Philippines morning news for November 21

Philippines morning news for November 21

Philippines morning news

Slain mayors prove peace and order ‘lacking’ under Duterte – Aquino
Former president Benigno Aquino III said the number of mayors killed in the past 3 years showed that peace and order under his successor Rodrigo Duterte is lacking.
— Rappler

Duterte warns courts vs. issuing TROs on vaping ban
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday sternly warned the courts against issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) on his latest directive to stop the use and importation of vaping devices and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) nationwide.
— Philippine News Agency

Manila court denies bid of Rappler’s Ressa, Santos to dismiss cyber libel raps
The Manila Regional Trial Court has junked the demurrer to evidence filed by Rappler’s Maria Ressa and former reporter Reynaldo Santos in connection with the case filed against them by businessman Wilfredo Keng.
— Eagle News

Philippines, China sign accord on enforcement of antitrust rules and fight cross border cartels
The Philippines and China have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen competition law enforcement and combat cross border cartels.
— Business Mirror

Sotto: Approval of P4.1-T 2020 budget on track
Even with the lengthy deliberations, the approval of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 is on track, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

‘US-China trade row top risk to region’s stability’
THE trade dispute between China and the United States is seen as the biggest risk to the region’s financial stability, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

Package 3 of CTRP hurdles 2nd reading
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure providing for the Package 3 of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), which institute reforms in the country’s real- property valuation.
— Business Mirror

PH 9th most affected by terrorism
The Philippines emerged as the ninth—and the only Southeast Asian—country most affected by extremist violence in 2018, up by one notch in the 2019 Global Terrorism Index.

Robredo refuses access to classified info on HVTs pending clearance from Duterte
Vice President Leni Robredo has turned down the offer of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino of giving her classified information about high value targets in the government’s anti-drug campaign pending clarifications on the scope of her mandate as co-chair of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).
— GMA Network

1,000th day in detention: Robredo seeks De Lima’s release
Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition leaders called on the government anew to free Sen. Leila de Lima, who marked her 1,000th day in jail yesterday over what they called politically motivated drug charges.
— The Philippine Star

30% of payments in PH now digital – BSP
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said 30 percent of the payments transactions in the Philippines are now digital or electronics-based, way ahead of the target of achieving at least a 20 percent cash-less payments by 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

Palace mulls military camp in war-torn Marawi
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to study the establishment of a military camp in war-torn Marawi City, Malacañang said.
— GMA Network

Bill banning vaping filed at House
A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Wednesday filed a bill regulating the use and sale of vaping devices or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
— Philippine News Agency

DOH confirms three more polio cases in Mindanao
The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday confirmed three more cases of poliovirus in Mindanao, bringing the total number of new cases recorded nationwide this year to seven.
— GMA Network

DOTr drops bid to modernize all jeepneys by 2020
After little progress in its bid for modernization, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will allow old jeepneys to ply the roads even after the transition period, provided they pass roadworthiness standards.
— Rappler

Networked propaganda: How the Marcoses are using social media to reclaim Malacañang
Massive amounts of propaganda and targeted disinformation produced and amplified by an extensive network of websites, Facebook pages and groups, YouTube channels, and social media influencers appear to be part of a systematic campaign to burnish the image of the Marcoses and pave the way for their further rise in Philippine politics.
— Rappler

69 nabbed as NegOr police steps up drive vs. illegal gambling
The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has intensified its efforts to curb illegal gambling activities in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Wage board reviews ‘kasambahay’ pay in Central Luzon
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Central Luzon (RTWPB-3) is reviewing the wages being received by the “kasambahay” or household service workers in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu concert to benefit Mindanao quake victims
Army reservists in Cebu have partnered with the Cebu City government in organizing a free concert for the earthquake victims in Cotabato and Davao areas.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs proclamation to raise awareness vs. investment scams
Amid the growing number of reported investment scams, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new proclamation making the second week of November as “Investor Protection Week”.
— Philippine News Agency

Filipinos’ trust in China fall to bad in Q3
FILIPINOS’ trust in China fell to “bad” in the third quarter, while it remained “excellent” for the United States, according to a poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
— BusinessWorld

