Philippines morning news for January 17

Philippines morning news for January 17

Philippines morning news

Philippine FM fumes: “I want an eye for an eye, 2, 3 Kuwaiti lives for a Filipino life”
The Philippine government yesterday (Jan 15) began enforcing a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following a local autopsy report which found household service worker (HSW) Jeanalyn Villavende had been sexually abused and tortured before she died.
— AEC News Today

Philippine volcano shows signs of calming, but danger remains
A Philippine volcano that has been spewing ash for days appeared to be calming down on Thursday, but seismologists said the danger of an eruption remained high and authorities warned evacuees not to return to their homes.
— CNA

Palace: Total deployment ban to Kuwait to remain in force until pact on OFW protection implemented
The Palace on Thursday, Jan. 16, said the total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait will remain until the terms in the agreement on the protection of OFWs signed between the Philippine and the Middle Eastern country’s governments are followed.
— Eagle News

2nd reading of COC begins; parties hopeful of early conclusion
Parties involved in the negotiation of a code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) remained optimistic about the early conclusion of the document’s crafting, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said Wednesday.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

P10-B supplemental budget needed to aid Taal victims –Gatchalian
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Wednesday Congress can pass a supplemental budget amounting to P10 billion to augment the funds needed to help the people affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— GMA Network

B.O.I. overshoots 2019 investments goal
INVESTMENTS registered with the Board of Investments (BOI) hit an all-time high P1.14 trillion last year, as capital poured by foreign firms jumped over threefold to overcome uncertainties on the domestic and international fronts.
— Business Mirror

Economist says GDP likely hit 6.6% in Q4
THE local economy likely regained speed in the last quarter of 2019, a local economist said, as both government spending and household consumption likely peaked toward the end of the year.
— Business Mirror

BFAR revokes license of fishing boat for catching fish in municipal waters
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) permanently revoked the license of a commercial fishing vessel that had allegedly violated the Fisheries Code repeatedly by catching fish within forbidden municipal waters.
— Business Mirror

Do business with Southern Philippines, not hosting immigrants, Sabah govt told
Sabah government should stop being “a good Samaritan” by hosting immigrants from the Philippines, former state chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said.
— New Straits Times

Yellow alert raised on Luzon power grid
A YELLOW alert notice was raised over the Luzon grid Thursday due to insufficient operating power reserves.
— Business Mirror

New ASF cases reported in Tarlac, Bataan
African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in Luzon, with new cases confirmed in Tarlac and Bataan.
— The Philippine Star

Hot money registers net outflow in 2019
About $1.9 billion in speculative funds flowed out of the country in 2019 amid various geopolitical issues, such as the trade tension between the US and China, as well as developments in the domestic market, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— The Philippine Star

DOH confirms 4 new polio cases in PH
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday confirmed four more polio cases nationwide following the declaration of an outbreak in September 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

DILG to public: Stay out of 14-kilometer Taal danger zone
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday, Jan. 16, urged the public to stay out of the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal volcano.
— Eagle News

Gatchalian wants probe on fake autopsy report on Villavende
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian sought Thursday an investigation on those responsible for the fake autopsy report on the late overseas Filipino worker Jeanelyn Villavende.
— GMA Network

Batangas town pushes ‘adopt-a-family’ scheme for its evacuees
With its evacuation centers reaching their full capacity following the Taal Volcano eruption , an official of Mataasnakahoy town appealed to residents of other areas in Batangas to take in their evacuees.
— Rappler

Iloilo City mayor warns businesses without permit face closure starting Jan. 21
BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS in Iloilo City without a valid permit by January 21 will face automatic closure, the mayor warned.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t urged to find better destinations for OFWs
SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian said Thursday that the government needs to find other possible destinations which are safer for household workers following the death of another domestic helper in Kuwait.
— BusinessWorld

US, Russia, China to send ships to Philippines fleet review
The navies of the United States, China, and Russia are among those that will send ships to the International Fleet Review to be hosted by the Philippines later this year.
— Inquirer.net

Government to hire residents affected by Taal’s eruption
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday said it is targeting to provide emergency employment to 10,000 workers, who were displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— Business Mirror

