Philippines morning news for March 10

Philippines morning news for March 10

Philippines morning news

Philippines records 4 more COVID-19 cases; total up to 24
The Philippines’ confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 24, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday night.
— GMA Network

Duterte declares state of public health emergency amid rise in coronavirus cases
President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of public health emergency on Monday, March 9, after health officials recorded additional cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, including the first case of local transmission in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Hands off: ‘No touch’ virus policy for Philippines president Duterte
Well-wishers will not be allowed to touch Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte under new measures announced Monday by his security detail, as the deadly coronavirus spreads in the country.
— CNA

DOH: No lockdown until sustained community transmission is confirmed
The Department of Health (DOH) said Monday that no lockdown will be enforced until it has confirmed cases of sustained community transmission in the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Coronavirus seen to make Philippines miss 2020 GDP growth target
The novel coronavirus is seen to spoil the Philippines’ economic growth rate in 2020, said Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon, which would make the country miss its target.
— Rappler

Regulators lift several airport charges
Aviation regulators said Monday they are deferring certain airport charges on local airlines after the industry’s operations were heavily hit by the coronavirus disease 2019.
— Manilastandard.net

Losses due to ASF hit P80 billion
The local hog industry has lost around P80 billion since August due to African swine fever (ASF).
— The Philippine Star

Locsin locked out of Twitter after violent tweet vs Bayan
After one tweet too many, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr was locked out of his official Twitter account on Monday, March 9, as the social media platform said the Philippine official violated its rules.
— Rappler

‘No right to resist’ quarantine under state of public health emergency – DOH
A high-ranking Department of Health (DOH) official said patients suspected to have the novel coronavirus would face sanctions should they refuse to undergo quarantine once the Philippines declares a state of public health emergency.
— Rappler

COVID-19 cases under-reported? DOH points to limited number of testing kits
The Department of Health on Monday (DOH) on Monday said it would expand the coverage of tests involving potential coronavirus patients as soon as it received enough supplies.
— GMA Network

SC asked to issue jurisprudence on treaty termination
PHILIPPINE senators on Monday asked the Supreme Court to issue jurisprudence on whether the Executive branch can unilaterally end a treaty that the chamber had concurred in.
— BusinessWorld

Work-from-home ‘possible’ amid Covid-19 threat
Malacañang may consider a work-from-home arrangement for some government workers following the local transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Enough bed capacities for quarantine facilities amid coronavirus crisis – DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, March 9, said that isolation hospitals in the Philippines have enough bed capacities for cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

House bill filed penalizing bulk cash smuggling
A MEASURE penalizing bulk cash smuggling and adding to the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC) powers against money-laundering was filed in the House of Representatives Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Moody’s retains PHL growth view at 6.1% after downgrades elsewhere
MOODY’S Investors Service said it maintained its growth outlook for the Philippines after trimming its forecasts for other economies to factor in the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
— BusinessWorld

No classes for 7 days in Manila
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso suspended classes from Monday (March 9) to Sunday (March 15) in all levels for both public and private schools over threats of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).
— Tempo

Cebu Pacific execs take pay cut to save jobs as coronavirus hurts profits
Senior management of budget airline Cebu Pacific voluntarily took a pay cut to avoid layoffs, as the novel coronavirus continues to bite into its profits.
— Rappler

Duterte firm on VFA abrogation despite senators legal challenge
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday stood firm in his decision to abrogate the Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States even after some senators questioned this move before the Supreme Court.
— GMA Network

Duterte rejects Metro Manila coronavirus lockdown for now
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, March 9, rejected calls to place Metro Manila on lockdown after health officials recorded a spike in novel coronavirus cases.
— Rappler

NEDA sees job losses up to 60,000 due to virus
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) estimated up to 60,000 jobs in the tourism and manufacturing sectors may be lost if the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak persists until June.
— BusinessWorld

