Philippines morning news for September 11

Philippines morning news for September 11

Philippines morning news

P1.79-B ‘hanging pork’ sparks controversy in 2020 national budget deliberations
After the so-called “pork parking” last year, now comes the “hanging pork” that is now tainting the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

Foreign direct investments drop by 48.5% in June 2019
Foreign direct investments (FDIs) registered net inflows in June, but were 48.5% lower than the same month last year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Rappler

Philippine total trade declines by 1.3% in July 2019
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) urged government agencies to further strengthen relationships with key trading partners, as the Philippines’ total external trade declined by 1.3% in July 2019.
— Rappler

House eyes realigning 2020 national budget to increase purchasing fund of palay, improve military and police headquarters
The leadership of the House of Representatives is now studying the realignment of two items in the 2020 P4.1 trillion national budget.
— Business Mirror

Solons hit ‘gaps’ in 2020 budget
LAWMAKERS on Tuesday questioned the “hanging pork” and the “presidential pork” in the proposed 2020 national budget despite the assurance made by the sponsors of the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) that it is “just, fair and appropriate.”
— Business Mirror

Duterte ‘ignoring’ arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines and China are ignoring the 2016 arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea in order to push through with joint oil and gas exploration there.
— Rappler

Thai appeals WTO’s favorable ruling on PH cigar tax dispute
Thailand has appealed the second compliance panel report of the World Trade Organization ordering the ASEAN country to implement the tax valuation reforms and correct the discriminatory higher tax it imposed on Philippine cigarettes.
— Manila Bulletin

Clogged roads? Palace eyes flying ambulances
Malacañang has proposed the use of flying ambulances to address reports that some patients being transported to hospitals died on the road because of the traffic jams.
— The Manila Times

Duterte orders investigation of tabloid arson attack
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered an investigation of the arson attack on the printing plant of a Manila-based tabloid, the presidential palace said yesterday, as it condemned the assault.
— BusinessWorld Online

At least 15 foreigners jailed for heinous drug crimes freed through GCTA
At least 15 foreigners have been released through the much-disputed Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law since its enactment in 2013, Rappler has learned.
— Rappler

Philippines leads Asean peers in hiring women for government jobs
The Philippines is leading the charge in Southeast Asia in terms of hiring more women in government, according to a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
— Business Mirror

No more overheating risks for PHL–Fitch
AMID the disappointingly slow growth of the Philippine economy in the first six months of the year, overheating risks have now subsided and will no longer be flagged as a problem to the economy, international credit watcher Fitch said.
— Business Mirror

DOJ probes ‘hospital pass for sale’ modus at New Bilibid Prisons
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday issued a department order for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into another anomaly inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) which allows prisoners pretending to be sick to get out of jail by securing a hospital pass from prison officials in exchange of money.
— Business Mirror

BSP moves to implement national QR payment standard for fintech industry
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has made public the proposed circular for the national QR payments standard to industry players and other stakeholders for comments, and may soon implement the new scheme to further harmonize and promote interoperability in the financial technology (fintech) industry.
— Business Mirror

Rediscounting loans reach P116.57 B at end-August
The central bank’s rediscounting facility amounted to P116.57 billion as of end-August this year, significantly more than previous year’s P20 billion as banks avail more funds for short-term liquidity needs.
— Manila Bulletin

Two suspended Philippine mining companies face relief
THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has recommended the lifting of suspension orders on two mining firms after they have complied with corrective measures set by the government, on top of the payment of fines and penalties, after failing last year’s mining audit.
— The Manila Times

Manila’s traffic jams costing lives
Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals, medics warn.
— The Asean Post

AFP hunting down 2 suicide bombers in Sulu
Government security forces are working around the clock to prevent two suicide bombers, who were trapped in Sulu, from escaping.
— The Philippine Star

