Philippines morning news for November 20

Philippines morning news for November 20

Philippines morning news

Thousands in Philippines flee Typhoon Ramon
At least 5,000 people have fled their homes with Typhoon Ramon (Kalmaegi) poised to blast into the northern Philippines late Tuesday, November 19, with a second tropical storm forecast to hit just days later.
— Rappler

10-month BOP at $5.73-billion surplus; OFW flows cited
DESPITE uncertainties in the external front, the Philippines’s transactions with the rest of the world continued to yield dollar inflows for the country in the first 10 months of the year, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.
— Business Mirror

Duterte to cops: Arrest vape smokers in public
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered law enforcers to arrest vape smokers in public, as he announced a ban on its use and importation.
— GMA Network

Duterte, Moon Jae-in to sign several agreements in Busan meeting
The Philippines and South Korea are expected to forge cooperative agreements on education, fisheries, social security and tourism next week, according to South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Tuesday to suspend rice importation to help farmers during harvest season.
— Business Mirror

Typhoon Ramon makes landfall over Santa Ana, Cagayan
Typhoon Ramon made landfall over Santa Ana, Cagayan at 12:20 a.m. today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
— Philippine Information Agency

Gov’t urged to support diplomatic pressures to stop clam harvesting in West PHL Sea
A US scientist on Tuesday urged the Philippine government to support the ongoing diplomatic pressure to stop the harvest of clams and unsustainable fishing in the West Philippine Sea amid damage to its ecosystem due to Chinese activity.
— GMA Network

P1.5 billion worth of SEA Games funds will not undergo public bidding
Around P1.5 billion worth of funds for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) will not undergo public bidding, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano told the Senate on Tuesday, November 19.
— Rappler

Duterte to issue E.O. banning vape use and importation
President Rodrigo Duterte wants a total ban on the use and importation of electronic cigarette or vape following the first reported case of an electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the country.
— Business Mirror

IMF keeps 2019 GDP forecast
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has kept its economic growth forecast for the Philippines at 5.7 percent this year and revised upward the 2020 outlook to 6.3 percent — from 6.2 percent previously — on the back of better government spending and easing of monetary policy.
— Manila Times

Philippines’ Duterte blasts ‘scatterbrain’ VP, says she cannot be trusted
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at his vice president on Tuesday (Nov 19), calling her a scatterbrain who was discussing his war on drugs with outsiders and could put the country in danger if given sensitive information.

Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ under fire
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ambitious ‘Build Build Build’ infrastructure program is coming under increasing pressure after claims that only nine of the planned 75 projects have started construction.
— The Asean Post

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, while visiting the Philippines on Tuesday, November 19, urged countries in Southeast Asia to be more assertive of their sovereign rights in the South China Sea, as he slammed China’s use of “coercion or intimidation to advance its national interests.”
— Rappler

House will review proposal to repeal rice tariffication law
THE leadership of the House of Representatives on Tuesday said it will study the proposals repealing the rice tariffication law (RTL).
— Business Mirror

Bukidnon quake hurts 3, damages several buildings
AT least three persons were reported injured following an intensity 5.9 earthquake that shook the province of Bukidnon on Monday night and damaged several buildings, police reported on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

House panel scraps 40-year prison term limit
The justice committee of the House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill that seeks to repeal a provision in the Revised Penal Code that limits the maximum penalty for crimes to 40 years in prison.
— The Philippine Star

House Speaker Cayetano defends P50-M spent for “SEA Games cauldron”
For the first time, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano faced the Senate budget hearing and defended the P50-million cost of the so-called “golden cauldron” built for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Eagle News

Region 11 MSMEs show interest in halal certification
The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of Region 11 have shown enthusiasm to obtain halal certification for their products.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH-12 to put up more public vaccination sites vs. polio
The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) will establish additional vaccination sites in public places and convergence areas in connection with the upcoming Mindanao-wide polio mass immunization campaign.
— Philippine News Agency

Malacañang says no order to suspend rice importation
After President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly gave a verbal order to suspend the importation of rice, Malacañang clarified on Monday, November 18, that no order had been given to the agriculture department to do so.
— Rappler

House approves bill extending validity of 2019 budget
The House of Representatives gave the green light to the bill that would extend the shelf life of the current P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 until December 31, 2020.
— Rappler

Duterte admits age taking toll on his health
President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that age is taking a toll on his health following his decision to spend the entire week working in his hometown in Davao City.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s rice policies sow confusion and doubt
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is again at loggerheads with his government’s top technocrats, this time over the nation’s floundering but crucial rice industry.
— Asia Times

To tax or not to tax: Government weighs options on Pogo
MALACAÑANG on Tuesday junked the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) opinion that Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo) cannot be taxed as it sided with the Department of Finance (DOF) to finally settle the debate once and for all.
— Business Mirror

Gov’t, industry players join hands to solve low sugarcane yield
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and stakeholders have collaborated to address low yields in sugarcane farming.
— Philippine News Agency

Neda: rice imports halt now will hurt poor more
STOPPING rice importation at this time will only burden the poorest Filipinos, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said on Tuesday, amid mounting calls from farmer sectors groaning under the deep cuts to their income from the imports surge enabled by the rice tariffication law (RTL).
— Business Mirror

Breathing space for Pogo pushed, Palace unmoved
Offshore gaming firms should be taxed, Malacañang said Tuesday, contradicting Solicitor General Jose Calida and siding with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on the issue.

