Philippines morning news for July 19

Philippines morning news for July 19

Philippines morning news

Philippine authorities contradict own death toll in drugs war
Authorities in the Philippines have been accused of manipulating official data after publishing conflicting figures on the number of people killed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s three-year so-called “war on drugs”.
— Aljazeera

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president
Philippine officials say police have filed sedition and other criminal complaints against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and a university president for allegedly conniving to destabilize President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
— The Washington Post

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids
Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president’s crackdown, officials said Thursday.
— The Washington Post

Duterte gov’t tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019
Three years into the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign has claimed over 5,500 lives, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
— Rappler

Dengue death toll reaches 202
THE DEATH toll from the dengue outbreak this year has reached 202 through July 13, the nation’s disaster management agency said yesterday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Facing UN review, Philippine officials want to shift focus away from drug war deaths
With an upcoming UN review of the human rights situation in the Philippines, government officials are renewing their call to shift focus away from the death toll of its drug war and towards its other “achievements.”
— CNN Philippine

4 drown in heavy rains unleashed by typhoon in Philippines
Four people have drowned in heavy rains unleashed by a tropical storm on main Luzon island in the Philippines, a disaster agency said on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

ADB’s outlook on Philippine economy glooms, cuts 2019 growth forecast to 6.2%
The Asian Development Bank on Thursday slashed its 2019 economic growth projection for the Philippines amid developments that weighed on the economy in the first quarter.
— The Philippine Star

Hot money reverses to net outflow in H1
More foreign capital exited the Philippines in the first half, reaching $720.98 million or a reversal of the net inflow of $322.87 million in the same period last year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— The Philippine Star

City of Manila to get urban planning assistance from Britain
“Done deal”… This was how Manila Mayor Isko Moreno described on Thursday the offer of British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce to extend technical services pertaining to urban planning during their recent meeting.
— Inquirer.net

COA calls out Coast Guard for P2.6 billion in unliquidated funds, undelivered items
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has released P2.6 billion worth of funding for the purchase of boats, pistols, coastal surveillance system, among others to agencies which have failed to liquidate the funds and deliver the goods, the Commission on Audit (COA) said Thursday.
— GMA News

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as ‘implausible’
The Duterte government dismissed as implausible the accusation of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) that its members were being harassed and threatened by the military.
— Rappler

Infra program rolls off in Nueva Ecija town
The municipal government of San Antonio is stepping up its infrastructure program, in coordination with the provincial government of Nueva Ecija, the town’s chief executive said Wednesday afternoon.
— Philippine News Agency

Election court defers action in Marcos protest
THE SUPREME Court declined to investigate alleged vote rigging in three Mindanao provinces for the vice presidential race in 2016 until it has finished its recount in three other places where losing bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” E. Marcos. Jr. claims massive cheating occurred.
— BusinessWorld Online

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against the use of 3 counterfeit rabies vaccines and one counterfeit anti-rabies serum circulating in the Philippines.
— Rappler

35,000 protesters to push sovereignty, human rights at Duterte SONA
FROM 30,000 to 35,000 protesters under the umbrella Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) will mass at the House of Representatives on Monday when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address.
— The Manila Times

Sustained anti-drug operations rescue 2,385 kids
More than 2,000 children, with one as young as four years old, have been rescued in anti-illegal drug raids conducted by operatives of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, an official said on Thursday.
— Philippine Information Agency

Carpio: Pinoys being patient with Duterte to assert rights over West PHL Sea
Filipinos are just being patient with President Rodrigo Duterte and willing to wait for him to assert the country’s rights to territories in the West Philippines Sea, according to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.
— GMA News

Duterte’s economic team sees stable inflation until his term ends
President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team is confident that the sky-high inflation in 2018 will not happen again for the rest of his term, as the government ramps up reforms and external forces become favorable.
— Rappler

Monsoon rain destroys P4.15 million worth of rice in Negros Occidental
Heavy rain from the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat enhanced by Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) destroyed 664 hectares of rice fields in Negros Occidental valued at P4.15 million.
— Rappler

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees
The United States government is donating $4.5 million (P234 million) more to relief and recovery efforts for thousands of people who remain displaced from Marawi two years since the grisly battle between government forces and the Maute terrorist group that has left the city’s central district in ruins.
— Rappler

Defending China raw deal in SONA ‘will bind us to it’
President Rody Duterte’s fishing agreement with Xi Jinping not only is unlawful but also lopsided against us Filipinos, Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio Carpio said.
— Spratly Islands

China’s aggression in WPS not tamed by Duterte shift in policy — expert
China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) has not been tamed despite the Duterte administration’s efforts to normalize ties with the Asian power, according to maritime law expert Professor Jay Batongbacal.
— GMA News

Duterte meets with Customs employees sacked over corruption allegations
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, July 18, met with Customs employees he had relieved over corruption allegations.
— Eagle News

23M Filipinos still ‘poor’; gov’t claims substantial gains
Midway through the Duterte administration, poverty incidence is on a decline, household incomes are rising, and unemployment continues to ease, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Inquirer.net