Duterte declares November 8 ‘Environmental Planning Day’
The Philippines now has an environmental planning day to be celebrated every year, thanks to a new proclamation by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

DOH urged to use P1B fund for info drive vs. vape, diseases
Senator Francis Tolentino expressed support Wednesday for the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban the use of vape in the country.
— GMA Network

PCOO to use 2020 budget for ‘more programs, projects’
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday vowed to use the proposed 2020 budget of his office in implementing more programs and projects aimed at improving its services.
— Philippine News Agency

Lacson urges Napolcom to give PNP OIC Gamboa power to appoint personnel
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday urged the National Police Commission to give the Philippine National Police’s officer-in-charge power to appoint police personnel and a voting right in the commission.
— GMA Network

Pangasinan town declares CPP-NPA persona non grata
The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) here has passed a resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-News People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non grata and condemning their atrocities.
— Philippine News Agency

PCOO Roadshow on Freedom of Information set in Dumaguete
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will be coming to this capital city of Negros Oriental for the 2019 PCOO Roadshow on Freedom of Information and Campus Caravan next week.
— Philippine News Agency
PNP to arrest vape users even without Duterte executive order
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun its crackdown on vape use effective Wednesday, November 20, even without an executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte clearly outlining the grounds for making the arrests.
— Rappler

Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit
The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week.
— Manila Bulletin

Earthquake damages 26 schools in Bukidnon
TWENTY-SIX schools sustained damage in Northern Mindanao after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Kadingilan, Bukidnon on Monday night, the Department of Education (DepEd) said. The damaged schools were 10 in Malaybalay City and 16 in Valencia City.
— Manila Times

DoH warns public vs meningococcemia
THE Department of Health (DoH) issued a warning to the public against meningococcemia, citing 16 deaths in Central Luzon alone from January to November 11.
— Manila Times

P1B collected so far with tax amnesty under way
EIGHT MONTHS into its implementation, the ongoing tax amnesty program has yielded over P1 billion in collections so far as more than 3,000 individuals have availed of the chance for a clean slate in their obligations, according to data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
— BusinessWorld

Iligan city donates P3M to quake victims
The City Government of Iligan has set aside P3 million to be distributed to local governments in Davao and Cotabato affected by the recent earyhqaukes. The fund was approved by the City Council during the 17th Special Session held here.
— Manila Times

PRRD vows to sustain DND modernization
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday vowed to sustain the modernization program of the Department of National Defense (DND) as he thanked the country’s troops for defending the country against threats.
— Philippine News Agency

NoCot ‘officially’ turns over 63 villages to BARMM
Sixty-three villages in North Cotabato province that have opted to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are now officially part of the fledging Bangsamoro entity.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to state agencies: Finish paperwork by December 15
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday issued an ultimatum demanding the completion of state offices and departments’ paperwork by December 15.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD orders dismissal of PNP execs over body cam extort case
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he has ordered the dismissal of three police majors accused of extorting money from bidders in the acquisition of 3,000 body-worn cameras.
— Philippine News Agency

PH to shop for military warships, arms in S. Korea next week – Duterte
The government will be shopping for military warships and weapons when President Duterte visits South Korea next week.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte reorganizes inter-agency panel on cyber security
President Rodrigo Duterte has reorganized the government body tasked to reduce the country’s vulnerability to online threats.
— GMA Network

Senate approves proposed PCOO budget
The Senate on Wednesday approved without much ado the proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte says no corruption issue in P50 million SEA Games cauldron designed by nat’l artist
President Rodrigo Duterte said he did not see anything wrong in the building of the SEA Games cauldron which costs P50 million saying the structure was designed by a national artist and the cost of his work was for him to name.
— Eagle News

Solon wants total ban of POGOs if they’re not taxed properly
House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. wants a total ban of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) in the country if they will not be taxed properly.
— GMA Network

House panels OK Department of Disaster Resilience bill
The House Committees on Government Reorganization and Disaster Management on Wednesday approved the measure seeking to create the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
— GMA Network

Duterte wants communist insurgency over in 3 years
President Duterte wants to end the communist insurgency in less than three years of his term, the reason why he ordered government agencies to step the implementation of strategies to put finally lick the problem on the New People’s Army in the countryside.
— Tempo

