Philippines morning news for November 7

Philippines morning news for November 7

Philippines morning news

Philippines to resume stamping Chinese ‘Nine-Dash Line’ passports
The Philippines immigration bureau on Wednesday said it has resumed stamping Chinese passports, whose pages bear a faint map showing Beijing’s expansive claim over the disputed South China Sea.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam mulls legal action over South China Sea dispute
Vietnam could explore legal action among various options in its territorial dispute with powerful neighbor China in the South China Sea, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

NEDA approves revised list of infra flagship projects
The Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CC) and the Committee on Infrastructure (INFRACOM) Cabinet Level approved Wednesday the revised list of 100 infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs).
— Philippine News Agency

Trade deficit narrows in September
THE country’s trade deficit went down to $3.12 billion in September this year from $4.02 billion a year ago, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Govt adds more PPPs to flagship projects list
The Duterte administration is now open to public-private partnership ventures as its updated list of flagship projects include more PPPs, which were all greenlighted by the government on Wednesday.
— Business Mirror

Philippine extends $1 billion borrowing deal with IMF for another year
The Philippines extended for another year its $1 billion bilateral borrowing agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as part of its commitment to help strengthen the global financial safety net.
— The Philippine Star

PNP’s latest drug war tally counts 5,779 dead
The official number of drug suspects killed in the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs has increased to more than 5,700, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DFA chief sends expletive to PDI reporter for Asean tweet
An Inquirer reporter who tweeted on Monday that President Duterte had skipped the last event of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand drew the ire of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who tweeted back a harsh expletive.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOF studying carbon tax as IMF urges Asean shift to ‘green’ economy
The Department of Finance (DOF) is looking into imposing a carbon tax or levy on the carbon content of fossil fuels as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Asean economies to shift from “brown” to “green” to decelerate climate change.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Agriculture sector posts 2.87% growth in 3rd quarter
The country’s agriculture sector has produced more during the third quarter of the year, but its combined farm output was valued lower as the influx of imported rice in the local market and rising cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the hog industry took a toll on the prices of rice and pigs, respectively.
— Manila Bulletin

Electronics exports could hit $40B for 2019
Exports of electronic parts could hit an all-time high of $40 billion by the end of the year should it grow by over 3 percent in the fourth quarter, according to an industry leader.
— Business Mirror

P2.2-B Japan loan will fortify 2 NCR bridges
THE Japanese government is extending a P2.2-billion loan to the Philippines to strengthen two Metro Manila bridges.
— Business Mirror

Maynilad spending P2b to ease water problem in the west zone
Maynilad Water Services Inc. will spend at least P2 billion to implement five programs to alleviate the water problem within its concession area in Metro Manila.
— Manilastandard.net

67% of Pinoys satisfied with Duterte administration in Q3 2019 –SWS
The Duterte administration received a net satisfaction rating of +67 (very good) in the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey.
— GMA Network

Philippines-Korea Society set for launch
The Philippines-Korea Society (PKS) will be officially launched on Nov. 7 to mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between South Korea and the Philippines this year.
— Manila Bulletin

Panelo: ASEAN leaders expressed concern for ‘overworked’ Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte’s regional counterparts expressed concern for his well-being at the recently concluded summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Thailand, Malacañang said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Imports, exports down in September 2019
The country’s exports and imports went down in September, bringing total trade down by 7.5% during the month.
— Rappler

Robredo skips first Cabinet meet as drug czar
DESPITE Malacañang’s verbal invitation for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, the opposition leader missed her first Cabinet meeting as the government’s new drug czar.
— Manila Times

VP agrees to head Duterte’s anti-drug campaign
VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Wednesday said she had agreed to head the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign, if only to stop the killings.
— BusinessWorld

‘Hardworking’ Duterte needs rest — Palace
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte deserves some rest as he has been “working very hard,” Malacañang said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said other world leaders expressed concern about Duterte’s health during the recently concluded regional summit in Thailand.
— Manila Times

2 lawmakers want mandatory drug tests at House
If the government really wants to rid the country of the drug menace, then its officials should have no problem subjecting themselves to a drug test, a lawmaker told a congressional panel on Wednesday, November 6.
— Rappler

DA, DOH clearance required for meat, pork imports –Customs
In an effort to prevent the entry of food that may contain African swine fever (ASF), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday reiterated that food imports such as meat and pork must first be inspected and cleared before release.
— GMA Network

