Philippines morning news for November 13

Philippines morning news for November 13

Philippines morning news

7 dead, 20 wounded as troops, NPA clash in Eastern Samar
SIX soldiers and a communist rebel were killed while 20 other troopers were wounded during a firefight on Monday afternoon in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
— Manila Times

House turns resolution extending 2019 budget validity into bill
To sidestep legality issues, the House of Representatives turned into a bill the joint resolution it already approved on 3rd reading extending the shelf life of the 2019 budget.
— Rappler

PRRD certifies as urgent bill on higher ‘sin’ taxes
President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a measure imposing higher taxes on alcohol products and electronic cigarettes.Duterte certified as urgent Senate Bill No. 1074 on Tuesday, through a letter, addressed to Senate President Vicente Sotto.
— Philippine News Agency

Countdown to 2nd India-Asean InnoTech Summit
India might have walked away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), but that shouldn’t been seen as indicating anything apart from the complexities of international trade deals.
— AEC News Today

Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords
Vice President Leni Robredo wants to tap into the United States intelligence resources to go after powerful drug lords in the Philippines.
— Rappler

AMLC freezes P1B worth of assets
The Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC) collaboration with the country’s law enforcement agencies resulted in over P1 billion worth of assets frozen from January 2018 to July 2019.
— Manila Times

South China Sea crisis: Beijing defied by Philippines in power move as tensions rise
SOUTH CHINA SEA disputes between China and the Philippines are set to take another tense turn as Manila plans to seize control of oil and gas in the region despite Beijing fury.
— Express.co.uk

Senators push national government to plug tax leakages, hike spending
LINE agencies failed to use billions of pesos of their budgets, making it difficult to justify the national government’s plan to borrow additional funds, according to Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.
— Business Mirror

Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017
The Philippines has lost at least P161.5 billion in tax revenue from imports from the country’s big trading partners due to leakages in 2017, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed Tuesday.
— Inquirer.net

House bill filed to replace joint reso extending validity of some portions of 2019 budget
In a bid to avoid issues on legality, a House bill has been filed to replace an earlier-approved joint resolution extending the validity of some portions of the 2019 national budget until next year.
— GMA Network

Global money-laundering watchdogs in Manila to discuss terror financing
Anti-money laundering watchdogs from countries such as Indonesia and Australia were in the country to discuss regional threats such as the abuse of financial technologies, corruption, and victim-based crimes such as human and wildlife trafficking and child sex exploitation.
— GMA Network

PH to retaliate vs. Thailand over cigarette import dispute
The Philippine government is keen on imposing quantitative restrictions (QR) against automotive imports from Thailand for the latter’s alleged non-compliance with measures sanctioned by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
— Asean Economist

Comelec deactivates over 300K overseas voters
Over 300,000 overseas voters have been deactivated for failure to participate in two electoral exercises, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

SurSur town forms task force to end insurgency
The local government unit (LGU) of Carmen created recently the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) held at the municipal hall, Carmen, this province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Drilon calls Build, Build, Build a ‘dismal failure’
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slammed the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, calling it a dismal failure months after he already called out its terrible performance.
— Rappler

PNP spokesperson agrees body cams ‘advantageous’ during drug ops
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday insisted that body cameras were advantageous in anti-illegal drugs operations.
— GMA Network

3.0-magnitude quake hits Cotabato; Intensity II felt in Kidapawan City
A 3.0-magnitude earthquake struck Cotabato on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
— Eagle News

Sandiganbayan allows gov’t to appeal junking of P102-B ill-gotten wealth case vs. Marcoses, cronies
The Sandiganbayan has allowed the Philippine government to appeal the junking of the P102 billion ill-gotten wealth case against former President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, as well as their 11 other cronies, saying that it is accordance to due process.
— GMA Network

‘Ramon’ may intensify to tropical storm in next 2 days
Tropical Depression Ramon may intensify into tropical storm in the next two days, the weather bureau said Tuesday afternoon.
— Philippine News Agency