De Lima links 10 high-profile convicts’ transfer to Marines barracks to her drug case
Opposition Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday alleged that President Duterte’s directive to transfer to the Marines headquarters at Fort Bonifacio the 10 high-profile convicts who testified against her in the illegal drug-related charges she is facing was to “prepare” them for their impending testimony before the Muntinlupa regional trial court (RTC).
— Manila Bulletin

Rice inventory up over 40% year-on-year ahead of harvest
THE national rice inventory was estimated at 2.133 million metric tons (MMT) as of Aug. 1, up 40.3% from a year earlier, but down 18.7% month-on-month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Malaysia, Singapore studying ‘success’ of PHL sugar tax on beverages — Finance dep’t
MALAYSIA and Singapore consider the Philippine excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) a “successful fiscal policy intervention,” the Department of Finance (DoF) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

NASA partners with PH research institutions to intensify climate study
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has partnered with Philippine research firms to study the complicated weather phenomena in the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

Emergency loans from GSIS in 4 dengue-hit areas
The Government Service Insurance System has offered emergency loans to active members and pensioners in Samar province, municipalities of Pontevedra and Sigma in Capiz, and Sofronio Española in Palawan, which were declared under a state of calamity due to dengue outbreak.

UPDATE 1-Philippines H1 nickel ore output rises 3% despite mine shutdowns
Nickel ore output in the Philippines, one of the world’s top two producers of the material for stainless steel and batteries, rose 3% in the first half, government data showed.
— Reuters

PNP taps Interpol for Joma Sison’s arrest
The Philippine National Police on Tuesday said it has sought the assistance of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to help arrest exiled communist leader Joma Sison.
— ABS-CBN News

17 Chinese fugitives wanted for online phishing, gambling nabbed in Taguig
Seventeen Chinese fugitives wanted for online phishing at online gambling in their native country have been arrested in Taguig City.
— GMA News

Ombudsman suspends 3 jail officials for graft
THE country’s chief graft buster suspended three more prison officials for allegedly allowing the illegal release of felons convicted of heinous crimes, according to separate copies of the suspension orders.
— BusinessWorld Online

Trade deficit narrows to $3.39 billion in July
THE country’s trade deficit narrowed to $3.39 billion in July from $4.01 billion in the same month last year as exports outpaced imports, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Thai opposition calls on Cabinet member to clear his name
Thailand’s opposition called on Tuesday (Sep 10) for a Cabinet member and prominent ruling party figure to clear his name after Australian media reported that he had been jailed for four years on a drugs charge in Australia in the 1990s.

Duterte considers setting aside arbitral ruling for economic gain
President Rodrigo Duterte is considering setting aside the 2016 arbitration ruling that upheld the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea.
— GMA News

Draft ruling vs Marcos poll protest divides SC
Several Supreme Court (SC) justices were inclined to oppose the draft decision circulated by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dismissing the poll protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos against Vice President Leonor Robredo, sources told The Manila Times on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Duterte declares all-out war vs. communist rebels
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to mobilize state forces to go all-out against the communist rebels.
— GMA News

Strengthen agri, manufacturing to build PH trade resiliency: NEDA
Building strategic relationships with key trading partners, addressing issues in and boosting the competitiveness of agriculture and manufacturing sectors must be prioritized for Philippine trade to withstand global challenges, the National Economic and Development Authority said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Slashed, vetoed infra funds ‘not solvable’ in 2020 budget – Cayetano
The slashed and vetoed allocations for infrastructure projects in the legislative districts of several lawmakers may not be restored in the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday.
— GMA News

More CCTVs, AI monitoring proposed to prevent suicides on Cebu bridges
The Mactan Cebu Bridge Monitoring Board (MCBMB) tackled preventing suicides on Cebu’s two bridges on Tuesday, September 10, following an increase of suicide attempts in 2019.
— Rappler

Duterte vows to respect SC ruling in Bongbong Marcos electoral protest
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Sept. 10, said he would abide by the Supreme Court ruling in the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
— Eagle News

Decomissioning of arms, part of Bangsamoro process
SOME 1,060 combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) underwent decommissioning with some 920 weapons in a ceremony held at the Old Capitol in Barangay Timuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, last Saturday, September 7, attended by President Duterte.
— Tempo

