Philippines morning news for July 26

Philippines morning news for July 26

Philippines morning news

Duterte-Xi deal ‘illegal, null and void’
During the 2019 State of the Nation address, President Duterte acknowledged our United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) victory against China, and that “[o]ur ownership of the West Philippine Sea is internationally recognized.”
— Inquirer.net

PRRD has authority to enter into verbal fishing deal: Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte has authority to enter into “executive” agreements including a verbal deal that gives China fishing rights in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Malacañang said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

President says P50M threshold for plunder enough
THE threshold for the crime of plunder should stay at P50 million, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte signs bill on higher tobacco sin taxes
Cigarettes will soon come at a higher price.
— CNN Philippines

Philippines up 19 notches in world innovation ranking
The Philippines rose 19 notches in terms of innovation in a global index released Wednesday, marking the first time it was categorized as an “innovation achiever.”
— ABS-CBN News

Maybank launches premier banking services in Philippines
Malayan Banking Bhd launched Maybank Premier, its premier banking services in the Philippines as it continues to develop its group wealth management (GWM) franchise to capitalise on the region’s growth trajectory.
— The Star Online

DOH sends P40-M help as dengue reaches peak season
The number of dengue cases in the country in the first seven months of the year has reached more than 16,000, with 35 deaths just in the first week of July, prompting the Department of Health to extend P40 million worth of assistance.
— GMA News

Govt starts collecting taxes from foreign workers in offshore gaming
The government expects tax collection from foreign workers in the offshore gaming industry to accelerate after they started securing tax identification numbers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Thursday.
— Manilastandard.net

Duterte vetoes security of tenure bill
President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed Thursday the security of tenure bill, a highly reliable source told INQUIRER.net.
— Inquirer.net

Panelo: No need for Congress in Duterte deal to unleash China on PH fishing areas
Malacaang doubled down on its defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposedly verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that would allow China to fish in Philippine territorial waters, saying the President was simply exercising his powers to enter into verbal or written agreements with other countries.
— Inquirer.net

Gadon: Robredo’s mere indictment for sedition may be grounds for filing of impeachment complaint vs her
For lawyer Larry Gadon, Vice President Leni Robredo’s mere indictment for sedition may be a ground for the filing of an impeachment complaint against her.
— Eagle News

DOH reports 259 percent dengue cases jump in Western Visayas
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has ordered an intensified dengue response in Western Visayas as cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease in the region jumped 259 percent to 18,834 from January 1 to July 13 this year compared with the same period last year.
— Business Mirror

EU to invest P120 million in renewable-energy projects in southern PHL
THE European Union has allotted €2.2 million, roughly P120 million, to finance the Renewable Energy for Livelihood and Youth (Rely) project of sequa gGmbH, Vivant Foundation Inc. (VFI) and Participatory, Research, Organization of Communities and Education toward Struggle for Self-Reliance (Process) Bohol Inc.
— Business Mirror

Australian shipbuilder completes $20 M expansion of Cebu facility
Australian shipbuilder Austal has completed the $20 million expansion of its facility in Cebu for the assembly of more ships and larger vessels.
— The Philippine Star

Permanent funding pushed for P3 program
A bill to institutionalize funding for the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program, a financing program for micro entrepreneurs, will be refiled in the Senate.
— The Manila Times

PHL, Australia working on government-to-government deal on P30-billion production of 6 Navy offshore patrol vehicles
THE Philippines is working on a government-to-government agreement with Australia that will grant regional shipbuilder Austal Philippines the P30-billion contract to build offshore patrol vehicles (OPVs) for the Navy.
— Business Mirror

Sandigan affirms Cebu mayor’s prison term for P17,512 graft
The Sandiganbayan has upheld the conviction of Mayor Lionel Bacaltos of Sibonga, Cebu for receiving an honorarium amounting to P17,512.50 from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
— The Philippine Star

DENR, DOE told: Push green energy, don’t contradict Duterte
An energy and environment think tank has called on the Duterte administration to issue an executive order to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on coal.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filipino in UAE gets 10 years for joining IS
A Filipino man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the United Arab Emirates for being a member of the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group and promoting its ideology on social media, Emirati media reported on Thursday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DoF: 10K TINs given to alien workers
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) already issued about 10,000 tax identification numbers (TINs) to foreign workers of offshore gaming operators, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).
— The Manila Times

