Philippines morning news for January 13

Philippines morning news for January 13

Philippines morning news

“Imminent hazardous eruption” for Taal volcano, says PHIVOLCS as it stresses need for total evacuation of island
Taal volcano is now on alert level 4, meaning there is imminent hazardous eruption within hours or days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) which reiterated the need for “total evacuation” of the volcano island.
— Eagle News

NAIA flights ‘on hold’ due to Taal Volcano ash eruption
All flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were put on hold following the ash eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas on Sunday, January 12.
— Rappler

Foreign investments plunge 33% in 10 months, says BSP
Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged 32.8 percent from January to October last year despite a surge in October, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.
— The Philippine Star

At least 16 residents trapped in Taal danger zone
At least 16 residents of Balete, Batangas, who refused to leave their livestock behind remain trapped in Taal Volcano’s 5-kilometer danger zone on Monday, January 13, according to the municipal mayor.
— Rappler

Finish projects under my watch, PRRD to Cabinet execs
President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded his Cabinet secretaries to ensure that all the projects in their respective departments will be completed before his term ends in 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD asks authorities to aid in evacuation of residents near Taal
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered authorities to undertake measures necessary to place the people within the perimeter of Taal Volcano out of the danger zone.
— Philippine News Agency

500,000 Mindanao kids get anti-polio shots
Almost half a million children in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have been immunized against polio, according to the World Health Organization.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte line veto sought on alcohol, e-cigarette bill
The Department of Finance (DOF) is asking President Duterte to veto a provision in the newly approved sin tax bill, which prohibits government authorities from investigating alcohol and electronic cigarette firms without a court order.
— The Philippine Star

4.1-magnitude quake hits Batangas
A 4.1-magnitude quake hit Batangas on Sunday, Jan. 12.
— Eagle News

Stores run out of face masks as Taal Volcano ash spreads to Calabarzon, Metro Manila
Supplies of face masks ran out in many stores in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the south as Taal Volcano in Batangas continued to spew ash on Sunday night, January 12.
— Rappler

Most congested city eyes limits on car ownership
RICARDO N. ABA’O, a 25-year-old call center agent from Parañaque City, dreams of driving his own car someday.
— BusinessWorld

PH will no longer send military ‘battalions’ to accompany Iraq evacuees
The government has changed its mind about sending “two battalions” from the military to assist Filipinos evacuating Iraq, the Department of National Defense said late Sunday, January 12.
— Rappler

Tourism revenue target for 2020 set at P4.454 trillion
THE Department of Tourism has set a 2020 target of P4.454 trillion for tourism revenue, which if realized would exceed the 2019 estimated total by about 9.8%.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t work for Monday, January 13, 2020 suspended in NCR, Calabarzon, Region 3
Government work in Metro Manila, the Calabarzon Region, and Region 3 for Monday, January 13, 2020 has been suspended due to the ash hfall from Taal Volcano’s phreatic explosion on Sunday.
— GMA Network

Areas reached by ash fall from Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption
Ash fall from Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption on Sunday has reached several areas in Luzon.
— GMA Network

Camp Aguinaldo rocked by explosion
An explosion occurred in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Sunday morning.
— GMA Network

Solon wants salary of public, private sector nurses matched
Anakalusugan party-list Representative Michael Defensor on Sunday called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to bring the monthly minimum wage of nurses in the private sector to P32,053 or higher, making it similar to what their counterparts in government health institutions receive.
— GMA Network

At least 3 Batangas towns evacuate as Taal Volcano spews ash
At least 3 towns near the Taal Volcano began to evacuate their residents after the volcano started spewing ash on Sunday, January 12.
— Rappler

Precautionary evacuation urged as Taal Volcano spews ash
An increased steaming activity was observed in Taal Volcano on Sunday prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to raise its alert status to Level 3.
— Philippine News Agency

Ash fall from Taal Volcano reaches parts of Metro Manila –NDRRMC
The ash fall from the phreatic eruption of the Taal Volcano on Sunday has now reached Metro Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
— GMA Network

Fuel marking scheme starts with 1.1b liters
The government already marked 1.1 billion liters of petroleum products under the fuel marking program ahead of the tax scheme’s full implementation by February 2020, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said over the weekend.
— Manilastandard.net