Flares fired by China were warning, not threat to PHL planes –Lorenzana
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said he considered the flares fired by China against Philippine military planes as a mere warning and not a threat.
— GMA Network

DFA to file protest over China’s alleged firing of warning flares in W. PHL Sea after NICA confirmation
The Department of Foreign Affairs will file a diplomatic protest over China’s alleged firing of warning flares at Philippine military aircraft flying over the West Philippine Sea once the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency confirms the report.
— Eagle News

Zoning plan to combat African swine fever out soon
The African swine fever (ASF) task force is finalizing the zoning plan to contain and eradicate the highly contagious disease more than two months after it arrived in the Philippines.
— Rappler

‘Quiel’ to bring rains in parts of PH
Tropical storm (TS) Quiel will bring scattered rain showers over Metro Manila and other parts of the country, the weather bureau said Wednesday afternoon.
— Philippine News Agency

UP Mindanao needs P12.1-B to fund 5-year dev’t plans
The University of the Philippines in Mindanao (UP Mindanao) will embark on expansion programs that will need some PHP12.1 billion funding, an official said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DepEd to host global exchange on school sanitation
The Department of Education (DepEd) will host the 7th Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) in Schools International Learning Exchange (WinS ILE) on Nov. 11 to 15, 2019 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City.
— Manila Times

7 Chinese face kidnapping charges
SEVEN CHINESE have been charged for the kidnapping last Friday of a fellow Chinese and their co-worker at an online gambling company based in Zambales, the police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) said yesterday.
— BusinessWorld

Gordon to BI: Ensure that foreigners entering PH not involved in drugs
To reduce drug supply in the country, Senator Richard Gordon said the Bureau of Immigration should make sure foreign nationals who enter the Philippines are not involved in drugs.
— Rappler

Bicol still polio-free; 27K kids immunized
The Department of Health’s (DOH) vaccination campaign against polio in Bicol is in full swing, with over 27,000 children immunized during the past two quarters of this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu fisherfolk urged to report trapped wildlife species
Environmental authorities on Tuesday urged fishermen and coastal families to report to their local environment officers if they find wildlife animals trapped in their nets or strayed into their vicinity.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu LGUs ‘pool’ P40-M aid for Mindanao quake victims
A total of PHP40 million in cash will be donated by Cebu local government units to the provinces and towns affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao, a member of the Cebu Provincial Board on Wednesday said.
— Philippine News Agency

LP solon hopes Robredo will have power to appoint PDEA officials
Vice President Leni Robredo’s new post as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) should come with the power to appoint heads of key agencies such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), a lawmaker said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Senate approves Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading
The Senate on Wednesday, November 6, passed on second reading the measure institutionalizing Malasakit Centers, the one-stop shop for government’s health and social services that was a pet project of Senator Bong Go when he was still President Rodrigo Duterte’s aide.
— Rappler

Gordon presents Blue Ribbon, Justice panels probe on ‘ninja cops’ to the plenary
Senator Richard Gordon reported to the plenary Wednesday the recommendations of the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice committees in connection with the ‘ninja cops’ and alleged irregularities in the November 2013 police anti-drug operation in Pampanga.
— GMA Network

Revilla wants 80, 90-year-olds to benefit from Centenarians law too
A bill seeking to extend privileges to Filipino citizens reaching the age of 80 and 90, by amending the Centenarians Act of 2016, has been filed in the Senate.
— GMA Network

Bantay Dagat official sees work as high-risk, high-reward
Romelito Lirasan tries not to worry about his safety, even if he knows someone who got killed and another one who suffered paralysis most likely because they campaigned against illegal fishermen.
— Rappler

DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Vice President Leni Robredo would be an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign, after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Rappler

Can drug czar Leni fire and hire? Ask Duterte, says Panelo
“The Vice President has to know the scope and extent of her authority that is why she needs to talk with the President. Until such time we cannot speculate,” Panelo said. “We cannot insist on she has this authority or she has none, he added.
— GMA Network

Failure of drug war will be failure of entire gov’t — Guevarra
She [ViP Robredo] cannot fail on her own if she is a member of the committee. She is co-chair. So if all this illegal drug campaign fails, then it’s not her failure alone, it’s the failure of the entire government, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
— GMA Network

Salceda bats for creation of Department of Disaster Resiliency
Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Wednesday urged the passage of House Bill 6075 which aims to establish a Department of Disaster Resiliency for better preparation against natural calamities.
— GMA Network

