Philippines morning news for June 10

Philippines morning news for June 10

Philippines morning news‘Total disarray’: Carpio slams Duterte gov’t West Philippine Sea strategy
Over a year since the sinking of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver and following months of China’s continued aggression in the South China Sea, retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio tore apart the Duterte administration’s stand towards the West Philippine Sea, calling it a strategy in total disarray.
— Rappler

Stricter quarantine rules possible if Covid-19 cases rise: Palace
The government might be compelled to impose stricter quarantine restrictions if the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections continue to rise, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

No justice for fisherfolk one year after Recto Bank hit-and-run — Pamalakaya
A fisher group demanded justice for victims of Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea on the anniversary of a hit-and-run incident at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine Star

PH coronavirus cases rise to 22,992, deaths now at 1,017
The number of validated coronavirus cases in the country rose to 22,992 on Tuesday, June 9, the Department of Health reported.
— Rappler

South China Sea code of conduct on track
TALKS ON the code of conduct in the South China Sea are “proceeding smoothly and effectively,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said on Tuesday, as the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.
— BusinessWorld Online

More plans to upgrade Pag-asa Island as Lorenzana unveils beaching ramp
The government plans more construction projects and official visits to Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as he unveiled the island’s newly finished beaching ramp on Tuesday, June 9.
— Rappler

Taal Volcano rumbles, 5 earthquakes recorded
Taal Volcano registered five earthquakes in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Tuesday.
— Inquirer.net

90 percent of jeepney drivers, bus drivers ‘starving, dying’: transport group
Around 90 percent of jeepney drivers and operators in the country are “starving and dying” due to loss of income, a transport group president said Tuesday, as government still prohibits them to pick up passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

PAGASA: LPA off Eastern Samar may develop into tropical depression within 48 hours
The low pressure area monitored off Eastern Samar may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours.
— Eagle News

Proposal to seize China assets in Philippines for WPS damage needs further study –Hontiveros
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said the suggestion to seize China’s assets in the Philippines as payback for the damage it has caused in the disputed territorial waters needs further study to determine if such is allowed by the Constitution.
— GMA Network

Manila up 29 notches on costliest cities list
MANILA zoomed from the 109th to the 80th spot on the list of most expensive cities in the world for expatriates, the 2020 “Cost of Living Survey” by Mercer Llc. reveals.
— Business Mirror

Threats against environmental defenders seen to worsen with anti-terror bill
The anti-terrorism bill could aggravate the attacks experienced by Filipino environmentalists protecting the climate and the country’s forests and seas, environmental groups said.
— Philippine Star

Sinovac now PH’s potential collaborator on Covid-19 vaccine dev’t
The China-based Sinovac Biotech Ltd. will now be among the potential collaborators of the Philippines on coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine development and clinical trials, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Foreign loans for PHL Covid response now at $6.51 billion–DOF
THE government has so far secured a total of $6.508 billion in loans and grants from foreign lenders, including the $750-million loan from China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to finance the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

30-day countdown begins as anti-terrorism bill reaches Duterte’s desk
Few hours after legislators transmitted the anti-terrorism bill, Malacañang said the controversial measure is now on President Duterte’s desk, and the countdown to the bill’s probable enactment has begun.
— Philippine Star

Don’t expect to get travel passes immediately – IATF
Though the requirements for travel authority passes were simple, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) advised the public not to expect these to be issued quickly.
— GMA Network

PHL, Japan exchange notes on 2 infrastructure projects
THE Philippine and Japanese governments signed diplomatic notes to formalize cooperation on two key infrastructure projects, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOT eyes international ‘travel bubble’ with virus-free zones
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is considering the adoption of travel corridors between Covid-free zones in the Philippines and similarly safe countries abroad.
— Business Mirror

Independence Day rites in Luneta to be limited to 10 people –Roque
The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 response has allowed the holding of the 122nd Independence Day celebration at Luneta (Rizal Park) in Manila but this will be limited to only 10 people, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Hospital chief decries blame for Covid-19 spike
The chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center-Subnational Laboratory here on Tuesday said medical staff should not be blamed for the rise in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the village of Sambag 2.
— Philippine News Agency

Covid-tied family planning setbacks alarm DOH
AMID the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) has flagged the major service disruptions on family planning (FP), and worries that continued lockdowns may lead to a spike in unintended pregnancies.
— Business Mirror

DOH says PH health system not overwhelmed by COVID-19
An infectious disease expert lauded doctors in the Philippines, asserting they have greatly improved in treating COVID-19 patients. He, however, urged the public to remain vigilant against the disease.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Health workers with COVID-19 now at 2,741; recoveries up to 1,598
The number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 2,741 as of June 8, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Northern Mindanao unemployment hits 15-year high in April
Unemployment in Northern Mindanao hit a 15-year high of 11.1% in April because of stalled business operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Rappler

