Philippines morning news for June 24

Philippines morning news for June 24

Philippines morning newsNational Government borrowings reach P661 billion in Jan-April
The national government’s borrowings almost tripled to P661.52 billion in the first four months, with the administration continuing to rely more heavily on domestic lenders, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported.
— The Philippine Star

Khmer Times publisher T Mohan probed over illegal recruitment, faces lifetime ban
A number of Philippine government agencies have launched parallel investigations into the recruitment practices of Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam, publisher of the Khmer Times newspaper, commonly known as T Mohan.
— AEC News Today

96 immigration intelligence men shuffled at Naia
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Sunday it has shuffled nearly a hundred of its intelligence officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) as part of measures to prevent corruption at the airports.
— Business Mirror

Philippines calls for ‘upgrade of worker skills’ in ASEAN
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, June 22, called for the upgrading of the skills of the workforce in member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in support of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
— Rappler

House members agree on Oct budget deadline to give Senate enough time
MEMBERS of the 18th Congress have reached a consensus to pass the 2020 national budget by October to ensure that it will be transmitted to President Duterte before the year ends, a lawmaker said on Sunday.
— Business Mirror

Duterte pushes Asean cooperation in economic develpoment
Greater cooperation on inclusive, equitable and sustainable economic development as well as promoting the rights of migrant workers and other vulnerable groups were among President Duterte’s principal concerns in his talks with his counterparts and business leaders at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here this weekend.
— The Philippine Star

Philippine ex-foreign minister says denied Hong Kong entry over ‘anti-China actions’
A former Philippines foreign minister who was denied entry into Hong Kong said Saturday he was barred over his criticisms of China, calling the move “sheer intimidation” by Beijing.
— Coconuts Hong Kong

LP senators slam PH-China joint probe into Recto Bank incident
Opposition senators from the Liberal Party have lambasted the Philippines and China’s planned joint investigation into the boat allision at Recto Bank.
— CNN Philippines

Customs probe on POM smuggling finished
Officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), including a former district collector at the Port of Manila (POM), are in hot water for alleged technical smuggling, which resulted in revenue losses for the government.
— The Philippine Star

EU pushes anew lifting of foreign equity curbs
The ambassador of the Europeran Union batted anew for the removal of the restriction on foreign ownership in order to rev up the economy, and gave assurances that the EU would be generally “happy” to work out strategies to stimulate new and more economic activities for Mindanao.
— Business Mirror

Net ‘hot money’ outflows surge to $750M in May
FOREIGN portfolio investments remained in the negative territory in May, recording the biggest net outflow in more than two years, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed on Friday.
— The Manila Times

Duterte bans new ecozones
As part of his administration’s effort to boost development of special economic zones (ecozones) in the countryside, President Rodrigo Duterte has banned the processing of applications for ecozones in Metro Manila.
— The Manila Times

Duterte pushes Asean cooperation in economic develpoment
Greater cooperation on inclusive, equitable and sustainable economic development as well as promoting the rights of migrant workers and other vulnerable groups were among President Duterte’s principal concerns in his talks with his counterparts and business leaders at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here this weekend.
— The Philippine Star

Should we ditch our distrust of China?
In the Philippines, fear of China runs deeper than almost anywhere else in Southeast Asia – But Rodrigo duterte is trying to turn the tide.
— The Nation

Countries behind climate change should pay – Duterte
COUNTRIES that greatly contributed to climate change should be held liable for their actions, President Rodrigo Duterte said at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
— The Manila Times

Duterte ‘disappointed’ with slow pace of negotiations for a Code of Conduct in South China Sea – Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern and disappointment with the delay in talks for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea when he faced other Southeast Asian leaders at a summit in Thailand on Sunday.
— CNN Philippines

DFA cancels all courtesy diplomatic passports after Del Rosario incident
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will cancel all courtesy diplomatic passports issued to former foreign affairs secretaries and ambassadors, following an incident in Hong Kong where former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario was barred entry.
— Rappler

Oil firms seek TRO to stop fuel cost unbundling
The Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), the organization of the country’s major oil firms along with some independent players, had filed a petition for declaratory relief with application for temporary restraining order (TRO) before the Makati regional trial court (RTC) to stop the “fuel cost unbundling” policy instituted by the Department of Energy (DOE).
— Manila Bulletin

Angat Dam plunges below critical level
As predicted, the Angat Dam in Bulacan breached the critical low level of 160 meters on Saturday, June 22.
— Rappler

Group cites cases of human-rights violations in Masbate, Mindoro
Three human-rights advocates have been killed in Masbate while a fact-finding mission seeking to look into the reported cases of strafing and even deaths of three people in Mindoro was being prevented by the government, human-rights group Karapatan claimed over the weekend.
— Business Mirror