PNP wants 30 kph speed limit to reduce accidents
The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday asked local government units (LGUs) to impose a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour to avoid road accidents.
— The Philippine Star

DOE endorses award of 5 oil, gas exploration areas
The Energy Department recommended the awarding of five applications for oil and gas exploration under the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program.
— Manilastandard.net

Magnitude 3.2 quake shakes Cavite due to Taal volcano eruption
A magnitude 3.2 quake was felt three kilometers southwest of Tagaytay City, Cavite due to the ongoing volcanic activity of Taal in the area.
— Eagle News

DND’s Lorenzana lauds relief of Army officer over manipulated photo
The relief of an Army officer involved in the manipulation of a photo of alleged New People’s Army surrenderees sends a “strong signal” to violators of “time-honored principles,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Advance payments for PhilHealth-accredited hospitals to take effect soon
An advance payment to hospitals will be implemented soon by the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance, according to Chief Social Insurance Officer Misael F. Paigan during the PIA Kapihan program held on Friday, January 10.
— Philippine Information Agency

OFW Villavende sexually abused, battered before death – NBI autopsy
Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende was sexually abused and physically battered for weeks before she died in the hands of her employer in Kuwait, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.
— Rappler

AFP to Pinoys in Mideast: Consider repatriation amid possibility of war
The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Sunday urged Filipinos in the Middle East to consider going back to the country, as the possibility of a full-blown, US-Iran war looms.
— GMA Network

PH makes visa upon arrival 30 days only for Chinese tourists
The Philippines will not be scrapping visas-upon-arrival (VUA) for Chinese tourists.
— Rappler

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East
The Iloilo provincial government has set up a round-the-clock assistance desk for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families amid tension in the Middle East sparked by recent exchanges between the United States and Iran.
— Rappler

Palace closely monitoring Taal situation, urges public vigilance
Malacañang said the government was closely monitoring the situation at the Taal Volcano, where a phreatic eruption took place Sunday morning.
— GMA Network

DOH advises public to stay indoors, use dust masks vs Taal ashfall
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday released guidelines on how to deal with an ashfall following the phreatic explosion at the Taal Volcano.
— GMA Network

News in photos: Thick smoke billows from Taal Volcano
These pictures of Taal Volcano were taken by Eagle News correspondents from different areas.
— Eagle News

Duterte contented enough; won’t seek term extension
President Rodrigo Duterte rejected anew speculations that he wanted to extend his term in office, saying that he is contented and ready to bow out.
— Philippine News Agency

PCOO welcomes DMCI decision to pay Ecoland unit owners
A Palace official on Sunday welcomed the decision of DMCI Holdings Inc. Chairman Isidro Consunji to compensate tenants of Ecoland 4000 homeowners for their condo units which collapsed due to the 6.5-magnitude earthquake which struck Davao City last October.
— Philippine News Agency

Andanar backs Duterte’s stance vs. deployment ban to Kuwait
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision not to stop Filipinos from seeking jobs in Kuwait despite the killing of Filipino domestic worker Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende.
— Philippine News Agency

Shift to alternative fuels eyed as external trade shrinks 5.3% in Nov
ALTERNATIVE fuels will help boost the country’s external trade performance, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Government to spend P53 billion to buy palay from farmers
The government targets to spend P53 billion to buy palay (unhusked rice) from local farmers this year.
— The Philippine Star

DOJ moving to tighten visa-upon-arrival rules for Chinese nationals
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to issue a circular imposing stricter rules on the issuance of visa-upon-arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals.
— Business Mirror

PHL rice stockpile at highest level in 2.5 years due to imports
The country’s total rice inventory as of December 2019 rose by 14 percent to over 3 million metric tons (MMT), the highest in more than two-years-and-a-half, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in a report.
— Business Mirror

Out-of-pocket health expense of elderly Pinoys rising–Pids
Despite the inclusion of more elderly Filipinos in the government’s health insurance, their out-of-pocket (OOP) medical expenses went up, according to a discussion paper published by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Pids).
— Business Mirror

40% of PHL Catholics don’t know their baptismal dates – Veritas poll
AROUND 40 percent of Filipino Catholics are still unaware of the exact date of their Holy Birthday or the day of their baptism.
— Business Mirror

Año vows to continue going after police ‘scalawags’
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday vowed to continue going after police “scalawags” involved in corrupt activities and narcotics trade.
— Philippine News Agency