PRRD orders probe on killing of NegOr lawyer
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered an investigation into the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad who was shot dead while driving his car along the national highway in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

CSO rallies teachers on role in peace education
The classroom is seen as a crucial element in the formation of young minds that shapes individuals who are peace-loving and with great concern for fellow human beings.
— Philippine Information Agency

LGU role vital in effective enforcement of speed limit: DOTr
The effective enforcement of speed limits can be achieved with the support from local government units (LGU), an official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

PH to work on innovation to further boost global ranking: DOST
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Pena on Thursday vowed to address the country’s weaknesses on innovation to further increase its ranking in the Global Innovation Index (GII).
— Philippine News Agency

TPB steps up promotions in HK, Malaysia due to tepid arrivals
THE Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) will be making a more aggressive push in promotions in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia from which tourist arrivals have been sputtering this year.
— Business Mirror

BIR loses bid to collect P9.57 billion in VAT from PSALM
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has lost its bid to collect P9.57 billion in value-added tax (VAT) it imposed on the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) for the sale of power-generating assets in 2008.
— Business Mirror

Legal woes hound Skyway 3 project
SHORTLY after the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project was launched, it encountered a number of obstacles that threw its ambitious construction timeline in disarray and caused costs to soar.
— The Manila Times

Philippines eyes national ID for a third of Pinoys in 5 years
The Philippine government aims to register a third of the population for the national ID system in the next five years, an official said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Google Station public WiFi now available in more than 400 locations nationwide
Google announced Wednesday, July 24, that its free and open public WiFi service, Google Station, is now available in more than 400 locations across the Philippines.
— Rappler

Robots to invade PH industries, but won’t be terminators—DTI
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is already preparing for the impact of automation on the Philippine labor force, anticipating a massive loss of jobs and finding ways to keep Filipinos employed amid fierce competition from robots.
— Inquirer.net

Shopee launches first-ever scholarship program, Shopee Scholars, in Philippines
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its first-ever scholarship program called Shopee Scholars for the benefit of Shopee sellers and their families.
— Manilastandard.net

Gov’t, private partner move to curb road crashes
The government and a public interest law group on Thursday moved to address road crashes as they signed a joint memorandum circular enforcing a nationwide speed limit.
— Philippine News Agency

‘3 new departments could cause policy chaos, budget lack’
BUSINESS leaders warned the government on Thursday it runs the risk of being derailed by poor policy coordination and budget shortfalls in its plan to put up three new high-level agencies on disaster resilience, water resources regulation and overseas Filipinos.
— Business Mirror

US resumes nuclear, chemical attack response training to BFP personnel
THE United States is continuing to capacitate the Philippines to build its capability in responding to threats and attacks related to the use of chemical and nuclear weapons.
— Business Mirror

ERC seeks reconsideration for 105 PSAs invalidated by CSP ruling of High Court
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), in collaboration with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), had filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court (SC) en banc for a reversal of the ruling invalidating the effectivity and enforcement of at least 105 power supply agreements (PSAs) that had not gone through competitive selection process (CSP) on their supply procurements.
— Manila Bulletin

DOH treats children with disability
More than 400 children with disability including their guardians enjoyed a day full of fun and learning when they were treated by the Department of Health (DOH) and the City Government here during the weeklong celebration of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
— Philippine Information Agency

Students, seniors set to get P500 monthly in Isko Moreno’s Manila
Senior citizens, students, persons with disabilities, and single parents in Manila City are set to receive P500 monthly allowances soon after Isko Moreno signed on Thursday, July 25, two city ordinances setting out for its provision.
— Rappler

Isko pushes strict ban on sale of liquor near schools
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday signed an executive order mandating the strict implementation of city ordinances which prohibit establishments near schools from selling liquor.
— Philippine News Agency

NBI vows more efforts vs. online sexual exploitation of kids
The National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) on Thursday vowed to intensify its efforts to identify and arrest people who are involved in online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC).
— Philippine News Agency

Military identifies foreign jihadists training locals
THE PHILIPPINE military has identified at least two of the seven foreign jihadists who are grooming locals to become suicide bombers in the Mindanao region, according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana.
— BusinessWorld Online

Coast Guard gets new boats to improve patrols
THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yesterday took delivery of assets meant to upgrade its sea patrol capabilities and response to natural disasters.
— BusinessWorld Online

 

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

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