Philippines morning news for November 6

Philippines morning news for November 6

Philippines morning news

China fired warning flares vs. PH military planes 6 times – AFP
China fired warning flares against Philippine military aircraft conducting patrols near the artificial islands Beijing controls in the South China Sea, the Armed Forces revealed Tuesday.
— CNN Philippines

The Philippines’ complicity in creating China’s vision of a regional order
Prior to his 5th working visit to Beijing, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would push for the immediate adoption of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the Parties in the South China Sea dispute.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines
The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday night, November 5, reported the country’s 4th polio case since an outbreak was declared in September.
— Rappler

ASEAN members not pawns in geopolitical chessboard, Duterte says
Amid a shifting geopolitical landscape in Asia, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that his government is expanding the horizons for Philippine diplomacy and supports an open and inclusive order in the Asia Pacific region, according to a Palace statement.
— ABS-CBN News

South China Sea code eyed by 2021
A Chinese warship tried to drive away a Filipino-crewed commercial vessel that sailed near Scarborough Shoal in late September.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Inflation cools to 0.8%, slowest in 3½ years
The rise in the prices of basic goods slowed for the fifth straight month in October, falling to its lowest level in three-and-a-half years, as food and transportation costs continued to decline, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

ASEAN FDI inflows at record $155B in 2018; PHL fifth
THE Philippines was fifth among regional economies in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018, with the region taking in a record $155 billion overall, equivalent to 11.5% of the global total, up from 9.6% in 2017.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines’ Duterte appoints drug war critic as ‘drugs tsar’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his main political rival, Leni Robredo, his drugs tsar after the opposition leader expressed alarm about the death toll in an anti-narcotics campaign and said it needed a fresh approach.
— CNA

DOTr officials to donate 14th-month pay to Mindanao quake relief effort
Officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) pledged to donate their 14th month pay to the earthquake relief effort in Mindanao, according to DOTr’s Facebook post.
— GMA Network

DOH wants ban on sale of cigarettes per stick
To discourage Filipinos from smoking, the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday urged a ban on the selling of cigarettes per stick.
— GMA Network

Duterte, Abe: COC crucial in South China Sea
President Du-terte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the South China Sea issue, particularly the need for a Code of Conduct, as the way to go to address tensions in the region.
— Business Mirror

‘Holidays, infrastructure push to boost factory output’
THE holidays will bring cheer not only to Filipino children, but also to the local manufacturing sector, which is badly in need of a performance booster, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Tropical depression enters PH – Pagasa
A tropical depression has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday and was named “Quiel,” the state-run weather bureau said.
— Manila Times

Filipinos shift to chicken and beef as African swine fever spreads
The African swine fever (ASF) scare has led to consumers eating more chicken and beef, even though the disease does not harm humans.
— Rappler

Cotabato aftershocks diminish but area remains ‘highly stressed’ – Phivolcs
THE number of aftershocks to the strong quakes in Cotabato has diminished, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Officer-in-Charge Renato U. Solidum, Jr. said.
— Manila Times

BSP rules out new policy action
The central bank will give the financial market some time to reassess inflation expectations after three cycles of reductions for both the policy rate and the reserves ratio in the last six months, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) highest-ranking official.
— Manila Bulletin

State of calamity urged in quake sites
LAWMAKERS on Tuesday urged the local governments of areas in Mindanao that were struck by strong earthquakes to immediately declare a “state of calamity” to prevent profiteers from taking advantage of the crisis.
— Business Mirror

Divulge ‘pork’ fund revisions online, Lacson tells lawmakers
Anti-pork barrel Sen. Panfilo Lacson, lamenting what he described as the latest congressional innovations to disguise “pork barrel” allocations in the P4.1-trillion 2020 budget bill, suggested that lawmakers post their proposed budget allocations online for public consumption.
— Business Mirror

NEDA presses for sustainability, environmental impact accounting
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it is pressing companies and households to adopt a sustainable approach to consumption and production, in part by better accounting for environmental and social costs of their actions.
— BusinessWorld

Senate to insist on higher excise rates for alcohol, e-cigarettes
THE Senate Ways and Means Committee said it will stand firm on the rates it seeks to impose on alcohol products and electronic cigarettes, which are higher than the proposed rates in the counterpart House legislation, its Chairman said.
— BusinessWorld

Labor dep’t sees need for P500 million to support livelihood assistance for earthquake victims
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will require P500 million to provide livelihood assistance to workers affected by the Mindanao earthquakes.
— BusinessWorld

PHL fails in ‘control of corruption,’ but passes more than half of MCC indicators
THE PHILIPPINES failed in nearly half of indicators tracked by a US foreign assistance agency, with the country’s failure particularly in “control of corruption” putting at risk its chances of becoming eligible for grants under this program next year.
— BusinessWorld

