Philippines morning news for November 18

Philippines morning news for November 18

Philippines morning news

Energy dep’t releases draft rules for law that will slash electricity rates
THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT has released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Murang Kuryente Act, the law that allowed the use of the existing and future government share in the Malampaya gas-to-power project as payment for government debt now shouldered by consumers.
— BusinessWorld

Malaysian firm eyes waste-to-energy PHL projects
A MALAYSIAN company has pledged to invest up to $2 billion to put up 12 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the Philippines in partnership with Filipino company Integrated Green Technology, Inc. (IGT) and a French technology provider.
— BusinessWorld

Signal Nos. 1, 2 in more areas as Tropical Storm Ramon approaches
What’s the weather like in your area? Tweet us at @rapplerdotcom .
— Rappler

Life taking ‘toll on my health’: Philippines’ Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that life is taking its toll on my health, as speculation swirls over the 74-year-old’s prolonged absences from the public eye.

Duterte: Life taking ‘toll on my health’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that life is taking its toll on my health, as speculation swirls over the 74-year-old’s prolonged absences from the public eye.
— Rappler

SWS: Almost half of Filipinos expect their lives to improve in next 12 months
Almost half of Filipinos expect their personal quality of life to improve in the next 12 months, a Social Weather Stations survey found.
— Eagle News

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war
After appointing her to a top advisory position in the anti-illegal drugs campaign and permitting her to overhaul the police’s controversial Oplan Tokhang, President Rodrigo Duterte drew the first line that Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chair Leni Robredo could not cross: …
— Rappler

Bankers cite lure of PHL growth story
THE PHILIPPINES’ relatively fast economic growth remains a compelling proposition for investors notwithstanding the recent slowdown, bankers said in a forum late last week, citing particularly the lure of the government’s infrastructure push.
— BusinessWorld

Tourism, power, agriculture front and center in business forum
FOREIGN BUSINESS CHAMBERS are looking to help boost “big winner sectors” tourism, agriculture and power through discussions in their annual forum this year.
— BusinessWorld

DoF proposes sugar miller incentives as alternative to liberalized imports
THE Department of Finance (DoF) has proposed to raise the share of the sugar crop retained by sugar millers to give them more incentive to raise their efficiency levels, floating the restructuring of the planter-miller relationship as a possible alternative to liberalizing sugar imports.
— BusinessWorld

PH Coast Guard looking for 4,000 new recruits
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) wants to recruit 4,000 new personnel to address growing maritime challenges and in anticipation of upcoming assets.

Maritime police plant mangrove propagules in Pangasinan
Some 500 mangrove propagules were planted along the Bakawan River in San Fabian town by personnel of the Regional Maritime Unit-I (RMU) on Friday. Regional Chief Col. Dennis Denver Sab-it said, it is part of their mandate to maintain cleanliness of the rivers and help in mitigating the effects of strong waves …
— Philippine Information Agency

DepEd Isabela: Pre-school, kindergarten classes suspended on Nov 18
The Schools Division of Isabela has suspended pre-school and kindergarten classes tomorrow, Nov. 18 to ensure the safety of learners as tropical storm Ramon threatens northern luzon area.
— Philippine Information Agency

PCOO denounces Bernie Sanders for criticizing raids on progressives
Malacañang’s communications group on Sunday denounced US Senator and Democratic Party presidential nominee Bernie Sanders for criticizing the Philippine government over raids and arrests on progressive organizations.
— GMA Network

Groups on Students’ Day urge the youth to defend human rights
Civil society organizations (CSOs) from different sectors on Sunday encouraged the youth to defend human rights and pursue climate justice, as they gathered at the University of the Philippines to discuss several social issues on the occasion of the observance of the first National Students’ Day.
— GMA Network

Duterte fit to fulfill duties, Panelo assures
Malacañang yesterday assured that President Duterte is fit to fulfill his duties as the country’s leader despite complaining of illnesses, saying it was only normal for a man of his age to not be in the best of their health.
— Tempo

Go against ‘Cha-cha’ if it will only benefit politicians
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has emphasized that he will only favor Charter change (Cha-cha) if it will redound to the benefit of Filipinos.
— Philippine News Agency

Tribal leaders declare Reds persona non grata
Tribal leaders of Talaingod and Sto. Tomas towns in Davao del Norte on Saturday signed a resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) persona non grata.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP to enforce gun ban for 2019 SEA games
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to enforce a gun ban covering Calabarzon, Central Luzon, La Union, and Metro Manila in line with the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— Rappler

De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for keeping drug war info from Robredo
Opposition lawmakers Leila De Lima and Edcel Lagman on Sunday slammed the Duterte Administration for keeping documents and other related information on the campaign against illegal drugs from Vice President Leni Robredo.
— GMA Network

