Philippines morning news for November 26

Philippines morning news for November 26

Philippines morning news

China stole Philippines’ giant clams while Filipinos sat in court (video)
A seminar in Manila last Friday (Nov 22) heard how reclamation work carried out by China in the South China Sea while the Philippines sat through a lengthy and costly arbitration hearing has caused extensive damage that extends to global ecosystems.
— AEC News Today

Budget delay led to SEA Games mishaps: solon
The delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget is the cause of mishaps faced by the country in hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, a party-list lawmaker said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo may have discovered vital drug info in short ICAD stint –Belmonte
Quezon City Representative Kit Belmonte believes that Vice President Leni Robredo may still have unearthed vital information on the drug menace in the country despite her short stint at the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— GMA Network

DOH confirms Philippines’ 8th case of polio in Basilan
The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Monday, November 25, the 8th case of polio recorded in the country this year.
— Rappler

Budget deficit narrows to P49.3 billion in October
The national government’s fiscal gap narrowed in October as the growth in state revenues outpaced the increase in disbursements, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Still with no ASF zoning plan, DA wants pork bans lifted
Two months since the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak was declared, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has yet to release its zoning plan to contain and eradicate the highly contagious disease affecting hogs.
— Rappler

PHL, South Korea ink 5 agreements in Busan
Presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea on Monday inked five agreements on various matters during a bilateral meeting in Busan, South Korea.
— GMA Network

State spending growth slows in October
STATE SPENDING increased for the fourth straight month in October, though by the smallest increment in that period, yielding a smaller budget deficit as revenue collections grew at a faster clip, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

World Bank issues bonds to insure PH up to $225 million against calamities
The World Bank said Monday it issued two tranches of catastrophe-linked bonds to provide the Philippines with financial protection of up to $75 million for losses from earthquakes and $150 million against losses from tropical cyclones for three years.

BAI: Dry season could slow down spread of ASF
An official of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) believes that the dry season will help slow down the spread of the African swine fever (ASF).
— Manila Bulletin

9 groups file petitions for wage hike in NCR
AT least nine groups in Metro Manila are now seeking a higher minimum- wage hike, according to a report of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region’s (RTWPB-NCR) chief Sarah Mirasol.
— Business Mirror

House approves CTRP Package 3
THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure instituting reforms in the country’s real property valuation.
— Business Mirror

Team Singapore working with SEA Games organisers to resolve ‘teething problems’: Delegation head
Singapore’s athletes and officials have encountered “teething problems” at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines and will work with local organisers to resolve these issues, said its delegation head on Monday (Nov 25).

Another rate cut still possible – Diokno
The central bank is open for further policy easing at the last rate-setting meeting of the monetary authorities this year if developments permit.
— Manila Times

Police launches OFW desks in Central Luzon
Police Regional Office 3 launched today the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) desks that will be present in all police stations in Central Luzon.
— Philippine Information Agency

Dagupan City crafting 10-year flood mitigation masterplan
The Flood Mitigation Commission (FMC) of this city tasked mainly to craft a masterplan to resolve the flooding problem here has finished its research and will soon disclose to the public its 10-year flood mitigation plan.
— Philippine News Agency

1,399 slots for skills training available in Antique
The provincial office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here is encouraging Antiqueños to enroll in the Barangay Kabuhayan Skills Training Program (BKSTP) that is set to open in several towns.The province was provided with 1,399 slots, said Karyn Mae Duay, TESDA Supervising …
— Philippine News Agency

Deal to develop Puerto Azul residential project inked
Unicorn startup Revolution Precrafted Inc. has partnered with publicly listed Boulevard Holdings Inc. (BHI) to develop a new resort and residential complex in Puerto Azul Resort and Golf Club, a sprawling golfing and resort destination in Cavite, once dubbed as “Asia’s Paradise”.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte was ‘insincere’ in appointing Robredo as anti-drug czar -HRW PHL
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Philippines on Monday accused President Rodrigo Duterte of not being “even remotely sincere” in his appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, from which he fired her from after just 19 days.
— GMA Network

Cebu Pacific judged ‘most improved airline for 2020’ by international website
Cebu Pacific was named the “Most Improved Airline” for 2020 by an international airline safety and product review website.
— Manila Bulletin

DOT, Manila ink pacts to boost city tourism
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) has swung open the doors of significant tourist sites in Manila, allowing the latter’s more than 1.5 million residents to visit these for free.
— Business Mirror

PH, South Korea sign 3 agreements during ASEAN-Korea commemorative summit
PH, South Korea sign 3 agreements during ASEAN-Korea commemorative summit
— CNN Philippines

Go faults Robredo for zero drug lords killed in her 19 days in ICAD
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday faulted Vice President Leni Robredo for the lack of drug lord deaths during her three-week stint as Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chair.
— GMA Network

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex under renovation hours before SEA Games event
The renovation of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex was still ongoing in the last hours before the conduct of an event in the Southeast Asian Games on Monday, Jonathan Andal reported on GMA News’ Unang Balita.
— GMA Network