Ombudsman suspends 30 BuCor personnel
The Office of the Ombudsman has suspended for six months without pay 30 officials and personnel of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) suspected to have been involved in the questionable release of prisoners.
— The Manila Times

Cayetano wants better support for mental health patients
Sen. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano called for a stronger implementation of the Mental Health Act, as the country joined the observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday,
— The Manila Times

Senate leaders unconvinced extra powers needed vs traffic
SENATE leaders remain unconvinced that the Executive branch needs emergency powers to solve worsening traffic in Metro Manila and other key urban centers, citing in a public hearing on Tuesday the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) lack of a master plan.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte says he’ll certify SOGIE bill as urgent
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he is ready to certify the SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) equality bill as urgent in order to make LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) persons happy.
— Rappler

Duterte signs law making July 25 ‘National Campus Press Freedom Day’
July 25 is now National Campus Press Freedom Day, thanks to a law passed by Congress and signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

Duterte fires Pasig River rehab body head
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) Executive Director Jose Antonio Goitia due to allegations of corruption, Malacañang announced on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Duterte to require PNP escorts for ambulances trapped in traffic jam
President Rodrigo Duterte will task the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Highway Patrol Group to escort ambulances in Metro Manila to ensure that patients needing urgent care reach hospitals on time.
— GMA News

Southwest monsoon still affecting Luzon; LPAs outside PAR
The southwest monsoon or hanging habagat will continue to bring rain to Luzon, while forecasters are still monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
— Rappler

Joma mocks Duterte for ignorance of international law
Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison scoffed at President Rodrigo Duterte for his ignorance of international law over his threat to arrest him with the help of the Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization).
— GMA News

Andanar urges N. Mindanao LGUs to address causes of conflict
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday called on the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) to provide solutions to the causes of conflict while demonstrating good governance to ensure effective civilian anti-insurgency measures.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc allocates P5-M for palay procurement
The Negros Occidental provincial government has set aside an initial PHP5-million fund for the procurement of palay (unhusked rice) from farmers to help prop up the farm gate price.Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Tuesday the province’s buying price will be at PHP15 per kilogram.
— Philippine News Agency

Explained: what’s behind the revived dispute between Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah?
Malaysia has issued a strongly worded statement to the Philippines after the country’s foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr referred to the nation’s “claim” on the state during a congressional budget briefing.
— South China Morning Post

Makati tax take at P1.7 billion from auctioned properties
The Makati City government is about to generate P1.7 billion in additional revenue from auctioning off properties of those who failed to settle tax obligation.

181 Chinese nationals undergo inquest proceedings at CIDG-7 office
At least 181 arrested Chinese nationals who worked under an alleged illegal offshore online gambling company, underwent inquest proceedings on Tuesday, September 10, at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) office inside Camp Sotero Cabahug, along Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.

Department of Agriculture in Philippines forecasts higher onion yield
As there will be a higher production of onion this year, Regional Director Crispulo Bautista of the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office in Central Luzon has stated they are now looking for more alternative areas in Moncada town, Tarlac to complement the onion production in Nueva Ecija province.
— Fresh Plaza

Philippine, Australian armies agree to bolster ties
The Philippine Army and its Australian counterpart have committed to further deepen its existing bilateral ties in a regional meeting in Thailand.

Philippines: Crocodile kills teen who was spear hunting at night
Authorities in Palawan’s Balabac reminded residents to avoid swimming at night after a 15-year-old boy was killed by a saltwater crocodile on Sunday evening.
— Gulf News

Among 13 countries, Philippines most worried about data security
Philippine consumers ranked the highest in terms of level of concern as it related to security issues among 13 countries surveyed in the latest Unisys Security Index.
— Rappler

DTI to hold nationwide short film competition for Consumer Welfare Month
Senior high school students who have talent in film-making now have the chance to join a 10-minute short film competition organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as part of the activities of the Consumer Month in October.



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