Philippines morning news for November 11

Philippines morning news for November 11

Philippines morning news

Senate set to tackle 2020 budget in plenary
The Senate is set to begin plenary debates Monday on the proposed ₱4.1-trillion 2020 budget.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte to certify as urgent bill banning single-use plastics
President Duterte is likely to certify as urgent a bill imposing a ban on single-use plastic products in the country to ensure its swift passage in Congress.
— Manila Bulletin

Phl wage growth slowest in ASEAN
The Philippines has the slowest real wage growth among the major countries in ASEAN.
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t borrowings up 34% to P917 billion in Jan-Sept
The national government’s borrowings rose to P917.28 billion in the first nine months as debt from both domestic and external lenders increased, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— The Philippine Star

‘Joint oil exploration in WPS to tie PHL’s hands’
AN expert at a leading American think tank said the Philippines’s assertion of sovereignty will be impaired if it actively participates in a joint exploration for oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
— Business Mirror

PH threatens to restrict Thailand’s auto exports
The Philippines will exercise its right to retaliatory trade remedy measures against Thailand non-compliance with measures sanctioned by the World Trade Organization, Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said over the weekend.
— Manilastandard.net

Improvements needed in the drug-rehabilitation system – Robredo
Amid the ongoing assessment of existing rehab centers across the Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday lamented how the country had fallen short of its target of having one rehabilitation center per province.
— GMA Network

Families in landslide-prone villages in Davao ordered evacuated
At least 41 families living in different areas here have been advised to evacuate due to the danger of landslides.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI seeks probe on substandard construction materials
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez has committed to investigate the alleged proliferation of substandard steel and cement products amid the damage left in the wake of the recent earthquakes in Mindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

3.8-magnitude quake hits Cotabato
A 3.8-magnitude quake struck Cotabato on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 24 kilometers southeast of Tulunan at 11:16 a.m.
— Eagle News

WB to fund $500-M agri-related PHL projects
THE World Bank has committed to finance at least $500 million worth of agriculture-related projects in the country, including the crucial updating of database on farmers and fisherfolk, to improve the farm sector’s productivity, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— Business Mirror

Duterte to attend Asean-Korea commemorative summit in Busan
President Rodrigo Duterte will join his fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders in a commemorative summit with South Korean President Moon Ja-in on November 25 to 27 in Busan, Malacañang announced on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Uphill battle for the Philippines new drug czar
One of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critics, Vice President Leni Robredo has frequently challenged the president on his crackdown on drugs.
— The Asean Post

Safety fears after Philippines names Oxfam a front for communist terror
A decision by the Philippines’ armed forces to label 18 groups, including the local arm of the charity Oxfam, a federation of churches and an organisation that advocates for women’s rights as fronts for “communist terrorism” risks the lives of their members, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist has claimed.
— South China Morning Post

Marawi rehab worse than expected ­­— watchdog
The rebuilding and rehabilitation of Marawi is a total mess and worse than expected, according to a watchdog monitoring the reconstruction of the war-torn city.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte Should Pause The Drug War And Visit Finland
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should suspend his drug war and visit Finland.
— Forbes

DOH says number of dengue cases on downward trend
The Department of Health (DOH) said that it was expecting that the number of dengue cases will continue to decrease in the coming weeks.
— Manila Bulletin

PHL’s envoy to US proposes overseer of overseas asset
Alarmed by several attempts in the past to sell off valuable consular properties abroad, the Philippines is proposing to craft a legislation for the creation, development, lease, maintenance and proper disposition of overseas assets owned by the national government.
— Business Mirror

Salceda pushes to put PAGASA under proposed DDR
Recent reports from three UN agencies revealing the Philippines’ higher risks from climate change render more crucial to survival the plan to position the Philippine Atmospherical Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) under the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
— Manilastandard.net

Imelda Marcos rises again in the Philippines — through her son Bongbong
The little boy, dressed all in white, stood ramrod-straight atop a low table.
— New York Post

Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco
The Philippine military is opening up its bases and camps to Chinese government presence by way of a telecommunication company’s cell sites – and it says that’s all right, despite warnings that it would leave itself vulnerable to spying.
— Rappler

Tycoon John Gokongwei Jr. dies at 93
The Philippines’ third richest tycoon, John Gokongwei Jr. passed away on Saturday night at the age of 93. His son Lance confirmed that Gokongwei died at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital.
— Manila Times

‘Let Leni plan her own drug war’
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo will have a free hand in handling the drug menace in the country, Malacañang said on Saturday, as it would let her create her own approach to solve the problem, “without interference from other quarter backers.”
— Manila Times

