Philippines Morning News For December 13

Philippines Morning News For December 13
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Duterte wants refund, accountability from SanofiPhilippines morning news
PRESIDENT Duterte wants French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi to be held accountable in connection with the dengue vaccine controversy, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday.

Underemployment rate improves, but number of jobless Pinoys higher
Nearly a million underemployed workers were able to get decent work as of October, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Philippines may soon import cattle from Latin America
The Philippines inched closer to its plan to bring in cattle from Latin American nations after the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) laid down guidelines that will allow the country to import the breeding materials.

PHL plays hardball at WTO in pushing safeguard deal
Manila has rejected efforts of rich countries to implement deeper tariff cuts on farm products because they were lukewarm to a proposed scheme that will allow developing countries, such as the Philippines, to protect their domestic industries from harmful import surges.

What’s in the New Pakistan Naval Voyage to the Philippines?
A closer look at the interaction within the broader context of ties.
The Diplomat 

Congress ratifies 2018 budget
CONGRESS yesterday ratified the General Appropriations Act for 2018, allocating a P3.767-trillion budget for the national government’s expenditure program.

Illegal transmitters hit 1,200 cell sites
Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. yesterday said signal interference on its cell sites has increased by 85 percent this year as compared to last year, caused by illegal signal transmitters such as signal boosters, repeaters and radio frequency identification (RFID).

Duterte: Reds taught me impunity
President Duterte yesterday criticized the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and its allied organizations for attacking him and his administration following the cancellation of peace talks with the insurgents.

DOT says 6.5-million arrivals target for 2017 will be met as 10-month haul rises 11.5%
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday expressed confidence that it would be able to meet its 6.5-million visitor-arrivals target for the year.

DOT drops move to force airlines to disclose bag fees
The Transportation Department is dropping an Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later.
Manila Bulletin 

China’s Once Impossible Friendship With The Philippines Hits Another New High
It looked like harmless progress on the surface, but Manila’s deal this month with Taipei symbolized a broader victory. On December 7, the two Asian governments renewed a bilateral investment agreement.

Govt to run after those tied to dengue vaccine anomaly
MALACAÑANG vowed Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte would go after those involved in the alleged onerous P3.35-billion procurement of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
Manila Bulletin 

Critics see no need to extend martial law
LIBERAL Party senators yesterday questioned the constitutionality of extending President Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao, saying there is no actual rebellion or terrorism that necessitates it.

Congress nod seen for 1-year martial law
An overwhelming majority of senators and congressmen are expected to approve in a joint session today the one-year extension that President Duterte has requested for martial law in Mindanao.

Palace to address security concerns before it allows entry of China Telecom
Malacañang on Tuesday vowed to look into security concerns raised over the entry of a Chinese telecommunications company intended to challenge the duopoly of local players Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc.

‘Workers must get full service charge’
The Senate has approved a bill that will allow employees of hotels and restaurants to get 100 percent of the service charge collected from customers.

Duterte to lead destruction of seized Maute firearms
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the destruction of around 400 weapons captured and recovered during the five-month battle to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group terrorists.
Update Philippines 

Uber offers tech platform to guide PH infra programs
Ride-hailing company Uber is offering its technology to the Philippine government for use in optimizing infrastructure plans.
The Manila Times

BOC seizes P83-M smuggled rice in Cebu, P57.5-M shabu at NAIA
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Cebu seized P83.3 million in premium rice from China which was misdeclared as ceramic tiles.
Manila Bulletin 

Housing for uniformed personnel now for informal settlers
The Senate has adopted a joint resolution authorizing the National Housing Authority (NHA) to award unoccupied and unawarded homes for uniformed personnel to other beneficiaries, including informal settlers and calamity victims.

Tropical Depression Urduja maintains strength over Philippine Sea
Tropical Depression Urduja maintained its strength on Tuesday evening, December 12, as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea.


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