Grab slapped with P23.45-M fine
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has slapped Grab Philippines with a financial penalty amounting to P23.45 million for breaching its pricing commitments.
— Manila Times

Effects of rice tariffication hindered by abusive traders: CabSec
Unscrupulous traders may be one of the reasons why farmers cannot feel the full effects of the Rice Tariffication Law, a Palace official said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi
More than 100,000 people from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province signed a petition asking President Rodrigo Duterte to halt the government’s plan to build new military camps in the war-ravaged city.
— Rappler

Vietnamese, Philippine young officers bolster exchange
Young officers of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the Philippine armed forces gathered at an activity in Hanoi on November 18 to share experience and enhance exchange.
— Vietnamplus

PH designers, models to join Thailand Fashion Week 2019
Eight Filipino designers who have showcased creations in pageants and modeling shows here and abroad will rock the runway at the Thailand Fashion Week at Varavela Gardens in Bangkok on Nov. 29.
— Manila Bulletin

‘Hybrid rice way out of rice-imports trap’
THE Philippines could stop depending on rice imports if it steps up investments in the production of hybrid rice, according to an industry expert.
— Business Mirror

House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading
The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading the Duterte government’s 3rd tax reform package that would amend the country’s outdated real property valuation system.
— Rappler

Slip of the tongue? Salceda calls Duterte gov’t an ‘authoritarian regime’
Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda dug his own grave after he called the Duterte administration an “authoritarian regime” for spending millions on a gigantic cauldron for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) torch-lighting ceremony.
— Rappler

Congestion crushing the life out of the country
ACCORDING to the news over the weekend, Malacañang is “studying” the latest genius non-solution to “solve” the traffic crisis, the implementation of a voluntary four-day workweek for the balance of the holiday season for non-critical government personnel and the private sector.
— Manila Times

Gasoline prices up, diesel down on November 19
Oil companies will be adjusting prices effective on Tuesday, November 19, as market forces place upward pressure on gasoline .
— Rappler

Youth groups to stage Nov 21 protest in defense of academic freedom
Several youth leaders on Monday announced a nationwide walkout of students on November 21 to defend academic freedom and democratic rights.
— GMA Network

House passes bill requiring gov’t hospitals to put up Malasakit Centers
The House of Representatives gave its nod to the bill that would require government-run hospitals to establish and give annual funds to Malasakit Centers.
— Rappler

Lanao del Sur, Marawi voters ask Comelec to hold special elections
Vilma*, 49, is sure she remembers it clearly: it was around noon of election day on Monday, May 13, when men stood by the gates of a precinct in Bayang, Lanao del Sur, handing voters money for them to shade specific names on the ballot.
— Rappler

Case vs Albayalde, 13 policemen behind 2013 Pampanga raid deemed submitted for resolution
The criminal complaint filed against former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde and 13 policemen behind the 2013 irregular raid in Mexico, Pampanga is now deemed submitted for resolution.
— Eagle News

11K uniformed personnel, force multipliers to ensure peaceful SEAG
Approximately 11,000 uniformed personnel and force multipliers are now deployed to ensure peace and security for events of the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) in Central Luzon.
— Philippine Information Agency

Bomb scare forces evacuation of employees at PNB building in Pasay
EMPLOYEES and officials of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) evacuated their office in Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City after it received a bomb scare on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

15 DOST-aided startups showcased at Philippine Startup Week 2019
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) launched the Startup Research Grant Program in 2017.
— Rappler

4ID chief calls on female NPA rebels to yield, avoid exploitation
The chief of Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) has called on remaining female New People’s Army (NPA) members to surrender to avoid becoming sex slaves of the communist rebel movement.
— Philippine News Agency

3 GenSan employers nabbed for non-remittance of SSS contributions
Police and enforcement personnel of the Social Security System (SSS) arrested three employers here on Tuesday for alleged non-remittance of contributions of their workers.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD expected at turnover of priority projects list in NegOr
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend next week the formal turnover of the consolidated list of priority projects based on issues and concerns raised during a series of “Dagyawan sa Barangay: Talakayan sa Mamamayan” held in Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

Mayor wants modern PUVs to ply Talisay City routes
Mayor Anthony Gerald Gullas on Tuesday said he is opening here routes for air-conditioned public utility vehicles plying under the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
— Philippine News Agency

