Philippines Morning News For February 9

Philippines Morning News For February 9
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Philippines morning newsPhilippines drugs war: ICC announces initial inquiry into killings
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to open a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the Philippines government’s war on drugs, its chief prosecutor says.

Duterte: ‘If I don’t act like a dictator the Philippines won’t progress’
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that if it weren’t for his dictatorial style, his country would stagnate and never improve.
Autonomous Nonprofit Organization 

UP moves up in Asia university rankings
The University of the Philippines has significantly improved its ratings in the latest Asia university rankings released by London-based Time Higher Education (THE) magazine this week.

Three deaths in Philippines linked to Dengvaxia vaccine
The Philippines Department of Health announced that a “causal association” has been found between three pediatric deaths and the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.

Philippines eyes Alibaba’s financial technology for OFWs
The Philippine government might tap Alibaba group’s financial technology solutions to help lower remittance costs for overseas Filipino workers through mobile payment technology.

Duterte admin ‘naive’ on West Philippine Sea – expert
“Well-intentioned but naive” was the way Gregory Poling, one of the world’s leading experts on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), described the Duterte administration’s approach toward the disputed waters.

Philippines’ Ayala buys National Teachers College
Major Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. on Thursday said it won a bid to acquire 96% of the National Teachers College, a move which comes amid merger talks with the owners of iPeople, the listed owner of an engineering school.
Nikkei Asian Review 

Govt adopts nuclear policy
The Energy Department is keen on including nuclear power in the country’s energy energy mix to provide long-term energy supply, as it prepares to submit the national nuclear energy position to Malacañang.
Manila Standard

World Must Pressure Philippines on Drug War Accountability
The buzzwords “bloodless,” “transparent,” and “accountability” are being deployed by Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa and his colleagues in a bid to rebrand President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” with a veneer of lawfulness.
Human Right Watch 

Canada-Philippines helicopter deal sparks human rights concerns
Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said the helicopters will only be used for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

PH stops importation of birds, poultry from The Netherlands
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has ordered a temporary ban on the import of live birds and poultry products from The Netherlands, amid fears that bird flu may reach Philippine shores.
The Manila Times 

Duterte signs free irrigation law
President Duterte has signed a Congress-approved bill providing farmers free irrigation.

Globe to suspend mobile services in Quiapo for ‘Traslacion’ Black Nazarene
Telecommunications provider Globe will temporarily suspend its mobile services within the vicinity of the Black Nazarene procession starting 5 a.m. January 9 until the image of the Black Nazarene returns to the Quiapo Church in compliance with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
Update Philippines 

PHL hotels recognized in Asean Tourism Awards
TWENTY-TWO hotels and resorts from the Philippines recently won in the Asean Tourism Standards Awards.

Poe to Palace: What makes you think China will leave West PH Sea islands?
Senator Grace Poe criticized Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday, February 8, for saying the Philippines will someday thank China for its artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Philippines conducting Benham Rise research without China
Filipinos have been conducting research in Benham Rise even without China’s help.

PAL becomes Philippines’ first 4-star airline
Philippine Airlines has been certified as the country’s first 4-star airline, the flag carrier said Thursday.


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