Philippines morning news for November 29

Philippines morning news for November 29

Philippines morning news

Duterte says there will be ‘no sacred cow’ in SEA Games ruckus
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will not spare organizers of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from punishment if allegations of corruption against officials including his ally Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano are proven.
— BusinessWorld

China: Grid security fears ‘groundless’
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China described as “groundless” the concerns raised by Filipino senators over Beijing’s ability to remotely shut down the Philippines’ power infrastructure.

Senate OKs pay hike for nurses
THE Senate approved Wednesday a long-awaited basic salary increase for nurses in state-run hospitals.
— Business Mirror

Manila, Seoul sign accord on farm mechanization and modernization
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday said the Philippines and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) promoting the agricultural development of both countries in terms of mechanization and farm modernization.
— Business Mirror

Nov. inflation seen at 1.3% – analyst
Security Bank Corp. economist Robert Dan Roces said inflation likely increased to 1.3 percent for the month of November from October’s 0.8 percent.
— Manila Bulletin

What happened to the money? Duterte asks SEA Games organizers
With billions of pesos poured into the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, President Rodrigo Duterte said the staging of the biennial meet should run without any hitch.
— GMA Network

PH, World Bank seal $300-M loan for 4Ps
THE Philippines and the World Bank have signed an agreement for a $300-million loan that would be used as additional funds for the government’s conditional cash transfer program.
— Manila Times

Duterte seeks greater cooperation vs security threats, climate change
President Duterte has called for greater cooperation among countries in the region in combating terrorism, illegal drugs and other security threats, and in mitigating the effects of climate change which makes developing countries like the Philippines vulnerable to natural disasters.
— The Philippine Star

Southeast Asian Games woes spoil Duterte’s coming-out party
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting, were touted as a showcase for President Rodrigo Duterte’s “golden age of infrastructure.”
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

SEA Games press hail ‘modern’ Clark int’l broadcast center
Just two more days to go before the 30th SEA Games officially begins, journalists are pleased with the readiness of the ASEAN Convention Center here, which is the main press center and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for journalists from around the globe covering the biennial games.
— Philippine News Agency

P63.6-million allotted for FLEMMS and health responsiveness survey
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will be spending P63.6 million to conduct the Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) and the Health System Responsiveness survey.
— Business Mirror

PEZA submits inputs to improve draft of corporate tax reform bill
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority and its industry partners recently submitted their recommendations to improve the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act.

JICA-funded irrigation system installed in Palawan
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Malatgao River Irrigation System (Malatgao RIS) in Palawan, which is part of the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) that is being funded through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
— Manila Bulletin

MAP wants gov’t to address Metro Manila traffic woes
The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) wants government to immediately address the severe traffic problem in Metro Manila, which is estimated to cost P3.4 billion for 13.4 million person trips daily or P250 per person trip per day.
— The Philippine Star

Banks see 6-7% PH growth – BSP poll
BANKS continue to see the Philippine economy growing in line with the government’s target within the next two years, results of a poll conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.
— Manila Times

Strong economic growth to boost property sector – Colliers
THE country’s strong economic growth supported by high government and infrastructure spending will boost the property sector, a real estate consultancy firm said on Thursday.
— Manila Times

Cayetano ready to quit House post
SPEAKER Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said there was no need for a coup d’etat at the House of Representatives because he was willing to step down from his post.
— Manila Times

Duterte calls UN ‘inutile’ after Pinoys fell victims to pirates
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday accused the United Nations (UN) of not taking “punitive” action against pirates that have victimized Filipino seafarers.
— GMA Network

Sugar output down 30.75% in early Nov
THE country’s production of raw sugar decreased by 30.75 percent to 142,674 metric tons (MT) as of early November from 206,017 MT a year ago, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
— Manila Times

Top 1000 firms on a roll in 2018 despite inflation spoiler
PHILIPPINE COMPANIES continued to record double-digit earnings in 2018 despite last year’s challenges that included the almost runaway inflation that contributed to deceleration of the domestic economy and external risks.
— BusinessWorld

NOCCI asks PCOO to conduct ‘Ease of Doing Business’ roadshow
The president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) has asked key officials of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to conduct a roadshow on the Ease of Doing Business law.
— Philippine News Agency

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) admitted on Thursday, November 28, that the development within a protected area inside the Subic Freeport, meant as a venue for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, lacks environmental clearance certificate.
— Rappler