SEC gets favorable RTC ruling on Kapa issue
General Santos Regional Trial Court has junked a petition for injunction filed by the controversial Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), allowing the corporate watchdog to continue its crackdown on this group’s illegal investment solicitation.
— Inquirer.net

Peace and order, environment tackled in Davao’s Pre-SONA
Several cabinet secretaries of the Duterte administration attended the pre-SONA forum held Wednesday, July 17 at SMX-Davao. This is the third and the last pre-SONA forum before President Rodrigo R. Duterte will deliver his State-of-the-Nation (SONA) on July 22.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte ‘outraged’ by rape-slay of one-year-old boy in Makati –Palace
Given the atrocity of this felony, investigation is also being undertaken to determine whether the suspect is under the influence of drugs, Panelo said. We assure everyone that authorities will leave no stone unturned to give justice to the young boy and his family.
— GMA News

NUPL’s writ of amparo petition vs police, soldiers up for resolution
The Court of Appeals on Thursday submitted for resolution the writ of amparo case filed by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) against the military and the police with State lawyers opting not to present any evidence.
— Inquirer.net

Cebu City dad mulls tax on hospital services
City Councilor Dave Tumulak plans to push for a measure seeking to collect tax from services of private hospitals, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram or ECG, and other laboratory procedures.
— Philippine News Agency

Sherwin Gatchallian Proposes Removal Of Prepaid Expiry Date
Senator Sherwin Gatchallian recently made a bill which aims to remove the expiration date for mobile prepaid credits.
— Philippine News

Duterte signs law providing benefits for startups
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law an act meant to provide benefits and programs to further develop startups and startup enablers in the Philippines.
— Philippine News Agency

PLDT postpones roll-out of 5G services to 2020 as it still looks for vendors
PLDT Inc. pushed back the commercial roll-out of fifth-generation (5G) services to early next year as the country’s largest telco is still selecting the vendors for 5G equipment network.
— Manilastandard.net

Duterte told: Ease foreign equity limit, junk SOT bill
PRIVATE-sector leaders are asking President Duterte to follow through on his directive to liberalize key economic sectors, such as public services and retail trade, in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Expert warns pangolins may be extinct in next two years
AN American wildlife law-enforcement expert has warned that pangolins may become extinct sooner than later unless authorities step up their efforts to effectively stop the illegal trade of the critically endangered animal.
— Business Mirror

Duterte and his crew of foul-mouthed Philippine officials: the new normal?
When Philippine government officials revealed last week that President Rodrigo Duterte had signed the Safe Spaces Act into law in April, his critics were struck by the irony.
— South China Morning Post

SSS to conduct survey to plug coverage gaps
THE POLICY-MAKING BODY of the Social Security System (SSS) is set to conduct a nationwide survey to plug coverage gaps and improve social protection.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchback ride-share units to operate
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday ordered the public transport regulator to allow hatchback ride-hailing units to operate, but with certain conditions.
— CNN Philippines

POEA to deploy 1st batch of OFW under new deal with Japan
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Thursday said it could soon deploy the first batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) under the new Philippine-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).
— Business Mirror

PHL, Turkey to launch training program for BARMM farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday said the Philippines and Turkey will launch a joint exchange program to train leaders and farmers of the newly created Bangsamoro region on modern agricultural methods.
— Business Mirror

SoCot in state of calamity due to dengue
The provincial government of South Cotabato has placed the entire province under a state of calamity due to the rising cases of the deadly mosquito bites.
— Philippine News Agency

7-Eleven targets to open 300 new stores in PH this year
The local licensee of 7-Eleven convenience stores is bullish about sustaining a double-digit growth this year as it eyes 300 new stores in the country amid robust economic growth in 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

Strongman Duterte can do no wrong
While Philippine citizens disagree with the Duterte administration’s head-in-the-sand response to Chinese aggression in the disputed South China Sea, a substantial number still support his so-called drug war that has claimed thousands of lives.
— UCA News

WeWork expands in Philippines with second hub
Global co-working space provider WeWork, said Thursday it opened its second location in the Philippines, as demand grows.
— ABS-CBN News

Home furnishing chain of Philippines’ richest man files for up to $404 million IPO
Philippines’ AllHome Corp, owned by the country’s richest man, said late on Wednesday it plans to raise up to $404 million in the country’s largest initial public offering (IPO) this year, as the bourse trades near multi-month highs.
— Reuters

US delivers new rifles to the Philippines
The United States delivered military hardware the Philippines acquired Wednesday, part of efforts to upgrade the armed forces.
— ABS-CBN News

digitaljobsPH to create ICT-enabled jobs in the Philippines
Around 600 participants are expected to gather together for an event on ICT.
— OpenGov

2 Filipinos swept to sea, missing in Thailand
Two Filipino tourists have gone missing after reportedly being swept into the sea by high waves in Phuket, Thailand.
— The Philippine Star

Cambodian Delegation Attends the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit
A delegation of the Cambodian Ministry of Environment has attended the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit in Manila, the Philippines.
— AKP

 

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