Philippines morning news for June 28

Philippines morning news for June 28

Philippines morning newsSouth China Sea: Philippine leader caves to China amid calls for impeachment
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he sees no issue with Chinese fishermen venturing into private Philippine waters – despite his country having exclusive rights to their use.
— Spratly Islands

Gordon starts probe on PhilHealth irregularities
SENATOR RICHARD J. Gordon on Thursday said he plans to hold an investigation on irregularities in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) when the 18th Congress opens on July 22.
— BusinessWorld Online

South China Sea: Philippines risk Bejing’s wrath after cancelling diplomatic passports
Beijing and Manila have found themselves locked in a bitter diplomatic row over the ownership of the South China Sea, with both countries claiming a right to the strategically important area.
— Spratly Islands

Prepare for disappointing Q2 growth, says Moody’s
The Philippines’ economic growth in the second quarter could turn out to be a disappointment amid government underspending, bad weather and the escalation of trade tensions between economic giants United States and China, debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened ‘trouble’ if PHL drills for oil in South China Sea
President Rodrigo Duterte said China’s President Xi Jinping served noticed that there would be trouble if the Philippines will push ahead with drilling oil in a disputed part of South China Sea.
— GMA News

Duterte: File an impeachment, I’ll have you arrested
President Duterte dared those who are threatening him about an impeachment complaint because of his remarks on the South China Sea to go ahead, but he will order their arrest.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte: Dragging US into South China Sea dispute will bring Philippines closer to war
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night disagreed with suggestions that the Philippines involve the United States in its dispute with China over the country’s exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.
— GMA News

Duterte invokes 2016 fishing agreement with China
Claiming he could not keep Chinese fishermen out of Philippine waters, President Duterte on Wednesday cited a deal he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016, allowing the Chinese access to the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gov’t’s ‘catch-up’ spending plan hard to execute — Moody’s
One of the three major international credit rating agencies is lukewarm about the ability of the national government to fully implement its catch up spending plan to help boost the country’s slowing economic growth due to the delayed approval of this year’s budget.
— Manila Bulletin

China can’t fish in PH waters, Palace clarifies
The government is not waiving the country’s sovereign rights and will enforce the law against illegal fishing by foreigners, the Palace said Thursday after President Rodrigo Duterte drew heavy fire for saying he would continue to allow Chinese fishermen to operate in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Duterte: ‘Jueteng’ lesser evil than drugs
The government may allow “jueteng” (an illegal numbers game) operations in the country for now since it is the “lesser evil” compared to the illegal drugs trade, according to President Duterte.
— Tempo

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol resigns
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has resigned from his post.
— Rappler

Duterte explains “mutual agreement” with China so PHL can also fish in other disputed waters
– President Rodrigo Duterte explained that there was a “mutual agreement” with China regarding fishing in the disputed parts of the South China Sea, including those under the Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
— Eagle News

Uncertainties still prevail in PH-SoKor trade talks
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Philippine panel is taking full advantage of ongoing free trade discussions with South Korean counterparts to determine options that will greatly benefit both countries.
— Philippine News Agency

DICT, 2 firms sign pact to build common telco tower infrastructure
The Department of Information and Communications (DICT) signed on Thursday a memorandum of agreement with common infrastructure providers Isoc Infrastructure Inc. and edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. that cements the start of works for their shared tower initiatives.
— Business Mirror

Failure to secure EEZ from foreign fishing is grounds for impeachment — expert
A maritime law expert on Thursday said the President Rodrigo Duterte’s failure to secure the country’s exclusive economic zone from foreign fishing is grounds for impeachment–if there were a Congress willing to do so.
— GMA News

Globe unveils first 5G postpaid plans for Filipinos
The Philippines becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to experience commercial fifth-generation (5G) fixed wireless broadband as Globe launches 5G postpaid plans for home.
— The Philippine Star

HSBC boosts Philippine private banking business
THE HONGKONG and Shanghai Banking Corp. Ltd. (HSBC) has expanded its private banking presence in the Philippines by deploying more relationship managers to service the growing wealth market.
— BusinessWorld Online

Power group seeks veto of solar firm’s franchise
THE Philippine Independent Power Producers Association, Inc. (PIPPA) asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to veto a bill granting a renewable energy (RE) distribution franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corp.
— BusinessWorld Online

