Philippines morning news for January 7

Philippines morning news for January 7

Philippines morning newsAFP ‘ready to deploy anytime’ to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East
In case tensions between Iran and the US escalate, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready with a plan to evacuate Filipinos from Iran and Iraq, newly-installed AFP chief of staff Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr said on Monday, January 6.
— Rappler

300 Filipinos evacuated as Australia bushfires rage
Raging bushfires in Australia have caused the evacuation of at least 300 Filipinos residing in East Gippsland, Victoria, according to Philippine Embassy in Canberra First Secretary and Consul General Aian Caringal.
— Rappler

‘1 over 100’: Robredo calls Duterte’s drug war a ‘failure’
Vice President Leni Robredo gave President Rodrigo Duterte’s government a dismal 1 out of 100 score in its flagship program to fight narcotics, saying that authorities were only able to seize 1% of the total supply of illegal drugs in the country.
— Rappler

Duterte’s Water Rants Threaten Philippine Pitch to Investors
Soon after he became president of the Philippines in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte ordered government officials “to refrain from changing and bending the rules of government contracts.”
— Yahoo Finance

2020 budget militarist, pork-laden, cuts back social services –Makabayan Bloc
The Makabayan Bloc on Monday insisted that the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 that President Rodrigo Duterte just signed into law was militarist, pork-laden, and full of cutbacks on basic social services.
— GMA Network

PNP profiling ‘sympathizers’ of slain Iran commander Soleimani
To quash possible threats after the killing of Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has commenced profiling groups that “might sympathize” and retaliate.
— Rappler

Solon wants public spending raised to hit PH growth target
House Deputy Speaker Michael Romero on Monday said increased public spending is key in attaining the government’s target of a 6.5-percent to 7.5-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 2,000 policemen to form ‘andas wall’ for Traslacion 2020
MANILA, Philippines – 2,144 policemen will be barricading the andas (carriage) of the Nazareno for the Traslacion on Thursday, January 9, in a bid to facilitate its movement and subsequently quicken the pace of the procession.
— Rappler

Stricter quarantine at ports due to ‘mysterious’ disease from China –DOH
The Department of Health has ordered the stricter monitoring and quarantine measures at the country’s points of entry following reported cases of a mysterious disease in the Chinese province of Wuhan.
— GMA Network

Looming PH-Cambodia tax treaty seen fostering more investments, jobs
Two-way investments and employment between the Philippines and Cambodia are seen getting a boost from the double taxation agreement (DTA) that the two countries will likely sign soon.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Authorities keep tabs on Mindanao terror groups after slaying of top Iranian general
Security forces have tightened their monitoring of local terrorist groups and their activities, especially in Mindanao, on concerns that they might carry out sympathy attacks over the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by a US strike in Iraq before the weekend.
— Business Mirror

DTI to entreps: Venture into $3.3-trillion global halal market
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging enterprises to invest in halal business this year, enticing them to penetrate a multitrillion-dollar market that the Philippines has yet to maximize.
— Business Mirror

ABS-CBN’s franchise problems seen threatening investor confidence
President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks against media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corp. could spook investors at a time more infrastructure projects heavily depend on private funding and as job-generating foreign investments continue to drop.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation for poorest Filipinos slowed–PSA
THE poorest Filipinos continued to experience some reprieve from high-commodity prices as inflation for the bottom 30 percent slowed year-on-year in November 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

UN rights office seeks reports on Philippine situation
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) has began the process of drafting its comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines.
— The Philippine Star

Think tank says Duterte health a risk that could lead to ‘political gridlock’
A THINK TANK on Monday flagged President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s poor health as a risk that could prematurely end his six-year term that started in 2016.
— BusinessWorld

Philippine dam meets indigenous resistance
Amid insufficient rainfall, millions of residents in the Philippine capital Manila are facing a water shortage.
— DW

Robredo’s drug findings ‘a dud’: Palace
Malacañang on Monday dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo’s findings and recommendations on the illegal drugs campaign as “a dud”, stressing that she was only trying to be “relevant”.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte mulls calling for Congress special session
Worried by the situation in the Middle East, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he is thinking of calling for a special session of Congress to allocate standby funds to aid Filipino workers there in case the situation worsens.
— GMA Network

