Philippines morning news for July 8

Philippines morning news for July 8

Philippines morning newsFisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte
A fisherfolk group on Friday, July 5 vowed to file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte for allowing China to fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

Landmark bill vs extrajudicial killings pushed
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is set to file from jail a bill that will define extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and strengthen investigations into deaths in police or military operations.
— Rappler

Natl govt borrowings in May hit P126.086B
The national government’s borrowings for May amounted to P126.086 billion, posting an increase of 117.5 percent from the P57.969 billion made in the same month last year, data from the Bureau of the Treasury showed (BTr).
— Business Mirror

PhilHealth execs hit for ‘criminal negligence’
An anti-crime watchdog is demanding the resignation of two Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials for “criminal negligence that enabled scammers to raid its coffers.”
— The Philippine Star

‘Imminent’ acceleration of infrastructure spending to fuel economic growth
AN ‘IMMINENT’ ACCELERATION of Philippine investment growth — especially as the government speeds up infrastructure spending this semester after a four-month budget delay crimped expenditures in the first half — should fuel faster economic growth next year, according to a July 5 HSBC Global Research ASEAN Perspectives report.
— BusinessWorld Online

Five MoUs signed at PHL-Indonesia investment summit
THE Philippines-Indonesia Economic and Investment Summit saw the signing of five agreements in the tourism, agriculture and e-commerce industries, Philippine officials at the Jakarta embassy said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines’s microfinance firm CARD MRI invests in insurtech startup Saphron
Saphron’s platform NANAI will enable CARD MRI’s microinsurance agents to enrol clients, monitor policies, and initiate claims in short time and lesser cost Philippines’s insurtech startup Saphron has received an undisclosed sum in investment from local microfinance firm CARD MRI, which also partly owns …
— e27

Philippines officials hit for conduct in Geneva rights meet
Rights defenders have expressed dismay over the behavior of Philippine officials, including government supporters, during the 41st session of the (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
— The Philippine Star

DTI wants more PHL halal products for $2.6-trillion global halal market
TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez underscored the need to increase Philippine halal products in domestic and export markets to maximize the opportunities of a growing global halal market amounting to $2.6 trillion.
— Business Mirror

SEC to allow cross-border publication of ASEAN capital market reports
THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) has drafted guidelines as part of a regionwide move to allow capital market professionals from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members to issue research reports outside their home countries.
— BusinessWorld Online

Slowing inflation boosts gov’t growth optimism
The government economic managers have expressed optimism that the slowing rate of increase in consumer prices last month would help propel the country’s economy this year.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines: UN investigation urgently needed into Duterte administration’s murderous “war on drugs”
The wave of police killings triggered by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous anti-drugs campaign continues to rage on, destroying lives and devastating communities, a report by Amnesty International reveals today.
— Amnesty International

Sison says US could order arrest of ‘traitor’ Duterte
Exiled communist leader Joma Sison on Saturday claimed the United States could influence Philippine military and police to arrest President Rodrigo Duterte “as a traitor.”
— Spratly Islands

Could Manila’s flip-flopping over Reed Bank make Beijing more aggressive?
Almost a month on from the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel off Reed Bank, the disquiet in the Philippines has yet to show any signs of ending.
— South China Morning Post

Gov’t must invest in ship, tech to monitor intrusions in West PH Sea: expert
The government needs to invest in a vessel and space-based technologies to better monitor intrusions in the West Philippine Sea, an expert from a marine advocacy group said on Sunday.
— Spratly Islands

Lumad escape from ‘slavery’ in Pangasinan
Thirty four Lumad, including two children from the Manobo-Pulangihan tribe in Quezon, Bukidnon, escaped from what they described as slave-like conditions in a fish farm owned by a Chinese businessman in Sual, Pangasinan, on Monday, July 1.
— Rappler

No need for China permit to fish, says PH lawyer in Hague case
The Philippines’ lead counsel against China denied that Manila needs Beijing’s permission to fish in the West Philippine Sea, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he sealed a fishing deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
— Rappler

Eight prisoners escape Lamitan City Jail
Eight prisoners, one convicted of murder, escaped the Lamitan City Jail in Basilan Sunday morning, police said.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte: ‘Let America declare the war’ on China
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday dared the United States to declare war against China — and he will “do the next”.
— CNN Philippines

Govt subsidies for scientific activities up 50%
Subsidies extended to Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities expanded by 50.61 percent in 2017, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Labor group slams employers for seeking veto on ‘endo’ bill
Labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) has assailed employers for calling on President Duterte to veto the security of tenure bill.
— The Philippine Star

28 PHL start-ups to participate in Hong Kong RISE 2019
THE Philippine government is sending the Philippines’s first-ever delegation of Philippine start-ups to the RISE Conference 2019, the largest technology conference in Asia, from July 9 to 11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
— Business Mirror

Wipe out IS, Duterte orders military, police
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police to get rid of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) here, including the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), its affiliate in the Philippines.
— The Manila Times

POGO workers to pay P2-billion withholding taxes monthly
The government has hit a jackpot of sorts after offshore gaming operators agreed on the amount of tax to be slapped on the industry following a meeting with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
— The Philippine Star

Local firms urged to change biz models toward digitization
IP Converge Data Services Inc. (IPC) dares traditional companies to transform their business models as they shift to digitization.
— Business Mirror

