Philippines morning news for November 14

Philippines morning news for November 14
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Philippines morning newsFiscal deficit widens by 78% in 9 months
The national government’s fiscal deficit widened by 78 percent to P378.2 billion in the nine months to September, already accounting for three percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
— The Philippine Star

Sandiganbayan orders Imelda Marcos’ arrest for graft raps
The Sandiganbayan on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos following her conviction for seven counts of graft last week.
— Philippine News Agency

Govt tax effort hits 15.2% in Jan-Sept
The government’s tax effort climbed in the first nine months of 2018 on the back of a double-digit expansion in tax revenue, the Finance department reported on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

PH wins cigarette case vs Thailand
The Philippines scored a major win in its 10-year dispute with Thailand over the latter’s discriminatory treatment of the former’s cigarette exports.
— Malaya

Vietnam, Thailand won’t sell rice to PH at cheaper price
The National Food Authority (NFA) has failed for the third time to secure supply for bulk of the 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice it has been ordered to import for the remainder of the year as Vietnam and Thailand — the only countries with existing rice trade agreement with the Philippines — won’t sell their rice at cheaper price.
— Manila Bulletin

P257B needed for health care program
THE Department of Health (DoH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) are ready to implement the Universal Health Care Program (UHCP), which would need at least P257 billion on its first year of enforcement.
— The Manila Times

Senate approves proposed general tax amnesty on 2nd reading
THE SENATE on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure that would grant a general tax amnesty, a day after a similar bill hurdled the Ways and Means committee in the House of Representatives.
— BusinessWorld Online

Too old for jail? At least 4,500 senior citizens incarcerated in PH
Old age does not give anyone an instant pass to skip detention and jail time.
— Rappler

DENR to investigate controversial garbage shipment from South Korea
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday vowed to act immediately in resolving the controversial garbage shipment issue in Mindanao.
— CNN Philippines

Probably no handcuffs for Imelda Marcos on her arrest – PNP chief
Former first lady Imelda Marcos will probably not be handcuffed when arrested, according to Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

‘10,000 teachers to lose jobs’
THE Supreme Court ruling upholding the legality of the K-to-12 program will leave about 10,000 teachers without jobs, a group warned on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Israel cutting OFW recruitment fees 85%–envoy
FOLLOWING successful negotiations this week, Israel has agreed to reduce the recruitment fees for Filipino caregivers by at least 85 percent.
— Business Mirror

Oct vehicle sales highest for the year
Vehicle sales continued to recover in October hitting their highest monthly figures for the year but the growth was not enough to lift total 10-month sales.
— Malaya

Group seeks plastic waste importation phase-out
Advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition wants the practice of importing plastic waste stopped for good, saying industries can substantially source their needed scrap plastic locally.
— Philippine News Agency

National ID initial enrolment target set at 7 million
THE government will start registering people for the Philippine ID system (PhilSys) by September 2019, with authorities targeting an initial enrolment of 7 million.
— BusinessWorld Online

Mattis send-off as US war-booty bells return to Philippines
The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines.

Prelate urges gov’t not to allow influx of foreign workers for Build, Build, Build projects
With millions of Filipino workers unemployed, a Catholic prelate has called on the government not to allow funders of its Build, Build, Build projects to bring in foreign workers.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines trails its peers in all crops except for pineapple and banana
Why is national poverty incidence in the Philippines more than twice that of ASEAN peers — Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam?
— Fresh Plaza

NTC dismisses appeals of 2 disqualified bidders
The National Telecommunications Commission on Tuesday denied the separate appeals of two disqualified bidders for the selection of a new major player in the telecom sector.

The Philippines exceed sales target in China’s first import expo
Philippine companies sold $124 million worth of sales in China’s first import expo, hitting twice the target earlier set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In a statement issued on Monday, DTI noted that it had exceeded its $50 million target sales at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) held in Shanghai.
— Fresh Plaza

South-east Asian duo signal 1.5GW wind push
Singapore outfit Blue Circle and Philippine company AC Energy are teaming up to develop about 1500MW of wind energy projects in south-east Asia, including 700MW in Vietnam.

Lazada calls on SMEs to be part of growing PHL e-commerce
More and more Filipinos are getting the hang of online shopping these days over the traditional in-store shopping, owing to the former’s advantages and benefits that include convenience and wider choices, among others.
— Business Mirror


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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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