Philippines morning news for November 15

Philippines morning news for November 15

Philippines morning news

Immigration bureau deports more than 300 Chinese nationals nabbed for telecom fraud
More than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunications fraud are set to be deported today, Thursday, Nov. 13, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
— Eagle News

Palace: Duterte to validate corruption claims vs. 2 Cabinet members
President Rodrigo Duterte will hold another investigation on the corruption allegations against two Cabinet members, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Robredo wants ‘clear’ baseline data on drug problem by end-2019
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, November 14, gave her first directive to law enforcement agencies: Complete the government’s baseline data on the extent of the illegal drugs problem in the country
— Rappler

Goverment revisits PPP mode for infra financing
The Duterte administration is now open to adopting the public-private partnership (PPP) mode in financing its Build Build Build program provided that concessional contracts are not disadvantageous to the government or the public, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— The Philippine Star

ADB: Chinese investment pledges in PH surged in ’18
The Philippines enjoyed a surge in Chinese investment pledges last year while it also benefited slightly in the area of trade amid tensions between the United States and China, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines ranking in financial inclusion slips anew
The ranking of the Philippines in terms of an enabling environment for financial inclusion slipped anew for the second straight year, according to a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence (EIU).
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t on alert on rice smuggling, hoarding
With rice imports surging, the government is shoring up tariff collections while also looking into possible hoarding and smuggling amid falling retail prices, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cagayan agri, Infra damage due to Quiel hits P1.8 billion
Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in this province due to tropical storm Quiel amounted to P1.8 billion, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
— The Philippine Star

ADB okays $300-M loan to help LGU improve services
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a policy-based loan to help local government units (LGUs) in delivering high-quality and accountable services, boost economic development, as well as reduce poverty.
— Manila Bulletin

PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese ‘smart city’ plan
The Philippine Navy and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) on Wednesday, November 14, formalized a plan to build a naval detachment on Fuga Island in Cagayan province, where a Chinese company plans to build a “smart city.”
— Rappler

Robredo: China main source of illegal drugs in PHL
Most of the illegal drugs shipped to the Philippines come from China, if not Chinese citizens, Vice President Leni Robredo, new co-chair of the government’s anti-narcotics body, said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Fitch Solutions upgrades PHL growth outlook on stronger state spending
FITCH SOLUTIONS raised its Philippine economic growth forecast, citing stronger economic expansion in the third quarter on faster government spending and strong household expenditures.
— BusinessWorld

Banks seen providing funds for infra
THE Duterte administration is banking on private sector financing as it pushes for more infrastructure projects, a Fitch Group unit said.
— Manila Times

Budget delay looms over proposed item
THE Senate began its plenary sessions on the National Budget bill last Monday with proposals for increases in the funding for several programs of the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education and the Departments of Health, Social Services, and Information and Communication Technology.
— Tempo

Palace: Robredo need not attend Cabinet meeting if drug war not on agenda
Vice President Leni Robredo has the option not to attend a Cabinet meeting if the war on drugs is not on the agenda, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

DBM releases P3.542 trillion of 2019 budget
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P3.542 trillion out of the total P3.662-trillion obligation program, or equivalent to 96.7 percent of the 2019 budget, as of end-October.
— Business Mirror

Planters lose P61.77 billion due to rice price drop
PLANTERS lost at least P61.77 billion due to the continuous drop in the farm-gate price of unhusked rice, which hastened in recent months when imports rose significantly, according to a policy brief prepared by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
— Business Mirror

Cayetano: Duterte shuns special powers for ‘BBB’
THE President’s spokesman and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are saying contradictory things when it comes to the grant of special powers that will allow the Executive branch to fast-track the implementation of infrastructure projects.
— Business Mirror

Medicine makers wary of price cuts
A group of drugmakers said Thursday continuing their business in the Philippines “may not be viable” should the government cut the prices of some 120 medicines.
— Manilastandard.net

DTI allocates P300 million for start-ups in 2020 agency budget proposal
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is allocating P300 million of its budget next year for programs and projects intended at cultivating the country’s start-up community.
— Business Mirror

Senate recalls approval of BCDA’s P15.5-billion budget
The Senate on Thursday, November 14, recalled the approval of the proposed P15.5-billion Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) budget for 2020, hours after it was passed in the plenary.
— Rappler

TRO-exempt Build, Build, Build projects raise constitutional doubts
A BILL that would insulate flagship infrastructure projects from temporary restraining orders (TROs) issued by most courts has raised questions about the emergency powers that will trigger the proposed TRO exemption, legal experts and opposition politicians said.
— BusinessWorld

