Philippines morning news for September 16

Philippines morning news for September 16

Philippines morning news

Robredo on Panelo: He and Duterte should talk so that they will say the same thing
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday laughed off presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s criticism of her, saying that when President Rodrigo Duterte says one thing, Panelo says something different.
— GMA Network

Philippines boosts swine fever checks as pigs die in capital
The Philippines wants operators who raise pigs in their backyards, which account for 65% of the nation’s hog output, to be more vigilant in monitoring for African swine fever after dozens of the animals were found dead in cities in Manila.
— Bangkok Post

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima fired at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying the Philippines will ignore the 2016 arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea in favor of a joint oil and gas exploration with China.
— Rappler

Conserving pangolins in Palawan
“It’s easier to find rebels in these mountains than pangolins,” grunted a sergeant from the Philippine Marine Corps.
— Rappler

Running Out Of Gas: Philippine Energy Security And The South China Sea – Analysis
About 80 km off the northwest coast of Palawan Island in the South China Sea is the Malampaya natural gas field, the Philippines’ main domestic source of energy.
— Eurasia Review

PH, Singapore sign MoU on personal data protection
THE Philippines and Singapore agreed to share best practices in personal data protection and develop compatible mechanisms to facilitate trusted cross border data flows including mutual recognition of comparable protection …
— Manila Times

11 dead pigs test positive for hog fever
At least eleven dead pigs in Quezon City tested positive for African Swine Fever. Citing data from the Quezon City Veterinary Office, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the hogs infected with the virus were found in Barangay Bagong Silangan.
— Tempo

Duterte, Xi favor bilateral deal on sea dispute
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte frowns upon a “multilateral approach” to resolve the South China Sea dispute and will push for a deal with another claimant country, his spokesman said last week.
— BusinessWorld

2,360 affected by ‘Marilyn’
Strong rains, big waves, and deep floods from tropical depression “Marilyn” enhanced by the southwest monsoon or “habagat” affected 480 families or 2,360 persons in Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council revealed yesterday.
— Tempo

Policy reforms expected to cut electricity rates
The implementation of appropriate policies and reforms will lead to a transparent and competitive energy market and bring down electricity rates, according to the Energy Department.
— Manilatandard.net

PH drug problem pains Duterte
The country’s drug problem has become enormous, painful, and sorrowful but resolving it with brutality and cruelty will never be allowed, President Duterte declared recently.
— Tempo

27 youth leaders to represent PH in ASEAN, Japan exchange program
Twenty-seven of the country’s finest youth leaders coming from all regions are set to represent the Philippines as Ambassadors of Goodwill in the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). The program is a diplomatic-cultural event that brings together more than 300 youths from ASEAN member states and Japan.
— Cebu Daily News

PNP to present paper on transnational crime in Asean confab
Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, will present the country’s paper on current transnational crime concerns during the 39th Asean Association of Chiefs of Police (AseanAPOL) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 16-20 this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Fact-check: Hidden Chinese military base found in the Philippines?
A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter which claim it shows a hidden Chinese military base in Zambales, a province northwest of Manila.
— The News

Michelle Dee is Miss World Philippines 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Michelle Dee has been named Miss World Philippines 2019.
— Rappler

Drilon supports amending law to allow DOJ to have “direct control, supervision” over BuCor
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has expressed support for an amendment to Republic Act No. 10575, or the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013, to allow the Department of Justice to have direct control and supervision over BuCor.
— Eagle News

76% of medical devices in PH infected by malicious code
The rapid advancement of technology is transforming the healthcare industry tremendously. From the use of artificial intelligence in medical diagnostics to 5G-powered remote surgeries, the hospitals of today boast a level of interconnectivity that in previous years only seemed possible in science fiction movies.
— Rappler

Megaworld to spend P18 billion in next 15 years to develop Cavite township
MEGAWORLD Corp. is investing P18 billion in the next 15 years for the development of a new township in Cavite along with leisure and tourism estate unit Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI).
— BusinessWorld

#WalangPasok: UPDATED: Class suspensions for Monday, Sept. 16
-Classes on Monday, Sept. 16, were suspended in at least one area due to the bad weather: Taguig-all levels; public and private Bocaue-all levels; public and private The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the southwest monsoon is affecting Central and Southern Luzon, and Visayas.
— Eagle News

The future of Philippine maritime enforcement
Illicit activity in the Sulu and Celebes Seas continues to pose a daunting maritime security challenge for the Philippines.
— The Asean Post

