Philippines morning news for March 13

Philippines morning news for March 13

Philippines morning news

Palace: Duterte, Congress leaders to resolve budget
CONGRESS LEADERS were scheduled to meet last night with President Rodrigo R. Duterte to discuss the impasse between the Senate and the House of Representatives on the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.
— BusinessWorld Online

Trade deficit widened in January as exports declined 1.7% to $5.3b
The trade deficit widened to $3.76 billion in January from $3.16 billion a year ago, as imports rebounded while exports continued to decline, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.

5 days before PHL exit, SC takes no action on Int’l Criminal Court case
The Supreme Court did not decide on the petitions challenging the Philippines’ exit from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, less than a week before the withdrawal takes effect.
— GMA News

Measles outbreak claims 9 lives in Central Visayas
The number of deaths due to the measles outbreak in Central Visayas is now pegged at nine, covering the period from January 1-March 12, the Department of Health Regional Office here said Tuesday.Jane Michelle Raagas, Nurse V of the DOH Central Visayas Center for Health …
— Philippine News Agency

BSP chief Diokno signals possible quarterly cuts in bank reserves
Possible cuts in required reserves imposed on banks may happen “in the next four quarters,” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday, adding that there is room to relax monetary policy.
— The Philippine Star

Chinese, Koreans still top foreign visitors to Boracay
Boracay Island has maintained its reputation as a prime tourist spot in the country for visitors from China and Korea, despite the challenges posed by its temporary closure and ongoing rehabilitation .
— Rappler

PH exports to Japan hit $884.95M in January
The country’s exports to Japan reached $884.95 million in January 2019, surpassing the United States of America as the top export market of the Philippines, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority on Tuesday.
— Minda News

Opposition lawmakers slam as “presumptuous” Palace’s statement on Filipinos’ “unshakeable trust” in Duterte, admin
Several opposition lawmakers on Tuesday, March 12, slammed as “presumptuous” the Palace’s statement the rise in President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction ratings was proof of the public’s “unshakeable trust” in him and his administration.
— Eagle News

DOF pushes uniform 5% royalty rate for mining
The Department of Finance (DOF) has appealed for the Senate to adopt its original proposal for mining fiscal reforms, which is projected to raise about P7.2 billion in additional revenues in the first year of its implementation.
— The Philippine Star

Senator renews call to amend economic laws amid FDI drop
The Senate was asked to front-load the passage of remedial legislation amending the country’s current economic laws to foster a more competitive business environment in the Philippines.
— Business Mirror

260,000 people reel from water shortage
THE water service interruption imposed by Manila Water has affected 250,000 to 260,000 people, the agency said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

BARMM issues fatwah to clarify that immunization is halal
AN ISLAMIC ruling, or a fatwah, on immunization was signed by 13 Muslim religious leaders of the Regional Darul Ifta (RDI) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on March 12 to clarify that it is consistent with the faith.
— BusinessWorld Online

Thousands flee as fighting erupts in southern Philippines
An estimated 16,000 people have fled their homes as a result of reported armed clashes between government troops and supporters of the so-called Islamic State group in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao.
— UCA News

BOI-approved IB projects eye to source P2.99 billion from MSEs
Inclusive business (IB) projects approved last year by the Board of Investments (BOI) target to source nearly P3 billion of goods and services from small firms in compliance with their commitment to provide livelihood to poor areas.
— Business Mirror

RCBC sues Bangladesh bank for damage to reputation over $81-M heist
The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has filed a defamation case against the central bank of Bangladesh for “baseless allegations” in connection with the $81-million bank heist in 2016.
— CNN Philippines

War vs. illegal drugs, corruption to boost economy: Go
Former Special Assistant to the President and senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday vowed to continue helping President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight against illegal drugs and corruption to boost economic growth.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace: Gov’t won’t allow PHL to be emerging base for ISIS
Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public that it will not allow the Philippines to become an emerging base for international terror group ISIS which is in danger of losing all the territory it once held in the Middle East.
— GMA News

Can the Philippines forgo Chinese investment for maritime security?
In January 2019, South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction closed down its shipbuilding operations in the Philippines.
— East Asia Forum

Can the budget be adjusted post-bicam? What Supreme Court says
It’s now almost the middle of March yet we still don’t have a national budget for 2019 as a new tug-of-war ensues between the Senate and the House of Representatives over adjustments made post-bicameral conference committee.
— Rappler

Cebu town placed under state of calamity due to dry spell
The town of Carmen in Cebu province has been declared under a state of calamity as farmers and residents suffer scarcity of water.
— Philippine News Agency

DA nixes bid to import palay on risk of pests
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has thumbed down the proposals of some firms, such as San Miguel Corp. (SMC), to import unhusked rice or palay to avert the entry of foreign pests that could affect the local rice industry.
— Business Mirror

House to consider resolution seeking to ban palm oil imports
THE House of Representatives will consider a resolution asking the government to bar imports of palm oil to help protect the domestic coconut industry.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH should focus on clearer maritime vision
Shipping heiress Doris Magsaysay-Ho of the Magsaysay Group said Philippines must have the vision of becoming the maritime hub in Asia and to the world, realizing the maritime industry’s great contribution not only in the country but also in the international community.
— The Manila Times

Duterte signs law mandating use of safety restraint system for children in motor vehicles
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure requiring the use of a safety restraint system for children in motor vehicles while on the road.
— Eagle News

Japan, FAO, ILO sign notes for infra, agricultural training in Bangsamoro
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda recently signed and exchanged notes with Food and Agriculture Organization Representative Jose Luis Fernandez and International Labor Organization Country Director Khalid Hassan for two projects in the Bangsamoro region, as witnessed by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez.