ACT-CIS solon open to refiling Parking Liability Bill
ACT-CIS party-list Representative Niña Taduran said on Sunday that she was open to refiling a measure seeking to make the management of parking establishments liable for any loss or property damage suffered by motorists who parked their vehicles within their premises.
— GMA Network

2 hurt in Camp Aguinaldo explosion; probe underway
Investigators are now digging deeper into the motive behind the reported explosion of a hand grenade lobbed at military quarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Sunday morning.
— Philippine News Agency

Nolasco Bathan: The general who snatched a journalist’s phone
When Police Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan snatched a reporter’s phone, nothing prepared him for all the condemnation that came with it.
— Rappler

‘Domestic spat’ behind Camp Aguinaldo grenade blast – AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said an argument between a soldier and his wife appears to be the cause of the grenade blast that happened in the military headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo on Sunday morning, January 12.
— Rappler

Mati City crafts master plan for Pujada Bay protection
The city government on Saturday committed to implement a master plan for proper sewage disposal as a measure to further protect the Pujada Bay here.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo: 18 days as ICAD co-chair enough for me to make assessment of drug war
For Vice President Leni Robredo, her 18 days as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs were enough for her to make an assessment of the drug war.
— Eagle News

Dela Rosa: Public perception better gauge of drug war success or failure
For Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, the public’s perception of the war on drugs is the better indicator of whether it has failed or succeeded.
— GMA Network

Gov’t peace adviser dismisses CPP-NDFP’s CASER as obsolete, irrelevant
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said that Filipinos did not need the Comprehensive Agreement on Social Economic Reforms (CASER), a joint agreement being formed between the Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) regarding social and economic reforms, because of its obsolete framework and questionable provisions.
— GMA Network

Vico Sotto slams trolls after saving P9M in cost of Pasig’s giveaway calendars
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto hit back at online trolls who said he bloated the cost of printing copies of the city’s official calendar, when in fact he was able to cut it down to less than half the approved price.
— Rappler

Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others killed in ambush
Baliguian Vice Mayor Gani Esmali and two others were killed in an ambush in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, before lunch on Saturday, January 11.
— Rappler

Singapore stifles off form Alab
Alab Pilipinas went cold all game long and fell prey to Singapore, 85-64, in an ASEAN Basketball League action at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Sunday night.
— Philippine News Agency

De Lima thanks U.S. Senate for ‘standing strong for larger truths’
Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima is grateful to the United States Senate for approving a resolution that seeks sanctions against Philippine officials linked to her detention and to the alleged extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.
— Rappler

‘A man of vision and foresight’: PH gov’t mourns passing of Oman leader
Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expressed condolences to Oman as the sultanate by the Arabian Sea mourned the passing of Sultan Qaboos , the longest-reigning leader of the Arab world who ruled his country for nearly 5 decades.
— Rappler

DPWH-I opens newly-constructed Bongo Bridge in Nueva Era
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region I recently launched the new two-lane Centennial Bongo Bridge along Ilocos Norte-Abra Road at Barangay Poblacion in Nueva Era.
— Philippine Information Agency

Makati gov’t shutters KTV bar used as prostitution den
The Makati City government shut down on Saturday, January 11, a KTV bar that allegedly doubled as a prostitution den, following the arrest of its owners and 14 customers on Friday, January 10.
— Rappler

Task force orders mayor to stop charging Boracay pontoon fees
The National Task Force Boracay ordered acting Malay town mayor Frolibar Bautista to stop collecting pontoon fees from passengers of island-hopping boats.
— Rappler

Japan’s MOS Burger to open first pop-up store in Metro Manila
Great news, MOS fans – the Japanese burger chain is finally popping up at the second level of Robinsons Galleria for a two-day pop up store on Wednesday, January 15, and Thursday, January 16!
— Rappler

Police identify man who was skinned and killed in northern Cebu
Police identified the man who was killed and found in Carmen town on Friday with his face skinned off as Marco Corbo, 34, of Mandaue City.
— Rappler

Mendoza family urges ‘client’ of slain ex-Batangas congressman to help cops
The son of slain former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza has appealed to the still unidentified client of their father – believed to be the last person Mendoza met before his death – to come forward and help authorities investigating his father’s case.
— Rappler

 

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