PPP OKs funding for 3 provincial water, waste projects
Three projects in the cities of Bislig, Iloilo and Ormoc have been granted funding for project preparation and transaction advisory services, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

What the public needs to know, as polio resurfaces in the Philippines
When the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed last September that polio is back in the country after 19 years, members of the Filipino medical community shook their heads. How could we let this happen?
— ABS-CBN News

‘Prolonged US-Iran row more troubling for PHL’
UNLIKE the US-China trade tiff, a prolonged US-Iran conflict would prove to be more challenging for the Philippines, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Church Bomb Plot Foiled in Southern Philippines, Police Say
Security forces foiled an alleged plot to bomb a Catholic cathedral in Basilan province in the southern Philippines and arrested two suspected Abu Sayyaf militants tasked with carrying out the attack, police said Thursday.
— Benar News

US think tank wary of China-funded training for Filipino journalists
China has been providing some 75 countries, including the Philippines, media training that is not based on traditional democratic principles of press freedom, according to a report from rights advocacy group Freedom House.
— The Philippine Star

House bill seeks amendment to CMTA, boost PHL’s intl trade
To further improve the country’s international trade facilitation rate, the chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday called for the amendment of the Republic Act 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariffication Act (CMTA).
— Business Mirror

Government review of water deals to affect FDI inflows — MAP
The government’s review of the water concession deals is seen to worsen the decline in foreign direct investments (FDIs) as regulatory risk affects the country’s attractiveness to investors, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) said.
— The Philippine Star

Robredo to PNP: Solve drug killings
Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday called on the police to investigate extrajudicial killings in Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela).
— The Philippine Star

Haiti’s unstable political, economic clime prods 30 Filipinos to return
THIRTY Filipinos were repatriated from Haiti, which they said they had to leave owing to the unstable political and economic conditions.
— Business Mirror

Contract review not seen to affect PHL investors now, but…
THE Philippines will not lose any of its existing investors on the government’s move to review business contracts, but it will scare off some prospective firms that intend to set up shop here, an envoy has warned.
— Business Mirror

Planned price controls on life-saving medicines seen hurting foreign drugmakers
President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to sign an executive order that would lower the prices of more than a hundred life-saving medicines could threaten the operations of multinational drugmakers in the Philippines, analysts at Fitch Solutions said Thursday.
— The Philippine Star

Tap into QRF fund to ensure students’ safety amid Taal’s tantrums, senator tells DepEd
SEN. Sherwin T. Gatchalian urged the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday to ensure that adequate emergency response measures are already in place for the safety of students and schools in most vulnerable areas likely to be affected ahead of Taal Volcano’s possible “explosive eruption.”
— Business Mirror

DoF to seek lower DST, warns TIEZA could lose travel tax
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Thursday he will seek to lower the documentary stamp tax (DST) to restore the Department of Finance’s original program when it proposed legislation that later became the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).
— BusinessWorld

Maynilad, Manila Water might face Harry Roque in court, Duterte hints
Former presidential spokesman Harry Roque could be one of the lawyers who would handle the Duterte administration’s issues with the water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water.
— GMA Network

Duterte blames water firms for ‘contamination’ in Manila Bay
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night blamed water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water for the heavy pollution in Manila Bay.
— Philippine News Agency

Fitch Solutions says drug price controls a threat to pharma multinationals
FITCH SOLUTIONS Macro Research said the government’s plan to impose price controls on a list of widely-used drugs will be positive for the market over the long term but will likely threaten the operations of multinational drugmakers, whose business models are based on expensive medicines under patent protection.
— BusinessWorld

Speaking against Catholic bishops may lead to election win –Duterte
Speaking against Catholic bishops did him in good in the 2016 presidential elections, President Rodrigo Duterte joked before an audience of baptists on Thursday night.
— GMA Network

Duterte grants gratuity pay for job order, contractual government workers
President Rodrigo Duterte signed an administrative order granting gratuity pay for 2019 to job order and contract service workers in government.
— Rappler

At least six dead in Manila fire
At least six people died after a fire hit a residential area in Manila on Thursday, Jan. 16.
— Eagle News

Duterte creates task force to address hunger, food nutrition
President Rodrigo Duterte has created a task force to address the root causes of hunger and to achieve food security in the country.
— Rappler

