Philippines Morning News For February 19

Philippines Morning News For February 19

Philippines morning newsPhilippines government exploring Alibaba’s technology solutions
A Worskhop attended by senior officials in the Philippines Government presented a series of lectures on how digital technology applications can be used to, among others, empower small businesses and expand their access to online credit, improve logistics networks, and even improve traffic enforcement.
Open Gov Asia 

‘I fear for my life’: Philippine lawyer behind Duterte probe
Philippine lawyer Jude Sabio felt it was his duty to bring President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs to the attention of international war crimes prosecutors, but now that a probe into the killings is under way, he fears he too has become a target.
Channel NewsAsia 

Labor, transport groups holding protests this week
Transport and workers groups have lined up several protests this week.
Here are some rallies taking place within the next few days:
CNN Philippines 

China building surveillance facilities on Kagitingan reef
China has new communications facilities at a military base it built over Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, indicating its intention to use the fortified feature for its forward signal and surveillance operations in the South China Sea, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said Friday.

Most PH e-commerce merchants offer COD
Majority of Philippine electronic commerce merchants offer cash-on-delivery services to their customers, a recent report by Kuala Lumpur-based online shopping aggregator iPrice said.
The Manila Times

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Former MP takes issue with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
MPs Abdullah Al-Roomi, Riyadh Al-Adsanai, Abdul- Kareem Al-Kandari, Omar Al-Tabtabaei and Adel Al-Damkhi on Sunday discussed a number of important bills; including the conflict of interest bill which is aimed at protecting the legislative authority from political deviation.
Arab Times 

Ombudsman charges ex-Philippine Ports Authority officials with graft
The Office of the Ombudsman charged former Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Juan Sta Ana and former assistant general manager Raul Santos with graft.

U.S. seeks to continue ‘working closely’ with Philippine military
A spokesman of the Carl Vinson Strike Group of the United States Navy stressed the importance of the superpower’s military ties with the Philippines as it commits to defend freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Reinventing crop insurance in PHL
Filipino farmers need not fear a total loss of their resources after every calamity once the proposal of Rep. Arthur C. Yap of the Third District of Bohol becomes a law.

Most PH e-commerce merchants offer COD
Majority of Philippine electronic commerce merchants offer cash-on-delivery services to their customers, a recent report by Kuala Lumpur-based online shopping aggregator iPrice said.
The Manila Times

Naia Terminal 2 to become domestic hub of PAL, Cebu Pacific
Even before House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez’s rant at a congressional hearing on Wednesday on the sorry state of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), the keeper of t

‘Boracay resort owners skirt environment compliance through local execs’
A large number of resort owners – mostly the small ones – managed to get away with non-compliance of environmental requirements in the world-class Boracay island primarily because they are relatives of local officials who allow them to operate in the island.

Thousands rally for federalism
Thousands of staunch supporters of federalism in Metro Manila and nearby provinces flocked Saturday in Quezon City to back the government’s plan to shift to federal form of government.
Manila Bulletin

Group: Stop politics in Dengvaxia probe
Observers said the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief’s grandstanding in the investigation on the Dengvaxia controversy appears to be colored with politics.

PH targets $10-M export sales at Japan food expo
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), aims to generate $10 million in export sales at the 43rd International Food and Beverage Exhibition, better known as Foodex Japan.
The Manila Times


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