Manila improves rank in 2019 Innovative Cities index
Manila City has improved in its rank among 500 most innovative cities in the world in terms of the use of smart technology and support for start-ups, according to the latest global index.
— GMA Network

Police agrees no need to extend martial law in Mindanao
THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) sees no need for another extension of martial law in Mindanao, supporting an earlier statement by Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t awards land titles to 58 beneficiaries in Bukidnon
Some 58 residents here received Monday, November 11, their much-awaited land titles through the Handog Titulo Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
— Philippine Information Agency

Rehab issues continue over Yolanda, Marawi
THE nation remembered last week super-typhoon Yolanda which hit the country on November 8, 2013, with winds that hit 305 kilometers per hour, the most powerful typhoon in the whole world in 2013, one of the most powerful of all time.
— Tempo

Expand public transportation, road networks to ease traffic –expert
A transportation expert said the country needs to look into expanding public transportation and road networks to alleviate the transportation crisis in Metro Manila, according to a report by Malou Manghas on Investigative Documentaries.
— GMA Network

Philippines’ PXP eyes Malampaya facilities for South China Sea gas project
PXP Energy Corp said on Tuesday it has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Philippines’ Department of Energy to develop and utilize the Malampaya natural gas facilities in the South China Sea for a planned integrated gas hub venture.
— Reuters

Experts to tackle PH Rice Tariffication Law policy implications
The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research and Agriculture (SEARCA) will hold a session on the regional implications of the Philippine Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) during the Inaugural Rice Research Symposium on Wednesday (Nov. 13) at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t to block foreign activist critical of drug war
THE presidential palace wants to ban a foreign human rights activist for allegedly interfering in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.
— BusinessWorld

DPWH to carry out P1.2 trillion of revised flagship list
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will implement P1.2 trillion of the revised list of flagship projects under the Duterte administration.
— Business Mirror

PHL sales at China expo doubles to $300 million
The Philippines has doubled its sales to roughly $300 million in this year’s China International Import Exposition (CIIE) on strong demand for the country’s tropical fruits.
— Business Mirror

Manila has NCR’s most flood-prone streets – MMDA
The city of Manila has the highest number of flood-prone streets among the National Capital Region (NCR)’s 16 cities and one town, according to a study by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
— The Philippine Star

DTI prepares roadmap for artificial intelligence
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set in motion the crafting of the country’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector roadmap as it vowed to position the Philippines as an AI powerhouse in the ASEAN region.
— Manila Bulletin

Suicide Bombings Take Root in the Southern Philippines
Terrorism and insurgency are not new to the Philippines. But what is surprising is that over the years, and despite the influence of Jemaah Islamiyah militants from Southeast Asia and al-Qaeda operatives and trainers, Filipino militants never embraced suicide bombing as a tactic. That is no longer the case.
— Benar News

Groups present reports showing e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful
“Independent scientific reports that have come out in recent years have concluded that e-cigarettes are around 95-percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes,” said Vishal Daswani, vice president of the Philippine E-cigarette Industry Association.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippines Outsourcing Growth May Slow as Industry Faces Challenges
The Philippines largest group of outsourcing companies has cut its revenue forecast through 2022 as risks from automation to higher taxes rise.
— Bloomberg

7 groups bidding for Sangley airport
Seven groups bought bid documents on the proposed $10-billion international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, according to Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippine Vice President Could Score a ‘Drug War’ Win
No one was surprised when Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said recently that the country’s “war on drugs,” in which police have admitted to killing more than 5,500 people, was “not working.”
— Human Rights Watch

Philippine business community reeling after deaths of titan John Gokongwei Jnr and magnate’s son Lucio ‘Bong’ Tan Jnr
The deaths since Saturday of two of the Philippines’ most prominent entrepreneurs has left the country’s business community reeling and prompted speculation about the leadership at one of the major Filipino-Chinese family conglomerates.
— South China Morning Post