Amid COVID-19 threat, Duterte jokes he wants hugs, not handshakes from women
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he will continue to shake hands despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat, contrary to an earlier pronouncement by his security group that a “no-touch” policy to the president will be enforced.
— GMA Network

WATCH: House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal
The House committee on legislative franchises is finally holding its first hearing on the bills that would renew the franchise of media network ABS-CBN on Tuesday, March 10.
— Rappler

Senate passes bills seeking to upgrade several Philippine hospitals
The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading four bills that would improve hospital facilities in different regions of the country.
— GMA Network

Ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio ordered arrested to serve 6-10-year sentence
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio so he could serve his sentence for a graft conviction in 2019.
— Rappler

Patented drug imports an option during national emergency
THE Health department can import patented medicines through a compulsory license during a national emergency, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines said, amid rising cases of a deadly coronavirus strain.
— BusinessWorld

DOH says still safe to visit hospitals if feeling unwell
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that despite the rise of novel coronavirus in the country, it is still safe for the public to visit hospitals if they need to see a doctor.
— Rappler

House OKs on second reading bill increasing cap on campaign spending
The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill increasing the limit on campaign spending of candidates by up to 10 times.
— GMA Network

PAGCOR willing to provide P2 billion for COVID-19 response – Go
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) was willing to provide the P2 billion the Health Department needed for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, Senate Committee on Health and Demography Chairperson Christopher Bong Go said on Monday.
— GMA Network

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte’s power
By filing a petition challenging the President’s unilateral termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Senate, for the first time in the 3 years of this administration, has asked the Supreme Court to define the limits of President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential power.
— Rappler

Duterte assures sufficient water supply amid COVID-19 scare
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured the public of sufficient water supply as the government fights the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

MBC backs DOF call for lifting of bank secrecy law
THE Makati Business Club (MBC) on Monday called for the lifting of bank secrecy laws to allow the government to scrutinize both public and private persons in aid of the fight against corrupt and illegal practices.
— Business Mirror

Groups renew call to repeal 25-year-old mining law
Several environmental groups called for the repeal of the 25-year-old Philippine Mining Act in a bid to protect the environment from large-scale extractive operations in the country.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines traces 468 contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases; six considered PUIs
The DOH Epidemiology Bureau has traced 468 contacts of the fourth to tenth confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Department of Health announced on Friday.
— GMA Network

DOH: 62-year-old COVID-19 patient in “guarded condition,” four others “stable”
A 62-year-old male who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is in “guarded condition,” Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday, March 9.
— Eagle News

LIST: Areas under state of public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak
Several governments have declared a state of public health emergency over the novel coronavirus outbreak in their respective countries, states, and cities.
— Rappler

Makati gov’t: Taiwanese national who tested positive for novel coronavirus visited city
A Taiwanese national who tested positive for the novel coronavirus visited Makati, the local government said on Monday, March 9.
— Eagle News

Cebu to start screening domestic passengers after coronavirus cases confirmed in Metro Manila
The Mactan Cebu International Airport’s domestic terminal will add thermal screening to domestic flights after 10 cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Metro Manila.
— Rappler

Philippine fast food giant Jollibee loses US$2 billion on America gamble
If 2019 was a bad year for Tony Tan Caktiong, the Philippine tycoon who built a fast-food empire that trounced McDonald’s in his home market, 2020 is shaping out to be worse for his company’s stock.
— South China Morning Post

LGUs need to take the lead on ASF, DA says
LOCAL Government Units (LGUs) need to take the lead as “first responders” in containing African Swine Fever (ASF) after the spread of the disease nationwide, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said.
— BusinessWorld

Agricultural trade falls in fourth quarter on import decline; exports rise
INTERNATIONAL trade in agricultural goods fell 4.8% year-on-year to $5.06 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, with exports growing and imports declining, the Philippine Statistics Authority said (PSA) said Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Not all POGOs are bad: Palace
Except for a few involved in illegal activities, not all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are bad, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Amending Public Service Act to add investments, jobs: biz groups
Local and foreign business groups in the country have expressed their support to amend the Public Service Act, which is expected to attract more investments and create additional jobs for Filipinos.
— Philippine News Agency