IC tightens rules on investments of pre-need firms
The Insurance Commission (IC) has tightened the rules on the investments of pre-need companies in savings or time deposits and unit investment trust funds (UITFs) to ensure that they are investing in well-managed funds.
— The Philippine Star

DTI, TESDA planning training program for Halal butchers
THE PHILIPPINE Trade Training Center-Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) is looking into offering training in Halal-compliant animal slaughter in partnership with the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
— BusinessWorld Online

PH resto group to invest P1.5 B to build Popeyes
Kuya J Group, one of the country’s fast-rising food chain, is investing P1.5 billion initially as it plans to build more than 100 Popeyes restaurants in three years.
— Manila Bulletin

Airlines allowed to impose fuel surcharge
Local airlines can impose higher fuel surcharges in the next two months (July to August) to recover their losses in the wake of the spike in jet fuel prices.
— Manila Bulletin

China is still top buyer of Philippine bananas
In the second quarter of 2019, China’s fondness for Philippine bananas seems to have intensified as it doubled its orders for the fruit, driving total shipments up by 80 percent to 1.445 million tons as of end-April.
— Fresh Plaza

MMDA to relocate U-turns on Commonwealth, C5
An official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday the relocation of U-turn slots along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and C5 Road in Parañaque City to give way to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) and the C5 Southlink Expressway project.
— Philippine News Agency

17th Congress filed too many bills gov’t can’t afford
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III noted that the 17th Congress tried to pass over a hundred bills that were simply financially unsustainable.
— Rappler

De Lima: Duterte ‘impeachable’ by allowing Chinese to fish in PH waters
Jailed Senator Leila de Lima said no other chief executive aside from President Rodrigo Duterte has committed more impeachable offenses, as he effectively gave China a go-signal to fish in Philippine waters.
— Rappler

Occidental Mindoro solon calls for release of probe’s report on Recto Bank incident
Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato is demanding that the government release the report of its investigation into the ramming incident involving Chinese and Philippine vessels in Recto Bank earlier this month.
— GMA News

Lacson seeks ‘balance of power’ in S. China Sea
Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said the United States must keep China in check in the South China Sea in order to maintain the “balance of power” in the region, as the Asian power continues to assert its dominance over other claimants in the resources-rich waterway.
— Spratly Islands

Human rights: How to deal with Duterte, the biggest challenge?
Human rights groups increased their social media presence in the past 3 years, with many using Facebook to push their advocacies.
— Rappler

Duterte ‘just teasing’ in dare for countries to join him take back Spratlys, Panelo says
Was President Rodrigo Duterte serious when he challenged U.S. and other countries to join the Philippines in reclaiming the disputed Spratlys in the South China Sea?
— CNN Philippines

Customs field officers face technical smuggling charges
Several field officers of the Bureau of Customs, including a district collector, are in hot water for alleged complicity in what appeared to be systemic technical smuggling resulting in huge revenue losses for the government, sources said.

DTI orders English, Filipino translations on all business, marketing materials
With the proliferation of Chinese-only signages in most new small establishments, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered English or Filipino translations on all business and marketing materials and warned that violators will face cancellation of business permits and stiff fine.
— Manila Bulletin

SSS serves show cause order to 11 establishments in Dumaguete
The Social Security System (SSS) on Thursday warned 11 business establishments here to settle their obligations soon or else face the consequences after they were found to have violated certain provisions under Republic Act 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018.
— Philippine News Agency

Suicide prevention hotline to stay open despite halted DOH funding
Hopeline Philippines, the suicide prevention group that operates hotlines for those who need help, on Thursday said it would continue its operations despite the withdrawal of support from the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air Force will take over NAIA if security doesn’t improve: PRRD
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that if security at the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is not improved, the Air Force will take over.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte inclined to appoint Piñol as Mindanao Dev’t Authority chief
President Rodrigo Duterte said he is inclined to accept Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s resignation and name him Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary.
— Rappler

Zambo City dumpsite conversion to eco-park underway
The local government is paving the way for the conversion of the former 4.6- hectare dumpsite into an ecological park (eco-park), an official said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

JBC starts application process for Carpio’s Supreme Court replacement
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has started the application process for the replacement of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, retiring in October and September respectively.
— Rappler

MMDA to pursue provincial bus ban along EDSA unless SC issues order to stop
METROPOLITAN MANILA Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo S. Garcia said plans for the ban on provincial bus terminals along EDSA will push through unless stopped by the Supreme Court (SC).
— BusinessWorld Online