‘Marilyn’ leaves PAR, becomes low-pressure area
The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will be the dominant weather system across the country as tropical depression “Marilyn” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility last Saturday.
— Tempo

DILG arranging Joma deportation
The Department of the Interior and Local Government is in the midst of arranging a deal with the Dutch government for the deportation of Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison to the country.
— Tempo

China Is Now Flying Russian Su-35s in Asia
Key point: China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force is seeing an increase in its combat capabilities due to the Su-35. The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
— Spratly Islands

Dabawenyos may report suspected ASF cases to welfare desk
With the utmost threat of African swine fever (ASF), authorities here urged Dabawenyos to utilize the Animal Welfare Desk in various police precincts to report cases in connection to the disease.
— Philippine News Agency

PH team bags grand prize in international hackathon against fake news
A trio of friends from the Philippines are taking on the challenge of fighting fake news online by proposing a database that will store collected information on fake news sites and serve as a reference for researchers, journalists, and even ordinary netizens.
— ABS-CBN News

Robredo on ‘confusing’ remarks of Duterte, Panelo: ‘Ano ba talaga?’
Vice President Leni Robredo urged President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to end the practice of having contradicting remarks that confuse Filipinos, especially when addressing important policy questions.
— Rappler

Lacson: High-profile inmates in control of Bilibid
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday, Sept. 15, said high-profile inmates, and not the government, were already in control of the New Bilibid Prison.
— Eagle News

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address ‘fake news’ problem
An analysis done by the University of the Philippines (UP) Journalism Department criticized the recently filed anti-fake news bill , saying it does not fully address the problem of disinformation.
— Rappler

Bureau of Immigration arrests 277 Chinese fugitives accused of fraud
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said that it arrested 277 illegal workers, many of whom were Chinese nationals working for illegal online gaming operations.
— BusinessWorld

2 Pinoys advance to next round of Russia boxing tourney
Two more Filipino boxers advanced, while one fell by the wayside, in the 2019 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championship at Ekaterinburg, Russia.
— Philippine News Agency

Marikina to file raps vs. culprits behind floating dead pigs
The Marikina City government on Sunday said it will file civil and criminal charges against people responsible for the improper disposal of pig carcasses found floating in Marikina River last week.
— Philippine News Agency

Former Sen. Rene Espina dies at age 89
Malacañang has expressed its condolences to the loved ones and supporters of former Sen. Rene Espina who passed away last Friday at the age of 89 to kidney complications.
— Tempo

NFA-NegOcc sees increase in palay procurement
The National Food Authority (NFA) in Negros Occidental is expecting an increase in the volume of palay procurement despite the removal of incentives in its buying price.
— Philippine News Agency

No espionage fears from Dito Telecommunity deal – AFP’s Arevalo
While Dito Telecommunity Corp. was set to build telecommunications facilities in military camps under a co-location agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the military would have safeguards in place which would protect the camps’ security.
— GMA Network

List of possible AFP chief now with PRRD: AFP spox
The names of possible replacements for outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. have already been forwarded to the office of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, military spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP to present paper on transnational crime in Asean confab
Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, will present the country’s paper on current transnational crime concerns during the 39th Asean Association of Chiefs of Police (AseanAPOL) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 16-20 this year.
— Philippine News Agency

2 House lawmakers file measure to counter violent extremism
Two Mindanao lawmakers have filed a measure seeking to prevent and counter violent extremism in the country by aiming to reduce radicalism’s appeal to the youth and promoting reintegration processes of extremists into society.
— GMA Network

‘Eco-brick’ building for kids with leukemia to rise in CDO
A three-story building made of “eco-bricks” will soon rise here which will serve as a treatment facility for children with leukemia.
— Philippine News Agency

Bong Go warns inmates pretending to be sick: Imbes na dextrose, iba ang ilalagay
Senator Christopher Bong Go on Friday warned inmates at the New Bilibid Prison pretending to be sick so they can be given hospital passes that they may be given an injection that will bring them straight to the morgue.
— GMA Network

QC buy-bust nets P27.2M shabu; alleged drug dealer killed
An alleged drug dealer was killed and PHP27.2 million worth of shabu were seized in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City on Sunday morning, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.
— Philippine News Agency

Ex-CIDG chief Magalong to testify at Senate GCTA mess hearing
Former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is set to testify in the Senate hearing on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess.
— GMA Network