Safeguard duty on imported cars set this month
Preliminary safeguard duty on imported motor vehicles from various countries is expected to be imposed within this month, March, according to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
— Manila Bulletin

DepEd urged to postpone graduation rites amid COVID-19 fears
The Department of Education (DepEd) should postpone the scheduled graduation rites this month as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday.
— GMA Network

Rebels used IEDs in violation of human rights laws: CHR
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental said it has concluded in its probe that the New People’s Army (NPA) violated human rights laws and an agreement with the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) with regard weapons used in warfare.
— Philippine News Agency

SBMA starts disinfection protocol vs. Covid-19
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has started disinfecting facilities and buildings frequented by the public following the declaration by Malacañang of a state of public health emergency due to heightened threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

‘Tricycle ban on highways pro-rich, anti-poor’
Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has branded as “pro-rich and anti-poor, which fails every test of socio-economic justice,” the recent Memo Circular of the Department of the Interior and Local Government banning tricycles from national highways.
— Manilastandard.net

Trust DOH in efforts to address Covid-19, Go tells public
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday urged the public to trust the Department of Health (DOH), saying the health officials are working tirelessly to monitor and address the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte renews vow to visit Kuwait
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday renewed his pledge to visit Kuwait where cases of abuse against overseas Filipino workers previously triggered a diplomatic row between the two countries.
— GMA Network

Cops with romantic relationships with inmates face dismissal — PNP chief
Police officers with romantic relationships with inmates will be dismissed from the service, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa.
— The Philippine Star

Cheerleading contest to push through despite Covid-19
Organizers of the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) on Monday said the competition will push through as scheduled despite reports that the country’s confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) increased to 20.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate staff told: No need to come to work
Senators on Monday, March 9, said Senate staff won’t be required to come to work, as the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spiked.
— Rappler

DA-10 accredits 186 farmer cooperatives, associations
Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)- 10 awarded certificates of accreditation to 186 Farmer Cooperatives and Associations (FCAs) as beneficiaries of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) during the RCEF Regional Program Coordinating Team Meeting.
— Philippine Information Agency

PBA holds special meeting to discuss ways to deal with rising Covid-19 cases
The PBA will hold a special board meeting on Tuesday to discuss ways to deal with the rising cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Tempo

U.N. experts remind Duterte gov’t: Targeting activists makes them vulnerable to violence
United Nations experts, in a letter addressed to the Philippine government, expressed concern on the reported continuous harassment and threats against human rights activists and progressive groups.
— Rappler

Gordon: There cannot be absolutism in Philippine gov’t
Senator Richard Gordon said Monday that absolutism has no place in Philippine government as the Senate asserted before the Supreme Court its role in treaty withdrawals.
— GMA Network

Palace certifies CITIRA as urgent
THE measure lowering the corporate income tax (CIT) and streamlining fiscal incentives was certified as urgent Monday by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
— BusinessWorld

PECO seeks ERC to reconsider revocation of authority to operate
PANAY Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to permit the distribution utility’s continued operation in Iloilo City while the area transitions to a new franchise holder, after the regulator revoked PECO’s authority to do so.
— BusinessWorld

Persons in contact with Taiwanese man show no COVID symptoms
Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said all the people who may have come in contact with the Taiwanese man with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are all asymptomatic.
— Tempo

DoH to hospitals: Don’t refuse patients
In the wake of new infections reported in the country, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has reminded all Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals not to refuse patients with the suspected disease or else risk sanctions.
— Tempo

DOH: Not all with flu-like symptoms should have themselves tested in hospital for COVID-19
The Department of Health on Monday, March 9, said not all those who have flu-like symptoms should automatically go to the hospital to have themselves tested for the novel coronavirus.
— Eagle News

Comelec suspends voter registration due to coronavirus threat
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, March 9, announced the suspension of voter registration after additional cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded in the Philippines.
— Rappler