Workers in 7 regions won’t get wage subsidy
Employees of small businesses operating in seven regions of the country won’t receive the second tranche of the government’s small business wage subsidy (SBWS).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOLE: Firms start offering 8,000 jobs to displaced migrant workers
AT least 8,000 local jobs from two companies are now up for grabs for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) displaced by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Business Mirror

House leader pushes for nat’l action plan for health security
As the country continues to face threats from disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies, a leader of the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure that seeks to establish a national action plan for health security.
— Philippine News Agency

Overseas Filipinos with coronavirus climb to 5,401
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 5,401 as of June 9.
— Philippine News Agency

Virus-disrupted expansion seen to hurt telco earnings — Fitch
Despite high demand for mobile network from people working from home, earnings of the telco duopoly are seen to end the year “relatively flat” as expansion plans to cover more subscibrers grind to halt due to quarantine restrictions, Fitch Ratings said Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

BSP re-offers term deposits, reverse repurchase facilities
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will re-offer the 14-day term deposit facility (TDF) and the reverse repurchase (RRP) facility starting Wednesday (June 10) as domestic liquidity continues to stabilize.
— Philippine News Agency

Speaker vows to pass a more responsive Bayanihan II bill
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday vowed to pass a better and more responsive supplement measure to the Bayanihan to Heal as One law.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH: We are ready for dengue and other rainy season diseases
The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday assured the public that it is ready to provide the needed medical assistance to patients with diseases associated with the rainy season even as it continues to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

21-day home quarantine required for Zambo inbound air passengers
As commercial flights to and from the city resumed on June 8, all inbound passengers and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are required by the city government to undergo a 21-day home quarantine subject to strict monitoring by Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs).
— Philippine Information Agency

LSI’s death not due to Covid-19, says Antique town health exec
The Municipal Health Officer (MHO) of the town of Caluya said the death of a coal mining worker who arrived in this province from Zambales is not related to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).D
— Philippine News Agency

DOST oks P35.5-M for garlic, food condiments research hub
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has approved a PHP35.5-million fund for the establishment of the National Garlic and Other Agri-Food Condiments Research and Development (R&D) Center here this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte: More than 15,000 trained as COVID-19 contact tracers
More than 15,000 people have been trained as contact tracers as the government seeks to strengthen its capacity to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
— Philippine Star

PH, China mark 45th year of diplomatic relations
June 9, 2020 marks 45 years since the Philippines and China established diplomatic relations. Both countries take pride in stronger ties despite a backdrop of ongoing territorial disputes.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Speaker vows to pass a more responsive Bayanihan II bill
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday vowed to pass a better and more responsive supplement measure to the Bayanihan to Heal as One law.
— Philippine News Agency

Poverty rate seen to rise this year
More Filipinos will be plunged into poverty this year even as government cash transfers and wage subsidies attempt to blunt the effects of the economic fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on the most vulnerable, according to the World Bank.
— Philippine Star

COVID patient jumps to death in Cebu hospital
A 48-year-old man infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 reportedly jumped to his death from the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City yesterday.
— Philstar

PNP sees 2% hike in index crimes after NCR, nearby provinces placed under GCQ
Crime incidents increased by 2 percent after Metro Manila and nearby provinces shifted to a less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Pangasinan town lifts extreme ECQ declaration
The local government unit here lifted the imposition of extreme enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the municipality after the decontamination and contact tracing were immediately completed in areas recorded with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

Teachers seek P1,000 internet allowance
Teachers should be provided with internet or communication allowance to cover expenses related to the shift to distance learning in the upcoming school year, an organization said.
— Philippine Star

Thousands return to work as Bataan Freeport locators resume operations
Some 22,000 workers at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) are now back to work after locators resumed operations since the start of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
— Philippine Information Agency

PAGCOR eyes gradual reopening of casinos
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is eyeing the resumption of casino operations this month to save the jobs of thousands of workers employed by the gaming industry and generate much-needed revenues for the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response.
— Philippine Star

Japan agrees to P377-million aid package for PHL sugarcane
JAPAN has agreed to provide a P377-million grant to support sugarcane farmers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Japanese Embassy to the Philippines said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Senior citizens locked in their homes
I understand that as we navigate GCQ (general community quarantine), or whichever version of quarantine we are currently in, there is going to be a level of trial and error.
— Philippine Star

Catholics must fill out form when going to church
Catholics will have to bring pens when they go to church, as they will have personal information forms to fill out when the government allows religious gatherings to resume under a more relaxed coronavirus quarantine.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Roque: Philippines hoping for better relations, increased economic ties with China
The Philippines expressed hope for better relations and increased economic ties with China as the two countries marked the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

PH needs reliable, cheap internet heading into new normal – World Bank
Internet speeds must be fast and cheap or else it may hinder the revival of the Philippine economy, the World Bank said, as the “new normal” will see more Filipinos relying on digital platforms for work, school, and day-to-day needs.
— CNN Philippines

