Philippines morning news for November 22

Philippines morning news for November 22

Philippines morning news

Customs orders ports to block entry of vape products after Duterte ban
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it has ordered its enforcement team on all ports to block the importation of vape products in the country following the ban order of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— GMA Network

Lacson finds P17-B pork barrel funds in DPWH 2020 budget
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday confirmed finding some P17 billion of alleged “pork barrel” funds in the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) budget for next year.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippine Court to Decide Next Month on 2009 Massacre, Lawyer Says
A Philippine court is expected to rule next month on the country’s worst political massacre that also killed dozens of journalists 10 years ago, a lawyer and survivors said Thursday, as media groups expressed hopes for convictions.
— Benar News

Duterte retracts order to suspend rice importation
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte retracted his day-old order to suspend the importation of rice, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.
— Manila Times

Counterfeits top list of Customs seizures in year to date
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has confiscated nearly P13 billion worth of smuggled goods as of late October, most of which consisted of counterfeits, the Department of Finance (DoF) reported.
— BusinessWorld

Lacson signals budget realignments to fund UHC, national ID, free college
SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson is planning to propose realignments to the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation (DoTr), and the Department of Education (DepEd) to increase funding for three landmark laws.
— BusinessWorld

DOF pushes e-cigarette tax bill amid product ban
The Department of Finance (DOF) is still pushing for the passage of the tax bill on alcohol and electronic cigarettes even as President Duterte imposed a ban on the importation and use of these products in public places.
— The Philippine Star

Foreign investors push for immediate passage of CITIRA bill
Foreign business groups expect reduced corporate tax rates to attract more investments to the Philippines, as they support the immediate passage of legislation reducing such tax and rationalizing tax incentives.
— Philippine News Agency

Task force deploys 7,899 forces to secure SEA Games
A total of 7,899 Security Forces and Resources of Task Group Southern Luzon are set to secure the sporting events that will be held in the CALABARZON region for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Cheaper food, utility costs keep inflation low for poor pinoys
THE poorest Filipinos saw inflation continue to slow in October on the back of cheaper food items and utility prices, according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

China launches medical program in Philippines for burns treatment under UN initiative
The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and a medical company launched on Thursday a program in the Philippines under a United Nations’ initiative for supporting local hospitals and training local doctors to treat women and children suffering burns.
— Xinhuanet

China could ‘turn off power’ in the Philippines, senate hears
China could switch off the Philippines’ national grid, congress has heard in Manila.
— BBC News

Duterte explains why he can’t ban cigarettes
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday explained why cigarettes are allowed in the Philippines even as he ordered a ban on the use and importation of vaping devices.
— GMA Network

ADB to charge higher for loans borrowed by a wealthier PHL
FILIPINO taxpayers would be forced to pay higher for loans secured from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) if the Philippines becomes an upper middle-income (UMI) country by January 2021.
— Business Mirror

RCBC adopts national QR code standard for interoperable payment system
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) adopts the national QR (quick-response) code standard that would simplify and facilitate interoperable payment transactions.
— Business Mirror

BOI rolls out roadmap for garments revival
The Board of Investments (BOI) will roll o ut a roadmap to revive the garments industry and position the country as a big player in the sustainable fashion segment.
— The Philippine Star

Red tape breeds corruption, Duterte tells government workers
President Duterte gave an ultimatum to all government agencies to either approve or disapprove transactions brought to their offices by the public by December 15 as he lamented that the slow processing of papers in the government remains to be a source of corruption.
— Business Mirror

Citing weather risks, BSP to phase ESG regulations
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas plans to issue regulations for the environmental and social governance (ESG) of banks in “phases,” BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said, citing a recent study about the negative effects of weather disturbances on the banks’ balance sheets.
— Business Mirror

UHC presents opportunity for health care industry to innovate — Duque
HEALTH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said changes dictated by the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law are an opportunity for private firms to innovate their offerings and drive down costs.
— BusinessWorld

Lacson says pork-free national budget an ‘impossible dream’
Drafting the yearly national budget continues to be a “hide-and-seek” game between government agencies disguising discretionary funds or “pork” in their budget proposals, and lawmakers attempting to catch them by sifting through their line items for dubious lump sums, said Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday, November 21.
— Rappler

PHL Navy’s first ‘highly capable’ warship to begin sea trials
The first of two “multi-mission capable” frigates acquired by the Philippine Navy is set to begin its sea trials on Saturday to ensure that it meets the required standards prior to its delivery to the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Fiscal space built up over years enabled infrastructure programs, UA&P says
THE government’s increased capacity to spend on infrastructure was reflected in the declining share of interest payments in its spending, creating “fiscal space” to invest in key facilities, a University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) economist said.
— BusinessWorld