DTI seeks P300-M to bankroll law providing benefits for startups
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing a PHP300-million budget for the implementation next year of a new law providing incentives to registered startup companies, as it hopes to release its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) within this month.
— Philippine News Agency

“Retooling” of PHL’s anti-illegal drugs campaign in the works after Robredo-PNP meeting
A repackaging or “retooling” of the Philippine government’s current anti-illegal drugs campaign is now in the works after the meeting of Vice-President Leni Robredo with the Philippine National Police (PNP).
— Eagle News

Over 60 solons sign petition vs. crackdown on progressive, opposition groups
More than 60 House lawmakers across party lines have signed a petition expressing concern over the ongoing crackdown on progressive groups and opposition groups during the Duterte administration.
— GMA Network

DTI works on import scheme for cheaper rice
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently working on a program that will help bring down retail prices of rice, a cabinet official said on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Carpio retires with zero backlog, 935 decisions
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio bowed out of the Supreme Court after 18 years, writing 935 full-blown decisions, more than a hundred opinions and without a pending case.
— GMA Network

Someone in Aquino admin tried to remove him from The Hague delegation, Carpio says
Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday revealed that someone from the Aquino administration attempted to have him removed from the Philippine delegation to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague in 2016.
— GMA Network

6 more evacuation centers soon to rise in Bicol
Six new evacuation centers worth PHP222 million will be added to the six-newly built disaster-resilient facilities in some villages of Bicol Region after the national government released its fund for bidding.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD holds learning exchange forum on 4Ps for media
Taking cognizance of the important role of media in empowering the community, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held a learning exchange forum cum media tour here.
— Philippine Information Agency

QC to open night market, forms organization for displaced street vendors
After many years of selling without permanent spots, the vendors in Quezon City who were displaced in street clearing operations are about to have a place for themselves.
— Rappler

Bomb scare causes traffic in Manila
Bomb scare triggered by an abandoned trolley bag caused heavy traffic along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Thursday morning.
— Tempo

SC disbars farmer cooperative’s lawyer for indiscretions
The Supreme Court (SC) disbarred a lawyer for committing actions that display lack of good judgment, particularly involving money.”
— Philippine News Agency

La Union barangay councilor fatally shot
A 40-year-old barangay councilor was shot dead last Wednesday in Bauang, this province.
— Tempo

Solon lauds BARMM as Mindanao’s top region for good governance
Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Thursday lauded the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM) for being hailed as the best Mindanao region in terms of good governance, saying all the hard work of the Moro people and local government officials have paid off.
— Philippine News Agency

PH Army to buy land for quake victims’ temporary shelters
The Philippine Army (PA) will acquire land where some temporary shelters, which will be used to house families rendered homeless by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao last month, will be constructed.
— Philippine News Agency

De Lima pushes medical parole
Detained Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday renewed her call for Congress to pass the measure granting “compassionate parole” or medical parole to terminally-ill inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City based on humanitarian grounds.
— Tempo

Leni security stepped up
Vice President Leni Robredo and her family have been given tighter security amid threats that come along with her job as the government’s new leader on the campaign against illegal drugs.
— Tempo

At least 10 students hurt in quake drill in QC
At least 10 students of Batasan National High School in Quezon City were hurt during an earthquake drill on Thursday, according to a report by Allan Gatus on GMA’s Balitanghali.
— GMA Network

Bacolod City to donate P4.5-M to quake-hit Mindanao LGUs
The city government here is set to donate a total of PHP4.5 million in financial assistance to seven local government units (LGUs) devastated by earthquakes in Mindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte abolishes Pasig River rehab body
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the abolition of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) “to consolidate ongoing rehabilitation efforts in all river systems and tributaries within the Manila Bay Region.”
— Manila Times

The curse that is Imelda Marcos: A review of Lauren Greenfield’s ‘Kingmaker’ film
About 4 minutes into Kingmaker, Imelda Marcos said her first lie.
— Rappler (video)

At least seven hurt in Caloocan fire
At least seven people were hurt and around P180,000 worth of property was damaged after a fire hit a residential area in Caloocan City on Thursday, Nov.
— Eagle News

Emergency powers for ‘Build, Build, Build’ good idea: Palace
The proposed emergency powers to hasten the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program is a good idea, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