Malaysian investors eye Mindanao business opportunities in Nov. 19 visit
A 57-MEMBER delegation from Malaysian is visiting Davao City on Nov. 19–21 to explore business linkages and potential investments, Malaysian Trade Commissioner Siti Azlina said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Lorenzana warns of arrival of IS terrorists in PH from Middle East
A FILIPINO is among the list of IS terrorists expected to arrive in the Philippines from the Middle East after the group’s known territories in the war-torn region have dwindled, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

Palace calls for improved irrigation system after PHL replaces China as world’s top rice importer
Malacañang on Tuesday expressed concern over the report that the Philippines has replaced China as the world’s top rice importer as it called for improved irrigation systems to boost yields.
— GMA Network

Robredo: Violence in drug campaign will never succeed
Vice President Leni Robredo pitched for the public health approach in curbing the illegal drug problem, saying countries who tried to solve it using violence did not succeed.
— GMA Network

PSG extends aid to NoCot town
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) extended relief assistance to the earthquake victims here on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

PDIC calls on borrowers of closed Lemery bank to pay dues
THE PHILIPPINE Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) called on borrowers of the closed Rural Bank of Lemery, Inc. to settle their loans.
— BusinessWorld

3 Cebu water board members ask court to nullify termination order
THREE OF the five members of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) board who were terminated in October by Cebu City Mayor Edgardo C. Labella have asked a local court to nullify the dismissal order.
— BusinessWorld

DoJ orders travel ban for Generoso murder suspects
JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Tuesday said he has ordered the prosecutor’s office to apply for a precautionary travel ban against the suspects in the killing of a broadcaster in Dumaguete City.
— BusinessWorld

Dutch embassy still mum on call to send Joma home: group
Since anti-communist group Liga Filipinas Independencia launched a campaign in April to bring Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison back to the country, the Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines has kept its silence on the matter.
— Philippine News Agency

Recto urges DBM to push for a gov’t worker salary hike in 2020
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday urged the Department of Budget and Management to start the process for the salary increase of government workers.
— GMA Network

House approves use of rice subsidy fund to buy palay from farmers
The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved on third reading the measure authorizing the use of the remaining P6.97 billion in the rice subsidy fund to purchase palay from local farmers.
— GMA Network

Kalinga bans transport of pigs,processed pork meat
Transport of live pigs, pork meat and other processed pork products is totally banned in efforts to ensure that the African Swine Fever (ASF) disease would not enter to the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

9th OFW Summit in Pasay puts financial literacy, entrepreneurship at the core
Thousands of overseas Filipino workers and their families attended the 9th OFW and Family Summit held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

927 drug personalities nabbed in Pangasinan
Pangasinan police arrested 927 drug personalities from January 1 to November 11 this year during their 895 operations, an official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

New Panay Army commander vows to end insurgency in 2020
The new acting commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) has guaranteed on Tuesday that government troops will work hard to end insurgency within the target set for areas under the division.
— Philippine News Agency

Preliminary contract for new PH Navy warships signed in South Korea
The Philippine Navy’s plan to acquire two brand new corvettes is a step closer to fulfillment with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Department of National Defense (DND) and the South Korea-based shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), said Navy Flag Officer-in-Command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.
— Rappler

DOLE seeks ways to curb underemployment in Bicol
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vows to ensure sustainability of livelihood programs and address underemployment in Bicol.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte, MNLF agree to form peace coordinating panel -Go
THE Government (GPH) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on Monday night agreed to create a peace coordinating committee between GPH and MNLF.
— Manila Times

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Pangasinan
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Pangasinan.
— Eagle News

House panels approve Department of Water Resources creation
The House committees on Government Reorganization and on Public Works and Highways on Tuesday approved a consolidated bill creating the Department of Water Resources (DWR) that would ensure reliable, safe, quality and affordable water supply for all.
— Philippine News Agency

