Philippines morning news for January 2

Philippines morning news for January 2

Philippines morning news

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release
A third US senator has been barred by the Philippine government from entering the country for his calls to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima.
— Rappler

Group sees ‘crony’ takeover of ABS-CBN
A labor group sees President Duterte’s threats against water companies and television network ABS-CBN as part of a supposed plan to favor his cronies and build a financial base for his political coalition in the 2022 elections.
— The Philippine Star

103 cities, towns still in the dark due to ‘Ursula’ – NDRRMC
As fireworks lit the evening sky when the clock struck 12 midnight Wednesday, 103 cities and municipalities in Visayas island and parts of southern Luzon remained in the dark without electricity due to typhoon “Ursula,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) bared.
— Tempo

Lucky Plaza accident: Emotional scenes as family, friends attend wake of victim Arlyn Nucos
About 100 friends, family and members of the Filipino community in Singapore attended the wake of Philippines national Arlyn Picar Nucos on Wednesday (Jan 1).
— CNA (video)

New year, more taxes: Last fuel hike under TRAIN takes effect
The last and final tranche of the excise tax hike on fuel products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law took effect on Wednesday, January 1.
— Rappler

Tobacco excise tax reduced consumption, think tank finds
HIGHER excise taxes on tobacco products helped reduce consumption, but the impact of increased prices on alcohol and petroleum products was minimal, state think tank said.
— BusinessWorld

Senate panel declares POGO investigation a priority when session resumes
THE Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development has set as a priority an investigation on the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry when legislative session resumes, its Chairman said.
— BusinessWorld

Poultry imports rise amid ASF; oversupply seen
IMPORTS of day-old chicks (DOC) — the key raw material for the poultry industry — rose 8% year-on-year in the nine months to September, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— BusinessWorld

Government plots spending catch-up as 2019 budget delayed
Without a fresh budget to fund new projects, 2019 started at a slow pace for the government.
— The Philippine Star

‘PHL failed to use Jpepa to expand market access’
After a decade, Manila has still failed to fully utilize the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (Jpepa) to expand its market access to Tokyo, according to a study released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
— Business Mirror

Stray bullet incidents recorded in some areas amid New Year revelry
Some provinces have recorded stray bullet incidents during the New Year revelry.
— GMA Network

DOH: At least 164 fire-cracker related injuries recorded during the holidays
At least 164 firecracker-related injuries were recorded during the holidays, when people welcomed the New Year.
— Eagle News

LOOK: 300 families lose homes in New Year fire in Manila
Around 300 families entered the new year without homes after fire gutted their community in Sta Ana, Manila, in the first few hours of 2020.
— Rappler

DOH to resume vaccination vs polio in Mindanao
The Department of Health (DOH) will resume its anti-polio vaccination in Mindanao next week.
— The Philippine Star

Exporters expect 6% growth this year
The umbrella group of Philippine exporters sees outbound shipments of goods to rise at a faster rate of six percent this year, from a flat growth last year, due to a lower base and expectations trade tensions between the US and China would ease.
— The Philippine Star

Royal order hastens homecoming of 2 Filipino minors from Bahrain
Two undocumented Filipino children from Bahrain, who have been awaiting repatriation, have finally returned home to Manila in time for New Year’s Day on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

DILG to fund repairs of quake-hit government halls
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government to fund the repair and reconstruction of local government unit buildings damaged by earthquakes that hit North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.
— Manilastandard.net

Agriculture damage due to Ursula hits P1.3 billion
Damage to agriculture in areas battered by Typhoon Ursula has ballooned to P1.35 billion.
— The Philippine Star

Central Visayas minimum wage rising
BUSINESSES in Central Visayas — which has the fourth-biggest contribution among the country’s 17 regions to national economic growth — will have to pay their employees more starting next week, after new daily minimum wage rates for private sector workers were published in a local newspaper on Dec. 21.
— BusinessWorld

Angat Dam’s water level rises amid monsoon rains
The water elevation in Angat Dam continued to rise yesterday due to rains spawned by the northeast monsoon.
— The Philippine Star

2019 Christmas season safest in years — police
POLICE on Wednesday reported more than 300 holiday-related incidents at the year-end, 59% lower than a year earlier.
— BusinessWorld

De Lima: Make 2020 a fightback year vs. abusive leaders
Detained Senator Leila de Lima has called on the public to keep the fight against abusive leaders and threats to human rights in 2020.
— GMA Network

Senator wants tax hike on fuel monitored
SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Energy (DoE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel this month.
— Manila Times

2 Filipinos kidnapped by pirates safe
THE two Filipino seafarers who were kidnapped in Cameroon are safe, according to the local manning agent who hired the seafarers in Manila.
— Manila Times

SEC sets new guidelines on corporate governance
THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a new code of corporate governance for public companies and registered issuers, in line with its plan of adopting principles observed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
— BusinessWorld

PLDT selling Smart Tower to raise P5b for expansion
PLDT Inc. said it expects to raise at least P5 billion from the sale of Smart Tower along Ayala Ave. in Makati City to finance expansion plans in 2020.
— Manilastandard.net

Cimatu: Manila Bay rehab ‘Top Priority’ till 2022
Determined to make Manila Bay’s waters fit for swimming by the time President Duterte steps down in 2022, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is gearing up to sustain the gains of the “Battle for Manila Bay.”
— Business Mirror

Visayas and Mindanao could add to electricity crunch in hot months — Energy department official
PEAK POWER DEMAND in the Visayas and Mindanao may have moved towards the dry months — when Luzon usually marks its biggest usage each year — the Department of Energy said, as it prepares for the possibility that all three island groups will require more electricity at the same time.
— BusinessWorld

