Philippines morning news for July 1

Philippines morning news for July 1

Philippines morning news8 dead in suspected suicide bombing at Sulu military camp
The death toll in the twin blasts at a military camp in Sulu province has risen to eight, authorities said Saturday.
— CNN Philippines

‘Duterte can’t be impeached on just his words’
AN impeachment case against President Duterte, anchored only on his off-the-cuff pronouncement that he allowed China to fish in the Philippines’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), could be thrown out as premature, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said over the weekend.
— Business Mirror

PhilHealth told to return P139-million allowances, bonuses
The Commission on Audit (COA) has affirmed the validity of notices of disallowance (NDs) previously issued by its corporate government sector against the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC or PhilHealth) for the return of P139.473 million in allowances and bonuses found to have been illegally granted to its officials and employees.
— The Philippine Star

NG subsidies to GOCCs up 36.63% in May–BTr
Subsidies extended by the national government (NG) to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) in May jumped by 36.63 percent to P5.236 billion, from last year’s P3.832 billion, according to data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— Business Mirror

Ban on new NCR eco-zones puts P34B in BPO investment at risk
SOME P34.238 billion worth of business process outsourcing (BPO) projects are at risk due to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s recent order to halt the processing of economic zone applications in the National Capital Region.
— BusinessWorld Online

Lacson to bare ‘bigger plunder issues’ vs. DOH’s Duque
Senator Panfilo Lacson said Sunday he will soon reveal another alleged plunder issue involving Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
— GMA News

Malacañang directive stalls P34.2b worth of IT projects
Some P34.2 billion worth of business process outsourcing and information technology investments were stalled after Malacañang Palace issued Administrative Order No. 18 transferring new IT parks and centers outside Metro Manila.

Clark airport served 2M passengers in 1st half of 2019
Clark International Airport served more than two million passengers in the first half of 2019, according to Jaime Melo, president of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).

2-3 storms to hit PH in July-Pagasa
TWO to three tropical cyclones may hit the Philippines in July, the state-run weather bureau said on Sunday.
— The Manila Times

Canada takes garbage back from Philippines, ending long dispute
Tonnes of Canadian garbage left in the Philippines for years arrived back home Saturday (Jun 29), putting an end to a festering diplomatic row that highlighted how Asian nations have grown tired of being the world’s trash dump.

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA
A Commission on Audit report released on Saturday, June 29, showed the Office of the President (OP) paid over a billion pesos in salaries, allowances, bonuses, and benefits in 2018, a first for the highest government office.
— Rappler

Carpio to Duterte: Not ‘thoughtless, senseless’ to reserve PH EEZ for Filipinos
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Saturday refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial statement that the constitutional provision reserving the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to the exclusive use of Filipinos was “for the thoughtless and the senseless.”
— CNN Philippines

ASEAN Parliamentarians Renew Call For De Lima’s Freedom
The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) has reiterated its long outstanding call for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima who remains detained on politically-motivated drug charges.

BSP pitches agri finance, bank secrecy reforms
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has urged Congress to push more banking legislation this year in an effort to make the local financial landscape more competitive and accessible to Filipinos nationwide.
— Business Mirror

DoH raises alarm over rising death toll due to rabies in Western Visayas
THE DEPARTMENT of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Western Visayas called on the public to immediately seek consultation after being bitten or even just scratched by a cat or dog as the number of deaths due to rabies has been increasing in the region.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH net external liability down end Q1
The Philippines’ net external liability declined to $42.2 billion as of end-March from $48.8 billion in the previous quarter because of the rise in financial assets, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported.
— Manila Bulletin

Senators race to file bills ahead of 18th Congress opening
Staff members of senators are expected to make a beeline for the Senate on Monday to file proposed legislations ahead of the official opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.

Corporate regulator OK’s more IPO plans of hospital group
THREE MORE MEMBERS of the Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Group secured clearance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for their respective initial public offerings (IPO) worth up to P1 billion each.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines Plans Low-Key Upgrades in Disputed Spratly Islands | Voice of America
The Philippines has found funding for the biggest in a series of infrastructure upgrades planned on the islets it holds in the contested South China Sea, a move that will gently remind other countries, including China, of Manila’s claims.
— Spratly Islands

House should dump harebrained speakership term-sharing scheme
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio acknowledged a conflict between the Philippine Constitution and international law on whether national territory included areas in the West Philippine Sea within 370 kilometers from the country’s coastline, referred to as the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
— The Manila Times

Constitution must prevail over int’l law, says Carpio
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio acknowledged a conflict between the Philippine Constitution and international law on whether national territory included areas in the West Philippine Sea within 370 kilometers from the country’s coastline, referred to as the country’s coastline, referred to as the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid
The Commission on Audit (COA) found that hundreds of injured soldiers who fought in the 5-month-long siege of Marawi City received less than P10,000 in aid from the P274 million worth of donations that the Philippine government received.
— Rappler

Naia 7th fastest apac airport to exit
THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport was ranked the 7th fastest Asia Pacific (Apac) airports to exit, according to a survey released by Blacklane, a global chauffeur and airport concierge service.
— Business Mirror

GOCC dividends seen to breach P50-B mark
THE Department of Finance (DOF) expects the dividends remitted by government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) for 2019 to easily surpass the P50-billion mark, as these agencies have already remitted P44.69 billion as of mid-June this year.
— Business Mirror

Bambang opens P65-million sanitary landfill
The local government in this town recently inaugurated its new P65-million sanitary landfill in barangay Aliaga here.

