Philippines morning news for October 29

Philippines morning news for October 29

Philippines morning news

Duterte to raise South China Sea code of conduct at this weekend’s ASEAN Summit
President Rodrigo Duterte is heading to Thailand later this weekend to attend the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit where he will again push for the completion of the proposed code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea that has been pending for over 20 years.
— CNN Philippines

Pregnant woman who was turned away by hospital buried with baby
A woman undergoing labor who died after being turned away from a hospital has been buried in the same casket as her newborn, who was already dead when he was finally delivered.
— GMA Network

DOLE: “No Work, No Pay” Policy on November 1 & 2
“No Work, No Pay” Policy on November 1 & 2, DOLE Says The Department of Labor and Employment said that “No Work, No Pay”policy will be implemented on November 1 and 2, 2019.
— Philippine News

Angry at criticism, Philippines’ Duterte dares vice president to take over law enforcement
Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at Vice President Leni Robredo for criticising his war on drugs, and offered to put her in charge of law enforcement.

Korean, 2 Filipinos arrested for alleged illegal recruitment
Agents from the National Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Korean and two Filipino women for allegedly illegally recruiting women to become entertainers in South Korea.
— GMA Network

DOH confirms 3rd case of polio since outbreak
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, October 28, confirmed the third case of polio in the country since it declared an outbreak in September .
— Rappler

Coughing fit disrupts Duterte’s speech at Palace event, says he contracted virus due to cold Japan weather
“Sorry, I have this virus nakuha ko sa – ang lamig naman kasi ng Japan eh. Malamig sa gabi,” the President said in his speech.
— GMA Network

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration
Vice President Leni Robredo does not believe the looming joint oil and gas exploration deal with China is fair to Filipinos, as the foreign country has yet to recognize the Philippines’ sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

40 years of poverty-reduction gains to be wiped out if farmers’ income stays stagnant­–ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has underscored the compelling reason to improve farmers’ income in the Philippines and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, warning failure to improve farmers’ lot could wipe out the poverty reduction gains made in the past 40 years.
— Business Mirror

SEC issues cease and desist order vs. 6 online lending operators
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to stamp out illegal lending activities with another cease and desist order covering six online lending operators.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD mulls ‘extraordinary powers’ for Kaliwa Dam project
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said he is considering the use of “extraordinary powers of the presidency” to fast-track the construction of the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam project to prevent another water crisis in Metro Manila.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte won’t issue medical bulletins following ‘unbearable’ back pain
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday rejected the idea of issuing regular medical bulletins to the public after he experienced “unbearable pain” in his spinal column while on an engagement in Japan last week.
— GMA Network

Philippines to nearly triple local rice purchases
The Philippine government will nearly treble rice purchases from local farmers this year, officials said on Monday, after it rejected a proposal last week to impose safeguard duty.
– Bangkok Post

Coal power plants flourish in the Philippines despite ‘climate emergency’
In 1996, when a community in the Philippine municipality of Pagbilao agreed to house a coal power plant a few hours’ drive from Manila, the residents had high hopes.
— Mongabay

Bill outlines tax perks for corporate farming
A PARTY-LIST legislator representing farmers has filed a bill providing for incentives to companies that invest in contract farming with cooperatives or agrarian reform beneficiaries.
— BusinessWorld Online

Gov’t crafting unified country branding
The country 19 19 Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) are working on a Unified Country Branding, instead of each IPAs working independently and in silo.
— Manila Bulletin

WB president urges PH to use digital for financial inclusion
The World Bank (WB) is encouraging innovations using digital technology to expand financial inclusion in the Philippines, the head of the Washington-based multilateral institution to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.
— Manila Bulletin

Pinoy filmmakers bag $15,000 grant from Southeast Asia film lab
Filipino director Petersen Vargas’ sophomore feature film bagged the grand prize for the third Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) in a ceremony held here Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Del Rosario: South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling
Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Monday, October 28, said a South China Sea code of conduct (COC) must include the landmark 2016 Hague ruling to make sure the long-delayed sea code abides by the rule of law.
— Rappler

Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea
As China declared it wanted the South China Sea Code of Conduct signed by 2022, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned the sea code must not be used to legitimize Beijing’s unlawful behavior in the maritime region.
— Rappler

DDB-cleared villages told to continue campaign vs. drugs
Mayor Noel Rosal on Monday reminded the leaders of villages here that were earlier declared as drug-cleared to prevent the re-entry of illegal drugs and activities in their respective areas.
— Philippine News Agency

Party-list solon seeks moratorium on pork imports
House Deputy Speaker Conrado Estrella yesterday said the imposition of moratorium on the importation of all pork products in the country has become inevitable as the local hog industry has started to absorb over P1 billion in losses since the African Swine Flu virus entered the country.
— Tempo

Pangasinan records 97 HIV cases in 1st half of 2019
Pangasinan recorded some 97 confirmed cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from January to June this year, but the provincial health office (PHO) has clarified that the victims may be or may not be in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte says Pasig River ‘already clean,’ wants river rehab body abolished
President Rodrigo Duterte thinks Congress should abolish the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), saying the famous river is already clean anyway.
— Rappler

Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation calls for research proposals
The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation is calling for research proposals on understanding disinformation and the solutions offered in relation to democracy.
— Rappler

QC veterinarian refutes DA claim that the city is ASF-free
Quezon City veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel refuted Department of Agriculture (DA) Spokesperson Noel Reyes’s claim that the city was cleared of African swine fever (ASF), saying that around 2,000 pigs have yet to be culled.
— Rappler