India, PHL to pilot-test high-yield garlic, onion farming in Mindanao
India and the Philippines are looking at other agriculture-related partnerships after recently agreeing to pursue several projects, including the establishment of pilot farms in Mindanao for high-yield varieties of garlic and onion.
— BusinessWorld

Excess rice better than shortage: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said it is better to have a warehouse filled with excess rice than a shortage where people starve and farmers are at the losing end.
— Philippine News Agency

Cops seize 69 vapes in Cebu crackdown
A total of 69 vapes and e-cigarettes were confiscated in the province of Cebu as part of the crackdown ordered by Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, following the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban its use and importation.
— Philippine News Agency

6 years after Yolanda: 63% of housing projects in Western Visayas done, another 30% underway
A TOTAL of 57,936 relocation housing units out of the 90,148 target in Western Visayas have been completed for those affected by typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that struck the central part of the country in Nov. 2013.
— BusinessWorld

Magnitude 4.3 quake shakes Davao Occidental — Phivolcs
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Davao Occidental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
— Manila Times

FOCAP, NUJP call for ‘acceptable’court decision on Maguindanao massacre
Almost a decade after the Maguindanao massacre, local and international journalists are hoping that the promulgation of verdict for over a hundred suspects in the gruesome crime will give justice to the 58 victims and their families.
— GMA Network

De Lima calls Duterte a ‘Chinese stooge,’ slams him for Robredo remarks
Detained Senator Leila De Lima on Thursday called President Rodrigo Duterte a big joke following his remark that he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo with classified information after appointing her as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— GMA Network

LIST: Banned items at 2019 SEA Games
For law enforcers, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games is not just about competition but safety.
— Rappler

Stripped of authority, Robredo doomed to fail as anti-drug czar – Lacson
With only her title as anti-illegal drug czar and not much else in authority or access to information, Vice President Leni Robredo is doomed to fail even if she’s been doing well so far, said Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday, November 21.
— Rappler

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center
The province of Negros Occidental launched the first government-run robotics center in the country at Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) here on Tuesday, November 19.
— Rappler

Duterte says he, Bong Go, Cayetano are brightest stars in PHL politics
President Rodrigo Duterte believes his political star will fade in two years’ time.
— GMA Network

Legazpi posts 90% dog vaccination this year
The City Veterinary Office has administered anti-rabies vaccine to 21,056 out of the 23,236 registered dogs in 70 villages here from January to November 15, an official said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t officials make final inspection of SEA Games venue
To ensure a smooth and well-ordered run of the forthcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, government officials made a final inspection of the sports facilities at the New Clark City Sports Complex here on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

DoTr: PUV modernization plan still on
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said on Thursday the government would still push through with its plan to modernize public utility vehicles (PUVs) and that it was on track to implement it.
— Manila Times

It doesn’t matter if SEA Games funded by loan –Cayetano
Pero whether binayaran na natin o inutang, walang issue yan. And aside from walang issue yan, it’s world class, nagawa nang 18 months by very good architects, Cayetano said.
— GMA Network

BSP sets indefinite moratorium on long-term deposit issuance
An indefinite moratorium on the issuance of long-term negotiable certificate of time deposits (LTNCTDs) will be in place starting Jan. 1, 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

SC junks raps vs ex-VP Binay
THE Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the charges against former vice president Jejomar Binay for holding a second post during his term because they became moot after he stepped down in 2016.
— Manila Times

Police officer shot dead near Cebu City hotel
A police officer was shot dead near the Wellcome Hotel at around 5:45 pm on Thursday, November 21.
— Rappler

3 LGUs in Iloilo now drug-cleared
Three local government units in Iloilo are now declared as drug-cleared, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas (PDEA 6) said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao City prime investment destination: official
The city’s potential business opportunities make this prime city of the south a top investment destination, an official said Wednesday during the Malaysia-Philippines Business Forum here.
— Philippine News Agency

McDonald’s to host free polio vaccination hubs in NCR, Mindanao
There’s a new way for children to get their shots.
— Rappler

Bangsamoro vows to protect child rights
THE newly created autonomous region in Mindanao has vowed to provide funding and mechanisms to protect the rights of children there, where child poverty is the highest.
— BusinessWorld

No detention and punishment for arrested vapers — PNP
LT. GEN. Archie Francisco Gamboa clarified that people caught vaping would only be arrested but would neither be punished nor detained.
— Manila Times

