Philippines Morning News For March 27

Philippines Morning News For March 27
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Settlement with Mighty Corp. now ‘out of the question’ – DOF’s Dominguez 
A settlement between the government and Mighty Corp. is now out of the question, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Monday, in light of the latest raid staged by authorities at the cigarette maker’s warehouse in Bulacan last week.
– GMA News Online

Thailand, Philippines ink accord to strengthen science, technology cooperation
Scientific and technological (S&T) activities in the Philippines and Thailand recently got a big push as science and technology leaders in both countries signed a legally binding agreement to work together in promoting the development of S&T cooperation between said countries.
— Update Philippines

Medusa Mining: Death in underground mine in Philippines
Medusa Mining Limited (ASX:MML) has announced a contract miner has died at its underground mine in the Philippines.
— Finance News Network

NEDA seeks UK aid in electrification, school infrastructure
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it asked the British government to help the Philippines in the areas of rural electrification and school infrastructure resiliency.
— Business World

Unidentified drone buzzes Philippines Navy ship in Benham Rise
An unidentified aircraft, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or a drone, buzzed the Philippine Navy warship while the latter was conducting maritime and sovereignty patrol on Benham Rise Friday afternoon.
— Phil Star

Court upholds sacking of ex-PCGG chief for excessive phone use
THE Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman finding Camilo Sabio, former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), guilty of dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
— The Manila Times

US businesses see signs of shift to protectionism in Indonesia
US businesses are sensing a shift toward more protectionist policies in Indonesia in recent months even as President Joko Widodo is seeking to lure foreign investment into Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Business World

Dominguez bats for lifting of Australia ban on PHL bananas
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said he raised the issue of Australia’s long-standing ban on Philippine bananas in a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop last March 16-17 in Manila.
— Business World

Philippines abstains from UN rights vote on Syria
The Philippines has abstained from voting on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on the rights situation on Syria.
— Phil Star

Asia trade talks chief warns against turning RCEP into new TPP
The chief negotiator of a 16-nation Asia trade pact expressed hope that talks can be concluded this year if member nations refrain from introducing elements of a separate deal derailed by US President Donald J. Trump.
— Business World

‘Leni impeach bid to proceed’
The impeachment of Vice President Leni Robredo will push through despite President Duterte’s call to his allies in Congress to stop it.
— Phil Star

Cement makers need one less permit — MGB
THE MINES and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has moved to make it easier for cement manufacturers to do business in the Philippines by removing one permit from their regulatory requirements.
— Business World

P700-M resort-like drug rehab center to rise in Bukidnon
President Duterte yesterday led the groundbreaking ceremony for Mindanao’s biggest drug treatment and rehabilitation center as he renewed his vow to eradicate illegal drugs and drug lords in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Gov’t urged to use drone to regulate mining industry
The government is being urged to use and invest in drone technology in regulating the highly-scrutinized mining industry.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte leads early poll of Time’s most influential list
President Rodrigo Duterte has emerged as the early frontrunner of an online poll for Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Senate sets hearing on Benham Rise security, development
The Senate Committee on Economic Affairs will hold a hearing on Wednesday on defense and security concerns in Benham Rise, its chairman said.
— Phil Star

Duterte to poor: ‘If you die, I’m sorry’
The rich don’t sell drugs.
Using this logic, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday justified the deaths of hundreds of suspected users and pushers, all from poor families, in his war on drugs.
— Inquirer.Net

PRC officials charged over anomalous lease
State prosecutors have filed graft charges at the Sandiganbayan against five Professional Regulatory Commission officials over alleged anomalies in its 2012 lease contract for its regional office in Baguio City.
— Inquirer.Net

Duterte dinner invite to Robredo a ‘trap’ – Trillanes
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed Sunday that only the naive would accept a dinner invitation that President Rodrigo Duterte extended to Vice President Leni Robredo, a gesture that the lawmaker dubbed as “a trap.”

House bill seeks to enhance telecom, Internet services
The Magna Carta for Mobile Phone Subscribers bill has been filed in the House of Representatives amid persistent dissatisfaction among telecommunication service customers, especially regarding Internet connections.
— Manila Bulletin

Islamic State group could establish caliphate in the Philippines, Julie Bishop says
The Islamic State terrorist group (IS) could establish a caliphate in the southern Philippines, according to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
— ABC Online



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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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