Philippines morning news for August 14

Philippines morning news for August 14
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seen by public as ‘selling out’ to China, deputy says
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens were worried Rodrigo Duterte was “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea.
— Gulf News

FDI inflows plunge to 3-year low in May
Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged 85 percent in May, hitting its lowest level in more than three years, amid external headwinds wherein emerging markets remain affected by the trade war between the US and China.
— The Philippine Star

Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters
This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.
— Spratly Islands

Philippine manufacturing posts 4.4 pct growth in H1
The Philippine manufacturing sector grew 4.4 percent during the first half of this year amid a global manufacturing slowdown, the Philippine trade secretary said on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

More dengue cases in Metro Manila cities in 2019
The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday, August 13, an increase in dengue cases in 10 out of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) in 2019.
— Rappler

Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son
Israel has deported a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son after 11th hour legal appeals failed, a children’s rights group and authorities said Tuesday.
— Rappler

House panel OKs higher tax on alcohol
TO beef up government funds for the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law, the House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday approved the proposal increasing the excise tax on alcohol products.
— Business Mirror

Philippines vows justice for handcuffed Chinese man who fell to death
Philippine authorities have vowed to pursue those behind the death of a 27-year-old Chinese man in Manila over the weekend, after the Chinese embassy urged them to bring the perpetrators to justice and protect the interests of Chinese citizens.
— South China Morning Post

Two soldiers and a girl killed in suspected Philippine Islamist attack
Two soldiers and a two-year-old girl were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in the southern Philippines as the country marked the feast of Eid al-Adha, the military said Tuesday.
— The Straits Times

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating a Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).
— Philippine News Agency

SMC taps 3 firms behind Changi to design, build P734-billion Bulacan airport
DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has chosen three of the designers and builders of the world’s best airport to design and build the P734-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan.
— Business Mirror

World Bank commits $840 M for agri projects
The World Bank has committed $840 million in assistance for the development of the local agriculture sector to cover more areas and projects in the country.
— The Philippine Star

Terror email probably a hoax, NBI agents say
GOVERNMENT investigators have cleared three suspected terrorists who were reported to be planning to enter the Philippines.
— BusinessWorld Online

Deportation case of ‘illegally staying’ Filipina went through court scrunity – Israeli embassy
The Embassy of Israel in Manila justified the deportation case of an “illegally staying” overseas Filipino worker (OFW), noting that it went through the scrutiny of its Supreme Court.

Mindanao lawmakers file bill to compensate Marawi siege victims
Two Mindanao lawmakers have filed a bill that would compensate residents affected by the months-long war in Marawi city.
— Rappler

QC sets up task force to ease impact of 5 major projects
THE Quezon City government said it has established a task force to minimize road congestion during the construction of five national infrastructure projects in the city.
— BusinessWorld Online

BSP to ‘pre-announce’ action on banks’ reserve requirement
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) will “pre-announce on a quarterly basis” its intention on banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) in order to prepare markets, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld Online

P156 million allotted to 26k farmers in Region 2, CAR
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. in Region 2 has allotted at least P156 million for farmers whose crops were damaged due to El Niño during this year’s first quarter.

Rush pending TNVS licenses, LTFRB told
The Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Tuesday ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue the certificates of public convenience (CPC) to applicants of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) that already completed all requirements.
— The Manila Times

Dry spell and typhoons cut banana production by 2.83%
The Philippine’s banana output shrank by an annualized rate of 2.83 percent to 4.375 million metric tons (MMT), as growers harvested smaller and poorer-quality fruits due to the dry spell, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— Fresh Plaza

Banks cannot raise ATM fees without regulatory approval: BSP
Any increase in fees for services made through automated teller machines (ATMs) need the approval of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).This was stressed by the central bank in a statement on Tuesday following concerns it received caused by talks about the possible hike in ATM fees.
— Philippine News Agency

Cagayan black sand miners win P94 million tax case at COA
Thirteen (13) mining companies win a P94.8 million tax case at the level of the Commission on Audit (COA) for tax deficiencies in their black sand mining operations in Cagayan.
— Rappler

Transition period urged for TRAIN 2
THE Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) was enacted into law in 2017 to lower personal income taxes but also to raise new funds for the govern­ment, including a P2 tariff per liter of diesel and other fuel imports.
— Tempo

Philippines emerges as a hateful Dark Web hub
The recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, an extremist assault which claimed 22 lives, had online roots in the Philippines via a Dark Web-hosted forum run by American expatriates.
— Asia Times

NBI mulls filing charges vs OFW for sending false report about alleged Sri Lankan terrorists
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is considering filing charges against an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) for fabricating a report that his wife, his 19-year-old daughter and his daughter’s fiance were Sri Lankan terrorists seeking to bomb targets here in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

PH, China to sign management consultancy loan for Manila-Bicol railway
The Philippine and Chinese governments will sign the loan agreement covering project management consultancy for the railway project that will run between Manila and Bicol during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China later this month, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