More Zambo villages to receive dump, garbage trucks
The city government here is set to distribute the second batch of garbage compactor and dump trucks to 20 barangays on Monday (December 2).
— Philippine News Agency

Asean clean city award goes to PH’s Iloilo City
The city of Iloilo, capital of Iloilo province, is set to receive the Clean Tourist City award from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Mayor Jerry Treñas said on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Singapore, Philippines mark 50 years of ties with eagles exhibit
The Filipino community here has contributed significantly to Singapore’s development and the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday.
— The Straits Times

PRRD to veto bill extending 2019 budget validity if unlawful
President Rodrigo Duterte will veto the bill extending the validity of this year’s national budget until the end of 2020 if he thinks it violates the Constitution, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte urged to make SEA Games entrance-free
A labor group on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to waive entrance fees for events of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in several venues in Luzon including Metro Manila, particularly for ordinary workers and their families who cannot afford the entire cost of watching the games.
— Philippine News Agency

Cayetano: Transfer of SEA Games funds to PHISGOC not like ‘pork’ scam
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday belied the claim of Senator Panfilo Lacson that the transfer of P1.5-billion Southeast Asian (SEA) Games funds from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) budget to private foundation Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) could be likened to the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
— GMA Network

China dismisses fears it can control Philippines power supply
Following concern from Philippine experts and lawmakers, China dismissed fears over reports alleging the Chinese government could control Philippine power supply through a state-owned company’s stake the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
— Rappler

Duterte: Military to handle next international event after SEA Games woes
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is again turning to the military to fix controversies his administration is facing.
— Rappler

Duterte defends Cayetano over SEA Games mess
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended Alan Peter Cayetano, the controversial head of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), amid the reported blunders and anomalies in the country’s hosting of the biennial regional sporting meet.
— Manila Times

Duterte to consult security officials over PH power grid issue
President Rodrigo R. Duterte would first seek the advice of Philippine security officials before making a move with regards to the arrangement of a Filipino-Chinese consortium to manage and operate the Philippines’ power transmission infrastructure, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte says he threw drug lord into Mountain Province ravine, Manila Bay
Sick of criticism that his administration has failed to bring down drug lords or big fish, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he threw a drug lord down a ravine in Mountain Province and another drug lord into Manila Bay.
— Rappler

PHISGOC laments Lacson’s erroneous claims on SEAG disbursements
The organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) said Thursday that the state spending for the Philippines’ hosting of the regional sports competition is all accounted for and complies with Commission on Audit (COA) rules.
— Philippine News Agency

Cop missing, 3 others hurt in clash with smugglers off GenSan
A maritime police officer has gone missing while three others were wounded in an encounter with suspected smugglers Thursday dawn in the seas off a coastal village here.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t offices join hands for river clean-up in Pangasinan
Various government offices, led by the Regional Maritime Police in the Ilocos, joined hands for a river clean-up activity in Dagupan City on Tuesday, November 19.
— Philippine Information Agency

Isabela City releases P2.2-M barangay dev’t aid
Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman of Isabela City, Basilan, releases on Thursday (Nov. 28, 2019) PHP50,000 in barangay development assistance to each of the city’s 45 barangays.
— Philippine News Agency

2 deaths reported in Surigao Sur due to red tide
A day after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga Region (BFAR-13) issued a warning to the public to refrain from eating all types of shellfish from Lianga Bay due to the presence of a toxic microorganism, health authorities confirmed the death of a couple due to shellfish poisoning.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to DOLE, DSWD: Step up campaign vs illegal recruitment
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, Nov. 28, ordered the government to step up its campaign against illegal recruitment.
— Eagle News

Solon urges Palace to declare localized non-working holidays for SEA Games viewing
ACT-CIS party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo is urging the executive department of declare non-working holidays in areas where sporting events for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will be held so that Filipinos can watch and cheer for the Philippine team.
— GMA Network

Girl found dead in Negros swamp
The body of a five-year-old girl was found in a swamp in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental Wednesday.
— Tempo

Ex-Maguindanao mayor absolved of two counts of perjury involving SALN
The Sandiganbayan has acquitted, due to reasonable doubt, a former mayor of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao of two counts of perjury in connection with allegedly faulty entries in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) in 2011 and 2012.
— GMA Network

PAGASA warns parts of Luzon: Brace for Typhoon Kammuri
The state weather bureau warned of potential hazards next week as Kammuri strengthened from a severe tropical storm into a typhoon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning, November 28.
— Rappler