PH gov’t values Japanese envoy’s help to Bangsamoro peace process
Diplomats play a key role in promoting their respective government’s foreign policy agenda across the globe.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte urges ASEAN to “redouble” efforts to counter terrorism
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, June 22, called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to “redouble our collective efforts to counter” terrorism “effectively and with finality.”
— Eagle News

Indonesia, Philippines to Ratify Landmark Maritime Boundary Deal
Indonesia and the Philippines said they will begin to ratify a deal in August to establish a boundary between overlapping so-called exclusive economic zones.
— Bloomberg

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe
It’s another change in tune by the Philippine government as Malacañang clarified the terms of an upcoming joint investigation between the Philippines and China over the sinking of a Filipino boat near Recto Bank (Reed Bank).
— Rappler

COA asks Cavite gov’t to explain P4.95 million paid to consultants
The Commission on Audit (COA) asked the Cavite provincial government to explain the P4.95 million paid to 24 consultants and to justify why these consultants were hired in 2018.
— Rappler

P160-M fake cigarettes, cigarette-making machines seized in Bulacan
Agents of the Bureau of Customs seized more than P160-million worth of fake cigarettes, cigarette-making machines, and other smuggled goods from two warehouses in Bulacan.
— Tempo

Robredo hits ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to cancel courtesy diplomatic passports
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called out the decision to cancel the “courtesy” diplomatic passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to former top diplomats, after former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte to sign EO cutting red tape after Asean meet
President Duterte’s admonition for government offices to accord due attention and speedy processing of citizens’ official documents would now be mandatory and legally binding after his promise to issue an executive order (EO).
— Business Mirror

BSP wants to print PH passports again
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) wants to take back the printing of the country’s passports or e-passports, along with the generation of the national identification or ID card.
— Manila Bulletin

Sara Duterte bats for localized martial law, wants Davao exempted
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she would would recommend to Malacañang a localized imposition of martial law, which is still effective in Mindanao two years after it was imposed to contain the movement of local and foreign terrorists in Marawi City.
— Business Mirror

DTI counting on TRABAHO bill to expand supplier networks
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it hopes the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill will help develop supplier networks here to make economic zones more attractive for potential locators.
— Business World Online

Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank reaches 1 million Micro Savings account holders; brings Filipinos closer to financial inclusion
Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB), the banking arm of Cebuana Lhuillier, has reached the 1 million mark for its Micro Savings account holders following its recent launch in late February of this year.
— Business Mirror

‘NCR ban could dent ecozone investments’
DEVELOPERS over the weekend warned that investment inflows to economic zones could further decline in the face of President Duterte’s moratorium on economic zone development in Metro Manila.
— Business Mirror

Davao City, Tagum positioning to attract more Muslim tourists
THE CITIES of Davao and Tagum are positioning to become the top destinations for Muslim tourists and investors in the Davao Region as Malaysian and Indonesian businesses seek out opportunities.
— BusinessWorld Online

Rice farmers urged to consider vegetable farming amid more liberal import regime
EAST-WEST Seed Group said rice farmers must consider diversifying their crops to improve their income in the face of liberalized rice imports.
— BusinessWorld Online

Family of 6 die in Caloocan fire
A family of six died when a fire broke out at their house in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City before dawn yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

BOC starts imposing 5% tariff on chicken MDM
THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) is now implementing the 5-percent tariff rate on mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken and turkey after President Duterte issued an executive order (EO) retaining the lower tariff rate on MDM.
— Business Mirror

CA reverses dismissal, perpetual disqualification to hold public office of Cagayan de Oro mayor
The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed the 2017 ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) that ordered the dismissal from the service of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno and his perpetual disqualification to hold public office.
— Manila Bulletin

Hong Kong lawmaker to raise barring of PH ex-officials to Legislative Council
After a second former Philippine government official was barred from entering Hong Kong, a lawmaker of the semi-autonomous city will raise the issue before Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.
— CNN Philippines

COA lifts notice of disallowance vs. Las Piñas intel expenses
The Commission on Audit has lifted the notice of disallowance issued against the cash advances drawn by the Las Piñas City government for confidential and intelligence expenses worth P20 million in 2011 and P20 million in 2012.
— Manilastandard.net

SMC seen to bag P5.5-b Boracay bridge project
The Public Works Department expects to grant “soon” the original proponent status to San Miguel Corp. for its proposal to build a 1.2-kilometer bridge from Caticlan to Boracay Island for P5.5 billion.
— Manilastandard.net

DICT tackles alternative voting technologies
Future election technologies can combine the speed of electronic counting with the transparency of manual counting.
— Manila Bulletin

Malacañang-led steering committee set for energy projects’ permitting
A Malacañang-led steering committee has been formed to concretize frameworks on the proposed streamlining of energy projects’ permitting under the “Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act” (EVOSS), an information technology-underpinned platform in the documentation and processing of power project applications.
— Manila Bulletin

‘Despicable lie’: Piñol cries foul over meme comparing his visit to fishermen with Robredo’s
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol took to social media Sunday to denounce a “blogsite critical of the administration” for posting a meme comparing his visit to Filipino fishermen with that of Vice President Leni Robredo.
— CNN Philippines

