Philippines morning news for November 25

Philippines morning news for November 25

Philippines morning news

Pres. Duterte sacks Vice President Robredo from her anti-drug post | ANC
President Rodrigo Duterte fires Vice President Leni Robredo from her post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, just two weeks after her appointment, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirms.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Philippines marks massacre anniversary with calls for justice
Relatives of 58 people slain in the Philippines’ worst political massacre held a tearful vigil Saturday (Nov 23) to mark a decade since the killings, voicing anger at the slow pace of justice.
— CNA

30th SEA Games: Asean’s elite athletes abandoned at Manila airport (video)
The 2019 SEA Games are getting off to a less than stellar start with incomplete venues, arrangements for volunteers in disarray, with three national Asean football teams left stranded on arrival at Manila airport.
— AEC News Today

Foul-ups in SEA Games reception could impact Asean tourist arrivals
COMPLAINTS about the poor reception and hotel accommodations by countries participating in this year’s Southeast Asian Games are bound to affect the perception of the Philippines by would-be tourists from the Asean region.
— Business Mirror

Palace apologizes to SEA Games athletes for poor reception
Malacañang on Sunday apologized to the international athletes and guests who came to the Philippines for the 30th Southeast Asian Games after some delegates received a poor reception upon their arrival.
— GMA Network

Quest for justice should continue beyond massacre verdict: Egco
The relentless quest for justice for the victims of the Nov. 23, 2009 gruesome Maguindanao massacre should continue beyond the expected promulgation of judgment next month against the principal suspects in the killings.
— Philippine News Agency

Team Singapore contingent to receive booster shots following ‘increased’ incidents of polio in Philippines
SINGAPORE: Team Singapore’s contingent will receive booster shots before departing for the 30th Sea Games in the Philippines, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said on Saturday (Nov 23).
— CNA

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists
On the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, or the deadliest attack on journalists in the Philippines, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Duterte administration will work to prevent and put an end to attacks on journalists.
— Rappler

CMFR calls out Duterte gov’t on attacks vs press
Though the government is a stakeholder in the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ), it is also an instigator of attacks against the press, said Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus.
— Rappler

Neda lists priority bills for last 3 yrs of Duterte
AT least a dozen bills are being eyed as priority legislation in the last three years of the Duterte administration to boost economic growth, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

PH’s hog inventory falls amid ASF outbreaks
The country’s hog population fell within the last three months following the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), which had so far resulted to the death and culling of as much as 77,000 pigs.
— Manila Bulletin

PSA report: Real-estate sector receives P3.211B in subsidies
The real-estate sector received a total of P3.211 billion in subsidies from the government between 2013 and 2017, according to the latest report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Duterte flies to Busan for Asean-ROK summit
President Duterte is now in Busan to attend Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit as well as to discuss issues of mutual concern in his bilateral meeting on Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
— Business Mirror

200,000 vapers appeal to Duterte to regulate, not ban e-cigarettes
Groups representing over 200,000 vapers in the Philippines asked President Rodrigo Duterte to regulate, and not ban the use of electronic cigarettes which they said were scientifically found to be 95-percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippines, South Korea FTA conclusion seen next year
The Philippines and South Korea, which aimed to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) this month, are looking to conclude talks next year, with negotiations on a deadlock.
— The Philippine Star

NG to undertake P3.06T worth of transpo projects
THE national government aims to undertake P3.06-trillion worth of transportation projects under the updated list of the Duterte administration’s flagship projects.
— Business Mirror

PHL lacks qualified engineers, middle managers–survey
Labor cost in the Philippines may be the cheapest in Southeast Asia, but the country is failing to maximize this in attracting investments due to the scarcity of skilled workers, according to a report released by a government-supported Japanese organization.
— Business Mirror

NG sourcing P3B for local palay purchase
THE national government is willing to spend an initial amount of P3 billion to buy the unhusked rice produced by local farmers affected by the implementation of the rice trade liberalization law.
— Business Mirror

NEDA pushes passage of economic bills on agri, industries, services
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is pushing for the passage of several bills aimed at expanding economic opportunities in the agriculture, industry and services sector.
— The Philippine Star

US, PHL to open talks on free-trade deal
WASHINGTON will begin negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Manila next year in a move that will secure market access for Philippine exporters to the United States in the face of global trade uncertainty.
— Business Mirror

New rules on reserve requirements to release P28 billion
The exclusion of interbank borrowings, repurchase agreements as well as bonds issued to financial intermediaries from the reserve base of banks would free up P28 billion in additional funds to the financial system, according to an economist.
— The Philippine Star