Quake rocks Davao Occidental
The 5.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked Davao Occidental early Monday was not connected to the strong tremors which jolted Mindanao in October and December last year, as they originated from different faults.
— Tempo

US senators see PH justice system differently from PH officials
US President Donald Trump’s approval of the Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill which included a provision prohibiting the entry of Philippine government officials found to be involved in the “wrongful imprisonment” of Sen. Leila de Lima drew various comments from key Philippine officials.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte wants standby fund for OFWs in Middle East
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to set up a standby fund for the return of Filipino workers in the Middle East in case tensions escalate between the United States and Iraq.
— BusinessWorld

Economist sees higher growth for PH this 2020
Obstacles faced by the Philippine economy in 2019 are not expected this year, making an economist optimistic for the return of domestic expansion to the 6-percent level.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL readies import ban on live pigs and pork products from Indonesia amid ASF outbreak
The Philippines is set to ban the importation of live pigs and pork-related products from Indonesia after Jakarta confirmed over 300 outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) last month.
— Business Mirror

COA orders LWUA officials to return P26-M received in 2009 for ‘miscellaneous expenses’
The Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered former and incumbent officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to return to government some P25.26 million in extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses (EME) they received in 2009.
— Manila Bulletin

Foreign banks invited to open Islamic branches in the Philippines
With the approval of a new Islamic banking law in the Philippines by the country’s central bank last December, doors are now open for both domestic and foreign banks to open a Islamic banking window or to establish a subsidiary Islamic bank in the country with millions of under- or unbanked Muslims, especially in the southern region of Mindanao.
— Gulf Times

Medical posts all set for Traslacion 2020
Around 20 medical teams will be deployed during the 2020 Traslacion procession on Thursday, January 9, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Lawmaker questions Grab’s refund system
A party-list lawmaker on Monday questioned the Grab Philippines’ refund system after several of its passengers expressed dismay over the measly rebate they received from the ride-hailing service company.
— Philippine News Agency

Trade chief sees Halal as good business venture for 2020
FOR those looking for business ideas in 2020, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez suggested venturing into the Halal market.
— Sun Star

DOF projects all CTRP packages passed in H1
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has expressed optimism that all the remaining packages under the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) will be passed within the first half of 2020.
— Business Mirror

New phase in PH-China ties
With the onset of a new year, we see bright prospects for enhanced Philippines-China relations with the new Chinese Ambassador, Huang Xilian, expressing optimism that economic cooperation, development assistance and people-to-people bonds would prosper even more in the months to come.
— Manilastandard.net

Iloilo province mulls pork ban extension
The Iloilo provincial government is considering an extension of the ban on the entry of hogs and pork products from Luzon and other areas identified by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as positive for African swine fever (ASF) contamination.
— Philippine News Agency

Challenges as Opportunities: The transnationalization of Philippine higher education
The passage of the Transnational Higher Education Act (RA 11448) in August 2019 signals the Philippine government’s openness to a shift from a focus on student and academic mobility to the mobility of programs and of educational providers in its educational internationalization strategy.
— BusinessWorld

Power coop asks typhoon-hit consumers to be patient
Top officials of electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas have asked power consumers to be patient and stop making harsh comments against linemen tasked to restore electricity damaged by Typhoon “Ursula” (Phanfone).
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD ‘strengthened’ efforts vs. monopolistic rule of landlords
A Palace official on Monday dismissed as “truly erroneous” a New York Times article which claimed that the Duterte administration has reinforced a monopolistic grip of landowners.
— Philippine News Agency

CDC disowns Clark hot air balloon event
Clark Development Corp. wishes to inform the public that it has not approved the conduct of any hot air balloon event inside Clark for the year 2020.
— Manilastandard.net

NPA should walk their talk for peace dialogues to resume: Galvez
Before peace talks can resume, communist rebels should first walk their talk, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday as he condemned the recent attacks made by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) since December despite the ongoing truce.
— Philippine News Agency

