Philippines morning news for September 20

Philippines morning news for September 20

Philippines morning news

First case of polio in 19 years reported in the Philippines
Polio has resurfaced in the Philippines, 19 years after the country was declared free of the paralysing disease. Officials say the development is the result of public aversion to vaccines.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NCRPO tracker teams ready to hunt 176 GCTA-freed convicts
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday announced the deployment of tracker teams that would hunt down starting midnight Friday some 176 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who were released through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
— Philippine News Agency

Students joining climate strikes may be excused from classes – DepEd
Students who want to join nationwide climate strikes happening on Friday, September 20, to next Friday, September 27, may be excused from classes, provided that they have the written consent of their parents or guardians.
— Rappler

Former CIDG chief on illegal drug trade in PHL: “All roads lead to Bilibid”
A former head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Thursday, Sept. 19, said “all roads practically lead to Bilibid” where the illegal drug trade is concerned.
— Eagle News

Davao City establishes ASF quarantine zones in TF checkpoints
City Vet Dr. Cerelyn Pinili being interviewed on TV. She announced that the CVO has established ASF quarantine zones at Task Force Davao checkpoints which are strategically located along the key entry points of Davao City.
— Philippine Information Agency

PHL accounts for almost 80% of ASF-related death of hogs worldwide –report
Almost 80 percent of the hogs that died and have been culled worldwide due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) was recorded in the Philippines, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
— GMA Network

‘Hot money’ outflows reach $392M in Aug
FOREIGN portfolio investments returned to negative territory after $391.74 million of these flowed out of the country in August, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Manila Times

BOP back to surplus in first eight months
MONEY sent home by overseas Filipinos helped the Philippines’ payment position swing back to surplus in the first eight months of 2019.
— Manila Times

Filipinos turn bullish, firms less optimistic
FILIPINOS turned bullish for July-September after 12 months of pessimism, marking the best result in seven quarters, while companies’ confidence eased from the preceding three months, according to the central bank’s latest consumer and business expectation surveys released on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

2 hours before deadline, 249 ex-convicts still unaccounted for
At least 249 ex-convicts are still unaccounted for as the 15-day deadline given to former inmates approaches.
— GMA Network

Prepare for ‘TokHang’: Cops begin hunting convicts
A knock and plead or TokHang-style operation will be implemented by the police as they begin a nationwide manhunt Friday, September 20, for the remaining hundreds of heinous crime convicts who have not surrendered yet.
— Rappler

DOH confirms one case of polio in Lanao del Sur; Polio “re-emerging,” DOH adds
The Department of Health on Thursday, Sept. 19, declared polio was “re-emerging” 19 years after the country was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization.
— Eagle News

Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia’s Aceh
A trio of canoodling couples were publicly flogged in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Thursday, charged with breaking local Islamic law that outlaws public displays of affection.
— CNA

Peso, stocks little changed after 25 bps cut in Fed rate
Federal Reserve’s 25 basis points cut in its key rates failed to make a dent on the Philippine peso Thursday, while the main equities gauge declined slightly.
— Philippine News Agency

More jobs, higher pay turn consumers upbeat in Q3 2019
Consumer confidence rebounded to positive territory at 4.6% in the 3rd quarter of 2019 from -1.3% in the 2nd quarter, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Thursday, September 19.
— Rappler

At least 50 solons want P15-B supplemental budget to buy palay from local farmers
A measure has been filed at the House of Representatives on Thursday seeking a supplemental budget of P15 billion for the National Food Authority (NFA) for the procurement of palay from local farmers amid the dire impacts of the Rice Tariffication Law.
— GMA Network

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND
Chinese fishing vessels do more than just fish in the West Philippine Sea, but are part of China’s strategy to control the resource-rich waters and deny Filipinos access to their exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a report.
— Rappler

DOH preparing to distribute masks due to haze from Indonesia
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that it was already preparing for the distribution of protective equipment to the public should the haze from forest fires in Indonesia continue to spread in the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Over 15k volunteers to join Manila Bay clean-up on Sept. 21 –DENR
More than 15,000 volunteers are expected to join the simultaneous coastal clean-up activities within the Manila Bay region on Saturday, September 21, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
— GMA Network

Indonesia Haze: Students In Negros Hospitalized After Smoke Inhalation
26 Students in Negros Oriental Hospitalized Due to Indonesia Haze INDONESIA HAZE – 26 high school student in Vallehermoso, Negros Occidental fall sick after the inhaling the alleged smoke from Indonesia haze.
— Philippine News

Rice tariffication, EDSA bus ban down business confidence in Q3 2019
The business outlook on the economy turned less optimistic for the 3rd quarter of 2019, with the overall confidence index falling to 37.3% from 40.5% in the 2nd quarter, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported on Thursday, September 19.
— Rappler

BuCor officer turns around, admits texting ‘GCTA for sale’ witness
After denying it in the previous hearing, suspended Bureau of Corrections officer Veronica Buño did a turnaround and admitted to talking via text messaging with Yolanda Camilon, an inmate’s wife who claimed that she paid P50,000 for the early release of her husband.
— Rappler