Phivolcs chief pitches building code compliance to cut disaster risks
AN official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday reiterated his call for building code-compliant construction to avoid the risk of disasters in the event of a strong earthquake, or other geological hazards.
— Business Mirror

DOLE raises to P200 million emergency employment fund for quake victims
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday announced it has doubled its emergency employment fund for quake victims in Mindanao.
— Business Mirror

‘Much higher sin taxes needed to make alcoholic drinks less accessible to youth’
TAX rates on alcohol must be significantly increased to make them less accessible to the youth, Senator Pia S. Cayetano said on Tuesday (November 5).
— Business Mirror

DOJ expects fresh insights from Robredo as anti-drug chief
[The DOJ] welcomes the inclusion of the vice president in the ICAD and hopes that she will inject fresh and constructive insights into the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, Guevarra said in a message to reporters.
— GMA Network

Monetary Board orders Batangas rural bank closed
MONETARY authorities have ordered a rural bank in Batangas province shuttered and placed under receivership.
— Manila Times

PHL military kills 2 foreign terrorists, 1 ASG member; foils suicide bombing in Sulu
The Philippine military prevented a plan of foreign terrorists to stage a suicide bombing in Jolo, Sulu on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with the killing of three suicide bombers, two of them foreign terrorists, in Indanan town.
— Eagle News

Youth sector of Ilocos Sur asks NPA rebels to surrender for lasting peace
The youth in this town have asked the members of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) to voluntarily surrender with their firearms to the authorities for perpetual peace and development in the countryside.
— Philippine Information Agency

BJMP assures safety of PDLs after series of strong quakes
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Office Region Office- XI (BJMPRO-XI) assured the public that Persons-Deprived of Liberty (PDL) detained at BJMP-XI facilities in quake-hit areas are safe.
— Philippine Information Agency

POEA warns against overseas recruitment scams on social media
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a warning Monday against fraudulent online organizations claiming to be the agency and offering non-existent jobs.
— BusinessWorld

CEZA exec eyes bamboo propagation in N. Luzon
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is looking at propagating bamboo, fruit bearing trees and tulips in Northern Luzon to boost the government’s reforestation program.
— Philippine News Agency

Dumaguete needs to upgrade slaughterhouse: NMIS
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS-7) of the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (Region 7) has confirmed that there is no accredited slaughterhouse in Negros Oriental including in this city.
— Philippine News Agency

Police execs’ relief prevents ‘cover up’ in mayor’s death probe
The order to relieve the heads of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and Police Station 2 would erase the notion of cover-up in the investigation of the killing of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro, the top police official in Central Visayas (Region 7) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebuanos urged to join Nov. 14 nationwide quake drills
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Central Visayas on Tuesday encouraged Cebuanos to participate in the 4th quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drills next week which is aimed at testing the preparedness and resiliency of schools and entities in performing protocols in times of disasters.
— Philippine News Agency

Ilocos Sur judge killed in ambush in La Union
Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez was shot to death by unidentified gunmen late afternoon of Tuesday, November 5, the Supreme Court (SC) confirmed.
— Rappler

Duterte’s offer to Robredo a political distraction – Trillanes
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday called President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the inter-agency body tasked to handle the government’s war on drugs a political distraction.
— GMA Network

Australia, PH partners send aid to quake-hit Mindanao
Australia, Austria, China and the European Union (EU) have separately offered sympathies and humanitarian aid to the people of Mindanao following the series of earthquakes that hit parts of the region last month.
— Philippine News Agency

MMDA to suspend 1K bus drivers due to excessive violations
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said around 1,000 public utility bus (PUB) drivers may soon have their driver’s licenses suspended following their excessive and repeated violation of traffic laws.
— Philippine News Agency

House OKs on 2nd reading reso allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers
The joint resolution that would allow the government to directly purchase palay stock from rice farmers will soon hurdle the House of Representatives.
— Rappler

Año “ready” for any arrangement to be implemented by Duterte with VP as ICAD co-chair
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and the Philippine National Police on Tuesday, Nov. 5, welcomed the appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency commitee on anti-illegal drugs.
— Eagle News

Review of signal jamming in Iloilo jail facility sought
An Iloilo Board Member has raised his concern over the signal jamming at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Iloilo District Jail that has been affecting residents of Nanga village, Pototan town.
— Philippine News Agency

NFA-Iloilo exceeds palay buying target for October
The National Food Authority (NFA) in Iloilo has surpassed its target for palay procurement in October.The authority has set its target at 120,000 bags and has purchased a total of 358,000 as of the last day of October, Pat Espinosa, NFA-Iloilo information officer, said in a phone interview Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards
THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area.
— Manila Times