Officials face challenges with relief, sick evacuees due to lockdown in Batangas
Officials are facing new challenges delivering relief goods and taking sick evacuees to hospitals after Batangas provincial police put the municipalities of Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Talisay, and Taal under complete lockdown , and the municipality of Lemery under partial lockdown on Wednesday, January 15.
— Rappler

Taal Volcano showing ‘weak’ emission, but ‘intense’ tremors
The threat of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption remains on Thursday, January 16, as intense seismic activity persists despite weak emission of ash plumes.
— Rappler

Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula
The local electric cooperative here reported roughly 85% of households and establishments were already energized, 3 weeks after Typhoon Ursula (Phamfone) devastated the province of Aklan and northern Antique.
— Rappler

Antitrust body to ease rules for unsolicited PPP joint ventures
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has drafted a circular that exempts from compulsory notification the joint ventures (JVs) of private entities formed for an unsolicited public-private partnership (PPP) project.
— BusinessWorld

Malacañang defends Phivolcs amid criticism over Taal eruption warnings
Malacañang on Thursday, January 16, defended the response of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano , following criticism that it allegedly did not warn people ahead of time.
— Rappler

Cayetano commits to pass measure to lower shipping fees
THE House of Representatives has committed to pass a measure to regulate shipping rates to ultimately lower costs for consumers, Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.
— BusinessWorld

US Senate resolution mocks Philippine sovereignty
This is in reaction to US Senate Resolution No. 142 calling on US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions against Philippine officials in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Act.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

IRA ruling could see more functions shifted to LGUs
THE government could respond to a Supreme Court ruling increasing local governments’ share of national government revenue by shifting more of its functions to the local level, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said.
— BusinessWorld

PHL agreed to water terms in 1997 when fiscal position was weak — Dominguez
THE Philippines “gave up its sovereignty” in negotiating the water privatization contracts in 1997 at a time when the government could not improve its water distribution system using its own resources, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said.
— BusinessWorld

DTI targetting Iran as priority halal market
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has included Iran as among its priority export destination for halal products and services as it lined up several outbound business matching missions this year to promote the country’s exports.
— Manila Bulletin

QC ordered to pay relatives of dump site victims
A QUEZON CITY court ordered the local government to pay P6.27 million in damages to 57 relatives of the victims of a dump site tragedy that killed about 300 people two decades ago.
— BusinessWorld

DOJ indicts Albayalde, 12 cops in 2013 Pampanga drug raid
The Department of Justice ordered on Thursday the filing of criminal charges against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 others in relation to the controversial anti-drug operation in Pampanga in November 2013.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte threatens to expose figures behind onerous water deals
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to reveal the names of the people who were involved in the crafting of the “onerous” 1997 water concession agreement with Maynilad and Manila Water.
— GMA Network

‘I have deep, abiding faith in God’: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he has “deep and abiding” faith in God.The President made the remarks in a speech delivered in Pasay City during the celebration of the 120-year existence of the Baptist churches in the Philippines.
— Philippine News Agency

CCP dinner for Imelda is glorifying corruption –Gabriela, ex-CHR head Rosales
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) hosting of a dinner for former First Lady Imelda Marcos to mark its 50th founding anniversary is as good as glorifying corruption, according to ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro and former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales.
— GMA Network

Palace: People satisfied with Robredo s ICAD performance convinced with allegations vs. drug war
People who had expressed satisfaction with Vice President Leni Robredo s short stint as overseer of the government s war on drugs appeared to have been convinced with the attacks against the campaign.
— GMA Network

2 airport screeners probed for taking Chinese’s P9,000
Airport police are probing two screening officers of the Office for Transportation Security after a Chinese national complained that his peso bills worth P9,000 were forcibly taken from him before he boarded his flight to Iloilo last Wednesday.
— Tempo

Panelo to again have one-on-one interview with Duterte
Presidential spokesperson Secretary Salvador Panelo will again have a one-on-one interview with President Rodrigo Duterte about issues affecting the nation.
— GMA Network

Saab Magalona Donates Excess Breast Milk To Taal Infant Evacuees
Singer Saab Magalona donated her excess breast milk to the infant evacuees. Following a previous article, the residents in Taal volcano said they are ready to leave the island for good.
— Philippine News