South China Sea, Rohingya on agenda in Asean defence meeting
Asean defence ministers participate in the Asean Defence Ministers’ retreat in Bangkok on Sunday. (AP photo)
— Spratly Islands

Cagayan Valley braces for #RamonPH
Various rescue and communications equipment are now in place in Isabela province. (Photo by PIO Isabela) TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Nov. 17 (PIA)– Days after the relentless rains brought by Typhoon Quiel that caused massive flooding in 11 towns in Cagayan, local authorities here are preparing for another tropical storm named ‘Ramon’ …
— Philippine Information Agency

Some projects on original BBB list needed to be scrapped -Angara
Senate Committee on Finance chair Sonny Angara on Sunday said that the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program is not a failure, but some of the original projects under it were not well-thought-out, and these have been scrapped.
— GMA Network

More municipalities under Signal No. 1 as “Ramon” moves slowly
-More municipalities have been placed under Signal No. 1 as Tropical Storm “Ramon” moved northwestward slowly.
— Eagle News

Robredo says cleaning up drug lists a top priority
Vice President Leni Robredo said on Saturday, November 16, that cleaning up the drug list of …
— Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Damaged gov’t facilities in Cotabato need rehab aid
After 3 strong earthquakes struck Cotabato in October, affected local government units are now struggling to continue keeping business as usual.
— Rappler

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war
Vice President Leni Robredo plans to send to President Rodrigo Duterte weekly reports highlighting her policy recommendations as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Rappler

Philippines reports first vaping-linked illness
The Philippines on Friday reported its first case of a vaping-linked illness, as health authorities expressed concern at court orders preventing them from regulating electronic cigarettes.

Megawide takes interest in building commercial airport at Sangley Point
MEGAWIDE Construction Corp. is taking interest in the Cavite government’s plan to build a commercial airport at Sangley Point at the former US Navy station in the province, company officials said last week.
— BusinessWorld

PCA launches national women’s team
The Philippine Cricket Association (PCA) bared its national women’s team that will compete in the T20 Series on December 21 and 22 at the Friendship Oval of Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite in Dasmariñas City.
— Manila Times

NU Pep Squad retains Cheerdance crown
The National University Pep Squad proved they are still the best team after retaining the UAAP Cheerdance Competition crown on Sunday before a huge crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.
— Tempo

State scholars convene in leadership summit
University scholars from all over the country engaged in a three-day summit in Manila to enhance their leadership skills.
— Philippine News Agency

No disclosure of sensitive info – VP
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday allayed fears of the agencies under the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs in sharing to her the sensitive information on the drug war.
— Tempo

Philippines’ Duterte to VP: Keep state secrets or lose your ‘drugs tsar’ post
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to remove the vice president from her drugs tsar post if she shared state secrets with foreign individuals and entities.

Megawide keen on Sangley airport, commuter rail projects
Infrastructure conglomerate Megawide Construction Corporation is keen on participating in the development of the Sangley Point International Airport and the North-South Commuter Railway’s (NSCR) south line, as it targets to secure up to PHP25 billion worth of new contracts next year.
— Philippine News Agency

Gun ban in some areas to start on November 20 for 2019 SEA Games
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will enforce a gun ban in some areas starting on November 20 as part of security measures for the Southeast Asian Games, its spokesperson said Sunday.
— GMA Network

House bill filed to establish marshals service for judiciary protection
A bill filed at the House of Representatives seeks to establish the Office of the Philippine Marshals Service under the Supreme Court – a law enforcement agency tasked with protecting members of the judiciary against potential attacks.
— GMA Network

Marikina teachers get free leather shoes
All public school teachers and non-teaching personnel in Marikina City, dubbed as shoe capital of the Philippines, will receive leather shoes from the local government, Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro on Sunday said.
— Philippine News Agency

TIEZA funds P16.8-M walkway project in Surigao City
A new tourism project dubbed as Mangrove Forest Walkway will soon serve new attraction for local and foreign tourists, Mayor Ernesto U. Matugas, Jr. said Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Kidapawan exec cancels Christmas parties due to recent quakes
Christmas parties and other celebrations during the yuletide season in the city government have been canceled by Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista while the city is trying to reel off from quake damages.
— Philippine News Agency

Foreign workers must secure ‘certificate of no objection’ – DOLE
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Sunday, November 17, that foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will be required to secure of a certificate of no objection (CNO) before they could receive visas and permits from other government agencies.
— Rappler

Robredo to ICAD officials: Wala na tayong time para magpaligsahan
Vice President and Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo on Sunday told officials of the anti-drug committee that they have no more time for competition.
— GMA Network

‘They’re not criminals’: Vico Sotto backs arrested workers in labor strike
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Sunday, November 17, publicly sided with the detained workers of Regent Foods Corporation (RFC), expressing disappointment in its management for taking a hardline stance in the ongoing labor dispute.
— Rappler

Pres. Duterte honors slain, wounded soldiers in Eastern Samar clash
“Saludo ako sa iyo!” (I salute you) This was how President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greeted each wounded soldier belonging to the Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion based in Oras, Eastern Samar who are being treated at the Saint Benedict Hall of the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City.
— Philippine Information Agency

Love for ocean motivates Indonesian diver to clean up marine debris
For her work in marine environmental protection, Ms Swietenia Puspa Lestari was named BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women for 2019.

