Philippines morning news for March 2

Philippines morning news for March 2

Philippines morning news

3 cruise ship repatriates show COVID symptoms
Three more repatriates from M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship have exhibited symptoms of respiratory illness, bringing the total number to 13, an official of the Department of Health said yesterday.
— Tempo

New US-Philippines defense pact ‘in the works’
The United States and the Philippines are crafting a new defense pact that could replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that was proposed for withdrawal late last year.
— Asean Economist

NG subsidies to govt corporations breach P200B for first time
SUBSIDIES extended by the national government to state-owned corporations ballooned to a record-high P201.52 billion in 2019, with the bulk going to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— Business Mirror

Thailand blocks WTO in cigarette case
Thailand has blocked the adoption of the agenda of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body during a recent meeting in a bid to prevent the body from granting the Philippines the right to retaliate against it in a 12-year old dispute that Manila won.

Filipina linked to coronavirus cases in Singapore firm
The second Filipino novel coronavirus patient in Singapore is linked to a cluster of cases involving an e-learning company here, said the city-state’s Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Rappler

Possible new PH-US military pact has no blessing of PRRD
President Rodrigo Duterte has not given his nod on efforts to craft another military deal between the Philippines and the United States as a replacement for the scrapped Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 1, 2020
The Department of Health (DOH) continues to place patients under investigation for possible cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Rappler

CITIRA’s passage: Light at the end of the tunnel
Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Senator Pia Cayetano has filed Senate Bill 1357, the Committee Report on the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act or CITIRA, and has sponsored it in the Senate’s plenary session.
— BusinessWorld

Open arms for the Foreign Investments Act
At the AmCham Legislative and Trade & Investment Committees forum last week in Makati, the recommended easing of constitutional restrictions on foreign equity amendments was the hot topic.
— BusinessWorld

Maguindanao blast kills 2 kids
An explosion believed to be from a fragmentation grenade has left two children dead in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

IBP to create P25-M Security and Justice Fund for slain lawyers
Following the killing of a lawyer in Nueva Ecija last week, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said it would establish a P25-million Lawyers Security and Justice Fund to reward and support witnesses in the prosecution of the killers of lawyers.
— GMA Network

COVID infects Filipina in Singapore
The Department of Health (DoH) reported on Sunday that another Filipino in Singapore tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected overseas Filipinos to 86.
— Tempo

NUPL: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Act will be govt s most potent weapon vs. dissent
The National Union of People’s Lawyers has expressed its opposition to the Senate bill seeking to strengthen the country s anti-terrorism law and repeal the Human Security Act of 2007.
— GMA Network

No Alegria Oil Field proceeds yet for Cebu, says Gwen Garcia
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the province has yet to receive its 2018-2019 share of proceeds from the recently discovered Alegria Oil Field.
— Rappler

Inflation eases in February — BSP
Inflation likely eased this month after accelerating for the third straight month in January, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— The Philippine Star

DA distributes P32 million to ASF-affected hog raisers in Rizal
The Department of Agriculture has distributed P32-million worth of additional interventions for hog raisers affected by the African swine fever in Rodriguez, Rizal.

61% of BARMM families poor
Poverty incidence in provinces now covered by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao remains high with 61 percent of the population unable to earn enough for food and non-food needs in 2018, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Lawmakers seek ban on child marriages, punishment vs online sex den operators
WITH the celebration of the National Women’s Month this March, lawmakers are pushing for a bill prohibiting child marriage while calling on enforcement agencies to ensure that operators of online sexual exploitation dens are put behind bars.
— Business Mirror

PH to make first contribution to ADB grant fund
The Philippines has announced that it is making its first-ever contribution to the grant fund of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) intended for the most vulnerable and least developed members of the Manila-based multilateral institution.
— Philippine News Agency

PDEA adopts three-pronged approach in anti-drug campaign
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI (PDEA) has adopted three-pronged approach in the fight against illegal drugs in the country.
— Philippine Information Agency

Drug links of offshore gaming being probed
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is keeping tabs on offshore gaming operators in the country for possible involvement in the illegal drug trade, the agency said.
— BusinessWorld

Chinese nationals in money laundering scheme may fund private armies, state enemies –Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday expressed concern that Chinese nationals who are supposedly involved in a money laundering scheme could use the money they illegally bring into the country to fund private armies or even enemies of the state.
— GMA Network

EcoWaste Coalition says PH should no longer accept trash coming from other countries
Quezon City-based environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has called on the government to immediately exert greater measures that will ban waste importation to the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

Labor coalition asks Duterte to sanction C. Luzon police chief for violating worker rights with ‘JIPCO’
LABOR coalition Nagkaisa on Sunday called on President Duterte to sanction Central Luzon Police Regional Director, Brig. General Rhodel O. Sermonia, for violating labor rights with the launching of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concerns Office (JIPCO) last week.
— Business Mirror

Philippines environment summit launched
Church leaders have called for an end to coal operations of businesses during the launching of the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit in Cagayan de Oro from Feb. 26 to 28.
— The Philippine Star

Malacañang vows probe into Nueva Ecija lawyer’s killing
Malacañang on Sunday promised that the killing of a 73-year-old lawyer in Nueva Ecija last Friday would be investigated.
— GMA Network