Finally, action on world plastic problem
THE whole world, including our own Philippine government, has finally come to grips with the worldwide problem of plastic pollution – millions of tons of plastic wastes filling our lands and our oceans yearly, there to lie and accumulate for hundreds of years, because most plastics are non-biodegradable.
— Tempo

Duterte won’t honor sale of land subject of agrarian reform program
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would not honor the sale of lands by agrarian reform beneficiaries to its previous owners.
— GMA Network

QC gov’t starts giving financial assistance to hog raisers affected by ASF
The Quezon City government has started giving financial assistance to hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever. This came about as more than 900 pigs in the city were culled in quarantine operations to prevent the spread of ASF.
— Eagle News

House may pass budget on final reading Friday: Ungab
The House of Representatives may pass the proposed PHP4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 on second and third reading on Friday, House Committee on Appropriations chair and Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Iloilo bans hogs, pork from Luzon
ILOILO CITY – Iloilo has banned pigs and pork from Luzon as a preventive measure against African Swine Fever.
— Tempo

DA to distribute 2M bags of inbred rice seeds under RCEF
Some two million bags at 20 kilos per bag of certified seeds under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) are set for distribution to rice farmers this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Sarangani among PH’s Universal Health Care pilots
Sarangani will be among the 33 provinces in the Philippines to pilot the Universal Health Care (UHC) program in 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

NegOcc faces oversupply of hogs amid ASF scare
Negros Occidental is facing oversupply of hogs and pork products in the wake of the decrease in demand and prices due to the African swine fever (ASF) scare.
— Philippine News Agency

Military taps sardine fishing crews as ‘reserve force’ in Sulu Sea
Hard-pressed to fend off bandits, pirates, and terrorists sneaking into the Philippines through the Sulu Sea, the military enlisted the help of at least two Zamboanga-based sardine companies’ fishing crews as a naval reserve force.
— Rappler

Still not pork? P100 million for each lawmaker in 2020 budget
Members of the House of Representatives will each be entitled to at least P100 million for their pet projects under the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020, a ranking House member said.
— Rappler

A Filipino battleground of the China-US cool war
What happens to small states on the front lines of a decaying international order? We can get a good sense by looking at the Philippines. The last three years have seen a depressing erosion of Manila’s relationship with the U.S., and a weakening of its resistance to Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.
— Spratly Islands

GenSan steps up fight vs. online child pornography
The city government has partnered with the United States Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) to combat online child and teen pornography and counter other cyber threats against children.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ says 1665 convicts released under GCTA law have surrendered so far; deadline looms
Over 1600 convicts released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance law have so far surrendered to authorities, the Department of Justice said.
— Eagle News

BFAR releases 300,000 tilapia fingerlings in Pampanga
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3) has released more than 300,000 tilapia fingerlings along the Pampanga River in Barangay Sulipan here as part of its continuing efforts to revitalize the aquaculture industry.
— Philippine News Agency

3 foreigners with bogus travel docs nabbed at NAIA
Three foreign nationals were recently arrested in separate occasions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to enter and leave the country with spurious travel documents, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon seeks harsher measures vs swine flu
Ang Magsasaka partylist Rep. Argel Cabatbat yesterday called for harsher measures to stop the entry of African Swine Fever virus in the country, including a total ban on pork importation and the temporary prohibition on the collection of food leftovers as hog feed.
— Tempo

Martires: Heinous crime convicts released under GCTA who won’t surrender are fugitives
Convicts of heinous crimes released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law who won’t surrender to authorities today are fugitives, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Gov’t spending seen to boost Q3 economic growth
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said he expects Philippine economic growth to expand above 6 percent in the third quarter, as government spending picks up and inflation rate stabilizes.
— Philippine News Agency

Chinese coast guard blocked three PHL boats in May, says DND report
In a report dated September 13 and submitted to Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate, Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna said the coast guard ship with bow number 3305 blocked the path of the Filipino boats on May 14. It came within 1,600 yards of the Philippine vessels, Luna said of the Chinese ship.
— GMA Network

DepEd: Only 97% of Filipinos are functionally literate
Only 97% of Filipinos are considered functionally literate, which means 3% of the population do not know how to read and write, the Department of Education said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Film industry celebrates 100 years of PHL Cinema
PHILIPPINE CINEMA is 100 years old and despite challenges in the industry, it is time to celebrate.
— BusinessWorld

PRRD orders stricter road safety checks after SoCot truck mishap
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered a more stringent enforcement of road safety checks after a private truck used to ferry a family to an outing fell into a ravine in South Cotabato, killing 21 people and injuring 14 others on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

51 Chinese women rescued in Parañaque ‘prostitution den’
Fifty-one Chinese women were rescued in an alleged prostitution den maintained by Chinese men late Wednesday night, September 18.
— Rappler

 

 

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