Philippines morning news for August 19

Philippines morning news for August 19

Philippines morning news

Duterte urged to cancel China deals on 3 islands
DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to call off the agreements with Chinese firms to develop three strategic islands in the country to avoid security risks posed by China’s aggressive military activities in the Asia Pacific region.
— The Manila Times

Philippines dangles tax perks to drive businesses out of Manila
Businesses located in some of Manila’s offices, hotels and casinos could lose their investment incentives over the next five years as the Philippines looks to overhaul its corporate taxation.
— Gulf Times

720 deaths in the Philippines: Metro Manila on verge of dengue epidemic
Metro Manila could be facing a dengue epidemic and officials are rushing steps to forestall such a possibility.
— Gulf News

PHL fares well in Asean in GDP, open data; poor in FDI, tourism, inflation
THE Philippines continued to rank well against its Asean counterparts in terms of GDP growth and open data efforts but lagged in terms of investments, tourist arrivals and inflation, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Duterte heads to Beijing on tide of Philippine dissent over ‘meek and humble’ South China Sea policy
“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” British economist John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as saying, emphasising the importance of avoiding rigid doctrines in favour of flexibility.
— South China Morning Post

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Alcoholism costs government P200 billion yearly – study
Alcohol abuse is costing Filipino taxpayers about P200 billion yearly, according to a study by the House of Representatives ways and means committee and the Department of Finance (DOF).
— The Philippine Star

House to hold marathon hearings on 2020 budget starting this week
TO ensure the timely passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion General Appropriations Act, the House of Representatives will conduct marathon hearings from Monday to Friday starting on August 22.
— Business Mirror

Dengue search-destroy bid launched
Health Secretary Francisco Duque led the kick-off ceremonies for the Region-wide Synchronized Dengue Clean-up Drive for Metro Manila.

Palace: China ships’ incursions becoming ‘irritant’
The Philippines and China are embroiled in a longstanding maritime dispute over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea.
— The Philippine Star

Subsidies to GOCCs drop in June to P7.04 billion
SUBSIDIES extended by Filipino taxpayers to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) declined by more than half as of June, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— Business Mirror

Koreans, Europeans among top spenders in PHL in 1st half 2019
FOREIGN tourists who visited the Philippines spent an estimated US$4.7 billion or P244.4 billion in the first half of the year, up 17.6 percent from the same period in 2018.
— Business Mirror

DOLE: Chinese workers’ visas could be cancelled if Filipinos can do their jobs
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking into the Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) indiustry to determine which jobs could be given to Fiilipinos.
— CNN Philippines

DOH warning: Philippines at high risk for polio
The Philippines is currently at a high risk for poliovirus transmission, the Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement released on Saturday, August 17.
— Rappler

Cagayan de Oro creates anti-dengue task force, to hold city-wide cleaning drive on Aug. 20
CAGAYAN DE ORO City, the regional center of Northern Mindanao, is stepping up its campaign against dengue following the Department of Health’s (DoH) declaration last week of a national epidemic for the mosquito-borne disease.
— BusinessWorld Online

DA to allocate P2 B for hybrid rice
The government is set to go full blast with its hybrid rice program as it plans to allocate regular funding of about P2 billion all for hybrid rice next year, in a bid to hit the country’s target production of 21 million metric tons of palay (unhusked rice).
— The Philippine Star

Legislator proposes one-peso ‘climate tax’ on residential power
A MEMBER of the House of Representatives has filed a bill to charge a P1 tax on residential electricity bills to fund environmental and disaster management programs.
— BusinessWorld Online

Muted inflation until Q4 – Diokno
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno is looking at a slightly higher fourth quarter inflation of below three percent compared to the 1.5 percent to two percent estimates for the third quarter, still due to base effects.
— Manila Bulletin

5G can ease traffic, address floods – expert
Countries like the Philippines that face problems on flooding and traffic congestion stand to benefit more from the use of fifth-generation or 5G technology, an expert said.
— The Manila Times

BSP setting up MSME credit risk database
THE CENTRAL BANK has been working to establish a credit risk database to help deserving micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) tap funds.
— BusinessWorld Online

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DOLE moving to curb alien employment for certain Pogo positions
THE government is now considering barring foreign nationals (FN) from applying in some positions in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (Pogo) industry.
— Business Mirror

AirAsia to remove processing fees for Philippines
Asia’s largest low-cost airline AirAsia is set to remove processing fees for the Philippines starting next year to keep air travel affordable.
— The Philippine Star

Ecozone firms want out of Citira bill
ECONOMIC zone firms are asking legislators to make drastic changes to the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) bill, including the exclusion of locators from the measure’s provisions and removal of cap on the grant of fiscal incentives.
— Business Mirror

Groups slam substitute bill hiking tax on e-cigarettes as ‘irresponsible’
The Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association and The Vapers PH condemned a hastily passed House bill significantly raising excise taxes on e-vapor products and making the tax rates virtually the same for combustible cigarettes.

