Philippines Morning News For June 7

Philippines Morning News For June 7
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Philippines morning newsRodrigo ‘The Lounge-Lizard’ Duterte’s Abuse of Power Kiss Infuriates (video)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been publicly berated by world leaders almost from the day he took office for alleged human rights abuses, so it’s not surprising in the new era of #metoo that his latest abuse of power, a forced kiss, has stirred up a torrent of condemnation globally.
— AEC News Today

Philippines’ Duterte threatens authoritarian rule over relentless criticism of presidency
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to resort to emergency powers and enforce them “to the hilt” to deal with relentless criticism over his human-rights record, crimes and government wrongdoing.
— The Star

Philippines remains at bottom of FDI inflows in ASEAN
The Philippines still lags behind most of its peers in Southeast Asia in attracting foreign direct investments (FDI) despite attaining record high inflows in 2017.
— Philippine Star

China may have removed missiles from South China Sea island
China may have removed the missile systems it installed on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, according to a report, although it is unclear if this was due to the international pressure Beijing has been facing since the news on it broke.
— Philippines Magazine

Tycoon seeks to free millions of Filipinos from loan sharks
John Gokongwei, owner of the Philippines’ largest snack maker and budget airline, and a Skype Inc founder will invest as much as US$200 million over three years to lend to millions of unbanked Filipinos.
— The Business Times

Chinese influx sparks worries in Philippines
A spike in Chinese arrivals in the Philippines is causing concerns that they are denying jobs to Filipinos and causing property prices to soar.
The Straits Times

Quo warranto petition filed against President
A SUSPENDED lawyer on Wednesday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a quo warranto petition against President Rodrigo R. Duterte, citing as basis Mr. Duterte’s alleged failure to secure a certificate of candidacy (CoC) as approved by the Commission on Elections when he ran for president in 2016.
— BusinessWorld Online

Mexico bets on Philippines as ‘door’ to trade ties with ASEAN
Mexico said Wednesday it hoped the Philippines could serve as its “door” to Southeast Asia, as it diversifies trade relations in the face of US President Donald Trump’s moves.

SMC submits bid to extend TPLEx by 60 km for P24-billion
The infrastructure arm of San Miguel Corp. submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Public Works Department to extend the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway to San Juan, La Union from Rosario for P23.95 billion.

Shell pilots sustainable project benefiting 150 coco farmers
Shell International is shelling out about $150,000 (roughly P7.9 million, to finance the three-year pilot energy and livelihood sustainability project of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC), benefiting around 150 coconut growers in the municipalities of Unisan and Agdangan.
— Business Mirror

Study names Philippines as ‘least peaceful’ Southeast Asian country
The Philippines has been named as the least peaceful Southeast Asian country in the latest Global Peace Index.
— Philippines Lifestyle

Labor groups, solons assail Neda’s P10,000 monthly budget scenario
Shamelessly out of touch. Hard to believe. Talking about another planet.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PH Navy contingent leaves for Hawaii to join naval war games
A Philippine Navy contingent left for Hawaii on Wednesday, June 6, to participate in the world’s largest combined naval exercises.
— Rappler

Manila authorities to start using drones to manage traffic
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the agency in charge of the metro’s roads, have a new plan: using drones.
— Coconuts Manila

ADB urges PH gov’t to push for new energy technologies
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is suggesting that the Philippine government push for the use of new energy technologies, an executive said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s Opponents Bring International Shame on The Philippines by Obsessing Over a Joke Kiss
2018 is undoubtedly an important year for The Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte has helped to avoid war by striking a deal with China for the mutual exploitation and exploitation of resources in the South China Sea, all the while helping to secure win-win deals via Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul and throughout ASEAN, all of which will be invaluable to future generations of Filipinos.
— Eurasia Future

EU tells Philippines: Respect for human rights matters to businesses
Respect for both labor and human rights are important to investors, the European Union reminded the Philippines.
— Philippine Star

Japan asks PH to lift ban on Fukushima products
The Japanese government is asking the Philippines to lift the restrictions it imposed on the importation of agricultural and other food products coming from areas affected by the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
— Manila Bulletin

Supreme Court affirms De Lima’s arrest on drug charges
The Supreme Court (SC) said on Wednesday, June 6, that it had denied with finality the appeal of detained Senator Leila de Lima, and affirmed the validity of her arrest based on the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
— Rappler

ERC vows decision on 1,000 cases until 2019 first quarter
The chief of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will be pulling strings so the regulatory body can keep pace with its target to successfully decide on at least 1,000 pending cases until the first quarter of 2019.
— Manila Bulletin

US provides PH marines with new personal protective equipment
The United States military has provided new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) and Inshore Boat Battalion valued at about PHP178 million, the US embassy in Manila announced Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Yields on term deposits climb to fresh highs amid strong demand
YIELDS ON term deposits offered by the central bank soared to fresh highs yesterday, as demand for shorter maturities surged ahead of the upcoming holidays.
— BusinessWorld Online

The Philippines’ FTA with the European Free Trade Association Enters into Force in June
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will enter into force for Switzerland and the Philippines on June 1, 2018.
— Asean Briefing

Workers’ groups slam NEDA’s cost of living estimate
Workers’ groups criticized the estimates given by a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) official on how a family of five can live with an income of P10,000 a month.
— CNN Philippines

Better jobs, manufacturing data to support PH’s Q2 growth
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon expressed confidence that the improving performance of the country’s labor force and manufacturing sector will spur forward the country’s economy in the second quarter of 2018.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

‘Half of PH provinces to have free Wi-Fi by yearend’
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is optimistic that it can provide free Wi-Fi internet access in public places through its Pipol Konek project to at least half of the Philippines’ provinces by the end of 2018.
— The Manila Times

HSBC: PH to benefit from China’s ‘new world order’
The Philippines stands to benefit from China’s new world order, as the Asia’s economic giant is bullish in opening its market in response to external headwinds due to trade protectionism.
— Philippine News Agency


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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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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