Negros town councilor, pastor gather 62,000 face masks for Taal eruption victims
A town councilor from Negros Occidental and his pastor friend from Capiz, along with the others, braved the 25-hour long drive from here to Batangas province to deliver the 62,000 face masks for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
— Rappler

Former ABS-CBN exec to head Dennis Uy’s media arm
A former executive of broadcast giant ABS-CBN will lead Dennis Uy’s media arm.
— Rappler

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers’ money?
Vice President Leni Robredo slammed Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Executive Director Mocha Uson for spreading false information about her office’s donation to Taal Volcano victims.
— Rappler

Elderly couple killed in dawn attack in Cebu town
An elderly couple were killed in a dawn attack in their home in Sibonga town in Cebu, on Thursday, January 16.
— Rappler

LOOK: CCP hosts dinner to ‘honor’ founding chair Imelda Marcos
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) held a dinner in honor of founding chair Imelda Marcos on Wednesday, January 15.
— Rappler

Batangueños uneasy about future amid imminent Taal Volcano eruption
Since the Taal Volcano started spewing ash on Sunday, January 12, Batangueños continued to persevere even as they faced an uncertain future in light of an imminent eruption.
— Rappler

Hatchery project seen to boost fishery sector in Surigao
A hatchery project with an estimated cost of PHP35 million is seen to boost the fishery industry in Surigao City and nearby towns in Surigao del Norte.Surigao City Mayor Ernesto U.
— Philippine News Agency

Mindanao 2019 GRDP projected at 7.2%
Mindanao’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) for 2019 is expected to hit 7.2 percent, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Surigao Sur folks welcome new flood control project
Village officials in Cantilan town, Surigao del Sur welcomed the completion of the PHP70.4 million flood control project that aims to protect thousands of residents from flooding.
— Philippine News Agency

CAAP exec backs transfer of Zambo airport
An official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) strongly supports the transfer of the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) to another location to conform with the international standards.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao Region peace body seeks Haran’s total closure
The Regional Peace and Order Council of Region 11 (RPOC-11) approved a resolution Wednesday seeking the immediate closure of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center on F. Selga St. here.
— Philippine News Agency

CDO mayor hails Army as ‘development partner’
The presence of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) has been one of the contributing factors of this city’s progress and development, Mayor Oscar Moreno said during the occasion of the division’s 50th founding anniversary on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI offers loans to shops near Taal Volcano
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is offering P50 million in loans to businesses that will either rebuild structures damaged by Taal Volcano’s eruptions or relocate there.
— BusinessWorld

67 E. Visayas junior students join DOST roster of scholars
Some 67 junior college students in Eastern Visayas will enjoy the benefits of the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
— Philippine News Agency

P35M evacuation center in Manaoag ready for use
A NEW evacuation center in Manaoag, Pangasinan has been completed at a cost of P34.74-million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

CHSO reminds parents on importance of child vaccination
The City Health Services Office( CHSO) stressed the importance of child vaccination and reminded parents to check the vaccination records of their children to assure their protection from vaccine preventable diseases.
— Philippine Information Agency

DPWH completes flood control structure,roadway in Las Pinas
A flood control structure and paved road along Las Pinas River has been completed five months earlier than its expected completion, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
— Philippine Information Agency

Government information officers in Ilocos Sur reorganized
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Ilocos Sur Information Center gathered the information officers from national government agencies and local government units in the province for a General Assembly held recently at the Provincial Library here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Let House investigate but Duterte pleased with PHIVOLCS –Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte is satisfied with the work of the state volcanologists, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Retired Air Force chief to head PNOC-EC
FORMER PHILIPPINE Air Force (PAF) chief Lozzano D. Briguez, who retired from the post on Thursday, will be appointed to head the exploration arm of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).
— BusinessWorld

48 NegOcc ARBs installed, get land titles
A total of 48 farmers in Binalbagan and La Castellana towns in Negros Occidental were installed and received land titles in separate rites facilitated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Negros Occidental-South this January.
— Philippine News Agency

New medical center to rise in Candon City
Residents and patients from the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra will soon have more accessible healthcare facilities with the ongoing construction of the satellite hospital of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) here.
— Philippine Information Agency

 

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