Without new law, no case vs Red recruiters
Unless the anti-subversion law is revived, the government cannot file charges against arguably progressive, if not radical, groups that allegedly have been recruiting young men and women — mainly students — into the ranks of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
— The Manila Times

PCSO, sin taxes could be tapped to fund SDG programs
A BILL creating a special fund for the implementation of programs and projects to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Ambisyon Natin 2040 has been filed in the Senate, with sweepstakes, gaming and sin taxes proposed as the sources of funding.
— BusinessWorld Online

Govt issues more rice import permits to traders
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) granted 2,294 permits to 208 private entities that sought to import 2.041 million metric tons (MMT) of milled rice since March, based on the latest data from the agency.
— Business Mirror

Airline regulator drawing up penalties for ‘chronic delays’
THE CIVIL Aeronautics Board (CAB) is crafting a penalty scheme to punish airlines for “chronic delays.”
— BusinessWorld Online

BIR to shut down POGOs not complying with law
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned that it would shut down Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) who fail to comply with the law and pay the correct taxes.
— The Philippine Star

P18M budget planned for Irisan eco-park development
THE BAGUIO City government will be allocating P18 million to convert a portion of the former Irisan dumpsite into an eco-park by late 2020 or early 2021.
— BusinessWorld Online

DAR distributes over 120 hectares to Quezon coconut farmers
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it distributed 120.5 hectares of land to 50 coconut farmers in San Francisco, Quezon.
— BusinessWorld Online

PRA seeks stricter rules vs foreign SME retailers
As retailing continues its growth trajectory in the country, local retailers have called on national and local government units (LGUs) to reign in foreign retailers and ensure they comply and meet the law’s requirements saying these migrant retailers are competing unfairly and stifling the growth of Filipino small and medium establishments.
— Manila Bulletin

Regressive, repressive Duterte policies to stunt dev’t –Lagman
Opposition lawmaker Albay Representative Edcel Lagman believes that the repressive and regressive policies and proposed legislation of the Duterte administration will only stunt the country’s human development.
— GMA News

Drilon urges COA to conduct special audit on PhilHealth
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday called on the Commission on Audit to conduct a special audit on PhilHealth amid issues of corruption and losses in the agency.
— GMA News

Economist: Strong population drives PH growth prospects
THE Philippines’ strong population of more than 100 million is driving the steady growth prospects in one of Asia’s promising economies, a senior economist said.
— Sun Star

Taiwan to begin checking all carry-on bags from Philippines for African Swine Fever
All travelers from the Philippines will have their carry-on baggage checked during entry to Taiwan starting Monday (Aug. 19) as a precaution against African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Taiwan News

COA questions award of Kaliwa Dam contract to Chinese firm
The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the selection of the contractor for the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project which would be funded through an Official Development Assistance loan.
— GMA News

Sotto wants law to allow plea bargaining agreements for “small-time” drug offenders
Senate President Tito Sotto has filed a bill seeking to allow plea bargaining agreements for “small-time” drug offenders.
— Eagle News

Proposed anti-subversion law a ‘repressive weapon’ – law group
An alliance of lawyers and law students slammed the proposal to revive of the Anti-Subversion Law, describing the move unconstitutional, discriminatory, and contradictory to the democratic process.
— Rappler

Revilla files bill increasing war vets’ pension by P3,000
Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has filed Senate Bill No. 456 seeking a P3,000 increase in the monthly pension of war veterans. If passed into law, the monthly pension provided to Filipino war veterans would increase from P20,000 to P23,000. Last Dec. 20, the P5,000 monthly old age pension of veterans of World War II, […]
— Tempo

No garage, no car policy to help solve traffic crisis: exec
Traffic in Metro Manila is already a “crisis situation”, hence the need for drastic measures like “no garage, no car policy,” a government official said Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

2 solons oppose DND proposal to extend wiretapping to 90 days
Two lawmakers from the House of Representatives on Sunday opposed the Department of National Defense’s (DND’s) proposal to amend the Human Security Act to allow wiretapping operations to last for as long as 90 days.
— GMA News

DND scoffs at China envoy’s suggestion that OFWs could be spies
Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua’s suggestion that Filipinos working in China could also be accused of spying, similar to how the Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had warned that Chinese Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) workers could be spies, was the most preposterous statement Lorenzana had heard in a long while.
— GMA News

Anti-insurgency drive gains support from local council newbies
The government sees a positive reinforcing role for neophyte local chief executives in the national government’s efforts to wipe out local communist armed conflict.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations
On the second year of the death Kian delos Santos, Senator Francis Pangilinan refiled two bills that seek to speed up the investigation of murder cases.
— Rappler

3 retired Filipino teachers go missing
Relatives of three retired Filipino teachers yesterday called on President Duterte to help them find the three retired Filipino teachers who reportedly went missing since last week after their connecting flight to China from United States was delayed and diverted due to typhoon “Hanna” (international name “Lekima”).
— Tempo

Iloilo officials mull opening scenic River Esplanade to cyclists
The city’s famed Iloilo River Esplanade may soon be reopened to cyclists as Iloilo City Councilor Jose Efraim “Jay” Treñas III eyed to pass an ordinance that will lay down rules to foster a safe shared space for both pedestrians and cyclists.
— Rappler

Australian Energy firm eyes first LNG hub in the PH
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is supporting the proposed natural oil exploration project of an Australian energy firm in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) that is expected to create employment opportunities for Mindanaoans.
— Manila Bulletin

Bacolod college gets P350-M development projects
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chairman Alberto Romulo led the groundbreaking for the P350-million site development and improvement of facilities of the Bacolod City College (BCC).
— Manila Bulletin

OFW headcount in HK urged
Recruiters of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Hong Kong were advised on Sunday to conduct a close monitoring of their deployed workers as tens of thousands of Hong Kong democracy activists gathered Sunday for a major rally to show the city’s leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
— Manila Bulletin

PEZA rejects renamed TRABAHO bill
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the government agency that administers tax incentives for export-oriented enterprises, said the tax perks being proposed under House Bill (HB) 313 or the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA) Bill, which replaced the controversial TRABAHO Bill, is ideal for domestic enterprises and not for export enterprises.
— Manila Bulletin

Multi-sectoral rally against killings set August 20
Various farmers’ groups, Church leaders and indigenous people (IP) organizations have set August 20 as the national day against senseless killings in the country.
— Manila Bulletin


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