Firecracker-related injuries in Bulacan climb to 128
The number of fireworks-related injuries in this province from Dec. 21, 2019 to Jan. 5 this year has climbed to 128.
— Philippine News Agency

Tacloban to recheck list of senior citizens availing aid
The Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) here will revalidate the qualification of elderlies who are beneficiaries of the government’s social pension program.
— Philippine News Agency

DDB says it’s working with DSWD to unify data on drug war
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Monday said it has undertaken a data-gathering initiative with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to “once and for all” have a unified set of data on the anti-illegal drugs campaign.
— GMA Network

LGUs urged to make it easier to put up, renew businesses
Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Jeremiah Belgica has called on local government units (LGUs) to ensure efficient and fast processing of business registrations and renewals.
— Philippine News Agency

2 Camiguin mayors face raps for road-clearing non-compliance
Two town mayors of this province maintained they did not violate the road-clearing policy of the national government after they were included in the list of local officials charged by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for non-compliance.
— Philippine News Agency

PSA-11 gears for 2020 census
The Philippine Statistics Authority in Region 11 (PSA-11) is gearing for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), an official said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Pinoys headed to China should take precautions vs mystery illness -DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday advised Filipinos who were traveling to China to take extra precautions amid reports of a mysterious viral pneumonia that had yet to be identified.
— GMA Network

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case ‘with finality’
The Supreme Court (SC) upheld its decision to junk the same-sex marriage petition that was once touted as historic for the predominantly Catholic country .
— Rappler

PNP now listing top 10 drug targets per region
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun listing the top 10 targets involved or believed to be involved in drugs per region in a bid to boost President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship campaign .
— Rappler

Expect surge in flagship projects after signing of 2020 budget
Senator Sonny Angara on Monday said the signing of the PHP4.1-trillion General Appropriations Act of 2020 by President Rodrigo Duterte signals the start of the implementation of more flagship projects that are meant to improve the lives of the Filipino people.
— Philippine News Agency

BSP Dgte unveils enhanced P5, new P20 coin design
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Dumaguete City Branch has unveiled the enhanced design of the new P5 coin and P20 coin which will be available for circulation starting 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Benguet gears up as UHC integration site
The province gears up in preparation for the full implementation government’s Universal Health Care program with the province identified as one of the integration sites.
— Philippine Information Agency

FALSE: ‘Not one naval vessel’ bought during Ramos administration
Claim: Former president Fidel Ramos did not buy a single naval vessel for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to Facebook page Team FUDA.
— Rappler

DOH extends anti-polio vaccination campaign
The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday, January 6, it will extend its ongoing anti-polio vaccination campaign in Mindanao and Metro Manila until April 2020.
— Rappler

Cebu City to implement DILG memo vs. roadside parking
The Cebu City government will review its ordinance legalizing pay parking along the city streets following issuance of a memorandum circular enjoining local government units (LGU) to stop using public roadsides as parking spaces.
— Philippine News Agency

PH Catholic faithful pray for Australia
Catholic prelates on Monday asked the faithful to pray for Australia which is currently suffering from bushfires. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the people should pray for God to intervene and put off the fire.
— Tempo

Sports spike tourist arrivals in Dgte
Tourists arrivals in Dumaguete City has steadily increased in the last three years which is attributed mainly to the conduct of various sports events in the country.
— Philippine Information Agency

Petron Bataan Refinery defies DOLE, suspends union officers
The Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) here on Monday suspended 24 officers of the striking union despite the return to work order given by Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Philippine News Agency

Court questions Nova Parojinog’s unauthorized furlough in 2018
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has ordered the warden of the Philippine National Police Custodial Center to explain why former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog was allowed to leave detention for one day in 2018 without the permission of the court.
— GMA Network

5 bridges crossing Pasig River to be closed for Traslacion
The five westernmost bridges crossing the Pasig River in Manila will be closed during the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Romualdez welcomes signing of 2020 national budget
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Monday welcomed the signing of the P4.1-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020, maintaining that the national budget had no pork, no parking, and no delay.
— GMA Network

