Philippines morning news for February 12

Philippines morning news for February 12

Philippines morning news

Senate divided as Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.
The Senate on Tuesday, February 11, split along political lines after the Philippines sent its notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to the United States.
— Rappler

Taiwan seeks lifting of PHL travel ban, says it is “wrong” for Taiwan to be confused with China
Taiwan on Tuesday, Feb. 11, said that it would continue to communicate with the Philippine government in hopes of reversing a travel ban that the Philippines had imposed on Taiwan because of the novel coronavirus scare.
— Eagle News

Military members disagree with VFA termination – senior officers
Members of the Philippine military are generally against the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US, said two senior officers who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, February 11, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte officially ordered to scrap the deal.
— Rappler

Trade deficit narrows by 41% in December
The country’s trade deficit narrowed by 40.6 percent in December 2019 as exports registered double-digit growth and imports contracted, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Senate OKs reso asking Duterte to delay VFA end
SENATORS crossed party lines on Tuesday and adopted Resolution 312 prodding President Duterte to reconsider a Palace plan to end the Philippines’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, hours after Manila sent the termination notice.
— Business Mirror

Philippines economy to grow by 6.3% in Q1 — IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a 6.3 percent growth for the Philippine economy in the first quarter despite a spate of natural disasters led by the eruption of Taal Volcano as well as the global outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).
— The Philippine Star

House ‘carefully reviewing’ ABS-CBN case
THE leadership of the House of Representatives said it is now “carefully reviewing” the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corporation, which is set to end on March 30.
— Business Mirror

Persons under investigation for nCoV in PHL climb to 382, with 68 new PUIs; but confirmed cases still at 3
The total number of persons under investigation (PUIs) for the novel coronavirus-2019 has jumped to 382 in the Philippines, with the number of confirmed cases still at three, according to the Department of Health’s latest data.
— Eagle News

Phivolcs on Taal Volcano: No room for complacency
It’s been more than a month since the Taal Volcano unrest began, and while the situation may have eased somewhat, now is not the time to be complacent.
— Rappler

Supreme Court to ABS-CBN: Explain why franchise shouldnt be revoked
THE Supreme Court has ordered television network ABS-CBN Corp. to comment within 10 days to the Quo Warranto petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking the revocation of its franchise.
— Manila Times

BI intercepts 4 victims of human trafficking
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has thwarted an attempt by four suspected human trafficking victims to leave the country at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).
— Tempo

Duterte to reject any US attempt to save VFA –Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte would reject any attempt by the United States government to prevent the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

US embassy receives notice of PHL intent to terminate VFA; notes its “significant implications in US-PHL alliance”
The United States embassy has acknowledged receiving the Philippine government’s “intent to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)” describing it as having “significant implications for the US-Philippine alliance.”
— Eagle News

Año orders arrest of people spreading nCov fake news
INTERIOR Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest purveyors of fake news about the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV-ARD). Año, in a statement, directed the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to “go after
— Manila Times

Local carriers cancel Taiwan flights due to expanded ban
Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific (CEB), and AirAsia Philippines canceled on Tuesday their services to/from Taiwan, until further notice, amid the expanded travel ban imposed by the Philippine government to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Philippine News Agency

With pending franchise bill, Sotto says ABS-CBN may operate until March 2022
ABS-CBN may operate until March 2022 even with its franchise slated to expire next month, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

PH exports rose 1.5% to hit record $70.3b last year
Exports increased 1.5 percent in 2019 to hit an all-time high of $70.32 billion, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.
— Manilastandard.net

Money-laundering risk high for POGO industry–AMLC
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) on Tuesday said it has flagged the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) industry for being a “high risk” for money laundering.
— Business Mirror

2 more PUIs discharged from Bacolod hospitals
Two out of the six latest patients under investigation (PUIs) admitted in tertiary hospitals here have been discharged after testing negative for the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
— Philippine News Agency

800 mine workers face layoff over uncertain license renewal
Australian OceanaGold mining company is set to lay off more than 800 employees by the end of the month after eight months of waiting for the renewal of its financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA).
— Manila Times

DOT eyes shopping fest to make up for P14-B in lost tourism revenue
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said it was eyeing a shopping fest in March after the country s tourism sector lost P14.8 billion in February alone amid the 2019 novel coronavirus scare.
— GMA Network

House panel urged to deliberate on ABS-CBN’s franchise
A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday urged Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to direct the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to deliberate on the bills seeking to extend the franchise of broadcasting firm ABS-CBN for another 25 years.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM gets initial P5.3B under block grant
THE BANGSAMORO Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government has received an initial P5.3 billion from its P63.6-billion block grant for this year, Assistant Executive Secretary Abdullah Cusain announced Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Government urges local travel amid outbreak
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will join a domestic travel campaign starting next week to convince Filipinos to visit local spots in the face of an international tourism decline because of a novel coronavirus outbreak.
— BusinessWorld