No body cams yet for PNP despite allocation
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is racing against time to procure the P334 million worth of high-definition body cameras which will be used to ensure transparency in the conduct of illegal drugs operations.
— Tempo

Supreme Court sacks lawyer for falsifying son’s records, other offenses
THE Supreme Court sacked a lawyer from the roll of attorneys for committing a string of offenses, including his failure to provide child support to his son of minor age and for falsifying entries in his son’s birth certificate.
— Manila Times

NegOcc advocates gender-responsive tourism policy
The Negros Occidental provincial government is advocating more gender-responsive policy and practices in its bid to develop a progressive tourism industry.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE orders Cebu firm to pay P1-M to security guards
The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (DOLE 7) on Monday ordered a general merchandise company here to pay over PHP1 million to 10 security guards for its failure to pay overtime, night differentials, service incentives and illegal deductions for 10 years.
— Philippine News Agency

NPA bomb attack seen as setback to Borongan City’s tourism
The local government of Borongan City in Eastern Samar has condemned the bomb attack committed by the New People’s Army (NPA) that killed at least six soldiers saying the incident could taint the “good image” of the city
— Philippine News Agency

Now infamous ‘Tokhang’ name should be abandoned – ex-PDEA chief
A former chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Tuesday suggested that the Oplan Tokhang name given to the government’s anti-drugs drive should first be abandoned due to its now negative connotations.
— GMA Network

Ex-La Union congressman acquitted in P14.55M pork scam case
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted former La Union 2nd District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr of 4 counts of corruption over a P14.55 million pork barrel scam case from 2008.
— Rappler

Bato, Sotto: PHL will not get much from meetings with UNODC, US Embassy on drugs
At least two senators said the Philippines will not get much from Vice President Leni Robredo’s meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the possible meeting with the United States Embassy.
— GMA Network

House panel wants in-city relocation for 18k informal settlers along QC’s Segment 8.2
Quezon City representatives, councilors, and other stakeholders pushed for on-site, in-city relocation for the 18,000 informal settler families (ISFs) that will be affected by the construction of the Segment 8.2.
— Rappler

CHR hopes for ‘better’ observance of human rights standards with Robredo in ICAD
The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday said it hopes that Vice President Leni Robredo’s co-chairmanship of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs would mean better protection of human rights in the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
— GMA Network

DSWD-7 relief goods arrive in Davao, Cotabato
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel MRRV 4406 containing the relief goods from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) arrived in Cagayan Port from Cebu City.
— Philippine Information Agency

DILG AgNor to hold constitutional reform roadshow
With the creation of the Constitutional Reform Inter-Agency Task Force through Memorandum Circular No. 52, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been tasked to be the lead agency to handle the advocacy campaign.
— Philippine Information Agency

Palace allows career officers to attend leadership congress
Malacañang has authorized Career Executive Service (CES) officers to attend the CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress ‘on official time’ this month.
— Philippine News Agency

Social workers review performance, enhance capacity in handling adoption, foster care cases
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Adoption Resource and Referral Unit (ARRU), has recently conducted its Program Implementation Review for its Adoption and Foster Care Program, which was attended by social workers from the different provinces, cities/municipalities, family courts, and the regional residential care facilities held at Amontay Beach Resort, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
— Philippine Information Agency

P100-K bounty up for radio anchor’s slay suspects
The reward money for information leading to the arrest of alleged gunman in the murder of radio anchor Dindo Generoso has increased to PHP100,000.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI enjoins youth to participate in skills dev’t confab in Cebu
Believing in their potentials to become future entrepreneurs, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas is seeking out the youth in the region to participate in a program that would hone their entrepreneurial skills.
— Philippine News Agency

Voluntary blood donation in Bohol up
Voluntary blood donation in the recent year have gone up over 300 times more than usual. But with trauma cases on the rise, there is still a need to stock up more blood units.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte won’t meddle in term-sharing deal between Cayetano, Velasco
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not meddle in the term-sharing arrangement between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco amid speculation it could be set aside.
— GMA Network

 

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