Philippines morning news for July 9

Philippines morning news for July 9

Philippines morning newsInfra, capital spending jumps to P62B in May
STATE infrastructure and capital spending rebounded in May from a month earlier, rising to P61.5 billion on the back of foreign-assisted public-works projects and military modernization.
— The Manila Times

Amnesty Int’l tags Bulacan as ‘a new epicenter of extrajudicial killings’
Available statistics on drug-related killings in Bulacan equate the province just north of Metropolitan Manila as “a new epicenter of extrajudicial killings,” according to Amnesty International.
— GMA News

Antique pushes declaration of state of emergency due to dengue
The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is pushing for the declaration of a state of health emergency in this province due to the prevalence of dengue.
— Philippine News Agency

KAPA founder, other officials face 8 counts of estafa complaint
THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and three investors of Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. (KAPA) filed eight counts of syndicated estafa complaint against the group’s 14 officials, including its founder, Joel A. Apolinario, in connection with its alleged investment scam.
— BusinessWorld Online

Visitor arrivals in 5 months to May at nearly 3.5M, up 9.76%
THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said international visitor arrivals in the five months to May totaled nearly 3.5 million, up 9.76%, with arrivals in May and showing the highest year-on-year growth to date.
— BusinessWorld Online

Customs bans seditious works, abortion items
Travelers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are being reminded that they may not bring materials advocating or inciting rebellion or sedition and other banned items into the country.
— Manilastandard.net

‘Investors jittery over Trabaho bill delay’
THE 18th Congress must immediately decide on the fate of the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill if it wants to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the Philippines, economists said on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Government gears up for fuel marking, eyes additional P5 billion revenues
The government is gearing up for the implementation of the fuel marking program this quarter, a measure which is seen to generate at least P5 billion in additional revenues this 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
— The Philippine Star

PNP deploys additional police commandos to ‘wipe out’ ASG bandits in Mindanao
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be sending additional Special Action Force (SAF) troops in Mindanao in line with President Duterte’s order for security forces to “wipe out” the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Government plans $1-billion samurai bond issue in August
The government is eyeing to issue up to $1 billion worth of yen-denominated bonds by mid-August, according to the Bureau of the Treasury.
— The Philippine Star

NGCP sets P18 B for West Luzon upgrade
To underpin load growth that shall be brought about by capacity expansion of power plants, transmission firm National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is prepping for capital outlay of P17.9 billion for the planned 500-kilovolt (kW) Western Luzon backbone of the country’s power transmission network.
— Manila Bulletin

Rody’s rating soars to new high at 68%, SWS survey shows
President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating has reached a new high of +68, the latest Social Weather Stations’ survey revealed Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

DTI tells small firms to seize opportunities in Halal market
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez encouraged Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) achieve Halal certification in order to broaden their markets.
— BusinessWorld Online

Labor group slates Sona day protests
Workers will stage an anti-China protest rally during President Duterte’s upcoming midterm State of the Nation Address (Sona) later this month to oppose his administration’s alleged encroachment on the country’s waters.
— Business Mirror

China to help PH fight vs smuggled cigarettes
The Chinese counterpart of the Philippine Customs bureau has committed to help in stopping exports of unauthorized cigarette-making machines into the country as the Duterte administration stepped -up its campaign against the illicit tobacco trade.
— Manila Bulletin

‘Undervalued rice imports may have caused P5-billion gap in tariff collection’
THE lower tariff collection from rice imports—which, in turn, may have caused the government billions in forgone revenue—may have been caused by the undervaluing of such by importers and traders, according to the Federation of Free Farmers Inc. (FFF).
— Business Mirror

PRRD hands Mislatel Consortium permit to operate as 3rd telco
Filipinos will soon experience improved Internet services after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday formally awarded Mislatel Consortium, the country’s third mobile player, its permit to operate.
— Philippine News Agency

Estrada shocked over Manila’s P4.3B cash deficit: I left P10.3B excess funds
Former Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada said Monday he is aghast by a Commission on Audit (COA) report saying his administration left the city coffers with a cash deficit amounting to P4.39 billion.
— Inquirer.net

Filipinos can travel ‘visa-free’ to 64 countries in global ranking of passports
PHILIPPINE passport holders can travel “visa-free” to 64 out of 266 destinations, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index which put the country on the 80th spot in the global ranking.
— The Manila Times