CJ Peralta wants expanded powers for proposed judicial marshals
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta wants the proposed judicial marshals to have powers not only limited to securing judges and court personnel, but act as the main law enforcement agency for court-related offenses.
— Rappler

‘Those in power have long abused the Filipino’s resiliency’
A climate justice program manager for a German foundation based in Manila urged Filipinos to rethink the mainstream representation of our resilience.
— Rappler

Pasig City approves P12-billion budget for 2020
The Pasig City budget ordinance for 2020, which amounts to around P12 billion, has been approved, said Mayor Vico Sotto.
— Rappler

Robredo wants more funds for drug campaign
Vice President Leni Robredo is seeking an increase in the government’s 2020 budget for the anti-illegal drug campaign, particularly in the areas of rehabilitation and prevention.
— The Philippine Star

Carpio blasts honors given to Chinese envoy
The Duterte administration’s conferment of awards on the outgoing Chinese ambassador is an insult to Filipinos who had fought and died to defend the country from foreign invaders, retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio said.
— The Philippine Star

US investors bullish on Philippines
American companies are looking at the Philippines as a possible relocation sites for their existing operations in China amid the trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
— The Philippine Star

Family of six found shot to death in the southern Philippines waters
The Sabah Police today confirmed a family of six, including two women and an eight-year old boy were killed, believed to have been shot in the southern Philippines waters on Tuesday.
— The Sun Daily

Duterte still undecided over next PNP chief
Weeks after embattled General Oscar Albayalde quit as the top cop of the Philippine National Police (PNP) over a drug-related scandal, President Rodrigo Duterte remains undecided about who should be his third PNP chief.
— Rappler

Lacson’s advice to Robredo: ‘Watch your back’ as drug czar
“Watch [your] back all the time.” These were Senator Panfilo Lacson’s “words of caution” for Vice President Leni Robredo, the new co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
— Rappler

Philippine beats China as world’s biggest rice importer
The Philippines has topped China in terms of buying rice in the global market, making it the world’s biggest rice importer for 2019.
— The Philippine Star

Labor group seeks safeguard duty on imported vehicles
Tens of thousands of factory workers in the automobile industry have lost their jobs after regional free trade deals paved the way for nearly a million imported vehicles to enter the country tariff-free.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PHL seeks to expand agri products export list to US
The country continues to push for access for the country’s agricultural products to the United States, which remains the biggest market for food and agriculture.
— Business Mirror

Quiel leaves P285 million damage to Cagayan crops
Authorities have placed at P285 million the initial amount of damage caused by tropical depression Quiel to agricultural crops in Cagayan.
— The Philippine Star

De Lima asks Senate to review child protection laws
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday asked the Senate to inquire into the unabated proliferation of child cybersex abuses in the country and review the status of implementation of existing laws on protecting children from abuses.
— Manila Bulletin

Young Filipinos are in the midst of a mental health crisis
I’ve seen depression and anxiety but not to the degree that we have now–Dr. Cornelio Banaag Jr.
— Eleven

Human trafficking attempt thwarted at Naia; 4 women rescued — BI
Four women were recently rescued from a human trafficking attempt at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Sunday.
— Inquirer.net

Iranian beauty queen wins asylum in Philippines
An Iranian beauty queen sought by Tehran on criminal charges has been granted political asylum in the Philippines, an official said Friday, ending a three-week standoff at Manila airport.
— The Asean Post

AFP denies involvement in ex-Karapatan exec’s disappearance
The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) 10th Infantry Division (10ID) on Saturday denied any involvement in the disappearance of Honey Mae Suazo, former secretary-general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region (SMR).
— Philippine News Agency

Fishers question Manila Bay reclamation projects before DENR
A fisherfolk federation has filed an official complaint with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against three reclamation projects in Manila Bay.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines to host AFF Women’s Championship in 2020
Big-time football is coming to the Philippines as the country prepares to host the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship in 2020.
— The Philippine Star

OFWs coming home from conflict zones should be allowed to return to workplaces – Locsin
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday has threatened to “slap” any government agency representative stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport who will try to stop overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from returning to their workplaces after spending Christmas vacation in the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

Rice farmers to get P3 billion cash subsidy next month
Thousands of rice farmers affected by low palay prices will receive a total of P3 billion in cash subsidy before Christmas next month, leaders of the House of Representatives said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

77 rebels in Central Luzon surrender in a day
A total of 77 personalities involved in supporting the National People’s Army (NPA) officially surrendered to the folds of the government on Wednesday.
— Philippine Information Agency

Sara Duterte hopes ICAD appointment improves Pres.-VP relations
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was optimistic that the appointment of Vice President Maria Leonor Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) would improve her relations with President Rodrigo Duterte.
— GMA Network

