Philippines morning news for January 10

Philippines morning news for January 10

Philippines morning newsAFP: Dozens of Chinese vessels spotted near Pag-asa Island
Chinese fishing vessels continue to stay near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
— Inquirer.net

PH cancels repatriation bid
The government has called off the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon following what appeared to be a de-escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.
— Manilastandard.net

Japan to provide additional P2B to fortify Metro Manila bridges vs earthquakes
The Philippines and Japan on Thursday, January 9, exchanged diplomatic notes that would allow additional Japanese aid for the strengthening of two bridges in Metro Manila against earthquakes.
— Rappler

Angkas Possible to be Backlisted in Motorcycle Taxi Program Amid Violations
Angkas Possible to be Backlisted in Motorcycle Taxi Program Amid Violations The Angkas motorcycle taxi company may be blacklisted and will not be allowed to operate for violations of some of the provisions in the government’s ongoing pilot study for motorcycle taxis.
— Philippine News

At least 251 people injured during Traslacion 2020 – Manila PIO
At least 251 people were injured in the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene as of 6 pm on Thursday, January 9, according to the Manila Public Information office.
— Rappler

World Bank keeps growth forecast at 5.8% for 2019
The World Bank has retained its growth forecast for the Philippines of 5.8 percent in 2019, accelerating to 6.1 percent this year and sustaining momentum at 6.2 percent in 2021 throughout 2022.
— The Philippine Star

New law grants wage hike to 1.4-M public servants
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that will increase wages of government workers in a bid to encourage them to work “doubly hard.”
— Manilastandard.net

PHL pushes trade deal with US amid conflicts
IN spite of the geopolitical tensions and trade conflicts that Washington is facing, the Philippines will keep on pushing for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States as part of the country’s goal of expanding market options for exporters.
— Business Mirror

US Senate puts its foot down on De Lima jailers
The United States’ Senate has passed a measure seeking sanctions for Philippine officials involved in alleged extrajudicial killings and the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima.
— Manilastandard.net

Up to 220,000 devotees join Traslacion 2020 as of morning –MPD
Manila Police District has reported that up to 220,000 devotees of the Black Nazarene participated the annual procession or Traslacion as of Thursday morning.
— GMA Network

Expect more deaths from chaotic traffic system
Infractions on current traffic and driving laws happen on a daily basis in the Philippines, and the last World Health Organization (WHO) status report even notes that road traffic deaths in the country have been increasing over the years even as new laws are being passed.
— The Philippine Star

DoJ files criminal case vs Kapa leaders for illegal securities sale
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said criminal charges had been filed against Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA) and its officers for the illegal sale of securities.
— BusinessWorld

EU regulation pushed for PHL e-cigarettes industry
The government has been urged to adopt a regulatory framework being used by the European Union (EU) to govern the local e-cigarette industry.
— Business Mirror

Construction sector pushes long-term infra master plan
The local construction industry is pushing for a 30-year infrastructure master plan to ensure the continuity of projects.
— The Philippine Star

DOE warns of disrupted oil imports on Mideast trouble
THE country’s oil importation from the Middle East could be affected should tension in the Middle East intensify, the Department of Energy (DOE) has warned.
— Business Mirror

‘Trash-lacion’: EcoWaste blasts Black Nazarene devotees for littering at Luneta
“The repeated call by various sectors for an environmentally-responsible expression of piety and devotion again fell on deaf ears.”
— Rappler

P1-B social pension released to poor seniors in Soccsksargen
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released over PHP1 billion in social pension to indigent senior citizens in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) last year.
— Philippine News Agency

Sharon Cuneta ‘prays’ Duterte will reconsider ABS-CBN franchise renewal
As the expiry of media giant ABS-CBN’s congressional franchise draws nearer, one of the network’s biggest stars, Sharon Cuneta, said she prays that President Rodrigo Duterte will reconsider his stand on the franchise’s renewal.
— Rappler

PHL has policy space to address challenges — Diokno
THE Philippines has enough monetary and fiscal policy space to deal with the economic challenges it faces, central bank Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said in his first speech of the year.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima meat, agriculture imports
Nine years after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, the Philippines lifted the import ban on meat and a number of agricultural products coming from Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.
— Rappler

Philippines, Japan Discuss Strengthening Indo-Pacific Security
The Philippines and Japan on Thursday discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation on security in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the contested South China Sea, as Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi paid his first official visit to Manila in that role.
— Radio Free Asia