PEZA asks Senate to delay Citira passage amid coronavirus crisis
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Board again hopes to delay the passage of the bill seeking to rationalize tax incentives, but this time over the crippling threat of the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Facebook: An emerging black market for Philippines’ baby trade
Commercial adoption of children is a crime in the Philippines. As criminals continue to evade detection, a new platform for the illegal trade has emerged. It is called Facebook.
— CNA

Boracay combats coronavirus impact with discounts
Businesses in Boracay have slashed prices by as much as 50%, just to stay open and attract local tourists as the novel coronavirus spooks the foreign market.
— Rappler

Cook Islands bans travelers from PH, 13 other countries over coronavirus scare
The government of Cook Islands is prohibiting travelers from the Philippines and 13 other countries from entering its borders due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, suspends night market as COVID precaution
With the latest development on the corona virus disease(COVID-19) that prompted the declaration of state of Public Health Emergency throughout the country, the City Government of Baguio cancelled some major activities in the city as a precautionary measure against the spread of the disease in the area.
— Philippine Information Agency

224 nabbed in Surigao crackdown vs. crimes, insurgents
A total of 224 persons have been arrested for various criminal offenses in Surigao del Sur from January 1 to February 29, a police official said over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangasinan board suspends fiestas, crowd-drawing events
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members unanimously approved during their regular session on Monday the resolution suspending barangay fiestas and other crowd-drawing barangay events in the province indefinitely amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)
— Philippine News Agency

2 Filipinos catch coronavirus in Lebanon
Two Filipinos based in Lebanon tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected Filipinos outside the Philippines to 91.
— Rappler

Interim bus system to launch in Cebu City March 15
At least 20 buses will be launched on March 15 for the interim bus system, the precursor to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System.
— Rappler

DOH says W. Visayas on track in responding to Covid-19
Western Visayas is on course in terms of implementing measures in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus outbreak not an excuse to fire workers – TUCP
Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Monday, March 9, urged employers to refrain from using the novel coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to fire workers.
— Rappler

Agri-tourism and innovation center to rise in Abra
THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture, together with the Abra provincial government, broke ground for an agri-tourism and innovation center in Tayum town last Saturday.
— BusinessWorld

Iloilo City mayor to meet barangay leaders after 46 villages fail road clearing assessment
ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry P. Treñas is meeting village leaders this week after 46 areas failed in the assessment for compliance to the national government’s road clearing policy.
— BusinessWorld

Territorial dispute: Pia Cayetano fumes over Marcos tackling Citira at committee hearing
Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday, March 9, was appalled that Senator Imee Marcos held a hearing that tackled Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) bill, which was already pending before the Senate plenary.
— Rappler

DOLE-Camiguin sets up grievance committee for hotels, resorts
To address issues concerning labor and employment disputes in the tourism industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Camiguin instituted the Grievance Committee for the Hotel, Resorts, and Restaurants Industry Tripartite Council, February 26 at Havendwell Beach Resort, Mambajao.
— Philippine Information Agency

NCAA mulling outright termination of Season 95 due to coronavirus
The NCAA Season 95 Management Committee (ManCom) announced on Monday, March 9, that all sporting activities are again postponed until further notice with the possibility of outright termination due to the novel coronavirus threat in the country.
— Rappler

FALSE: DOH says fake cigarettes that ‘spread coronavirus’ have reached PH
Claim: The Department of Health (DOH) reports that fake cigarettes that spread coronavirus have reached the Philippines.
— Rappler

Zambo City strengthens surveillance vs. Covid-19
The City Health Office here has strengthened surveillance and existing measures to prevent the entry of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) into this city.
— Philippine News Agency

No live studio audience for ‘Eat Bulaga’ as coronavirus cases in PH rise
Long-running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga announced Monday, March 9, that it would temporarily suspend the admission of a live studio audience in the airing of the show as the reported novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 10.
— Rappler

 

 

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