#SEAGamesFail: Netizens embarrassed by Philippines’ SEA Games hosting
Instead of becoming a source of pride, the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games thus far has become a source of humiliation – a national facepalm moment.
— Rappler

Robredo’s sacking as anti-drugs czar won’t silence her: ‘I’m just getting started’
Vice President Leni Robredo warned President Rodrigo Duterte she would reveal what she discovered about his bloody war on drugs from her two-week stint as the anti-drugs body co-chair.
— Rappler

243 vapers nabbed then freed as PNP finds no law to file cases
The Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 243 persons across the Philippines for using electronic cigarettes. Cops set them free as soon as they were taken into custody as the police found no law as a basis to file cases .
— Rappler

3.0-magnitude quake hits Davao Occidental
A 3.0-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Occidental on Monday, Nov. 25. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 82 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos at 8:10 a.m.
— Eagle News

Hotel denies shabby treatment of SEA Games athletes
The Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games took an early hit over the weekend as the transportation and accommodation arrangement of several foreign teams turned out to be a mess.
— Rappler

ING economist says 6% ’19 PH growth possible
Philippines’ low inflation environment and South East Asian (SEA) games-related spending are seen to help boost domestic growth and allow the economy to post a 6-percent expansion this 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte played China over online gambling. The house won
Chinese offshore gambling is supposed to be the goose that lays the golden eggs. But Filipinos are discovering that finding those eggs is easier said than done.
— South China Morning Post

PH men’s water polo team eye SEA Games podium finish
National men’s water polo coach Rey Galang is gunning for a podium finish as his charges take on past tormentor Indonesia at the start of the 30th SEA Games water polo competitions at the New Clark City Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Culture of impunity as state policy
This was the result of the Maguindanao massacre, the 10th anniversary of which arrived two days ago on Nov. 23.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PH is the future of ASEAN – South Korean President
South Korean President Moon Jae-in lauded the Philippines as the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) because of its impressive growth rate under the Duterte administration.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte vows to pursue policies to protect women from violence
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to pursue more measures to protect women and children from harassment or discrimination as he joined the nation in the observance of the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
— Philippine News Agency

House gives final OK to real property valuation bill
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure seeking to introduce reforms in real property valuation in the country, comprising the third package of the government’s comprehensive tax reform program.
— GMA Network

ASEAN execs touch on fake news in Bohol meeting
The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information – Working Group on Information, Media, and Training held their fifth meeting Sunday in Panglao, Bohol to tackle actionable points against the proliferation of fake news in the country.
— The Philippine Star

6 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu clashes – military
Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed over the weekend in two separate armed encounters with the military in Sulu province, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said on Sunday night, November 24.
— Rappler

Sacked from anti-drugs panel, Philippines vice president warns Duterte
The Philippines’ vice president vowed to carry on a fight against President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-narcotics campaign, a day after he removed her from the chair of an inter-agency panel tasked with overseeing his war on drugs.

Singapore asks Philippines to ‘immediately act’ on SEA Games issues
In another blow to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) , Singapore’s Chef De Mission Juliana Seow urged the Philippines to immediately act on logistical issues which threatened athletes’ performance in the run up to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— Rappler

PH, Korea ink tourism cooperation deal
The Philippines continues to secure strong tourism ties with the Republic of Korea, with the signing of the Implementation Program on Tourism Cooperation between the two countries held on Monday at the Westin Chosun Hotel here.
— Philippine News Agency

SEA Games’ Subic cluster holds cauldron lighting rite
Six days before the grand opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Subic Cluster formally opened the biennial meet here with the lighting of the cauldron.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 2,000 PHL parishes to join global ‘Red Wednesday’ campaign
Over 2,000 parishes in the Philippines are set to illuminate their church facades in red as part of the global “Red Wednesday” campaign against the persecution of Christians.
— GMA Network

27,000 cops on full alert for SEA Games 2019
Some 27,000 cops were placed on full alert beginning Monday, November 25, to secure the 2019 Southeast Asian Games .
— Rappler

Fight back, Filipino: Pushing back against the dumbing down of politics
It was too good to be true. VP Leni Robredo had accepted the President’s dare to lead the regime’s flagship campaign on drugs, and yet she was denied vital cooperation, information, and the resources to tackle the task that had taken the President more than half his term without much success.
— Rappler

FALSE: Robredo, Hontiveros ‘quotes’ on drug war, kidnapping
Claim: Facebook user Joe Kim Ong claimed in a post that Vice President Leni Robredo said drug suspects are not criminals and that Senator Risa Hontiveros said kidnapping is not bad if the victim is not harmed.
— Rappler

Netball: Singapore cruise past host Philippines in SEA Games opener
It was labelled as a match between close friends by Singapore captain Charmaine Soh, but there was nothing close about the scoreline as Singapore beat host Philippines 80-28 in their opening game at the 30th SEA Games on Monday (25 Nov).