President Duterte to provide incentives, confer Order of Lapu Lapu to winning Filipino athletes at SEA Games
President Rodrigo Duterte will provide incentives to winning Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President would also confer the Order of Lapu Lapu to the winning athletes as a recognition of their exceptional contributions to the country.
— Eagle News

Over P4-M worth of marijuana plants destroyed in Ilocos Sur
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the local police have destroyed over PHP4 million worth of marijuana plants uprooted in the mountainous areas of Kibungan, Benguet and Sugpon, Ilocos Sur in a three-day operation since Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cop dies saving people from grenade blast
A policeman died when he used his body as a shield to protect students and other civilians from a grenade explosion inside a school in Misamis Oriental on Thursday.
— Tempo

Cayetano says no conflict of interest in his heading PHISGOC
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday maintained that there is no conflict of interest in his heading the Philippine organizing body for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games while being a congressman, and the leader of the House of Representatives at that.
— GMA Network

President Duterte orders creation of PHL Railways Institute for training of railways personnel
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a Philippine Railways Institute where the human resource capacities of railways personnel will be developed.
— Eagle News

PNP to boost crackdown on imported drugs supply
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday vowed to further intensify the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs, particularly in curbing its supply from other countries.
— Philippine News Agency

CA junks GMA Network plea on talents’ labor case
The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down a motion for reconsideration filed by broadcast firm GMA Network questioning its earlier decision in a labor case which was in favor of 97 of its talents.
— Philippine News Agency

Cayetano on SEA Games mess: Hold me accountable
Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said he is ready to face any investigation into the controversies surrounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Philippine News Agency

Panelo suggests free viewing or discounted SEA Games tickets for students
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday urged organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games to offer free or discounted tickets to students.
— GMA Network

Countryside dev’t to boost PH inclusive growth
The Philippines must harness the potential of the countryside as a way to boost inclusive growth.During panel discussions, SteelAsia chairperson Benjamin Yao pushed for countryside industrialization, citing its inclusivity and contribution to the reduction of counterproductive activities in rural areas.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace to defer to DND, NICA on NGCP control issue
Malacañang on Thursday declined to comment on reports that China could shut down the Philippines’ power grid in the event of conflict.
— GMA Network

3.1-magnitude quake jolts Davao Oriental
A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental on Thursday, Nov. 28.
— Eagle News

Authorities announce road closures, alternate routes for 30th SEA Games
Authorities will implement road closures in parts of Metro Manila for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Eagle News

FALSE: Photo of Philippine flag used as tablecloth ‘in SEA Games 2019’ event
Claim: A photo showing the Philippine flag being used as a tablecloth for catering services was supposedly taken during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019.
— Rappler

Suspects in murder of judge in La Union charged
The La Union police have filed a murder case against four suspects in the Nov. 5, 2019 murder of Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez in Barangay Mameltac in this city.
— Tempo

Comelec law department summons Cardema for alleged misrepresentation
The Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s Law Department has issued a subpoena on former National Youth Commission Chairperson Ronald Cardema over alleged material misrepresentation in violation of the Omnibus Election Code.
— GMA Network

Two Cats Reportedly Fell from the 31st Floor of a Building in Makati
Netizens React to Two Cats Reportedly Fell from 31st Floor of a Building in Makati MAKATI, METRO MANILA- Netizens react to the late response rescue of the establishment management because two cats were reportedly fell from the 31st floor of the building in Makati City.
— Philippine News

CHR holds Regional Summit Against GBV
As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW (Violence Against Women) which is being observed from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Office V conducted the Regional Summit Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), Nov. 25 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

17 illegal Chinese vendors nabbed in Manila
A total of 17 Chinese nationals working as vendors were apprehended in a raid in Divisoria, Manila, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday.T
— Philippine News Agency

Senate suspends session for a week due to bicam meetings, SEA Games hosting
The Senate will not hold session next week to give way to the Bicameral Conference Committee deliberations on the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020 and the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— GMA Network

Gov’t nurses’ pay hike may be granted by January
Government nurses could get their much-needed salary hike as early as January next year once the 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) is enacted into law, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte creates Philippine Railways Institute
President Rodrigo Duterte created a research and training center for personnel operating railways in a bid to improve the safety and efficiency of land transportation in the country.
— Rappler

House bill filed appropriating P8.4-B emergency fund for farmers
A bill seeking to appropriate P8.4 billion emergency fund to aid farmers affected by the dwindling price of palay (unmilled rice) has been filed at the House of Representatives.
— Manila Times


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