Expanded vaccination program to continue amid COVID-19 threat -DOH
The Philippines will continue to push through with its expanded immunization for children efforts even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

EU donates P10 million for purchase of tablets, PPEs for detainees, jail personnel
The European Union earmarked P10 million to support Philippine justice sector as it adapts to new protocols in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Cordillera youth group urges Facebook action on ‘smear campaign’ vs activists
The Baguio-Benguet chapter of a youth activist alliance is urging Facebook to take action against content that they say has endangered the lives of its members for months.
— Philstar

7 killed in GenSan anti-drug operations
At least seven suspected drug peddlers were killed while five others were arrested during simultaneous anti-drug and law enforcement operations launched by police in various villages in the city on Monday.
— Tempo

No stimulus packages without revenue sources, says Palace
There can be no stimulus packages without revenue sources, Malacañang said Tuesday, after the House of Representatives passed a bill that seeks to allot P1.3 trillion to jumpstart the economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Fisherfolk group slams ‘undermined’ safety, security in West Philippine Sea
A fisherfolk group on Tuesday criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s silence on Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine Star

China donates 2K rice bags to Northern Luzon residents
About 2,000 bags of well-milled rice, packed at five kilograms each, were turned over to at least 10 provinces in Northern Luzon courtesy of the People’s Republic of China.
— Philippine News Agency

Anti-terror bill to curb recruitment of youth combatants: group
The passage of the proposed anti-terrorism bill would help address the recruitment of young people into terrorist outfits, a youth group said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Families of 26 fallen healthcare workers get P1-M aid
Families of 26 healthcare workers who have died of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have received PHP1 million worth of compensation each from the government, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Pinoys ask on Filipino-Chinese friendship day: ‘Is this true friendship?’
As the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties today, an ambassador from Beijing said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the two countries closer than ever.
— Coconuts Philippines

A year after Recto Bank incident, no change in policy in West Philippine Sea — Diokno
The Philippine government has not changed its policy in the West Philippine Sea a year after a Chinese vessel rammed into a Filipino fishing boat near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine Star

Law protecting online shoppers pushed
House Committee on Trade and Industry chair and Valenzuela City Representative Wes Gatchalian on Tuesday announced his filing of a measure that would protect online shoppers from scammers and unscrupulous sellers similar to that of the Consumer Protection Act.
— Philippine Information Agency

94% of businesses reopen under GCQ — DTI
Only 6% of businesses have remained closed in areas under general community quarantine, including Metro Manila, firms which the government said can open as soon as a further easing of movement restrictions is enforced.
— Philippine Star

Mindanao air connectivity gets boost with improvements at Zamboanga airport, completed construction of passenger building in Jolo airport
The Department of Transportation on Tuesday, June 9, announced two completed airport projects in Zamboanga City and Sulu with several airlines resuming flight operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

Supreme Court allows online oath-taking for 2019 Bar exam passers on June 25
The Court noted that the current health crisis and COVID-19 pandemic made it not possible to hold the oath-taking ceremony the traditional way, as it had to take into consideration the existing government policies on public health, particularly on mass gatherings, the SC PIO said in a press statement.
— GMA Network

Robredo’s office seeks gadget donations for distance learning
The office of Vice President Leni Robredo will launch an initiative to provide students and teachers smartphones and computers as the country is set to implement a distance learning plan.
— Philippine Star

Gyms, travel, leisure businesses open at 50% capacity in MGCQ
As the government is expected to further ease community quarantine measures next week, it is allowing more business establishments, including fitness and sports – as well as travel and leisure industries, to open in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
— Philippine News Agency

DOTr mulls tapping PUJs for delivery services
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is planning to tap public utility jeepneys (PUJs) which are not allowed to operate under general community quarantine for delivery services, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 500T poor households in Cebu to get gov’t cash aid
Around 585,376 poorest-of-the-poor households in Cebu province are eligible to receive the second tranche of the emergency cash aid of the government under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP questions basis of UN human rights body report
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday questioned the basis of the report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on supposed human rights violations perpetrated in the course of the country’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon calls on Duterte to veto new anti-terrorism bill
ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro on Tuesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the controversial new anti-terrorism bill, which was submitted earlier in the day to Malacañang for his action.
— GMA Network

DOH explains spike in COVID-19 cases since easing of lockdown
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday, June 9, said the spike in “fresh” cases the past days didn’t mean the COVID-19 cases in the country was increasing.
— Rappler

OWWA helps 2,870 OFWs return home to Regions 7, 8
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Central Visayas has provided assistance to at least 2,870 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in traveling from Manila back to their home provinces in Regions 7 and 8.
— Philippine News Agency

Gyms, travel, leisure businesses open at 50% capacity in MGCQ
As the government is expected to further ease community quarantine measures next week, it is allowing more business establishments, including fitness and sports – as well as travel and leisure industries, to open in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
— Philippine News Agency

 

 

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