Philippines morning news for August 23

Philippines morning news for August 23

Philippines morning news

$15-M net hot money inflow in July
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) registered $15 million net foreign portfolio investment inflow in July, reversing the $35 million net outflows of the previous month.
— Manila Bulletin

DOH upholds permanent ban of Dengvaxia
The Department of Health (DOH) has permanently revoked the certificates of product registration (CPRs) of the controversial Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine because of manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur’s “failure to submit post-approval requirements.”
— Rappler

‘Affirm his 7 life sentences’: Thousands sign petition to keep rapist-murderer Sanchez in prison
“Let him serve his 7 life sentences.”
— Rappler

House starts crunching budget numbers
THE 18TH CONGRESS has begun hearings on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, with the House of Representatives targeting committee approval by Sept. 11 and final approval in plenary session by Oct. 4 before lawmakers take a month-long break.
— BusinessWorld Online

Campaign against African Swine Fever intensified at NAIA
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has installed bigger and longer “foot bath” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals, especially at Terminal 3, as it intensified monitoring of meat products to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Manila Bulletin

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Office of the President seeks P4.5-billion intel, confidential expenses
THE Office of the President (OP) is seeking an 80-percent increase in its confidential expenses as well as intelligence expenses, reaching a total of P4.5 billion for 2020.
— Business Mirror

‘Economy may grow below 5% if budget delayed anew’
Economic growth may continue to slow down and settle below five percent next year, if Congress once again fails to approve the proposed 2020 budget on time, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
— The Philippine Star

Government’s collection target for next year at P3.5 trillion
THE national government is targeting to collect P3.5 trillion, mostly in taxes, next year, the Department of Finance (DOF) told lawmakers during the first budget hearing on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

DBM seeks P31 billion for salary hike of state workers in 2020
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Thursday said the salary of state workers may be adjusted by at least 10 percent should Congress approve its proposed budget of P31 billion for the pay increases in 2020.
— Business Mirror

Anti-red tape body to get P72-million budget
EFFORTS to cut red tape may run the risk of getting downgraded, as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved just 15 percent of the funds requested by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) for next year.
— Business Mirror

Court OKs withdrawal of raps vs Noynoy
The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has granted the plea of Ombudsman Samuel Martires to withdraw charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd over his involvement in the Mamasapano incident in 2015.
— The Manila Times

NFA opens rice sale to retailers
The National Food Authority’s (NFA) office in western Pangasinan has announced an open house sale to allow even non-accredited retailers to purchase its rice.
— Business Mirror

LIST: China’s incursions in Philippine waters
Chinese vessels have been criss-crossing Philippine waters even as the government claims friendlier ties with China, casting doubt on the merits of President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called independent foreign policy that has largely favored Beijing.
— Rappler

Pernia to Congress: Pass 2020 budget on time to ensure economic growth
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia called on the 18th Congress to pass the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 on time so as not to hamper economic growth.
— Rappler

Philippine Leader Looking to Push for Resource-Sharing Deal with China
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that a joint oil and gas exploration deal in the South China Sea could help ease tensions with Beijing, which in recent weeks deployed warships in or near Manila’s territorial waters.
— Spratly Islands

Malacañang defends proposed ₱4.9 billion intelligence funds for the Office of the President
Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo defended what seems to be a high allocation for intelligence funds for the Office of the President in the proposed 2020 budget.
— CNN Philippines

Checkpoint to stop swine diseases set up
The provincial government on Thursday set up an animal quarantine checkpoint in Hermosa town to prevent entry of swine diseases.
— The Manila Times

Experts caution as Duterte pushes shift to gross-based business income tax by 2022
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants a shift to gross earnings as base for businesses’ income tax, but experts were cautious, saying such a base may make the tax simpler to enforce but unfair.
— BusinessWorld Online

Bohol bans importation of live pigs, pork products
Bohol temporarily banned the importation of live pigs, pork, and pork-related products in a bid to prevent the entry of African swine fever (ASF) into the province.
— Rappler

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Solon wants PhilHealth to keep hands off P67.4-B Universal Health Care fund
While riddled with controversy, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) should refrain from touching the P67.4 billion budget for the implementation of the Universal Healthcare law, Iloilo Representative Janette Garin said.
— GMA News

EVisayas seeks P55.45M for ARB livelihood
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas said it needed a total of P55.45 million to finance about 120 various livelihood or micro-enterprise proposals that would benefit more than 2,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the region.
— The Manila Times

Manila slashes maximum realty tax hike by 20%
MANILA CITY Mayor Francisco “Isko” M. Domagoso has approved a local law that reduces by 20% the maximum increase in real property tax rates next year.
— BusinessWorld Online

Economic officials seek closer coordination with lawmakers on priority bills
STATE economic managers have formalized the Executive branch’s request for closer coordination with the 18th Congress to speed up approval of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s legislative priorities.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOH6: Don’t be complacent despite decline in dengue cases
The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-6 advised the public not to be complacent despite the decreasing cases of dengue in Western Visayas.
— Philippine Information Agency

PRRD to go after corrupt BIR workers next
After the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Bureau of International Revenue (BIR) would be the next agency to be cleansed of corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Growth on investments, employment in Clark noted
Investments in this Freeport are increasing, indicating investor confidence on the back of the country’s sound macroeconomic fundamentals and growth prospects.
— Philippine News Agency