SoKor torpedoes to beef up PH Navy’s anti-sub capability
The Philippine Navy (PN) will now be more capable of tracking and neutralizing hostile submarines if needed, as part of efforts to secure the country’s waters.
— Philippine News Agency

No scrapping of Oplan Tokhang, only ‘retooling’ –PNP OIC
There would be no scrapping of the police’s controversial anti-drug strategy Oplan Tokhang but only a retooling, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa on Thursday.
— GMA Network

#WalangPasok: Class Suspension Declared in these Areas on November 15, 2019
Several local government units (LGUs) declared a suspension of classes tomorrow, November 15, 2019 (Friday).
— Philippine News

4.4K stranded passengers due to ‘Ramon’: PCG
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recorded a total of 4,412 stranded passengers in various ports in the country affected by tropical storm Ramon.
— Philippine News Agency

Army, NGO bring health care to 1K Maguindanao indigents
An Army brigade in North Cotabato, in partnership with a non-government organization (NGO), took time out to help bring health services to 1,032 indigent residents of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Occidental Mindoro 19th LGU to approve FOI ordinance
The province of Occidental Mindoro became the 19th local government unit (LGU) to localize the Freedom of Information (FOI) after it recently passed the landmark FOI ordinance.
— Philippine News Agency

Authorities express alarm over ‘cult’ activities in Surigao Norte
Top Surigao del Norte officials have expressed alarm over the recent activities of the group called Bayanihan Services, Inc. (Bayanihan) in the town of Socorro, Bucas Grande Island.
— Philippine News Agency

Environmental group files complaint vs. DENR officials before Ombudsman
Two officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are now facing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for slow accommodation of request for some documents.
— GMA Network

Duterte orders grant of P2,000 monthly allowance for CAFGU members
President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the grant of monthly financial support to members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).
— GMA Network

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region
Musa Misug’s red motorcycle makes stuttering progress through the bumps and furrows of an unfinished road in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur.
— Rappler

Pangilinan open to tweaking single-use plastics bill amid concerns from businesses
Senator Francis Pangilinan on Thursday said he is open to adjust the terms in his bill on single-use plastic regulation to consider the grievances of concerned businesses.
— GMA Network

Techtonic Summit welcomes 10,000 attendees to largest tech conference in the country
Techtonic Summit is back – bigger and better this 2019 as they stage the largest tech conference in the country.
— BusinessWorld

Vizcaya PSWDO gives cash aid to villagers, workers
The provincial government here, through its Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO), has provided financial assistance to various villagers and workers in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Malacañang Evaluating 4-Day Workweek Proposal
The Malacañang stated on Thursday that the proposal for a 4-day workweek is going to be evaluated. This proposal aimed to ease the flow of traffic within areas of Metro Manila.
— Philippine News

BARMM anti-insurgency task force holds workshop in Zambo
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict holds a strategic planning workshop in Zamboanga City to apprise the regional task force on the BARMM and the security concepts of Executive Order 70.
— Philippine News Agency

CTA partially grants P4-M tax refund to Sky Cable
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) partially granted a plea for tax refund filed by a local cable provider.
— Philippine News Agency

Students briefed on gov’t efforts to attain lasting peace
More than a thousand junior and high school students including faculty and staff of the Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School in Barangay Alibunan, Calinog participated in the Campus Peace and Development Forum held in the school’s covered court on Tuesday, November 12.
— Philippine Information Agency

FCF gives journalism training to SK leaders
The FCF Minerals Corporation here has provided journalism and communications training for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders in a bid to increase the awareness of villagers on responsible mining and development.
— Philippine Information Agency

SC asks Cabanatuan judge to comment on reports he subpoenaed enforcers who took his license plates
The Supreme Court has asked the Cabanatuan judge who subpoenaed the Baguio enforcers who took his license plates and gave him a ticket over what they said was illegal parking to comment on the incident.
— Eagle News

Dgte eyes filing fee for admin cases vs brgy officials
The Dumaguete City Council has proposed an ordinance setting a filing fee for administrative cases against barangay officials at P2,500 per case by the party who intends to file the complaint.
— Philippine Information Agency

After 3-year wait, public school teacher gets salary, bonuses for final year of service
A retired public school teacher from Davao del Sur will finally get paid for her last year of service, ending her 3-year wait caused by a clerical error in her birth certificate.
— Rappler

Abolished body hopeful agencies will continue Pasig River rehab efforts
The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) on Thursday said it respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to abolish the agency.
— GMA Network

 

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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