Pasay City ‘abductions’ probed
The local government of Pasay City has ordered the city police to conduct an investigation into the alleged abduction cases which are circulating online.
— Tempo

Monetary execs mull green financing policy for banks
Any decision on the green financing policy of banks need to be studied well to make sure that financial institutions are able to comply and prevent a situation similar to the result of the Agri-Agra Law.
— Philippine News Agency

Cimatu urges creation of enforcement bureau amid DENR worker murders
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Monday urged Congress to support the creation of an enforcement arm for the department.
— GMA Network

EU donates P28-M for victims of Cotabato earthquakes
The European Union (EU) has donated €500,000 or some P28 million for victims of the series of strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato and parts of Mindanao in October this year.
— Rappler

Lady Resident Dies After Lightning Strikes Her in the Head While Gathering Sea Shells
Lady Resident Passes Away After Lightning Strikes Her in the Head A lady resident in Panglao, Bohol passed away after she was struck by lightning in her head while gathering seashells.
— Philippine News

Philippine talent in need of a boost
The ASEAN Post recently published an article on the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Talent Ranking for 2019.
— The Asean Post

30 finalists to represent the Philippines in the regional leg of TikTok All-Star Southeast Asia 2019
TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, today announced the top 30 finalists from the Philippines that will compete in the regional round of TikTok All-Star Southeast Asia 2019.
— Inquirer POP

Robredo free to publicize findings on illegal drugs campaign -Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said Vice President Leni Robredo, who was recently fired as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chairperson, was free to publicize her findings on the drug trade.
— GMA Network

DOLE to roll out mobile app for Filipino workers wordlwide
The Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) is set to roll out a mobile application that offers various services and features for Filipino workers worldwide.
— Philippine Information Agency

IPs displaced by quakes will stay within ancestral lands
Indigenous peoples (IPs) who have been displaced due to earthquakes won’t be relocated outside their ancestral domain, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco said.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP suspends permits to carry firearms in NCR, other regions, due to 30th SEA Games
The Philippine National Police suspend the Permits to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in Region 3, Region 4A, National Capital Region, and Province of La Union in the light of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Philippine Information Agency

DSWD-13 provides augmentation support to Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has extended augmentation support to DSWD Field offices XI and XII to provide assistance to the Disaster Response Operation for the 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake that hit Southern Mindanao.
— Philippine Information Agency

Gov’t asks court: Order Zaldy Ampatuan’s return to jail
State prosecutors have asked the trial judge handling the Maguindanao massacre case to order the return of primary defendant Zaldy Ampatuan from a private hospital to his jail in Taguig City.
— GMA Network

ACT PH: Raffy Tulfo should be held liable for harassment
A group of teachers on Monday condemned Raffy Tulfo’s harassment and bullying of a public school teacher on national television over an alleged “child abuse” incident. In a statement, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines said that Tulfo should be charged.
— Manila Times

PNP places Regions I, III, IV-A, NCRPO under full alert for SEA Games
The Philippine National Police raised the full alert status in some regions to ensure security for the 30th Southeast Asian Games, its spokesman said on Monday.
— GMA Network

PNP: We saw nothing wrong during Robredo’s weeks in ICAD
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday, November 25, that they saw no violations committed by Vice President Leni Robredo in her brief but politically charged stint as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Rappler

23-hectare world-class theme park to rise in Pampanga
A 23-hectare world-class theme park that is seen to boost the local tourism industry will soon be constructed at the tourism estate of Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco here.
— Philippine News Agency

Iloilo studes taught career options, refuse rebel recruitment
Students in the municipality of Tubungan look forward to a wide range of career choices, and being a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is never an option.
— Philippine News Agency

26 former rebels in Pangasinan return to government
Twenty-six former rebels and rebel supporters from a certain barangay in Mabini town formally surrendered to the government in a simple ceremony on Nov. 20 held at the town plaza.
— Philippine Information Agency

Malasakit Center bill ready for Duterte’s signature – Sotto
The bill seeking to establish Malasakit Centers in all hospitals run by the Department of Health now only needs the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte to be enacted into law.
— GMA Network

Army finds IEDs, war materiel in chase with BIFF
Ongoing military law enforcement operations in Maguindanao led soldiers to two bomb-making facilities of the Islamic State-linked linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Dead sperm whale washed ashore in Sarangani
An 11.9-meter dead sperm whale was found Sunday morning in the shores of Barangay Gumasa in Glan, Sarangani province, the first recorded case in the area this year.
— Philippine News Agency

941 Central Visayas cops get promotion
At least 553 uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned in the regional headquarters here and Cebu province on Monday received their new higher ranks in a donning ceremony at the regional headquarters in Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., this city.
— Philippine News Agency

BIR to consider inputs from public hearing
Varied reactions were presented in a recently held public hearing on zonal valuation of real properties in Capiz, November 21.
— Philippine Information Agency

DepEd Maasin City joins 1st national summit on the rights of the child in education
The Department of Education (DepEd) -Maasin City Division participated in the 1st National Summit on the Rights of the Child to Education in Manila, anchored on the theme, “Bata, Bata: Karapatan Mo, Tungkulin Ko.”
— Philippine Information Agency

Dumaguete mayor tells constituents to be ‘instruments of peace’
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is calling on residents of this provincial capital of Negros Oriental to be “instruments of peace”.
— Philippine News Agency


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