Zambo Sibugay to implement P133-M road project
The government is set to implement within this month the PHP133-million eight-kilometer Pangi-Guituan-Gomotoc provincial road concreting project here.
— Philippine News Agency

PDEA’s Aquino to Robredo: You ignored gov’t efforts vs. illegal drugs
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday took exception to the claim of Vice President Leni Robredo that the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs was a failure.
— GMA Network

Christmas typhoon leaves PHP274-M infra damage in Iloilo
Iloilo was left with an estimated PHP274 million worth of losses in infrastructure from Typhoon “Ursula” (Phanfone) that lashed the province on Christmas day, the latest record of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRMC) shows.
— Philippine News Agency

CA upholds Junjun Binay’s permanent disqualification from public office
The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its decision that dismissed former Makati mayor Jejomar Junjun Binay, Jr. and perpetually disqualified him from holding public office over procurement anomalies surrounding the Makati Science High School building.
— GMA Network

Mandaluyong court issues 72-hour TRO vs motorcycle taxi rider cap
A Mandaluyong City regional trial court issued on Monday, January 6, a 72-hour Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the cap on motorcycle taxi riders as imposed by the overseeing technical working group, upon posting of a bond of P300,000.
— Rappler

Push for pro-poor, pro-environment energy policy
Mass unemployment. Landlessness. Escalating prices of goods and commodities. Severe lack of access to basic social services such as health, housing, education, and insurance coverage.
— Rappler

Robredo: Duterte should lead drug war, go after big time syndicates
On the same day that she described the government’s war on drugs as a failure, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte should lead the anti-illegal drugs campaign by prioritizing reduction of drug supply and drug users.
— GMA Network (video)

Robredo wants DDB, not PDEA, to head anti-drugs body
Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is better suited than the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to head the government’s inter-agency anti-drugs body.
— Rappler

Authorities nab Maguindanao massacre fugitive
Authorities on Monday arrested one of the at large suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in Barangay Kabinge, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
— GMA Network

CA upholds ban vs Junjun Binay holding office
The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the motion for reconsideration of former Makati Mayor Jejomar Junjun Binay Jr in his request for the court to change its decision that banned him from holding public office .
— Rappler

Map of LGBT safe spaces, HIV testing centers in the works
A special map that highlights safe spaces for members of the LGBT community, as well as testing centers for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), is now in the works.
— GMA Network (video)

Dgte pays tribute to honest trike drivers
Dumaguete City government through its Sectoral Desk Office recognized several tricycle drivers for their good deeds like returning cash and other valuable items left by passengers as it capped its People’s Week celebration at the Quezon Park.
— Philippine Information Agency

Dgte grants cash gifts to workers, teachers, indigent families
Around 32,000 indigent families, persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, public school teachers, and qualified city employees will receive cash gifts or bonuses from the city government as part of the Pamaskong Handog program this month.
— Philippine Information Agency

Jee Ick Joo’s wife to take witness stand on Tuesday
Choi Kyung Jin, wife of murdered South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, will finally take the witness stand for the prosecution on Tuesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

NNC-7 urges LGUs to use new iodine checker kit
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Region 7 is pushing for local government units in the region to use the WYD Iodine Checker in their respective localities to check if the food-grade salt sold in their local markets contains the right amount of iodine.
— Philippine Information Agency

LTFRB-10 impounds 6 ‘Angkas’ motorcycles in CDO
In compliance with the order of the Department of Transportation (DoTr), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) said it has begun confiscating motorcycles used by bikers affiliated with motorcycle ride-sharing and delivery service company “Angkas” in this city.
— Philippine News Agency

Mati City receives 2 child-friendly awards
The city of Mati in Davao Oriental received two plaques of recognition on Monday — the 2018 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance and the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities — as the regional winner.
— Philippine News Agency

Lianga Bay in SurSur positive for shellfish poisoning; other areas in Caraga remain red-tide free
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has identified Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, as one of the seven areas all over the country, positive for paralytic shellfish poison that exceeded their regulatory limit.
— Philippine Information Agency

PH, Taiwan accepting applications for science graduate courses for 2020
This is a press release from the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
— Rappler

 

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