Albay to prune 8K trees as anti-disaster measure
Some 8,000 trees along national and provincial roads are to be pruned as a disaster preparedness measure in anticipation of stormy weather that could be experienced in the province in the last two months of this year, the head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) said.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Team CDO’ readies help, donations for quake victims
A collective group of civic organizations and individuals on Sunday prepared donations for transport to the earthquake victims in Davao and Cotabato provinces.
— Philippine News Agency

4 suspects in Dumaguete radioman Generoso slay charged -Palace exec
All four suspects in the killing of Dumaguete City radioman Dindo Generoso have been charged, even though two of them are still at-large, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Panelo says Robredo can use drug war files as ICAD co-chair
President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is transparent when it comes to its intensified crackdown on illegal drugs in the country, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo unafraid of joining drug stings –spokesperson
Vice President Leni Robredo is not scared to joiningt anti-illegal drugs operations after her appointment as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Illegal drugs problem most intense in Luzon –PNP-DEG’s Dela Cerna
Luzon has remained the national police’s biggest headache in the government’s war on drugs, an official of the PNP drug-enforcement group said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Fund source for proposed Centenarian Law amendment worries senior citizen coalition chief
The president of a senior citizens coalition is worried that the government will have difficulty in finding a source of funding for the proposal at the Senate to extend cash gifts to Filipino citizens reaching the age of 80 and 90.
— GMA Network

DOTr: New passenger terminal at Clark airport over 87 percent complete
The Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal is now over 87 percent complete.
— Eagle News

Workers willing to pay more to avoid traffic
DEMAND for condominiums and co-living facilities is on the rise as more employees are choosing to live near business districts amid worsening traffic in Metro Manila, according to a real estate consultancy company.
— Manila Times

Robredo to meet with US embassy execs to tackle PHL drug problem
Newly appointed anti-drug czar Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday revealed that she would be meeting with US Embassy officials next week to discuss the country’s illegal drug problem.
— GMA Network

Thousands join ‘Takbo Para sa Kalikasan’ for Manila Bay rehab
Government officials as well as ordinary folks showed their cooperation and support for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay by participating in the “Takbo Para sa Kalikasan 2” run held on Sunday at the Bulacan Sports Complex in this city.
— Philippine News Agency

Phisgoc workforce urged to work hard for SEA Games hosting
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman, challenged the 527 workers to give their best to assure the hosting of the 30th SEA Games would be successful.
— Philippine News Agency

Gatchalian wants responsible social media use included in curriculum
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Sunday urged the Department of Education to integrate responsible social media use into the mental health programs of schools, noting studies linking teen depression to increased smartphone and social media use.
— GMA Network

Pilot job program for senior citizens to be launched at PUP
A special employment program for senior citizens will be launched at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to provide flexible employment opportunities for the elderly.
— GMA Network

Robredo need not join anti-drug ops – PNP
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo need not join operations against illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police’s Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) said on Sunday.
— Manila Times

Peace and order funds can be used for public officials’ drug tests -solon
Local government units who will require their leaders to undergo mandatory random drug testing could use their peace and order funds.
— GMA Network

Lawmakers mourn death of John Gokongwei Jr.
Lawmakers mourned the death of industrialist John Gokongwei Jr. on Saturday night. In a Tweet, Senator Sonny Angara recalled Gokongwei as “a man who always tried to provide value to Philippine consumers.”
— Eagle News

DOST bats for technology transfer of research works
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its research arm bats for a more pro-active transfer of technology of research works in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Pasig court charges 23 in Regent Foods picket dispersal
Labor group Defend Job Philippines said 23 people were charged with physical injury at the Pasig City Hall of Justice, after their arrest on Saturday, November 9.
— Rappler

Internat’l group calls on PH authorities to locate missing rights worker
Front Line Defenders, an international group organized to protect human rights defenders, urged Philippine authorities to find Honey Mae Suazo, the former Karapatan secretary general who was reported missing amid the government’s massive crackdown on progressive groups.
— Rappler

Online sex trafficker arrested in Antipolo
A 39-year-old woman who offered to livestream the sexual abuse of her daughter in exchange for money was arrested by police in Antipolo City, Rizal, on Thursday morning, November 7.
— Rappler

Philippine STAR forum to discuss challenges facing female innovators
WOMEN OF TODAY hold numerous roles: mother, citizen, entrepreneur, professional, creator, muse, among others.
— BusinessWorld

3 Bulacan towns assured of irrigation supply for dry season
Farmers of irrigated lands in the towns of Angat, Bustos, and Pandi in this province can proceed with their land preparations for the dry cropping season without worrying about water irrigation supply.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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