SSS Announces Maternity Benefits Could Reach Up To P70k in 2020
Maternity Benefits Could Reach Up To P70k in January 2020, SSS Says The Social Security System (SSS) announced that the maternity benefits could reach up to P70,000 starting in January 2020.
— Philippine News

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever
The Department of Agriculture (DA) imposed a temporary ban on pork imports from Laos, the latest Southeast Asian country to be hit by African swine fever (ASF).
— Rappler

Martires kicks out deputy ombudsman who probed Duterte
Ombudsman Samuel Martires has implemented Malacañang’s firing of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang , a highly-placed source confirmed to Rappler on Thursday, June 27.
— Rappler

President Duterte criticizes ex-DFA chief Del Rosario for inappropriate use of diplomatic passport
President Rodrigo Duterte criticized former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario for using a diplomatic passport although he is already in private practice and went to Hong Kong for a personal business trip.
— Eagle News

Panaligan breaks ground for the construction of new city jail
City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Calapan City District Jail located at Brgy. Sapul in this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Retired army general appointed as member of PhilHealth board
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed retired army general Ricardo C. Morales as member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Board of Directors, representing the indirect contributors.
— BusinessWorld Online

New anti-insurgency plan seen to address poverty in N. Mindanao
The launching of the new anti-insurgency program in Northern Mindanao on Friday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar expressed confidence that the Duterte administration will be able to address poverty in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Truth and Justice Coalition joins DBB in war on drugs
Truth and Justice Coalition (TJC) has partnered with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to beef up the Duterte administration’s intensified anti-illegal drug and corruption efforts.
— Philippine News Agency

BOC nabs 6 men for printing fake cigarette labels
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday nabbed six men for printing fake cigarette labels in Valenzuela City.
— GMA News

Akbayan solon agrees Duterte may be impeached over Chinese in Philippine waters
Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin on Thursday agreed with the statement of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario that President Rodrigo Duterte could be impeached for failing to protect the Philippine territory.
— GMA News

Dive tourism, the next big thing in Camiguin
Keen on attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been launched in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, indicating the province and the region’s readiness to accommodate divers.
— Philippine News Agency

DICT to issue permits for new cell sites within 3 months
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) targets to issue permits to tower building companies in three months or less to green light the construction of new cell sites.
— Philippine News Agency

Private school execs defy closure order, insist school is legal
The administrators of a private college here ordered closed by the local government unit for operating without a business permit, insisted on Thursday that the school is legal and has not violated any local law.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI tells ‘tech-savvy’ young entrepreneurs to help develop AI industry
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez rallied young entrepreneurs to utilize technology for coming up with new business enterprises, especially in helping the country develop the artificial intelligence (AI) industry.
— BusinessWorld Online

NBI arrests 2 for estafa, illegal recruitment
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday said it has arrested two persons on suspicion of estafa and large-scale illegal recruitment.
— GMA News

Carpio: PHL must defend national territory, including EEZ
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday said the Philippines must defend its national territory, which comprises areas over which the country has sovereignty and those over which it has jurisdiction.
— GMA News

Peco urges probe of power firm, local officials over expropriation of its assets
Panay Electric Co. Inc. (Peco), the power supplier in Iloilo City and three neighboring towns, has asked the Department (DOJ) of Justice to investigate the possible violations of a power firm and local officials.

DILG engages stakeholders for local governance resource center
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) forged partnership with Information Officers, Sangguniang Kabataan and Liga ng Mga Barangay in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the Local Governance Resource Center in Antique.
— Philippine Information Agency

CSC grants eligibility to Sanggunian members
Former Sanggunian (council) members have the option to continue serving in government with a Sanggunian Member Eligibility (SME), according to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
— Rappler (media release)

BARMM eyes Wi-Fi for 1,000 schools, LGUs
Schools and local government units of 1,000 barangays in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will benefit first from the government’s Tech-for-Aid Centers program.

‘Pride is compassion’: Gender equality groups hit CFC-FFL’s anti-LGBTQ+ remarks
Gender equality groups condemned the “malicious and untrue assertions about the LGBTQ+ community” by the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) in its statement on Wednesday, June 19.
— Rappler

DOTr To Give Free Railway Rides, Airport & Seaport Terminal Fees For Students
The students would get free rides from government-operated railways, airport, and seaport terminal fees, according to the Transportation Department.
— Philippine News


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