DOH cautions public vs mystery disease from China
Department of Health (DOH) Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head Jessie Fantone (right) cautions the public against the mystery disease from China.
— Philippine Information Agency

‘Worse than animal’: Kin on fate of OFW killed in Kuwait
“Hindi tao naghimo sini, sobra pa sa sapat (This was not the work of a human, worse than an animal).”
— Philippine News Agency

Water firms’ plan to obtain more loans draws flak
Malacañang is baffled by the two Metro Manila water concessionaires’ reported intent to get more loans even if they have supposedly earned huge profits over the years.
— Tempo

DA unit approves P2-billion loan for millennial farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday said it has approved a P2-billion loan portfolio to attract young Filipino students and entrepreneurs to venture into agriculture, fishery or agribusiness.
— Business Mirror

Progressive solons urge Palace to publicize new water concession deals
Progressive lawmakers from the House of Representatives on Thursday urged Malacañang to release to the public the supposed new water concession agreements it is offering to Maynilad and Manila Water.
— GMA Network

PRO-Cor notes all time low crime volume
The Police Regional Office affirmed a generally peaceful Cordillera during the yuletide season with crime volume down to all time low and no case of indiscriminate gun firing recorded.
— Philippine Information Agency

Teachers’ group “thankful” for public school teachers’ pay hike but says it’s not enough
A teachers’ group on Thursday, Jan. 9, thanked government for the increase in the salaries of public school teachers, but said this was not enough.
— Eagle News

Twitter users slam Isko Moreno for clearing Quiapo streets of vendors for Traslacion 2020
“Isko” – referring to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno – trended on Twitter on Thursday, January 9, after users were divided over the operations he ordered to clear the streets of vendors around the Quiapo Church during the feast of the Black Nazarene.
— Rappler

Mandaue City councilor suspended over graft charges
The Sandiganbayan placed Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz under a 90-day preventive suspension due to pending 34 counts of graft and malversation.
— Rappler

Bulakenyos reminded to pay taxes on time
Governor Daniel Fernando is reminding residents to settle their tax obligations on or before the deadline.
— Philippine News Agency

Bataan celebrates 263rd Foundation Day
A trade fair which showcases some local products opened Wednesday at the capitol compound here as part of the week-long celebration of the province’s 263rd founding anniversary.
— Philippine News Agency

NCRPO to probe injuries due to Traslacion security measures
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday said it will probe incidents of devotees who were injured due to the implementation of new security measures in this year’s traslacion or procession of the Black Nazarene.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Defective’ runway lights strand passengers at Zambo airport
Several outbound passengers were stranded Wednesday after the two major airlines canceled its evening flights caused by malfunctioning runway lights at the Zamboanga City International Airport.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM takes over Grand Mosque management
The national government has turned over the management of the country’s biggest and panoramic Grand Masjid of Brunei Sultan Bolkiah in this city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
— Philippine News Agency

Go lauded for quick action on stalled Central Mindanao Airport
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol lauded the quick response of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to resume the work on the stalled Central Mindanao Airport in M’lang, North Cotabato.
— Philippine News Agency

26 Maguindanao towns get high ratings in anti-drug war
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) said 26 of the 36 towns in Maguindanao have achieved high performance ratings in the war against illegal drugs.
— Philippine News Agency

Ilocos Sur gov’t to boost cruise tourism this 2020
The provincial government here will boost cruise tourism starting this year by bringing more tourists through international cruise ships to dock at Salomague Ilocos Cruise Port.
— Philippine Information Agency

Sotto: US Senate reso vs. De Lima persecutors violates US Constitution
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Thursday the resolution passed by the US Senate against the supposed persecutors of detained Senator Leila de Lima is a violation of the US Constitution.
— GMA Network

Baguio council approves street parking fees on 1st reading
THE BAGUIO City council has approved on first reading a proposed ordinance to regulate the use of some roads within the central business district, including the imposition of parking fees.
— BusinessWorld

Quezon cops find 3 charred bodies in car of missing ex-Batangas congressman
Police recovered the charred remains of 3 people inside a car in Tiaong, Quezon, on Thursday, January 9.
— Rappler

14 rebel returnees in Aurora receive financial assistance
A total of 14 rebel returnees in Aurora received financial assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
— Philippine Information Agency

 

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