Robredo’s acceptance of anti-drug czar post a ‘very good move’ – Sotto
Senate President Vicente Sotto III called Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to accept the anti-drug czar post offer a very good move, even as Senator Christopher Bong Go thinks she will only treat drug lords like a baby.
— Rappler

New admin raps filed vs 13 cops behind 2013 Pampanga raid
New administrative charges have been filed against the 13 policemen behind the irregular drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.
— Eagle News

Spokesman says Robredo has set aside politics to take on drug czar role
Vice President Leni Robredo has set aside her political plans to take on the job President Rodrigo Duterte has asked her to do, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Fearing more raids and arrests, progressive groups get CHR to inspect offices
Human rights and progressive groups on Wednesday, November 6, took the initiative of opening their offices to inspection so that, they said, the police would have little opportunity to plant evidence against them.
— Rappler

Dormitorio family files admin raps vs doctors who treated PMA cadet for UTI
The family of Darwin Dormitorio on Wednesday, Nov. 6, filed administrative charges against the doctors who treated the Philippine Military Academy cadet for UTI before he died of what turned out to be internal injuries.
— Eagle News

Robredo to get access to drug war documents, intel – Panelo
Vice President Leni Robredo will be given access to documents and intelligence reports about the Duterte government’s anti-drug campaign, said Malacañang on Wednesday, November 6.
— Rappler

Robredo to Duterte: You’re wrong to think I’ll stop criticizing drug war now
Vice President Leni Robredo reminded President Rodrigo Duterte that she would continue criticizing his bloody war on drugs even if she is now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chair.
— Rappler

Labor Secretary Bello faces graft raps over ‘excessive’ trips abroad
GRAFT charges were filed against Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd before the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday for his allegedly “excessive” trips abroad.
— Manila Times

Quezon City bus terminal closed down over alleged irregularities
QUEZON CITY Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday closed down a bus terminal because of alleged irregularities. Belmonte said the Baliwag Transit violated the city’s Revenue Code by faking permits for its terminal near E. Rodriguez Avenue on EDSA-North.
— Manila Times

DILG panel to file administrative charges vs 13 ‘ninja cops’
After finding no reason to file administrative cases against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now pursuing charges against the 13 implicated ninja cops.
— Rappler

Locsin slammed for blasting expletives at Inquirer reporter online
The Philippines’ top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Teddyboy Locsin Jr, has been accused of undiplomatic behavior after he blasted expletives at an Inquirer journalist for tweeting President Rodrigo Duterte’s absence at the closing ceremony of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit.
— Rappler

Philippine army says it thwarted a suicide bombing in town in restive south
Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday (Nov 6) was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area, the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic State.
— CNA

Former drug surrenderer shot dead in NegOr town
A man who had previously voluntarily surrendered to police authorities under the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) “Oplan TokHang” program was shot dead in Barangay Basak, Zamboanguita town in Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

Drug suspect, cohort yield P2.7-M shabu in Cebu City
A total of PHP2.7-million worth of illegal drugs was confiscated in a buy bust operation that led to the arrest of a department store saleslady who is identified as a high-value target (HVT) and her female companion in Sitio Cogon, Labangon village here.
— Philippine News Agency

266 CPP-NPA rejectionists finish training as community defenders
Local peace engagements under the Duterte administration’s whole-of-nation approach are gaining traction as revolutionary organizations are giving up armed struggle and returning to the folds of the law.
— Philippine News Agency

City Dad pushes for a more resilient business community in Naga
Bicol Business Month (BBM) press conference initiated by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) on their activities for the month of November 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

11 suspected CPP-NPA members in Bacolod indicted
Eleven of 42 suspected members of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) who were arrested during raids in the offices of progressive groups here have been indicted on a charge of illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives.
— Philippine News Agency

OPAV exec lauds prov’l task force efforts to curb insurgency
A senior staff of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has lauded the efforts of the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF-ELCAC) for its successful stints in conflict areas in Siaton and Sta. Catalina towns.
— Philippine News Agency

MMDA, QC gov’t shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Quezon City government closed down the Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue on Wednesday, November 6, after discovering that they had “fake” papers.
— Rappler

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for ‘malicious, careless’ attack
After raiding offices of activist organizations in Manila and Bacolod , Philippine security officials are now openly declaring longtime humanitarian and religious organizations here as communist fronts.
— Rappler

 

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