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin
President Rodrigo Duterte’s verbal order to arrest vapers is the latest legal conundrum in his administration.
— Rappler

Robredo, an ally in drug war – PNP
Despite President Duterte’s declaration that he does not trust her, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sees Vice President Leni Robredo as an ally in the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.
— Tempo

Signal No. 1 still hoisted over Batanes as “Sarah” further intensifies
Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes as Severe Tropical Storm “Sarah” further intensified.
— Eagle News

Cebu HIV testing centers named for nat’l testing day Nov 23
To mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, LoveYourself, Inc. and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), together with 10 community-based organizations nationwide will conduct a national HIV testing day on Nov. 23.
— Philippine Information Agency

At least four cops hurt in clash with suspected NPA rebels in Palawan
At least four policemen were wounded in a clash with suspected New People’s Army rebels in Palawan, the police said on Thursday, Nov. 21.
— Eagle News

DOH is ‘1000%’ in support of vaping ban
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told Rappler on Thursday, November 21, that the department is 1000% in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s vaping ban .
— Rappler

Networked Propaganda: How the Marcoses are rewriting history
From the time Rappler started ramping up its fact-checking efforts, it has spotted hundreds of dubious claims related to the Marcoses and Martial Law on social media.
— Rappler

Jeepney phase-out postponement an ‘initial victory’ for operators, drivers –PISTON
Transport group PISTON on Thursday celebrated the decision of the Department of Transportation to postpone the phase-out of all old jeepneys, saying this is an initial victory for drivers, operators and commuters.
— GMA Network

Cayetano to Drilon: Aquino admin created classroom shortage
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday had choice words for Senator Franklin Drilon who said the P50 million spent for the Southeast Asian Games cauldron in New Clark City could have been better spent for 50 classrooms.
— GMA Network

8-year-old boy shoots father dead
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – An eight-year-old boy shot his father dead in their home at Barangay San Jose in Sipalay City here Wednesday night, November 20.
— Rappler

3 years on, what are the DOTr’s top projects under Duterte?
Amid backlash against the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) urged critics to assess its success not just by considering the flagship projects but by looking at all infrastructure projects.
— Rappler

Vape never approved as smoking cessation device in any country due to risk issues– DOH exec
Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Domingo on Thursday said vape or electronic cigarette has never been approved as a smoking cessation device in any country.
— GMA Network

Least trusted? Malacañang says China can be PH ‘role model’
Malacañang believes that Filipinos would learn to trust China and that the Asian giant could one day even be the Philippines’ role model in eliminating poverty.
— Rappler

Locals priority for employment at Bulacan airport
Thousands of Bulakenyos will benefit from the construction of the PHP735-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project in this province which is set to start by December this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Christmas project to benefit Dumaguete inmates’ kids
The city government here, in cooperation with the city social welfare and development office (CSWDO) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bajumpandan, Dumaguete, has embarked on a project dubbed “Pangandoy sa Pasko”.
— Philippine News Agency

15th Bacolaodiat fest to be held after Chinese New Year
BACOLOD CITY — The 2020 Bacolaodiat Festival in this city will be held on January 31 to February 2, a week after the Chinese New Year’s Day on January 25, an official said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DA urges gov’t agencies to give rice as part of employees’ bonus
This Christmas, giving rice as part of government workers’ bonus will not only make the employees merry, but the country’s farmers as well.
— GMA Network

ERC eyes lower price cap at WESM
The Energy Regulation Commission (ERC) is looking at a lower secondary price cap (SPC) in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) to counter spikes in electricity prices.
— Philippine News Agency

Dolphy’s son warns drug users: Change your ways, spare yourselves from Bilibid
Once a notorious drug user, preacher Rodolfo Quizon, Jr.–son of the late legendary actor Dolphy–urged drug users to change their ways to avoid ending up in Bilibid.
— GMA Network

ARQCapital boosts bid to set up more dialysis centers in PH
Pioneering dialysis chain operator MedLine has secured funding from ARQCapital for the establishment of stand-alone dialysis centers in key areas in the country, giving Filipinos better access to affordable dialysis treatment.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI advises consumers to avoid Christmas rush
The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) provincial office is advising consumers to shop early to avoid the Christmas rush.
— Philippine News Agency

NHA turns over housing units to Yolanda victims in Tabuelan
Fifteen beneficiaries of the Yolanda Permanent Housing Project from Tabuelan, Cebu were given their certificates of award from the National Housing Authority (NHA) on Nov. 14, 2019, at the NHA Region 7 office.
— Philippine Information Agency


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