NDC sets over ₱3-B support for startups
The government is investing more than ₱3 billion including an initial ₱125 million from the National Development Co. (NDC), the investment arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to give all-out support for the development of the country’s technology startups up to 2022.
— Manila Bulletin

NCR minimum-wage hike up for review by board soon
THE regional wage board in Metro Manila is now looking to start the review for a possible new round of minimum- wage hike within its jurisdiction.
— Business Mirror

Cayetano visits teams affected by SEA Games inconveniences
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chair and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday night visited the foreign delegations who suffered transportation, food, practice and hotel inconveniences upon their arrival in the country for the Games.
— GMA Network

OPAPP seeks P3.8-B budget to boost convergence programs in 2020
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said it was seeking a budget of P3.8 billion for 2020 to boost its convergence programs aimed at providing development interventions in rural, conflict-affected communities.
— GMA Network

Philippines has lowest ATM density in region — BSP
The Philippines has the lowest automated teller machine (ATM) density in the region as the moratorium on transaction fees imposed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in 2013 has held back banks’ optimal performance in servicing and expanding their reach.
— The Philippine Star

PHL firms eye ASEAN’s last frontiers
PHILIPPINE conglomerates are watching out for opportunities in less developed but fast-growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, drawn by the “unique needs” of these markets.
— BusinessWorld

BARMM launches program to reforest 10,000 hectares of land
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) launched its Integrated Bangsamoro Greening Program (IBGP) on Saturday, November 23, at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
— Philippine Information Agency

Joma Sison: Duterte afraid Robredo will learn how he ‘protects’ drug lords
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison on Sunday claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) because he is afraid that she will learn about how he protects drug lords.
— GMA Network

PHL eyes 2 million Korean tourists by year-end
The Philippines is aiming to attract two million Korean tourists by the end of the year, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Noe Albano Wong said during the 2019 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (Asean-ROK) Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea.
— GMA Network

Duterte honors soldiers wounded in clashes with insurgents
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday honored five soldiers who were wounded during military operations against extremist groups in Mindanao.
— GMA Network

NCRPO says enforcement of vaping ban one of its priorities
The implementation of the ban on the use and importation of e-cigarettes is now one of the National Capital Region Police Office’s priorities.
— Eagle News

DOJ releases new rules on appeal of immigration decisions
Foreigners ordered deported from the Philippines should leave the country within 30 days of the decision of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), new rules released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday revealed.
— GMA Network

Will justice be served for Maguindanao victims?
Despite it being 10 years to the day, justice remains elusive for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines.
— The Asean Post

Sandiganbayan junks graft cases vs ex-Camarines Norte officials
The Sandiganbayan threw out two graft charges against former provincial officials of Camarines Norte after evidence presented by the prosecution fell short.
— Rappler

Baguio Police verifying PMA Cadet Telan’s alleged letter detailing abuse
Baguio City Police investigators were attempting to verify the authenticity of a letter allegedly written by Philippine Military Academy 4th Class Cadet Mario Telan in which he detailed the abuses he experienced at the PMA.
— GMA Network

Duterte says he has yet to decide on proposal for four-day work week
President Rodrigo Duterte has said he has yet to decide on the proposal to have a four-day work week. “I have to discuss it with the Cabinet. After, discuss it with [Labor Secretary] Silvestre Bello III and the rest,” he said. Earlier, Rep. Benny Antiporda made the proposal for select government agencies situated along EDSA for the …
— Eagle News

Revilla wants to include anti-obesity education program in school curriculum
Believing that physical activities help school children become fit and healthy, Senator Bong Revilla Jr. has filed a measure mandating the inclusion of an anti-obesity education program in pre-school, elementary and high schools’ curricula, both public and private.
— GMA Network

Palace hits US actress for calling PRRD detestable leader
Malacañang on Sunday chastised actress Bette Midler for classifying President Rodrigo Duterte among the world’s most detestable leaders along with US President Donald Trump.Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that while Midler had the right to criticize Trump in her own country, she had no right to speak about leaders of …
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte not satisfied with Robredo’s performance as drug czar
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday admitted that he is not satisfied with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s performance as co-chairperson of Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Philippine News Agency

E-cig ban over single vape-related case baffling -anti-smoking advocate
Banning electronic cigarettes over a single vape-related illness case, instead of an outright ban on tobacco which kills 10 Filipinos every hour, was incomprehensible, an anti-smoking advocate said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Duterte warns against not honoring House term-sharing deal
President Rodrigo warned his two allies Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco against breaking the term-sharing deal they agreed upon.Duterte reminded them that they shared a “gentlemen’s agreement” to take turns to hold the highest position at the House of Representatives.”
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM hires 400 MILF ex-rebels as forest rangers
Forests in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will now be secured by some 400 rangers who were former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels.
— Philippine News Agency