Amid Sanchez news, senators split on amending reduced prison term law
Senators are divided on whether there’s a need to amend the retroactive law which allows for the early release of inmates based on good conduct, even as Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the law should be reviewed.
— Rappler

Duterte wants to double Palace confidential, intel funds for 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking a substantial increase in the confidential and intelligence funds of Malacañang for next year.
— GMA News

MISLEADING: VACC filed complaints vs Hontiveros for ‘stealing PhilHealth funds’
Claim: The website claimed in an article that Senator Risa Hontiveros supposedly faces multiple cases filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
— Rappler

Gatchalian says ROTC bill to cost gov’t P38 billion a year if passed
The proposed Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program will cost the government some P38 billion annually, not chump change, said Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday, August 22.
— Rappler

Ceres to sue ex-finance chief over P380-M debt
IN an unprecedented move, the board of directors of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), the country’s biggest transport firm, has passed a resolution to file a legal action against its former finance chief for her failure to explain the staggering P380-million debt of the company.
— The Manila Times

BoC intesifies ops in 4 Mindanao provinces
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has intensified its anti-smuggling operations in four provinces in the Southern Mindanao region amid unabated smuggling of fake cigarettes and other goods in the area.
— The Manila Times

Drilon wants inquiry into reported eligibility for early release of Antonio Sanchez
Aims for “remedial legislation” to RA 10592 -Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is seeking an inquiry into the reported eligibility of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez for an early release from prison. In filing Resolution No. 106, Drilon noted the pronouncement by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra Sanchez and over 10,000 …
— Eagle News

Duterte told to prioritize Sea Lanes measure
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should certify as urgent the passage of a bill that will designate areas in the South China Sea where foreign vessels can pass through, a Supreme Court magistrate said.
— BusinessWorld Online

‘Halt in population program hurt PHL anti-poverty drive’
ABANDONING the country’s family planning program has led to increases in poverty and lack of provisions such as food and social services, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

IPOPHL pushes more inventions to improve lives of Filipinos
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has encouraged its Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) partners to intensify their innovative capacity towards potential inventions that will benefit more Filipinos.
— Business Mirror

KAPA members tagged in broadcaster’s slay
The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Thursday linked members of the controversial religious group Kapa Community Ministry International to the killing of a radio broadcaster in Kidapawan City.
— The Manila Times

NPA threatens to stop operation of power plants
Communist rebels on Thursday warned they would paralyze and halt the operation of a coal-fired power plant three days after insurgents raided the facility in the southern Philippine province of Misamis Oriental.
— The Manila Times

Philippines: Duterte lifts small town lottery ban but with some conditions
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the suspension of small town lottery (STL) operations nationwide, but it is subject to certain conditions, CNN reported quoting Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Royina Garma.
— Devdiscourse

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention
Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr on Thursday, August 22, criticized the United States over its failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), asserting that the international sea code was the “only cure” to uncertainties in maritime affairs.
— Rappler

Guidelines to implement PRRD order on foreign ships needed
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it will first coordinate with the military on how to carry out President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instructions requiring all foreign ships to secure clearance before entering the country’s territorial waters.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP says release of 11K inmates poses no threat
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said the impending release of some 11,000 inmates from prison does not pose any security threat, particularly, on the communities which they will soon be part of.
— Philippine News Agency

PH’s first and biggest solar-diesel microgrid launched in Romblon
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday (Aug. 21) led the inauguration of the country’s first and largest hybrid solar-diesel microgrid with battery facility located in Tablas Island, Romblon.
— Manila Bulletin

PH leads ASEAN’s move to harmonize privacy protection
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took a major step in harmonizing regional data protection, privacy regulations and initiatives by launching the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand with the Philippines at the helm.
— Manila Bulletin

Filinvest, Singapore firm team up in water venture
Filinvest Development Corp., the listed holding company of the Gotianun family, is venturing into water distribution.

Cement manufacturers group scores traders over safeguard
Importers and traders are said to be flawed in disputing the Tariff Commission’s recommendation to increase the safeguard measure on imported cement, stating that the basis of the computation is wrong, according to the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines.

Suweco opens solar-diesel microgrid plant
SUWECO Tablas Energy Corp. (STEC) recently switched on the hybrid solar-diesel microgrid with battery facility in Romblon, dubbed as the first and largest hybrid facility in the country.
— The Manila Times

Ex-DFA chief Yasay arrested for bank law violations
The Manila Police District (MPD) on Thursday arrested former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. in connection with the criminal charges allegedly committed by officials of Banco Filipino.
— Philippine News Agency

Nothing wrong with reenacting gov’t policies to defeat Reds
There is nothing illegal with government proposal to reenact policies that will allow the military to coordinate and talk with schools officials and students in a bid to defeat the communist rebels and their allies, Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr., of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

FDA warns retailers vs. selling alcoholic drinks to minors
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned retailers against promoting and selling alcoholic drinks to minors in light of reports on the sale of ‘alcopops.’
— GMA News

MMDA official wants Duterte to have emergency powers for traffic
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia always agrees with the wisdom of the President, even if it means granting him emergency powers for traffic.
— Rappler

Quezon vice mayor shot dead at home; killer flees ‘on foot’
A vice mayor from Quezon province was shot dead at his home on Tuesday evening, August 20, as he was resting in the living room.
— Rappler

US fund increases stake in AgriNurture
Singapore-based Black River, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Black River Capital Partners Fund (Food) LP, has invested P682 million to increase its stake in AgriNurture, Inc., the listed firm of businessman Antonio Tiu.
— Manila Bulletin


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