Prosecutors asked to junk drug complaint
A POLICE officer asked government prosecutors to dismiss a complaint for graft and drug trafficking against him, former police chief Oscar D. Albayalde and 12 other cops accused of recycling illegal drugs seized from a 2013 operation.
— BusinessWorld

CA junks activist’s habeas corpus suit
THE Court of Appeals has dismissed the plea of an activist’s father to release his daughter whom the military had allegedly arrested without criminal charges.
— BusinessWorld

No-fly zones set for 30th SEA Games opening, closing events
AREAS AROUND the Philippine Arena in Bulacan and New Clark City in Tarlac will be no-fly zones on Nov. 30 and Dec. 11 for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Lacson, Revilla seek fund for nurses’ salary hike
Senators vowed Tuesday to push for funding to implement the adjustment on the salary of government nurses in compliance with the recent Supreme Court decision.
— GMA Network

Why build P9.5-B New Clark when Rizal stadium upgrade costs P1.2B? – Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon questioned on Tuesday, November 19, why the government had to build the New Clark City facilities in Tarlac for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) when the venue would host only two games: swimming and track and field.
— Rappler

3 aliens arrested for kidnap try
Police arrested Monday night three Chinese nationals after they allegedly tried to kidnap their compatriot in Pasay City.
— Tempo

Children’s rights group calls for safe water, functional toilets in Mindanao
In celebration of World Toilet Day, a children’s rights organization on Tuesday called for better access to safe water and functional toilets in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among children.
— GMA Network

Int’l rights group seeks U.N. experts’ help in De Lima release
An international human rights organization has appealed to United Nations (UN) experts to help get Senator Leila de Lima released from detention, as the lawmaker neared her 1000th day in Camp Crame.
— Rappler

Prosecutor junks libel complaint vs Maria Ressa, reporter Rambo Talabong
The libel complaint of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones against Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa and reporter Rambo Talabong has been junked by the Quezon City’s Office of the City Prosecutor for lack of probable cause.
— Rappler

Año: Robredo can refine plans, but anti-drug operations remains with PNP
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said Vice President and Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chair Leni Robredo could help refine and give feedback on anti-drug operations, but actual enforcement would be left with the Philippine National Police.
— Rappler

ERC denies Meralco bid to extend supply deal
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has rejected Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) application to extend its supply deal with a unit of AboitizPower Corp. until December 2022.
— Manila Times

686 Kapampangan farmers receive cash loans from Land Bank
A total of 686 farmers in the province benefitted from the PhP10.29 -million cash loan given through the Land Bank of the Philippines.
— Philippine Information Agency

459 rebels, supporters surrender in Central Luzon in span of 2 weeks
A total of 459 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and their supporters voluntarily surrendered to the folds of the government in just a span of two weeks.
— Philippine Information Agency

DILG rolls out constitutional reform roadshow in Agusan Norte
The Department of the Interior and Local Government in Caraga Region (DILG-13) facilitated the simultaneous conduct of Constitutional Reform (CORE) Roadshow for the province of Agusan del Norte and the City of Butuan on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Transfer of 63 NoCot villages to BARMM set
All is set for the official transfer of 63 North Cotabato villages to the supervision of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, with ceremonies to be held at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, the provisional seat of the BARMM here, on Wednesday (Nov. 20).
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to await AFP recommendation on martial law extension in Mindanao
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would decide on the extension of martial law in Mindanao after the recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
— GMA Network

Power rates up in parts of Pangasinan starting November
The Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP) has increased its power rates by an additional 12-centavo per kilowatt hour (kWh) effective this billing month of November.
— Philippine News Agency

Tabuk entreps learn to improve production, mngt skills
Micro and small entrepreneurs here are expected to improve their management and production skills with the Advocacy on Sustainable Innovation, Science and Technology (ASIST) workshop given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
— Philippine Information Agency

House pushes bills declaring waling-waling, balangay as national symbols
The Philippines may soon have two new national symbols – the waling-waling and the balangay – if two bills being pushed by the House of Representatives becomes law.
— Rappler

Putting climate change body under proposed department may limit its role, says official
The suggestion to put the Climate Change Commission (CCC) under the proposed Disaster Resilience Department will water down its role in addressing the issues on climate change in the Philippines, an official said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

PGH Polyclinic in New Clark City opens
University of the Philippines-Manila and its training hospital, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) opened the Polyclinic of the PGH-Satellite for Sports Medicine and Wellness (PGH-SSMW) at New Clark City (NCC) in time for the country’s hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games).
— Philippine Information Agency

Disneyland-inspired Christmas village to open in DavNor town
Residents and visitors are in for a new treat during the holidays as the Davao del Norte town of Sto. Tomas is set to install the first-ever Christmas village for this year’s “Paskong Tomasino: Malipayon ug Malinawon” festivities.
— Philippine News Agency


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