HIV-positive OFWs could surpass 7,000 mark in 2019- ACTS-OFW
The ACTS-OFW Coalition of Organizations warned that the number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have acquired the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) could likely exceed the 7,000 mark in 2019.
— Rappler

93 new airconditioning units installed in MRT-3 trains
The Department of Transportation has announced the installation of 93 new airconditioning units in Metro Rail Transit-3 trains.
— Eagle News

DOJ: Recommended revised IRR submitted to Guevarra, Año include transparency provisions, definition of heinous crimes
The recommended revised implementing rules and regulations of the Good Conduct Time Allowance law now include a specific definition of heinous crimes to avoid any other interpretation of the terms.
— Eagle News

UPDATES: Miss World Philippines 2019 coronation night
MA new batch of Miss World Philippines queens will be crowned Sunday evening, September 15 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
— Rappler

Imee Marcos: We must unite for our country’s prosperity
Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos called on Filipinos Sunday to unite in order to achieve national development.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t earmarks P63B for right-of-way costs in 2020 budget
The government is set to spend over P60 billion next year to clear the right-of-way (ROW) requirements of several big-ticket projects under the administration’s ambitious infrastructure spending program.
— GMA Network

No confirmed ASF presence in areas with unusual swine deaths, DA says
Department of Agriculture spokesperson Noel Reyes on Sunday said there is no confirmed presence of African swine fever (ASF) in areas reported with unusual pig deaths.
— GMA Network

P380-M farm-to-market road breaks ground in Guihulngan
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for a farm-to-market road (FMR) worth P380 million connecting barangays Hilaitan to Trinidad in Guihulngan City.
— Philippine Information Agency

DavNor town to intensify programs for youth
The municipal government of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte has vowed to intensify the social development programs for the youth amid various reproductive health issues besetting the young people of this municipality. …
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine Energy Security And The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review
About 80 km off the northwest coast of Palawan Island in the South China Sea is the Malampaya natural gas field, the Philippines’ main domestic source of energy.
— Spratly Islands

Marines, NGOs, GOs extend help to Maguindanao kids
More than 500 pupils from Pigcalagan Elementary School in Barangay Pigcalagan here have benefitted from the outreach program conducted jointly by the 1st Marine Brigade, local government officials and non-government organizations on Saturday (September 14).
— Philippine News Agency

Rappler Talk: Rufus Rodriguez on amending the GCTA law
Six years since the passage of the legislation allowing the early release of well-behaved inmates, controversial loopholes have emerged in the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law .
— Rappler

Doctors faking medical certificate may lose their license -PMA
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday said that doctors who fake the diagnosis of patients may face revocation of license.
— GMA Network

DOJ: More than 500 convicts released due to GCTA have surrendered
More than 500 convicts who were previously released based on recomputed good conduct time allowances have voluntarily surrendered to authorities as of Saturday, a Department of Justice official said on Sunday.
— GMA Network

BSP to build modern security plant complex in New Clark City
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) plans to transfer its currency production facility to the New Clark City in Capas town here.
— Rappler

Defense calls for improvements in infrastructure and services in West Philippine Sea
THE Department of National Defense (DND) called for the improvement of infrastructure and basic services for military troops and civilians posted in the West Philippine Sea, specifically in the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands.
— BusinessWorld

UST deals NU 3rd straight heartbreak in OT thriller
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers’ 4th quarter surge crushed the National University (NU) Bulldogs’ hopes once again with an 87-74 overtime win in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, September 15, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
— Rappler

Offices, schools evacuated as Manila jolted by 5.2-magnitude Philippine quake
An earthquake that struck east of the Philippine capital Manila on Friday (Sep 13) set buildings swaying and sent scores into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of damage, authorities said.
— CNA

FULL LIST: ABS-CBN Ball 2019 Awardees
Bea Alonzo and Richard Gutierrez were declared the Best Dressed during the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 at the Shangrila at the Fort on Saturday, September 14.
— Rappler

Quezon City to build more community playgrounds
Children in Quezon City will soon have more spaces to play traditional Filipino games such as piko, tumbang preso, and patintero.
— Rappler

Meet ‘Mariang Pulis’: Philippines’ first all-women police station in Siquijor town
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday, September 14, introduced its first all-women police station, Mariang Pulis in the municipality of Maria, Siquijor.
— Rappler

 

 

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