Cotabato school buildings found unsafe after 5.9 quake
Several school buildings in Cotabato City have been declared dangerous and unfit for human occupancy following the magnitude 5.9 quake that rocked Bukidnon and was also felt here and in other parts of Mindanao on Monday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Army slams NPA for series of landmine attacks in Samar
The Philippine Army has condemned the frequent use of anti-personnel mines by the New People’s Army in Samar Island, victimizing soldiers and civilians.
— Philippine News Agency

11 injured as Mountain Province bridge collapses
A footbridge in Sadanga town, Mountain Province snapped early Wednesday morning, November 20, injuring 11 residents.
— Rappler

Romblon prov’l gov’t offers tax amnesty until November 2020
The provincial government of Romblon is now granting amnesty or condonation to all real property owners who failed to pay their real property taxes from prior years until 2018.
— Philippine Information Agency

PHL to send ‘small delegation’ to COP25
The Philippines will be sending a small delegation to the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) which will be held in Madrid, Spain next month, according to an official of the Climate Change Commission.
— GMA Network

Recall reward money for recanting witnesses in Batocabe slay –solon
House Committee on Public Accounts chair Mike Defensor believes that the reward money given to three witnesses in the assassination of former Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe who flip-flopped on their statements should be recalled.
— GMA Network

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison
Sacked Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon tried to realign P1 billion meant for regional prisons in 2019 to the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, the Senate floor deliberations on the 2020 budget revealed on Wednesday, November 20.
— Rappler

HRW: De Lima’s persecution shows Duterte’s ‘increasing authoritarianism’
Human rights groups slammed the continued detention of Senator Leila de Lima as the lawmaker spent her 1000th day in Camp Crame on Wednesday, November 20.
— Rappler

Aquino to Duterte: If you don’t trust Robredo, why appoint her?
Former president Benigno Aquino III said his successor Rodrigo Duterte should not have appointed Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) if he didn’t trust her.
— Rappler

Judiciary gets additional P2-B budget for more judges
Without a hitch whatsoever in the Senate budget hearing on Wednesday, November 20, the judiciary got an additional P2.5 billion for its 2020 budget.
— Rappler

Duterte promises due process for 2 Cabinet execs linked to corruption
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has assured the public that he would fire any government official found guilty of irregularities, following reports that two of his Cabinet men were being investigated by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
— Manila Times

Aquino to Filipinos: Speak now before you’re stifled like De Lima
Former president Benigno Aquino III rallied Filipinos to oppose the abuses under the Duterte regime, saying they should not wait until they are stifled like detained Senator Leila de Lima.
— Rappler

Antique MSMEs win best product awards in Panublion Trade Fair
Two products from the province of Antique were adjudged to be the best during the five-day Panublion Trade Fair held at SM City in Iloilo City.
— Philippine News Agency

Baguio braces for 70th Fil-Am golf tourney
Baguio is once again bracing for the arrival of hundreds of golfers from the Asia-Pacific rim who will troop here for the world’s oldest and biggest amateur golf tournament.
— Philippine News Agency

MIAA kicks off civility drive at NAIA
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday launched a civility campaign at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), dubbed as “DisipliNAIA”.
— Philippine News Agency

Army sarge shoots fellow soldier dead after spat in Taguig
An Army sergeant shot dead a fellow soldier early Wednesday morning after engaging in a heated argument in front of a bar in Taguig City.
— Tempo

57K Negrense farmers to get free certified seeds from PhilRice
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has started distributing free certified seeds worth PHP174 million to some 57,000 Negrense farmers as part of the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
— Philippine News Agency

Five LGUs receive development projects as SGLG passers
Five Local Government Units (LGUs) who are passers of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Arteche, Oras, Can-avid, Sulat and Salcedo received development projects.
— Philippine Information Agency

Negros Occidental imposes permanent ban on pork from Luzon
Negros Occidental will permanently ban the entry of pigs and pork products from Luzon and other African swine fever (ASF) -affected areas to keep the province free from the dreaded virus.
— Rappler

Iloilo town steps up delivery of gov’t services
To show its commitment to the administration’s whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict, the local government of Tubungan has brought services closer to the people in the villages.
— Philippine News Agency


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