2K youths help build homes for 20 Habitat sites
At least 2,000 youth volunteers were recently mobilized to revitalize homes, schools and community centers in 20 sites nationwide under the Habitat Young Leaders Build 2019 program.
— Manilastandard.net

Govt to start collecting safeguard duty of P3/kg on imported ceramic tiles
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued a memorandum order that imposes a provisional safeguard duty of P3 per kilogram on imported ceramic floor and wall tiles.
— Business Mirror

Philippines’s microfinance firm CARD MRI invests in insurtech startup Saphron
Philippines’s insurtech startup Saphron has received an undisclosed sum in investment from local microfinance firm CARD MRI, which also partly owns microinsurance company CARD Pioneer Microinsurance (CPMI)..
— e27

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has filed a bill that seeks to ban the importation of waste to the Philippines, with violators facing up to P15 million in fines or imprisonment for up to 12 years.
— Rappler

LTO-Iligan reports backlog of 50K license cards
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) here has about 40,000 from 50,000 license cards pending issuance to date due to limited allocations from the LTO Central Office, its district office revealed on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s Philippines Among The Best Places To Live And Work, Ahead Of China
Philippines has been ranked 24th best place to live and work, just behind the US, which ranked 23rd, and ahead of China, which ranked 26th.
— South China Morning Post

Palace: Chinese fishers need to be held liable
Malacañang said yesterday that the Chinese fishermen who abandoned 22 Filipino fishermen after their boat was hit near Recto Bank last month should be held liable for leaving them behind.
— Tempo

Angara eyes 100% hike in social pension for seniors
For most individuals, hitting the age of 60 means enjoying the rest of your life, free from work and stress.
— Philippine News Agency

Instead of death penalty, De Lima pushes 50 years in jail without parole
Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to impose a 50-year prisong term without parole for heinous crimes, including violations of the law she had been charged with.
— Rappler

DOE, Japanese partners seek to turn Mindoro into showcase of power micro-grids
The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) are reviewing Mindoro’s power development plan in a bid to bring a stable supply of electricity to the province.
— Inquirer.net

NegOcc guv underscores role of private sector in growth, dev’t
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has underscored the role of the private sector as an engine of growth and development.
— Philippine News Agency

Isko Moreno wants to develop ‘tourism circuit’ in Manila
In a bid to revive tourism and promote cultural heritage in the capital city of Manila, Mayor Isko Moreno is eyeing the development of a tourism circuit that would link heritage sites across the city.
— Rappler

De Lima urges Duterte to revoke deployment of more troops in Samar, Negros, Bicol
Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke Memorandum No. 32 which orders the deployment of additional troops in Samar, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Bicol region.
— GMA News

EcoWaste Coalition airs toxic alert on cosmetics sold in Baguio City
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has expressed grave concern over the unlawful sale in Baguio City of toxic cosmetics.
— Manila Bulletin

DTI Ilocos Sur joins nationwide simultaneous inspection of steel bars
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Ilocos Sur office deployed its enforcement team to the hardware stores in Ilocos Sur on July 5, 2019 to monitor their compliance on the specifications of the Philippine National Standards on steel bars they are selling to consumers.
— Philippine Information Agency

Better mental health through responsible use of tech, soc-med
Responsible use of social media and technology could help Filipinos achieve better mental health status, a mental health expert said Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

NMIS-Ilocos assures ample pork supply despite ASF threat
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) -1 (Ilocos Region) assured the public of ample supply of pork products for consumption despite looming threats over African swine fever (ASF).
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc town farmers benefit from solar irrigation system
Some 60 farming families in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental who are into rice and sugarcane production are benefiting from the PHP5.99-million solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Philippine News Agency

Pag-asa Island ramp 60% complete
The construction of a beaching ramp on Pag-asa or Thitu Island, which forms part of the disputed Spratlys or Kalayaan Group of Islands in the West Philippine Sea, is now 60 percent complete, according to the Department of National Defense.
— Tempo

DPWH set to turnover Davao City’s first evacuation center
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-11 will hand over to the city government the first evacuation center located in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District here next month.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD-7 distributes aid to displaced families in Manjuyod
The Department of Social Welfare and Development in region 7 distributed family food packs and hygiene kits to the 300 internally displaced families affected by the armed encounter between the government forces and members of the rebel groups in Sitio Kabugtong, Barangay Bantolinao in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
— Philippine Information Agency

Tech4Ed launched in 16 high schools in Bohol
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Education (DepEd) joined hands in launching in 16 high schools in Bohol its Technology for Education, to gain Employment, train Entrepreneurs towards Economic Development (Tech4Ed) on June 26 at the Bohol Provincial Capitol, this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Former Senate sergeant at arms Balajadia dies
Former Senate sergeant at arms Jose Balajadia Jr died on Sunday, July 7. He was 75.
— Rappler

CDO convention center now at 88% completion
After several years of abandonment from its suspension in year 2012, the Cagayan de Oro Civic/Convention Center located at Taguanao, Indahag, here, nears completion of its main building at 88 percent accomplishment based on the total released budget.
— Philippine Information Agency

PHL Embassy in New Zealand, POLO in Australia conduct consultations on OFW welfare
EBC New Zealand correspondent Greg Basa reports about the consultations with overseas Filipino workers conducted by the Philippine embassy in New Zealand, with the help of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Australia.
— Eagle News

Davao City eyes transparent garbage bins to avoid terror attack
Task Force Davao wants to replace the usual green and black garbage bins in the city with transparent ones as it prepares for the 34th Kadawayan harvest festival.
— Rappler

 

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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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