COA: 1,489 businesses in Manila operated without permits
Over a thousand business establishments in Manila operated without permits during the term of former mayor Joseph Estrada, which deprived the city government of additional revenue, the Commission on Audit (COA) said in its latest report.
— The Philippine Star

PH economy to rebound, grow 6-6.5% by year-end: FMIC
The investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group expects the country’s economy to rebound in the second half of 2019 and grow by 6 to 6.5 percent by year-end, on the back of healthy government spending and easing inflation.
— Philippine News Agency

Farmers say rice tariffs shortchange RCEF
A FARMERS’ GROUP has alleged that imported rice is being undervalued to evade tariffs following the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law early this year, possibly shortchanging a rice farmers’ fund financed by tariffs.
— BusinessWorld Online

Private sector presents 10-point policy action plan to government
The private sector has given the government a new set of actionable proposals which aim to further support business and economic growth in the country, according to the Department of Finance.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation and TNVS costs
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reported that the country’s lowest inflation rate this year and last year, or over the span of 18 months, was 2.7% in June.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte endorses Cayetano, Velasco as House Speaker in term-sharing deal
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday bared his choices for the House Speakership: Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano will go first, then Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco wil serve the remaining term.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte pushes for charter change after naming next Speaker
In the same speech in which he announced the next Speaker of the House of Representatives , President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a change in the 1987 Constitution, an effort that would require the efforts of the lower chamber.
— Rappler

NEDA eyes improvement in WV tourism
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-6 plans to sit with local planners in the region to discuss how they can take advantage of tourism in localities. According to NEDA-6 regional director Ro-Ann Bacal, the things that cannot be achieved by Boracay island anymore can be done by other areas in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

COA calls out QC for P1.5B worth of unimplemented projects
The Quezon City government has P1.5 billion worth of unimplemented infrastructure and development projects in 2018, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
— GMA News

Amnesty International ‘politicizing’ killings in gov’t drug war – Palace
Malacañang on Monday slammed Amnesty International for “politicizing” the so-called extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte backing Speaker bets meant to save ‘already fractious’ coalition
President Rodrigo Duterte’s endorsement of candidates for Speaker of the House of Representatives was intended to save his weakening grip on the legislative, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate.
— Inquirer.net

NDRM 2019 starts, highlights gov’t efforts towards resilience
After the early morning kick-off ceremony here on Monday, July 1, various programs and activities will be held around in observance of National Disaster Resilience Month 2019 in Western Visayas.
— Philippine Information Agency

Human rights advocate shot dead in Negros Oriental
A human rights advocate was shot dead on Sunday, July 7, at Aglipay Street in Poblacion, Manjuyod town.
— Rappler

Drilon said Malacañang should not ignore Amnesty Int’l claims
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Monday the Duterte administration should not ignore the claims of human rights group Amnesty International on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
— GMA News

NegOcc IT center named top-performing Tech4ED hub in Visayas
The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) was awarded as the top-performing Tech4ED hub in the Visayas Cluster 1 by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
— Philippine News Agency

16 foreign divers, 4 Filipinos rescued from capsized boat off popular Cebu diving spot
Twenty people, mostly foreign tourists, were rescued from a motor boat that capsized off the coast of Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan town, Cebu province on Monday (July 8).
— Inquirer.net

Cabanglasan village receives water system projects
More households in Barangay Iba and its neighboring barangays in Cabanglasan will thirst no more for water supply as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) turned over two water systems, the construction of Level III water System of Crossing Mainaga, and the ground reservoir of Cabanglasan Water District and one unit production well.
— Philippine Information Agency

Rizal solon wants province’s 2nd district split into three
A lawmaker from Rizal has filed a House bill seeking to split the legislative district he represents into three.
— GMA News

2 Philippine startups to compete at Hong Kong tech conference
Two Philippine startups will be competing at the Pitch startup contest to be held at the Rise Conference in Hong Kong from July 8 to 11: Bookgini and Burket.ph.
— Rappler

LOOK: 22-story condominium for the poor to rise in San Juan City
San Juan City is pushing for an in-city relocation plan and will erect a 22-story condominium for the poor, new Mayor Francis Zamora said on Monday, July 8.
— Rappler

 

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

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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