Philippines Morning News For February 14

Philippines Morning News For February 14

Philippines morning newsChina, Philippines discuss joint oil and gas projects in South China Sea
A second bilateral meeting between China and the Philippines on their territorial dispute in the South China Sea appears to have centered on cooperation rather than on competition, according to a joint press statement Tuesday night.
Nikkei Asian Review 

Philippines should do a US and withdraw from ICC
The United States, known worldwide for its advocacy of liberal dogmas such as human rights, shocked the world in 2002 when it withdrew from the International Criminal Court. One of the reasons for its withdrawal was the fear that the ICC would become a forum for politicized prosecutions of US citizens.
Manila Bulletin 

Kuwait blasts Duterte’s call to evacuate workers
A top Kuwaiti official condemned on Tuesday a call by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to evacuate his country’s workers from Kuwait, suggesting Duterte could damage ties between the two countries.

Philippines company to buy majority stake in Denver’s Smashburger
The Philippines’ biggest restaurant operator says it will buy a majority interest in Denver hamburger company Smashburger for $100 million.

PHL on track to hit $122-billion exports target by 2022–DTI
Electronics exports skyrocketed to a record-high $32.7 billion last year, pumping more than half of the country’s merchandise exports that increased to $62.87 billion for a growth rate of 9.53 percent

Duterte not interested in leading transition gov’t ahead of shift to federalism
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is not interested in leading a transition government once the country shifts to a federal form of government.
Manila Bulletin 

Thailand’s Global Crypto Embarks on Philippine Expansion
Global Crypto Hub of Thailand has launched operations near the Philippine capital, banking on the country’s more than $30 billion in annual remittances and its blockchain-friendly climate, various media reported.

Bangsamoro Peace Process Complicated by Philippine Politics
Despite Duterte’s drams of federalism, the establishment of a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region has stalled.
The Diplomat

Philippine claim on Sabah will undermine regional security efforts
During the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr declared the Philippines should assert its ‘claim to Sabah’ under international law. The committee was formed to review and propose amendments to the country’s 1987 constitution.
Global Risk Insight

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines
Technical attacks ranging from 1:1 hacking incidents to full-on DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have become an increasingly common tactic for silencing critical voices on the internet. Two examples of this threat have emerged in recent weeks in Azerbaijan and the Philippines.
Media Shift 

Philippines eager to buy modern Russian weaponry — ambassador
Manila is interested in buying advanced Russian military hardware to modernize its armed forces, Russia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovayev told TASS on Tuesday.

Four die as storm hits southern Philippines
Four people have been killed in the southern Philippines early Tuesday as a tropical storm unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said.

Philippines leads SE Asia in budget transparency
The Philippines advanced for the third straight time in a biennial ranking of countries where the public has the most access to government budget information, results of the study released Tuesday showed.

Liberals dump exec who fostered Philippines helicopter deal
The Trudeau government has appointed a new chair of the Crown corporation that facilitated a controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines, and ordered the organization to become less reliant on selling arms.
Global News 

CHR’s offer to assist International Criminal Court puzzles Calida
Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday questioned the readiness of the Commission on Human Rights to assist in the International Criminal Court examination into allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cash remittances seen rising in Dec
Remittance growth likely accelerated in December but the full-year expansion will be slower from a year ago, banking giant HSBC said ahead of the release of official data.
The Manila Times 

Senate passes bill for Road Board abolition
The measure that would abolish the graft-ridden Road Board hurdled the Senate on Monday.
Voting 18-0, senators have agreed to approve on third and final reading Senate Bill 1620 which would abolish the Road Board and transfer the management of the road users’ tax to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Manila Bulletin 

Mobile ads reached more online consumers in PH in 2017, says Nielsen
Mobile advertising dominated digital ad campaigns in the Philippines, while at the same time, “on target” mobile ad performance outpaced digital ads served via desktop and total digital last year, according to a report by media research firm Nielsen.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

PH electronics sector posts record US$32.7-B export in 2017
The country’s electronics sector posted a record export revenue of over USD32 billion in 2017, regaining its strength after the market slowed down in the past six years.

PH lifts ban on entry of Belgium poultry products
The country is now allowing the entry of domestic and wild birds and their products from Belgium after the areas in the country that were earlier exposed to bird flu have already been cleared from the virus.
Manila Bulletin 

Davao City declares Trillanes persona non grata
The Davao City Council on Tuesday has declared Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as unwanted and unwelcome following his remarks on the city.


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