Start of ‘ber’ months boost overseas remittances
Cash and personal remittances sent home to relatives by overseas Filipinos, fuelled primarily …
— Rappler

‘Don’t generalize,’ Filipino-Chinese bizmen appeal amid drug accusations
Don’t generalize. This is the appeal of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI) as the discussion on the drug war again turned to the alleged main source of shabu, which is China, and supposedly peddled here by Filipino-Chinese operators.
— Rappler

Terrorism, WPS may be on agenda at Lorenzana-US Defense chief meeting
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will meet with his US counterpart Mark Esper on Tuesday to discuss security issues that may include terrorism and the West Philippine Sea, the Department of National Defense (DND) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Mindanao journos denounce ‘arrogant’ DILG exec
Media groups denounced a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official for scolding journalists covering the inaugural operation of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) here Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao City’s ‘Santa’s Toy Factory’ to open next week
The city government here is on the final stretch of preparations for the most anticipated 2019 Pasko Fiesta celebration, which is slated to open on Nov. 22 at the City Hall grounds.
— Philippine News Agency

COA finds gov’t on losing end of DENR property sale
The Commission on Audit (COA) maintained that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) sale of government property at Eastwood in Quezon City resulted in loss for the government, since the lot was not sold at its true fair value.
— Rappler

Quake victims to undergo livelihood, financial training
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will conduct capability trainings on financial management and livelihood opportunities for earthquake victims in Davao Region and Cotabato through the MinDA Tienda project.
— Philippine News Agency

DA holds first Rice Congress in Caraga Region
The Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region (DA-13) has launched the 1st Caraga Rice Congress with the aim of strengthening the partnership of the agriculture department and farmers and other stakeholders of the rice sector in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Elementary, high school and college students join 4th quarter NSED 2019
Elementary, high school and college students from a private school here participated the 4th quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Amal Clooney: Let autocratic leaders know we support journalists
Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged people around the world to support journalists amid an intensifying global trend of crackdown on free press.
— Rappler

DFA: No need to evacuate Filipinos in Hong kong ‘at this time’
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured the public that there’s no need to evacuate Filipinos in Hong Kong at this time as they remain safe amid ongoing protests and violent dispersals there. (READ: Hong Kong: 5 months of unrest )
— Rappler

PVAO reiterates warning for pensioners to avoid fixers
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) reiterated its warning to pension beneficiaries against engaging the services of fixers to facilitate the speedy release of their benefits in exchange for a fee.
— Philippine Information Agency

Tropical Storm “Ramon” approaches extreme N. Luzon slowly
-Tropical Storm “Ramon” is moving slowly as it approaches extreme Northern Luzon.
— Eagle News

How beauty queens Gazini Ganados, Emma Tiglao, Resham Saeed handle bashers
It’s not easy preparing for an international pageant, especially when you’re representing a country that’s obsessed over pageants.
— Rappler

Malacañang hits U.S. senator Sanders for calling out PH human rights abuses
Malacañang dismissed the remarks of United States Senator Bernie Sanders on alleged human rights abuses in the Philippines, saying that the Democratic presidential contender has no right to meddle in the country’s affairs.
— Rappler

Supporters gift examinees with goodie bags on 3rd Sunday of Bar exams
Bar exam takers on Sunday received bags filled with food and drinks, among other items, as well as resounding cheers from their supporters as the second to the last day of examinations began.
— GMA Network

3.8-magnitude earthquake hits Cotabato
-A 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Cotabato on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake hit 23 kilometers northeast of Tulunan at 6:15 a.m. The following intensity and instrumental intensity were recorded: Intensity: Intensity IV – Kidapawan City Instrumental Intensity: Intensity III – …
— Eagle News

Malacañang says emergency powers for Build, Build, Build too late, not priority
The proposal for emergency powers on the implementation of the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program may no longer be needed, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
— Rappler

PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims
Soldiers of the Philippine Army gave up their allowances for two meals in order to fund the purchase of a lot and the construction of temporary shelters for people displaced by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao.
— Rappler


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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

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In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

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