Philippines morning news for November 28

Philippines morning news for November 28
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Philippines morning newsPhilippines, China set out 10-yr infra cooperation program
The Philippines and China have set out a ten-year cooperation program on infrastructure that is hoped to outlive the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a copy of an agreement between the countries released by the Palace on Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Duterte gov’t tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in ‘drug war’
Over two years since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his campaign against illegal drugs on July 1, 2016, nearly 5,000 people have been killed, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
— Rappler

China, PHL eyeing $8.4-billion industrial park investments
BEIJING is penciled to deliver over $8.37 billion of investments in industrial park development as part of its program for cooperation with Manila signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit last week.
— Business Mirror

Chinese firm eyes $100-M ‘green textile’ industry park in PH
A diversified Chinese company based in Shaoxing in China’s eastern Zhejiang province has signed an intention agreement or a memorandum of understanding for its plan to invest $100 million “green textile industry park” at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
— Manila Bulletin

Remittances: Filipino expats in UAE save, send home Dh5.5 billion in 9 months
Filipino expatriates in the UAE have managed to save and send home nearly $2 billion in cash so far this year, according to the latest data.
— Gulf News

‘Boracay closure hurt tourist arrivals target’
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is not confident of hitting its target of 7.4 million tourist arrivals following the six-month closure of Boracay.
— The Philippine Star

DBM warns reenacted budget to affect economy
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Tuesday the delayed passage of the 2019 national budget will take a toll on the country’s economy in the first semester of next year.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines’ top 1000 firms ride robust economic growth in 2017
THE COUNTRY’S top 1,000 corporations continue to post strong earnings in 2017 amid a backdrop of sustained economic growth.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines poised to become Asia’s Halal hub to join $3.5 trln market
Believing in the potential trade relations between the Philippines and the Muslim market in the global community, the Duterte administration approved a new law called the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act to develop and apply halal agricultural and manufacturing standards and practices in the Philippines.
— Al-Arabiya

Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to SC
Former first lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is determined to bring Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to the Supreme Court (SC).
— UNTV News

Tagbilaran Airport to be closed, all flights moving to Bohol-Panglao
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Tuesday, November 27, that the Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol will be closed starting 6 pm.
— Rappler

Tax filers expected to hit P23M this year
The number of tax filers could rise to 23 million this year due to electronic enhancements facilitated by aid from the United States, the chief of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Bangsamoro plebiscite gets P857M funding: Comelec chief
The Department of Budget and Management has identified fund sourcing for the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which would require P857 million, the country’s poll chief said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Customs operations yield P306 million worth of smuggled rice, cigarettes in ARMM
Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), as the government strengthens its anti-smuggling operations in the region.
— Business Mirror

Philippine President Ratchets Up War of Words with Catholic Church
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has escalated his verbal war with the Catholic Church by threatening to behead a bishop over allegations tied to drug dealing.
— Benar News

Bicam approves universal health care bill
A bicameral conference committee composed of lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved the bill seeking to provide health care for all Filipinos on Tuesday, November 27.
— Rappler

Trillanes open to Duterte probe of Navy deals of parents
Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday taunted President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter disclosed that the government was investigating supposed irregular transactions of the senator’s parents as contractors for the Philippine Navy.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte says to form hit squad vs NPA ‘sparrows’
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would form his own hit squad to target members of a liquidation team commanded by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippine rights lawyers an endangered species
It was on a Sunday, Nov. 18, when slain human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos Jr. was buried in the city of Sipalay in Negros Occidental province in central Philippines. Some 700 people, many of them farmers, joined the funeral procession.
— UCA News

Lawmakers question possible security issues with Mislatel
Some senators raised concern on the possible cybersecurity risks posed by the provisional new major telecommunications player Mislatel Consortium.
— CNN Philippine

China to send experts to conduct feasibility study on Davao City Expressway project
China will send experts to the Philippines in batches to conduct a feasibility study on the Davao City Expressway project under a recently signed agreement.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippine Red Cross to employ Nokia Drone Networks solution to aid disaster response
Nokia and mobile operator Smart Communications are collaborating with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to bring innovative technology like LTE-connected drones and a portable network into areas struck by disaster.
— MarketWatch

Comelec eyes mock polls for absentee voters in Cambodia
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to conduct mock polls in overseas voting in Cambodia.
— Philippine News Agency

Malaysian firms eye infra projects in PH
Malaysian mid-tier companies are looking at the Philippines as their “go-to” market for investments in energy, automotive, building construction materials and food.
— Malaya

Israeli firm, 13 others eye petroleum blocks
Israeli firm Delek Group is eyeing two petroleum blocks that had been part of the newly-launched Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program (PCECP) of the Department of Energy.
— Manila Bulletin

Israel offers aid to PH tour operators
Tel Aviv is ready to shoulder up to 50 percent of the advertising cost of Filipino tour operators who will promote and craft package tours to Israel.
— Philippine News Agency

Quezon City dads move to stall hike in property values
The 37-member Quezon City council has approved on third and final reading a proposed measure suspending the increase in fair market values of properties.

Duterte: I have chosen new chief justice
A new chief justice may be declared soon.
— CNN Philippines

Government wants 50,000 cell sites in 5 years: DICT chief
The government wants to put up 50,000 cell sites in the next 5 years to improve internet connectivity and speed in the country, Acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

NBI nets 16 aliens in anti-illegal online gambling, fraud ops
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 15 Chinese nationals for illegal online gambling and a Nigerian swindler in separate operations in Manila, Parañaque and Angeles City, Pampanga last week.
— Philippine News Agency

Rates lower for reissued T-bonds
Reissued seven-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds) yesterday fetched lower rates amid healthy market demand due to the expected easing of inflation, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— The Philippine Star

Floods raise leptospirosis deaths in Dagupan
Dikes are now being built along riversides to reduce the occurrence of flooding caused by high tides in this coastal city.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Two simple ways to send money to the Philippines
Sending money to the Philippines can be a tricky affair especially when there are so many financial institutions vying for business and offering customers a plethora of choices, be it, in the fees, exchanges rates, seasonal offers and regular promotions.
— The Manila Times


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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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