BoC continues to disappoint
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) reported last December that it would in all likelihood once again fail to reach its annual collection target, meaning that 2019 would be the ninth year out of the past 10 that the key revenue agency has fallen short of its goal.
— Manila Times

BSP strengthens rules for bank officials
The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently approved the revised rules on disqualification of directors and officers of banks and quasi-banks.
— Manila Times

NEDA issues national transport policy implementing rules
THE National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) released on Monday the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the National Transport Policy.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t departments vetting proposed nuclear policy
THE Energy department said other government agencies are now vetting the atomic energy policy it proposed to Malacañang, the outgoing head of the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) said.
— BusinessWorld

Labor groups: 2020 spells doom for workers due to lack of job security
A coalition of workers warned on Wednesday that the labor sector is headed for doom in the new year due to lack of job security and the state’s pro-capitalist policies.
— GMA Network

Water service interruptions in Metro Manila may continue – NWRB
Water supply interruptions in Metro Manila are feared to continue until the dry season this year, with Angat Dam failing to reach its end-of-year normal high water level of 212 meters in 2019.
— Tempo

Labor group seeks review of pact with Kuwait after OFW’s death
A labor group on Wednesday urged the government to review the bilateral agreement with Kuwait following the death of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in the Gulf nation.
— Philippine News Agency

DENR wants one sanitary landfill in each of PHL’s congressional district
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources aims to put up sanitary landfills in each of the 248 congressional of the Philippines in a bid to address issues on solid waste management and achieve its “zero waste” goal.
— GMA Network

Fire breaks out in Boracay before New Year
Three houses in Boracay Island caught fire a few hours before New Year on Tuesday, December 31, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
— Rappler

3.3-magnitude quake hits Davao del Sur
A 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck Davao del Sur on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
— Eagle News

DENR to LGUs: Impose stiffer fines vs. garbage-segregation violators
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is calling on local government units to slap stiffer fines against those who will fail to segregate their garbage.
— GMA Network

DENR wants LGUs to impose penalties in addition to RA 9003
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is encouraging local government units (LGU) to pass ordinances penalizing improper trash disposal over and above the penalties laid out in Republic Act (RA) No. 9003.
— BusinessWorld

CTA grants Philsaga bid to cancel P339-million tax deficiency
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ruled in favor of a mining firm and cancelled its claimed tax deficiency of P339 million for the fiscal year ending June 2013.
— BusinessWorld

DOLE warns public vs. bogus e-mail solicitation
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday cautioned the public against a bogus electronic solicitation letter asking for monetary donations.”This e-mail is fake and completely bogus.
— Philippine News Agency

Holding companies not subject to LBT on passive income
The start of a new year (and in this case, the closing of a decade) is usually filled with hope and optimism. People generally scribble their resolutions, looking forward to another year of achieving more goals and milestones.
— BusinessWorld

CITEM sets $336-M export order target from events lineup
THE Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) set a $336 million target for export orders across its events for 2020.
— BusinessWorld

Police want faster Black Nazarene procession on January 9
Police are looking at quickening the pace of the yearly Traslacion of the Black Nazarene Catholic icon in Manila on January 9, after the crowd management of a similar procession past midnight Tuesday reduced it by almost 9 hours.
— Rappler

Philippines bracing for more violence, bombings
The year 2019 started with a bang in the Philippines with a series of suicide bombings in Sulu.
— New Straits Times

Over 300 injured due to Ursula –NDRRMC
From over 100, the number of injured individuals due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula increased to 362, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Parliamentarism in BARMM: Important considerations
Article IV, Section 3 of Republic Act No. 11054 — otherwise known as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) — states that “the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall have a parliamentary form of government.”
— BusinessWorld Online

NBI probing terror links in bombings
GOVERNMENT agents are looking at a possible terrorist link in the bombings in two Mindanao provinces on Dec. 22, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

In typhoon’s aftermath, Capiz underscores need for Panay River Basin project
THE ENTIRE province of Capiz was flooded, with water rising to as high as five meters in some areas, after typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) dumped rain across the Visayas and parts of Luzon islands last Christmas.
— BusinessWorld

LPG, kerosene price freeze in typhoon-hit areas
The Department of Energy (DoE) has enforced a 15-day price freeze for socially-sensitive petroleum products – primarily kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – in areas that had been physically battered by the recent typhoon Ursula.
— Tempo

Firecrackers injuries down by 35%: DOH
Firecracker-related injuries decreased by 35 percent nationwide as the country welcomed New Year’s Day, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon reminds military: Make sure media releases adhere to facts, truth
House Committee on Public Information chair Ron Salo on Wednesday reminded the military that their media releases must be based on facts and the truth, amid the Philippine Army’s admission that the photo of supposedly surrendering rebels they released was manipulated.
— GMA Network

Results of NBI probe on pre-Xmas Day bombings inconclusive –DOJ
The National Bureau of Investigation is yet to determine the group behind the series of bombings in Mindanao last December 22, 2019 that hurt 22 people, including six government soldiers, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

PNP: 21 nabbed due to illegal discharge of firearms during the holidays
At least 21 people were arrested for illegal discharge of firearms during the holidays.
— Eagle News

Gov’t watching reported abduction of Filipino seafarers in Cameroon
THE Philippines is monitoring the reported kidnapping of eight mariners of an oil tanker from a port in Cameroon, two of which were Filipinos, the Foreign Affairs department said in a statement on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

Leni plans to build more classrooms, dormitories
Vice President Leni Robredo is looking forward to build more classroom buildings and dormitories for public schools in 2020, funded through Angat Buhay and its private partners.
— Tempo

Trader nabbed; 6 hurt in New Year’s revelry in Nueva Ecija
A businessman was arrested for allegedly indiscriminately firing a pistol while six persons, including three minors, were hurt during New Year revelries in different parts of the province.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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