PH gov’t hits Bette Midler as ‘incompetent, gullible’ over foreign leaders tweet
Malacañang lashed out at American actress and singer Bette Midler, calling her incompetent and a gullible talking head…on matters concerning foreign leaders she has no personal knowledge of, after she referenced President Rodrigo Duterte in a tweet about moves to impeach United States President Donald Trump.
— Rappler

Palace vows to give justice to Maguindanao massacre victims
The Palace has vowed to give justice to the victims of the Maguindanao massacre the period since the crime was committed entered its tenth year.
— Eagle News

Tactical implan of CPP-NPA-NDF among documents recovered by the Army
Among the CTG materials recovered after the surgical airstrike at Barangay Caputoan, Las Navas, Northern Samar, is a document that stipulates the plans, programs and activities that would be be undertaken by the red and white areas.
— Philippine Information Agency

Amal Clooney picks Maria Ressa as ‘Changemaker of the Decade’
For international law and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the challenges that Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa faces in her home country, the Philippines, “defines our times”–an era marked by persecution and violence against journalists across the world.
— Rappler

Philippine army says it has killed militant behind suicide attacks
Philippine soldiers have killed a militant who had helped a local group linked to Islamic State to stage suicide bombings in the southern province of Sulu, the military said on Saturday (Nov 23).
— CNA

SWS: More jobless Filipinos in Q3
THE number of jobless Filipinos increased in the third quarter of 2019, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed on Saturday.
— Manila Times

Cebu City mayor orders probe into manhandling of street vendor
Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella ordered a probe into the manhandling of a street vendor that was seen in viral video on Facebook.
— Rappler

BARMM launches public assistance center
Bangsamoro constituents will now have easier access to the programs and services of the Bangsamoro Government following the launching of the Bangsamoro People’s Center on Friday, November 22, in Cotabato City.
— Philippine Information Agency

PH stops unloading of toxic substance from South Korea
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) stopped the unloading of 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance which arrived here Friday, November 22, on a merchant ship from South Korea.
— Rappler

National HIV Testing Day: Where you can get tested in Metro Cebu
Cebu kicked off on Saturday, November 23, National HIV Testing Day, dubbed as Know Your Status (KYS) and Play (#KYSandPlay2019), with free, fast, and confidential HIV testing and community activities.
— Rappler

Military searches for Dawlah Islamiyah camp in Lanao Sur
After four bombs were dropped by the military on Saturday in the mountain ranges of Madalum and Madamba town in Lanao del Sur, government soldiers are now scouring the area to confirm the report of residents that there are members of the Dawlah Islamiyah (DI)-Lanao group training in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte tells Robredo to check ICAD order for job description – but it’s not there
President Rodrigo Duterte said Vice President Leni Robredo should check his executive order that created the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), after Robredo sought clarification from him about the extent of her authority and access to information as the committee’s new co-chairperson.
— Rappler

Amid ‘teacher shaming,’ DepEd says PTAs proper forum to resolve conflicts
The Department of Education (DepEd) urged schools to strengthen parent-teacher associations (PTAs) as a proper forum to resolve conflicts in a fair and humane manner, amid a controversy involving so-called teacher shaming on a broadcast show.
— Rappler

P100-M abaca fiber processing plant to be established in Lanao del Sur
A P100-million worth abaca fiber processing plant will be established in Brgy. Calilangan, municipality of Balabagan following the Bangsamoro Government Regional Board of Investment’s (RBOI) approval of the Hong Kong Feng Seng Heritage Philippines Inc. (HK FSH) registration.
— Philippine Information Agency

DFA: Filipinos with employment agency problems in Cambodia to return home
Some Filipinos imprisoned in Siem Reap, Cambodia over legitimacy issues of their employment agency will finally return home, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said Saturday.
— Inquirer.net

Growers want PH-SoKor banana tariff stalemate resolved
The country’s top banana growers and exporters are calling on both the South Korean and Philippine governments to immediately resolve stalemate on the proposed reduction of tariff rates on banana shipments.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

No to goverment takeover
Just recently, former vice president Jejomar Binay hit the nail on the head when he said that the current water crisis can be traced to government inaction.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte is making a big mistake
Political persecution and killings of activists and human rights defenders have been consistently at the top of the government’s agenda since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016.
— Rappler

 

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

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