P954M Busuanga airport dev’t breaks ground
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) yesterday broke ground for the P953.4-million Busuanga Airport development project which is set to be completed by December 2021.
— Malaya

DOH-7 to hold mass TB screening in jails
The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) will conduct a mass screening for tuberculosis (TB) among inmates in all Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facilities in the region starting this month.Katherine Rose Boiser, technical staff of DOH-7’s …
— Philippine News Agency

House to consider resolution seeking to ban palm oil imports
THE House of Representatives will consider a resolution asking the government to bar imports of palm oil to help protect the domestic coconut industry.
— BusinessWorld Online

Pinoy professionals can now apply for 5-year Japan visas: DTI
Filipino professionals and businessmen looking to either work or invest in Japan can be granted 5-year visas under a new trade agreement, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
— ABS-CBN News

A peek into the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines
On 20 February 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11232, otherwise known as the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “New Code”), which may be considered as a landmark legislation updating the 38-year-old Corporation Code of the Philippines (the “Old Code”) to adjust to modern times.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH among top 20 countries with most female viewers on Pornhub
Pornhub has revealed that the Philippines is among the countries with the most female visitors in the adult video streaming site last year.
— CNN Philippines

DA to unveil national fertilizer program
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is unveiling a national fertilizer program in a roll-over system, among other initiatives, to make Filipino farmers competitive as pushed for by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Philippine News Agency

Religious leaders should speak without fear of reprisal — US diplomat
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS should be able to speak freely on the actions of government without fear of reprisal, United States (US) Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback said on Tuesday amid President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s continued verbal attack on the Catholic Church.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH joins Pacific Partnership 2019 on disaster response
THE Philippines will be joining the US at this year’s Pacific Partnership that would focus on disaster response in the region.
— The Manila Times

Priests facing death threats: Digong, hindi kami takot sa ‘yo
Catholic priests facing death threats urged their fellow clergymen to remain courageous, as they continue to preach against vulgarity and drug war killings under President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

Water levels in dams around Metro drop, La Mesa to reach lowest in 21 yrs – Pagasa
WATER levels in dams around Metro Manila and suburbs continue to fall, including La Mesa’ supply, which is expected to drop to its lowest in 21 years, a hydrologist from the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Manila Water says sending water rations to hospitals is its “top priority”
Hospitals in the areas supplied by Manila Water Company will be prioritized and be rationed with water through tankers that will go to their areas, according to a top official of the water concessionaire.
— Eagle News

CHR condemns killing of ROTC cadet in Iloilo
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday, March 12, called for an end to campus violence as it condemned the killing of an Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet, allegedly by his corps commander, in Iloilo.
— Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest
A masked man wearing a cap knocked at the office of Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest most outspoken against drug war killings, in Tayuman, Manila.
— Rappler

Growing southern Tagalog businesses discover true secret to success
Electric power distributor Meralco gathered dozens of entrepreneurs and executives from medium to large-scale enterprises in a forum that explored how new energy solutions can serve the needs of growing businesses.
— The Philippine Star

CA reverses trial court ruling on 2017 naturalization case
The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed a 2017 trial court ruling that granted the plea of a Chinese national to become a Filipino citizen for her failure to meet all the requirements of the law on naturalization.
— Manila Bulletin

Number of workers at Bataan Freeport triples in 10 years
BALANGA CITY, Bataan — The number of workers at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) in Mariveles town has more than tripled compared to about 10 years ago, the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

In photo: Mayon Volcano emitting ash on Tuesday, March 12
In this picture posted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on its Facebook account, Mayon Volcano in Albay is seen emitting ash on Tuesday, March 12.
— Eagle News

ACT announces filing of complaint vs PNP units in Region 8 for alleged electioneering
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers on Tuesday, March 12, announced the filing of a complaint for alleged electioneering against Philippine National Police units in Region 8.
— Eagle News

Villar cites need to empower women for nation-building
Senator Cynthia Villar said there is a need to empower women to support the country’s development.
— Philippine News Agency

4 riding-in-tandem suspects shot dead by cops in Pampanga
Four riding-in-tandem suspects have been killed by Pampanga cops in a shootout late night Monday, March 11, regional police announced on Tuesday, March 12.
— Rappler

Reservoirs still can’t ‘recover’ due to rising water consumption –Manila Water
Despite its efforts to save up water through scheduled interruptions, the Manila Water on Tuesday said it is still having a hard time bringing back its water supply to normal due to the public’s continuously growing water consumption.
— GMA News

Pangasinan town to inaugurate Guinness World Record entry soon
A 51-meter-tall Saint Vincent Ferrer statue situated at Barangay Bani here, which will be an entry to the Guinness World Record for tallest structure made of bamboo, will be finished and inaugurated on April 5 this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangasinan holds 3rd Umaani Agri-Industrial Trade Fair
PANGASINAN’S 3RD Umaani Agri-Industrial Trade Fair and Exhibit is on this week at the Provincial Agriculture Center in Tebag, Sta. Barbara, where local farm and fishery goods are featured.
— BusinessWorld

BEST FILIPINO FOOD: 7 Food You Should Try During You Visit To PH
Here is a list of seven(7) best Pinoy food that you should not miss to try during your visit in the Philippines.
— Philippine News


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