation Here are some of the before and after photos of Manila Bay rehabilitation, which surprised the online community on its environmental impact.
— Philippine News

CCTV catches Jolo bombing suspects detonating bomb
Authorities on Tuesday released the CCTV footage showing what are believed to be the suspects in the January 27 twin bombing attacks on a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.
— GMA News

LTFRB orders tight security measures in transport terminals
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has directed public utility vehicle (PUV) operators to implement stricter security measures in terminals following the deadly twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP: 2 leaders of militant groups not missing but arrested
Leaders of militant groups who were reported to have been missing since Monday, Jan. 28, were actually arrested by authorities to face criminal charges, the Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office (PRO) said on Tuesday.

Working as a temp in Trump hotels is not the real deal
IT is all rooted in the so-called “American Dream,” the overwhelming sense of Filipinos to move to the United States when a window of opportunity opens.
— The Manila Times

Air strikes unleashed in Patikul, Indanan in Sulu
The military unleashed two airstrikes in Sulu on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte declared an all-out war against the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group.
— GMA News

PDEA-Caraga declares Dinagat Islands as drug-free province 
After the conduct of thorough assessment and validation by members of the provincial oversight committee on barangay drug-clearing program, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Caraga has declared the Dinagat Islands as the first drug-free province in Caraga region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Military releases pictures of suspects in Sulu blasts
The military has released pictures of three of the four suspects in the twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu that killed at least 20 people.
— Eagle News

PCOO chief promotes media welfare in provincial sorties
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar began his provincial sorties around the country on Thursday, January 24 to engage media on the ground and promote media welfare and security.
— Philippine Information Agency

Privacy commission probing report of data breach from Globe Telecom
The National Privacy Commission is verifying a report from Globe Telecom about a personal data breach affected 8,851 prepaid customers after registering for free entertainment last Sunday.

How automation of vote counting has undermined transparency
THE smartphone has truly become a ubiquitous device that many aspire to own.
— The Manila Times

ADB renews commitment to Mindanao peace process
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) renewed yesterday its commitment to extend assistance to the peace process in Mindanao following last weekend’s bombing of the Catholic cathedral in Jolo that killed 21 people and left about 100 others wounded.
— The Philippine Star

When enemy strength drops to 30%, military to recommend lifting martial law
The military will recommend the lifting of martial law in Mindanao when the overall strength of its enemies drops to 30 percent, the chief of the Armed Forces told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
— GMA News

Hundreds of houses razed in Bataan fishing village
Fire razed hundreds of houses, affecting more than 800 families in a fishing village here Tuesday morning.Barangay Capunitan chairman Ernesto Delona said initial reports indicated that children playing with a match caused the fire that started at 9 a.m.
— Philippine News Agency

Academic freedom: For the academy, not for academicians?
THE principle of “academic freedom” is part of the culture of Philippine education, being influenced largely by American education. But what does academic freedom mean for the institutions and professors?
— The Manila Times

Gov’t mulls options for sale of unused Malampaya gas
The Philippine government is re-exploring options for the sale of unused Malampaya gas called banked gas after several failed bids.
— The Philippine Star

11th Kidapawan Open Chess Championship set next month
Kidapawan City will host the 11th Open Chess Championship next month with bigger prizes up for grabs.
— Philippine News Agency

DA: Cow leather exempted from imports ban
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said cow-leather imports are not banned in the Philippines, as the temporary ban imposed by the government covered only pig products from countries struck by the deadly African swine fever (ASF).
— Business Mirror

Environment group lauds passage of anti-littering ordinance
Ilocos Norte’s anti-littering ordinance was finally approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Monday charging violators with stiffer penalties.The Movement Against Plastic Pollution (MAPP), a group of young environmentalists in the province, has lauded the main sponsor, Senior Provincial Board member Matthew Manotoc, for pushing the ordinance meant to observe proper waste management in the province, city, municipal, and village levels.
— Philippine News Agency


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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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