Airlines allow China flights rebooking though not required: CAB
With the sudden announcement of a temporary travel ban to China amid the novel coronavirus (2019 nCov) scare, all local airlines and many foreign carriers operating in the Philippines have been allowing rebooking without penalty, even if they are not required to do so, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 38,000 kg of pork, products seized at Western Visayas main ports in 2019
QUARANTINE AUTHORITIES continue to implement strict screening measures at airports and seaports in the Western Visayas Region to protect the hog industry from the African Swine Fever (ASF), with the ban on pork and pork products extended to those coming from the Davao Region in addition to the entire Luzon mainland.
— BusinessWorld

Cayetano says Congress can’t be rushed into discussing ABS-CBN’s franchise
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the House of Representatives could not be hurried into deliberating on ABS-CBN’s franchise extension, even as he assured that the network’s application would be reviewed by lawmakers.
— GMA Network

Junking VFA like abandoning a toxic relationship , says Salceda
This is a toxic relationship. And while we have nothing against the American people, we cannot ignore the fact that their government treated our country not as a partner but as an overseas possession, whose domestic policy falls within their sphere of influence, Salceda said in a position paper sent to the House leadership.
— GMA Network

Trade chief welcomes record-high exports in 2019
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez has welcomed the record-high export revenue of the country in 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

P153M allotted for irrigation projects in Kalinga
The Kalinga Irrigation Management Office (KIMO) will implement this year around P153 million worth of projects including the continuing repair of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS).
— Philippine Information Agency

Human Rights Watch slams Duterte s misuse of powers vs ABS-CBN
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday decried President Rodrigo Duterte s “apparent misuse of regulatory powers” following the government s filing of a quo warranto petition against broadcast network ABS-CBN.
— GMA Network

ECC, DOST promote Employees’ Compensation Program among MSMEs
The Employees’ Compensation Commission-Regional Extension Unit 1 (ECC-REU1) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Pangasinan teamed up to strengthen the promotion of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) among the food and non-food DOST-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

JoyRide to begin motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Cebu this month
Motorcycle taxi service Joyride will be available in Cebu within the month, the company’s vice president for corporate affairs told reporters in a press conference that was livestreamed on Tuesday, February 11.
— Rappler

Passengers stranded at NAIA due to Taiwan travel ban
The announcement on Monday extending the travel ban to Taiwan due to the 2019-novel coronavirus has left several passengers stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
— GMA Network

Work From Home: Coronavirus Threat Pushes Appeal To Private Sector
Amidst the threat of the coronavirus, a Lawmaker from the Philippines made an appeal to the private sector to have their employees have the option to work from home.
— Philippine News

Indictment a chance for Trillanes, et al, to prove innocence –Palace
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and other persons accused by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of involvement in the alleged attempt to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte should take the opportunity to assert their innocence.
— GMA Network

Money laundering threat: Villanueva recommends suspending POGOs
Senate labor committee chairperson Joel Villanueva recommended the suspension of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) in the country, as money laundering risks increase and the government struggles to give even the most basic data on the industry.
— Rappler

FALSE: U.S. embassy ‘suspends’ tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping
Claim: The United States embassy in the Philippines suspended all tourist visas due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) .
— Rappler

Fitch Ratings revises outlook on PH credit rating to ‘positive’
Fitch Ratings on Tuesday revised upward from “stable” to “positive” its outlook on the Philippines’ ‘BBB’ credit rating, as it expects continued implementation of sound macroeconomic policies.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI monitors price of face masks in San Fernando, Pampanga
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and city government here on Monday monitored the prices of medical supplies, including face masks, being sold in major drugstores, pharmacies, and retailers.
— Philippine News Agency

Maguindanao town mayor gunned down
A Maguindanao town mayor, who was included in President Duterte’s list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drug trade, was shot dead Monday night by a lone gunman in front of a hotel in Malate, Manila.
— Tempo

Quezon City arrests 111 in crackdown against illegal gambling
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested over a hundred in the first 10 days of its all-out-crackdown against illegal gambling.
— Rappler

No learners, teachers exposed to harms of nCoV: DepEd
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday said it did not violate its order to suspend all school congregations to lessen the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Philippine News Agency

FAST FACTS: Why online sexual exploitation of children happens in the Philippines
With Filipinos consecutively topping the world in terms of social media use, there is a lot of room for abusers to engage in sexual exploitation of children behind closed doors and in front of a webcam.
— Rappler

1st self-storage facility opens in Cebu
THE FIRST self-storage facility in Cebu province, located along Sacris Road in Mandaue City, was recently opened with more than 1,000 units for rent.
— BusinessWorld

3 farm-to-market roads completed in Lake Sebu
THREE farm-to-market roads and two bridges have been completed in the town of Lake Sebu, which is seen to primarily benefit farmers in the village of Ned.
— BusinessWorld

Thailand sweeps PH in 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships opener
Thailand asserted its mastery of the Philippines with a 5-match sweep in the women’s tournament while India completed a rout of Kazakhstan on the men’s side, 4-1, to open the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships group phase action, Tuesday, February 11, at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
— Rappler

PH Navy hosts workshop ahead of Western Pacific Naval Symposium
The Philippine Navy (PN) on Tuesday hosted a workshop that precedes the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), a biennial meeting of navies bordering the Pacific region.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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