Robredo’s bleeding heart for drug dealers
IT would appear that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is desperately seeking political relevance that she has resorted to pandering to Western media and international groups, which have been critical of President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, by parroting their discredited narrative.
— Manila Times

Central bank eyes interest rate cap for lending firms
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas is considering the imposition of a cap on interest rates and other fees that lending and financing companies charge on consumer and payday loans, in response to a request by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
— BusinessWorld

BSP plans to allow banks to set up Islamic banking units
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) is leaning toward allowing local lenders to set up Islamic banking subsidiaries, as it steps up efforts to promote Shariah-compliant finance in the country.
— BusinessWorld

Watchdog gears for dawn raids in fight vs cartels
A CARTEL, by nature, is clandestine. It’s a secret agreement between companies to cut competition by fixing prices.
— BusinessWorld

MORE allots P1.7 billion for Iloilo power system
MORE Electric and Power Corp. has countered the projected capital outlay of Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) with a bigger budget at a shorter period of P1.7 billion to upgrade the power distribution system of Iloilo City.
— BusinessWorld

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) attacked what it said was a confirmed encampment of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Saturday morning, October 26, in a remote area of Barangay Caputoan, Las Navas, Northern Samar.
— Rappler

Trade dep’t drafting e-commerce regulations for 2022 road map
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it concluded a technical assistance agreement with the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center, which will help put together its e-commerce industry plan.
— BusinessWorld

Software industry hoping for 50% conversion rate among illegal software users
THE Business Software Alliance (BSA) said it hopes to make half of the 10,000 companies it has identified as users of illegal software convert to licensed products by 2020.
— BusinessWorld

DA releases P130M worth of aid to Eastern Visayas rice farmers
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has released over P130 million worth of loans to rice farmers in the Eastern Visayas region.
— BusinessWorld

Private investment seen crucial to rural development, experts say
GOVERNMENTS need to find ways to attract private investment to rural communities, and need to recognize these communities’ potential for driving economic growth, experts told the Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019 organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— BusinessWorld

Duterte prefers Ombudsman to pursue criminal liability of ‘ninja cops’
President Rodrigo Duterte was leaving it up to the Office of the Ombudsman to prosecute the police officers accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade.
— GMA Network

Duterte asks Congress to abolish the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to abolish the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), claiming that the government was wasting time and money on such “inutile” offices.
— GMA Network

Antique police bats for zero-crime Undas observance
The Antique Provincial Police Office (ANTPPO) is eyeing zero crime during the observance of All Saints’ Day on November 1.
— Philippine News Agency

Forest ranger killed in Nueva Ecija
A government forest ranger was shot by an unidentified assailant in Nueva Ecija on Friday, October 25, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
— Rappler

Dino wants Luzon pork ban extension in Central Visayas
The total ban of pork and pork products from Luzon should be extended until the provinces are assured that the country is free from African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, the presidential assistant for the Visayas said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Court orders preventive suspension of Bohol Governor Art Yap
The Sandiganbayan, in a resolution dated September 18, ordered the preventive suspension of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap over his alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
— Rappler

DTI reiterates consumer’s rights and corresponding responsibilities
The Department of Trade and Industry Northern Samar Provincial Office, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ms. Amy Roma, reiterates consumer’s rights and corresponding responsibilities in a radio interview with PIA.
— Philippine Information Agency

Agony continues for families shut out from Bilibid
Mariam* sat outside the national prison on Wednesday, October 16, twelve days since she was last allowed to visit her husband who has been in Bilibid for 19 years. Suddenly, an ambulance blared putting her on edge.
— Rappler

Aids to former rebels in Region 12 exceeds P7 M
Financial assistance released to former rebels (FR) in SOCCSKSARGEN Region under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) has reached nearly P7.3 million, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government here announced recently.
— Philippine Information Agency

Online literary journal dissolves over sexual harassment allegations
Online literary journal High Chair has dissolved immediately over allegations of sexual harassment some of its members are facing. Some writers posted on Twitter about the dissolution Monday, October 28.
— Rappler

PNP will comply with Duterte order to turn Navarro ambush probe over to NBI — Banac
The Philippine National Police will comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to turn over the investigation into the murder of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro to the National Bureau of Investigation.
— GMA Network

COA grants P18-million money claim to contractor
The Commission on Audit (COA) has granted the petition of businessman Armando Khong Hun of Armando U. Khong Hun General Contractor, Inc. for a money claim worth P18 million involving the construction of Phase II-A of a four-storey school building in Pasay City North High School.
— GMA Network

PIA, PSA conduct intercollegiate essay writing contest in UEP
In line with the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration, the Philippine Information Agency in cooperation with the Philippine Statistics Authority conducted an essay writing contest at the Graduate School Function Room, University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman on October 24.
— Philippine Information Agency

Tolentino wants incentives released once barangay workers are regularized
Senator Francis Tolentino wanted the immediate release of barangay workers’ incentives once they were regularized under the proposed Magna Carta for barangay workers, which was being discussed in a Senate panel.
— GMA Network

Benguet coops register highest accrued assets in CAR
Cooperatives in the province are thriving amassing the highest total asset among coops in the Cordillera region.
— Philippine Information Agency

SEC wants interest rate cap for payday loans
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wants to cap interests and other fees on consumer and payday loans to combat predatory lending.
— Rappler

Old, faded PNP uniforms disposed of in W. Visayas
The Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) disposed of a total of 221 old, faded, and worn-out Philippine National Police (PNP) uniforms at its headquarters at Camp Delgado here on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency


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