Locsin: Filipinos in China will pay if we let Chinese nationals get hurt in PH
Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. warned that Filipinos in China would suffer the consequences if the government fails to bring to justice those behind the death of a Chinese national who fell from a building in Las Piñas City.
— CNN Philippines

Tariff Commission slaps higher P12 definitive safeguard duty vs imported cement
The Tariff Commission slapped a higher definitive safeguard measure of P297 per metric ton or P12 per 40 kilogram bag on imported cement to protect local manufacturers from the surge of this critical construction material which it said has caused serious injury to the domestic industry based on its final determination.
— Manila Bulletin

President Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act into law
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that seeks to bring down electricity rates in the country.
— Eagle News

Avoid dengue hot spots in Bicol, tourists warned
The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Bicol has issued a travel advisory for local and foreign tourists to temporarily avoid areas in the region identified as dengue hot spots by health authorities.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

AirAsia’s optimism for PHL market runs high with new airport projects
BUDGET carrier AirAsia expects its Philippine segment to emerge as one of its fastest-growing markets for this year, on account of the new airport projects in the country.
— Business Mirror

Philippines to suspend dark-coloured school uniform in region hit by dengue outbreak
In an bid to contain a major outbreak of dengue in the Philippines, the country’s Department of Education (DepEd) has recommended suspending dark-coloured school uniforms from being worn by students in the Bicol region starting this month, according to local media.

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys
After saying he would impose a “universal ban” on foreign marine surveys in Philippine waters, Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr changed his tune on Tuesday, August 13, saying he would open it to all countries following international law.
— Rappler

UAE-bound tourists barred from leaving Philippines
The Philippines Bureau of Immigration nabbed several illegally recruited overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) trying to fly to the UAE posing as tourists.
— Khaleej Times

Senators thumb down DILG proposal to revive anti-subversion law
Some senators on Tuesday thumbed down the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) proposal to revive Republic Act 1700 or the Anti-Subversion Act to boost the country’s anti-terrorism laws.
— Manila Bulletin

DOJ orders NBI to look into possible entry of foreign terrorists
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been ordered on Tuesday (August 13) to look into the possible entry of foreign terrorists who are allegedly planning attacks in Northern Luzon.
— Manila Bulletin

China has opened its doors to Filipino coconuts
John Tan has started shipping tons of aromatic young coconuts to China.
— Fresh Plaza

PH agencies ink pact vs. women, kids exploitation in tourism
Several government agencies on Tuesday committed to coordinate and work on policies to address the exploitation of women and children in the Philippines’ tourism industry.
— Philippine News Agency

Cordillera RDRRMC orders units to be on high alert, halt outdoor tourism activities amid monsoon rains
THE CORDILLERA Administrative Region’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has directed all its units to assess the situation in communities and implement preemptive evacuation if necessary amid continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte signs law giving 100% of service charge in hotels, restos to workers
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law mandating that 100% of service charges collected in restaurants and hotels be distributed among workers of the establishments.
— GMA News

Free tech-voc training offered to over 3,000 farmers, dependents
More than 3,000 farmers and their dependents may avail themselves of scholarships in entrepreneurial courses under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, following a partnership between the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the skills development agency.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOH organizes community-based advocates vs HIV
The Department of Health (DOH) region 2 has organized community-based groups to be service providers and counselors for people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
— Philippine Information Agency

DOF exec highlights need for corporate income tax reform
A ranking Department of Finance (DOF) official on Tuesday stressed the importance of reforming corporate income tax to attract investors that will further boost growth of the domestic economy.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs law imposing community service on convicts of minor offenses
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law imposing the penalty of having to render community service on convicts of minor offenses instead of sentencing them to a jail term.
— GMA News

UK sees hub’s potential in boosting PH creative economy
A creative hub does not only bring soul and character in one’s community but its potential to boost a nation’s creative economy is also vast.
— Philippine News Agency

DoJ files 2nd motion for judge to inhibit in Korean businessman’s murder case
THE DEPARTMENT of Justice again asked a judge of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to inhibit from the proceedings in the case of the slain Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.
— BusinessWorld Online

Bongbong Marcos wants poll protest to proceed to reception of evidence
Former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Jr. has asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to order the conduct of a preliminary conference for the reception of evidence in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
— GMA News

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-DA undersecretary of perjury
The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a former Department of Agriculture undersecretary in a perjury case over her alleged overvaluation of her Quezon City house and lot in her asset declarations in 2005 and 2006.
— GMA News

BOC launches text hotline 8484 for reporting irregularities, corrupt officials
The Bureau of Customs’ Intelligence Group has launched a text hotline to which the public may report corrupt practices involving its officials and employees, the bureau announced on Tuesday.
— GMA News

Sotto, Gatchalian propose transfer of gov’t offices to provinces to decongest Edsa
Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday, Aug. 13, proposed the transfer of government offices to the provinces to decongest Edsa.
— Eagle News

Duterte declares Nov. 17 National Students’ Day to honor student activism
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11369 declaring November 17 of every year as National Students’ Day.
— GMA News


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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.

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