Mutual Defense Treaty, EDCA may soon suffer same fate as VFA -Palace
Malacañang on Sunday suggested that the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US could soon suffer the same fate as the now-terminated Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
— GMA Network

Alert level 2 maintained over Taal
An alert level 2 remains hoisted over Taal today.
— Eagle News

Visayan bloc rallies support for Cayetano amid ouster plot
The 48-strong Visayan bloc in the House of Representatives has reaffirmed its commitment to support the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano amid the supposed ouster plot against the top leader of the chamber
— Philippine News Agency

Filipino sailor among 13 missing in Japan
A Filipino and 12 other crew members onboard a Belize-flagged cargo ship are missing after the vessel collided with a fishing boat off Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Aomori late Saturday, the Chinese consulate general in Sapporo said Sunday.
— Manila Times

Casinos required to report money laundering cases to AMLC –Drilon
Casinos in the country are obligated to report to the Anti-Money Laundering Council supposed cases of money laundering, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Sunday.
— GMA Network

11 Boracay tourists return to South Korea
The 11 tourists from South Korea were allowed to return home to Incheon via Kalibo International Airport on February 28 and 29 after they were monitored in Boracay Island without flu-like symptoms.
— Rappler

CADAC urges businesses to comply with drug-free workplace ordinance
The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council has urged businesses to comply with the provisions of City Ordinance 0506-13 which requires businesses employing 10 or more workers to create a drug free workplace program and treatment/prevention plan.
— Philippine Information Agency

Iloilo sets policies on entry of capitol employees, visitors amid COVID-19 outbreak
The Iloilo government is implementing a set of policies on the entry of employees, visitors, and clients at the provincial capitol amid the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 outbreak.
— Rappler

Gordon says gov’t should stock up on face masks, other medical supplies
Senator Richard Gordon has stressed the need for the government to stockpile on face masks, medical gowns, personal protective equipment and other strategic medical supplies to ensure sufficient stocks during epidemics and calamities.
— Eagle News

Thousands may lose jobs due to COVID-19 impact on business – TUCP
Thousands of workers may lose their jobs in the next 6 months as businesses take a hit from the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 outbreak, a labor group said on Saturday, February 29.
— Rappler

DOT postpones nationwide mall sales amid coronavirus scare
The Department of Tourism (DOT) postponed the nationwide mall sales scheduled for the whole month of March, due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.
— Rappler

The winners and losers in POGO’s Demise
The crackdown on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) has begun
— BusinessWorld

Ex-Nueva Ecija governor Tomas Joson’s graft conviction reversed
The Sandiganbayan reversed the conviction for graft of former Nueva Ecija governor Tomas Joson III and two town mayors after granting their appeal.
— Rappler

Pinoys urged to get European-accredited diploma
Filipino-founded International School of Applied Social Sciences (ISASS) is encouraging Filipinos to invest in a European-accredited diploma, particularly those seeking to migrate to Europe.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu’s Garcia: Not right time for inter-school meets amid novel coronavirus outbreak
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that she is against any huge gathering of students in Cebu province so as not to expose the children to risks amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Rappler

No more PUI in EV now, DOH-8 official says
The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas reported that no patient under investigation (PUI) for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) infection was recorded this week in any referral hospital in Region 8.
— Philippine Information Agency

Manhunt vs. alleged mastermind in news anchor killing launched
Police has launched a province-wide manhunt against the alleged mastermind in the murder of Kidapawan City broadcast journalist Eduardo “Ed” Dizon in July last year.Col.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Silent majority’ in House favors ABS-CBN franchise renewal – Atienza
Buhay party list representative Lito Atienza claimed that a silent majority in the House of Representatives is actually in favor of renewing the franchise of broadcast network ABS-CBN.
— Rappler

Bukidnon IP school launches food sufficiency project
An indigenous people’s school in Barangay Bangcud, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon has inaugurated a food sufficiency project for its 187 students.
— Philippine News Agency

LGUs, churches need to do their part in fight vs illegal gambling -PNP
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said on Sunday that local governments and churches needed to help in the effort against illegal gambling.
— GMA Network

PDP-Laban won’t take part in unfounded ouster plot vs. Cayetano -solon
PDP-Laban stalwart Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel on Sunday insisted that there were no moves to oust Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano from his post at the House of Representatives.
— GMA Network

Aurora steps up info drive vs. CPP-NPA recruitment
The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB) has stepped up its information and education campaign to counter the recruitment efforts of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), particularly among students in this province.
— Philippine News Agency

LTO to be stricter with regard to issuance, renewal of driver s license
The Land Transportation Office will be stricter in issuing driver s licenses to ensure the eligibility of the holder, its Licensing Section chief said on Sunday.
— GMA Network

Ex-NPA rebel killed by former colleagues in Iligan City
A former combatant of the New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered to the government was gunned down by assailants believed to be his former “comrades” in the rebel group on February 29 in the hinterland community of Kalilangan village, this city.
— Philippine News Agency

DOST-1 RSTL to launch new laboratory services
The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 – Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (DOST-1 RSTL) will be launching its new laboratory services on March 17, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Organic farm in Ilocos Norte school makes learning more fun
A public elementary school in a flood-prone village of Barong, Dingras, Ilocos Norte is leading the way in terms of healthy organic living.
— Philippine News Agency



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