Capiz to help Mindanao quake victims
Capiz will be sending help to the victims of earthquake in Mindanao. Tapaz mayor Roberto Palomar said they will be sending P200,000 to mayor Armando Quibod of the municipality of Makilala in North Cotabato as aid to the victims of the quake.
— Philippine Information Agency

Lagman: Robredo ‘being set up to fail’ with new anti-illegal drug post
Veteran opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman warned yesterday Vice President Leni Robredo against accepting a key position in the government’s war against illegal drugs, saying that she is being “set up to fail.”
— Tempo

Robredo spokesman scoffs at ’empty, powerless’ anti-drug post
It seems unlikely that Vice President Leni Robredo will accept President Rodrigo Duterte’s designation for her to be co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Rappler

Robredo camp: Duterte offer to VP Leni ‘problematic’
President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) was problematic, unclear and does not even exist, Robredo’s camp said.
— GMA Network

In House briefing, AFP, DND accuse Gabriela of being ‘communist front’
which won a seat in the 18th Congress – was red-tagged by both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) in a hearing held inside the Batasang Pambansa.
— Rappler

19 senators sign report vs Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’
Majority of the senators signed the committee report recommending the filing of criminal charges against resigned top cop Oscar Albayalde and the 13 ninja cops tagged in an anomalous anti-drug operations in 2013.
— Rappler

29 earthquake victims treated for food poisoning in North Cotabato
TWENTY-NINE internally displaced persons (IDP) from the series of earthquakes in Mindanao were treated for food poisoning in North Cotabato after allegedly eating donated items, disaster authorities said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

Tolentino bill gives AFP power to dragoon professionals during calamities
Senator Francis Tolentino filed a bill requiring the mandatory service of professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and engineers, in rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of calamities and disasters.
— GMA Network

Albayalde: Guevarra does not have power to reopen drug recycling probe
Former police chief General Oscar Albayalde said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra does not have the authority to reopen a previously dismissed case of the so-called Pampanga ninja cops , in which the ex-top cop has been belatedly included for alleged mishandling of drugs and falsifying documents.
— Rappler

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to provide emergency employment assistance to victims and workers affected by recent earthquakes that struck the province of Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao in October, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced on Tuesday, November 5.
— Rappler

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged
The 44 individuals suspected of being members of the armed communist rebel group New People’s Army were charged here Monday, November 4, with illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives.
— Rappler

PRO 3 to implement whole-of-nation approach in fight vs drugs
Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) will implement the whole-of-nation approach in the fight against illegal drugs.
— Philippine Information Agency

New CL Top cop pitches community engagement vs insurgency
Newly-installed Acting Regional Director of Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) pitched for intensified community engagement to win the fight against insurgency.
— Philippine Information Agency

2 Egyptian, 1 Filipino ‘suicide bombers’ killed in army clash in Sulu – AFP
Three alleged suicide bombers from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Sitio Itawon, Barangay Kan Islam, Indanan, Sulu, on Tuesday, November 5, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana confirmed to Rappler.
— Rappler

LPGMA Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Albano Jr. dies at 85
He lived a full life.This was the reaction of villagers here as 85-year-old political mogul Rodolfo Albano Jr., an LPGMA Party-list representative, passed away at a Manila hospital due to a lingering illness, said Fr. Gregorio Marvic Uanan, parish priest of Guibang Church in Gamu, Isabela.
— Philippine News Agency

SEAG athletes and officials now covered by insurance
Over 25,000 athletes, team officials, games workforce and volunteers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games will now be covered by insurance following the partnership inked between the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Standard Insurance Company Inc. on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Police eye work-related motive in DoLE exec’s slay
Police said they are looking into the nature of work as possible motive behind the ambush-slaying of a senior labor officer in Paco, Manila, on Monday afternoon.
— Tempo

PHL able to handle relief efforts in Mindanao after earthquakes –NDRRMC
The Philippines can handle the requirements of the relief efforts in Mindanao after three major earthquakes hit parts of the island in October, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has said.
— GMA Network

Partnership inked for sustainable fishing
The cooperative sector and consumer advocates have joined the campaign for “Fish Right” for sustainable fishing through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing at the Provincial Agriculture Office in Dumaguete City.
— Philippine Information Agency

Seaweed sends 11 children of Bantayan couple to school
Framed photographs of their 12 children fill two walls in the living room of Mirasol and Cerilo Lobo, who now make a living by raising seaweed in Lipayran, an island on the northern tip of Cebu province.
— Rappler

PRO 3 out to regain public trust- new Regional Director
Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) will implement several measures to regain public trust following recent controversies facing the service branch.
— Philippine Information Agency

 

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