Batanes under Signal No. 1 as ‘Egay’ continues to affect PH
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Sunday raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 over the province of Batanes as Tropical Depression “Egay” continues to affect the country.

Housing prices rise faster in first quarter
RESIDENTIAL prices rose at a faster clip in the first quarter from a year ago and from October-December 2018, fueled by increases for condominiums and townhouses that offset reductions for single detached/attached houses and for duplex units, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported late on Friday, citing movements of its Residential Real Estate Price Index (RREPI) that tracks the average change in prices of various types of housing units based on bank housing loan data.
— BusinessWorld Online

Poor households see less savings in Q2
POORER households in rural areas have less to save in the second quarter of the year, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed —mirroring their concerns over high prices of goods and services in the country.
— Business Mirror

French firm Naval Group studies takeover of Hanjin Subic
French firm Naval Group is conducting a study for a possible takeover of the shipyard facility of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.) in Subic, according to the Board of Investments.
— The Philippine Star

Discrimination vs LGBTQ members now a crime in Marikina
Marikina City has joined the list of local government units that has an anti-discrimination law to protect the rights of members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community.
— The Philippine Star

Thousands march for equality in Manila’s Gay Pride parade
Thousands joined Manila’s Gay Pride march Saturday wielding rainbow flags and umbrellas in a push for equality, just weeks after the nation’s leader sparked outrage by declaring he’d been “cured” of homosexuality years ago.
— The Nation

Duterte not behind attacks on Bulacan journalists: journo
A journalist on Sunday refuted the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ (NUJP) statement linking the recent intimidation committed against Bulacan-based journalists to President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 100 foreign illegal workers nabbed in Laguna raid
Immigration authorities arrested 105 foreign nationals who are illegally working at a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Biñan, Laguna on Thursday.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Interest for arbitration growing among Philippines firms
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects more Philippine companies to take the arbitration route in settling commercial disputes, especially now that new rules have been introduced to expedite the process and make it more accessible even to small firms.
— The Philippine Star

PH among top beneficiaries of shift in tech supply chain
The Philippines is among the top five biggest beneficiaries in the tech supply chain shifts in Southeast Asia as companies’ re-evaluation of locations for factories and production is being heightened by trade tensions.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines now on investors’ radar for portfolio diversification — HSBC
Investors are looking at the Philippines as part of their diversification efforts amid continued market uncertainty, British banking giant Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. (HSBC) said.
— The Philippine Star

Huawei focuses on digital transformation in PH
Information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices maker, Huawei, is bringing in innovative technology to the Philippines to benefit from the application of digital transformation.
— Philippine News Agency

EEZ provision in Constitution is ‘very clear’ – Robredo
The provision in the Constitution regarding the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is “very clear” and leaves “no room for interpretation,” Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday.

Duterte comment likening Constitution to ‘toilet paper’ troubles Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday that she was troubled by how President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the Philippine 1987 Constitution as nothing more than toilet paper.
— GMA News

PNP to focus drugs ops vs. syndicates, traffickers
The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to intensify its campaign against illegal drugs, this time focusing on drug syndicates and traffickers who serve as the sources of illegal substances, which is continuously being peddled on the streets.
— Philippine News Agency

Some P50-M marijuana plants destroyed in Kalinga
A three-day operation by the joint operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has resulted in the destruction of PHP49.6-million worth of marijuana plants in Tinglayan, Kalinga province last week, a PNP official reported on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Giving alms to street beggars is against the law – CSWDO
Giving alms, whether in cash or kind to street beggars or mendicants is against the Anti-Mendicancy Law, or Presidential Decree No. 1563, an official from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) here reminds.
— Philippine Information Agency

De Lima slams Duterte for ‘secret deal’ with China
Jailed Senator Leila de Lima criticized President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, June 30, for entering into a secret deal with China to let the Chinese fish in the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

Duterte’s tolerance on China fishers no ground for impeachment –Castro
President Rodrigo Duterte’s disposition to tolerate Chinese fishermen to fish within our exclusive economic zone does not constitute a culpable violation of the Philippine Constitution, a House leader said Sunday.
— GMA News

Lacson says forensics should have been used in Recto Bank probe
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday said authorities should have conducted forensics in investigating the Recto Bank incident involving Chinese and Filipino vessels.
— GMA News

Palace hails Duterte’s achievements on his 3rd anniversary as President
Malacañang on Saturday recounted the achievements of President Rodrigo Duterte as he marks his third anniversary as chief executive on Sunday.
— GMA News

SEC clears capital raising of 3 hospitals
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given three more members of the Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Group the green light to raise as much as PHP1 billion each in separate initial public offerings.
— Philippine News Agency

Overstaying Jordanian nabbed for swindling, illegal recruitment
Intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested an overstaying Jordanian national wanted for swindling and illegal recruitment, Immigration Intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said on Sunday.
— The Inquirer

Vico Sotto takes his oath as Pasig City mayor ending 27 years of Eusebio rule
Newly-elected Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto took his oath on Sunday, June 30, as he officially began his duties as mayor of a city which had previously been under the rule of Eusebio clan for 27 years.
— Eagle News

National Museum receives artifacts from early Philippine oil discoveries
The National Museum has received specimens and artifacts from the early oil and energy discoveries in West Philippine Sea that jumpstarted the development of indigenous energy sources that are now powering the nation.
— Spratly Islands

PNP retirees to receive pension increase –PNP spokesman Banac
Retirees from the Philippine National Police will receive a pension increase, PNP spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said Sunday .
— GMA News


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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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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