Senate committee on energy to review EPIRA
The Senate committee on energy plans to review the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) and introduce supporting bills through the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) since electricity prices have yet to go down 18 years after the said law was passed.
— The Philippine Star

2016 land area master list adoption spells hard times for lgu
NEWLY elected local officials looking to spend more for various public services and projects during their term may have to consider some belt-tightening measures with the adoption of the 2016 master list of land areas.
— Business Mirror

Visa vows to strengthen payment security in PHL
Payments provider Visa, Inc. unveiled a three-year road map that aimed to strengthen payments security in the Philippines, where many Filipinos still prefer to use cash over credit despite the rise of e-commerce.
— BusinessWorld Online

NPA leader, companion killed in shootout with cops
A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader wanted for numerous heinous crimes and his companion were killed in a shootout with police operatives on Sunday in a safe house in Barangay Bagong Silang, Laak, Compostela Valley.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo ‘not confident’ about joint PH-China probe, backs third-party inquiry
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, June 23, said she is not confident about the planned joint probe with China into the sinking of a Filipino boat in Recto Bank (Reed Bank), and instead supported the idea of an investigation done by a third party.
— Rappler

Party-list bloc defers vote for Speaker until Duterte bares his bet
The 54-member Party-list Coalition has postponed voting to pick the bloc’s candidate for Speaker until after President Rodrigo Duterte announces his choice.
— GMA News

Dela Rosa hopes Kapa returns members’ money
Senator-Elect Ronald Dela Rosa lamented the anguish of the people who invested hard-earned money to investment schemes as he wished companies, especially the Kapa Community Ministry, Inc. to return it to the people.
— Philippine News Agency

Many solons reject proposed term sharing for next Speaker –Velasco
Majority of the lawmakers from the House of Representatives turn down the proposed term sharing between Speaker aspirants Taguig City Representative-elect Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.
— GMA News

DOTr eyes completion of Bicol Int’l Airport by June 2020
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has assured Bicolanos the Bicol International Airport (BIA), now under construction in Barangay Alobo here, would be completed in June 2020, and would be operational shortly after then.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines calls for ‘upgrade of worker skills’ in ASEAN
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, June 22, called for the upgrading of the skills of the workforce in member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in support of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
— Rappler

DOH advises public to clean to keep mosquitoes away
The Department of Health (DOH) reiterates its advisory to the public to clean all possible mosquito breeding sites in the homes and surroundings especially with the rainy season in when dengue cases tend to peak.
— Philippine Information Agency

CDO exec wants CCTVs installed in videoke joints
The Regulatory and Complaint Board (RCB) of this city government will lobby for the passage of an ordinance requiring videoke joints and movie cafes to install security cameras in each room of their establishments.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Last Mile’ brings quality education closer to indigenous youths
True to its promise to provide accessible and quality education to the indigenous youth, the Department of Education (DepEd) has started the establishment of learning facilities, also known as “Last Mile Schools”, in remote places across the country.
— Philippine News Agency

23 rebels surrender, 64 others cut ties with CPP-NPA
Twenty-three members of various rebel groups surrendered to authorities, while 64 of their supporters cut with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army’s (NPA) Underground Mass Organizations (UGMO).
— GMA News

Groups urge Filipinos to defend Philippine territory after boat sinking
After the sinking of a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea, various groups echoed the call to defend the country’s territory as they held a protest at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Saturday, June 22.
— Rappler

Duterte links Trillanes’ mom to helmet ‘scam’
President Rodrigo Duterte has linked the mother of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th to the supposedly anomalous purchase of P3.8-billion Kevlar helmets for the military, a deal that reportedly involved alleged “pork barrel” scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
— The Manila Times

Abu Sayyaf frees 9 fishermen seized off Borneo
Suspected Islamic State -linked militants in the southern Philippines have freed 9 nomadic fishermen abducted off the Malaysian part of Borneo island, Filipino and Malaysian authorities said Saturday, June 22.
— Rappler

Duterte asks Thai businessmen to invest more in PH
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, June 22, urged Thai businessmen to invest more in the Philippines, citing the uptick in the country’s economic indicators.
— Rappler

307 Ifugao farmers receive land titles
Three hundred seven Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from three municipalities in the province received their Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in an awarding ceremony here recently.
— Philippine Information Agency

BCPO Station 1 tops proficiency evaluation process in CAR
The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Station 1 registered the highest rating among all the units in Cordillera Region and was conferred with the Gold Eagle Award during the Performance Governance Proficiency Stage (PGS) conferment ceremony at the Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday (June 17).
— Philippine Information Agency

F2 stays unbeaten; PLDT nails first win in PSL
F2 Logistics stayed undefeated after drubbing Foton, 25-9, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference on Saturday, June 22, at Imus Sports Center.
— Rappler

 

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