Philippines morning news for August 26

Philippines morning news for August 26
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Beijing not likely to change position on South China Sea – Chinese foreign ministry spokesman
Beijing’s position on the South China Sea arbitration ruling “has not changed a bit” even if President Rodrigo Duterte intends to raise the issue when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his official visit to Beijing this week.
— Manila Bulletin

2 dead as tropical storm Bailu hits northern Philippines
At least two people died and two others were injured after severe tropical storm Bailu barrelled through parts of the Philippine main Luzon island on Saturday, local disaster officials said.
— Xinhuanet

Disputed sea code of conduct a ‘trap’
SUPREME Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned that the code of conduct on the South China Sea is a “trap”.
— Sun Star

Govt debt payments up to P83.81B in June
DEBT servicing by the national government rose to P83.81 billion in June on the back of higher amortization and interest payments, data released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) over the weekend showed.
— The Manila Times

Moody’s sees PH expanding 5.8% this year
Moody’s Investors Service said it expects the Philippine economy to grow 5.8 percent this year, one of the fastest in Southeast Asia.

Dirty money watchdog tweaks rules to cover casinos
THE ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING COUNCIL (AMLC) has tweaked rules on administrative cases to cover casinos — including their officers, directors and employees — and introduced gradation of fines according to gravity of violation.
— BusinessWorld Online

Ilocos bans pigs, pork, by-products
Ilocos Norte has banned the entry of pigs and pork products as a precautionary measure following the African swine fever scare.

‘Ineng’ damage on crops, infrastructure valued at ₱360-M
Around ₱360 million worth of crops and infrastructure were damaged in the wake of the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Ineng” in Ilocos Norte, among the provinces worst hit by the storm.
— CNN Philippines

Exec makes a comeback to create ‘hybrid’ PH banking
He is the first expat to become the chief executive of a Philippine bank.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DTI: Ecozone firms need 10-year transition
THE Department of Tradeand Industry (DTI) has urged lawmakers to extend the sunset period of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) from the original proposal of five years to 10 years.
— Business Mirror

Philippine Trust in China Drops over South China Sea Activity
A new public opinion study has found that Philippine trust in China has dropped over the past year.

NOW gunning to be the 4th telco player
NOW Telecom is collaborating with Singapore-based HyalRoute Group, which is investing $1- $2 billion to roll out a fiber optic cable network in the Philippines via its local subsidiary Philippine Fiber Optic Cable Network, Ltd. (PFOCN).
— Manila Bulletin

DPWH to create pipeline of infra projects using ADB funds
The Duterte administration is planning to create a pipeline of projects that the next administration could simply rollout to hasten the development of much-needed infrastructure across the country.
— Business Mirror

House to insist on lower liquor tax
The House of Representatives will insist on its version of the liquor tax increase bill, which proposes rates much lower than those suggested by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Health (DOH).
— The Philippine Star

PEZA fears IT Centers turning ‘ghost buildings’
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said 18 registered IT Buildings and Parks hosting 60 POGOs (Philippine offshore gaming operators) are at risk of becoming ghost buildings on the Chinese government’s crackdown against offshore gambling operations by its nationals, including in the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

With 17% utilization rate, DOH facilities fund cut anew
FOR the second year in a row, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has cut its proposed budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH) due to a low budget utilization rate.
— Business Mirror

DOF, Bangsamoro to set up Islamic bank
The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bangsamoro government have agreed to set up an Islamic Bank to provide financial access to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within the new autonomous region.
— The Philippine Star

Traders press re-computation of cement safeguard duty
Cement importers vowed to present a stronger argument that they believe would convince Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez that the P12 per bag definitive safeguard on imported cement recommended by the Tariff Commission was wrongly premised and would make consumers suffer from higher prices.
— Manila Bulletin

DOLE halts rollout of online processing system in Hong Kong
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has temporarily stopped the implementation of the new online processing system at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Hong Kong pending the results of a probe on its service provider.
— Business Mirror

4 firms bag P1.2-B govt power deals
FOUR companies bagged P1.286 billion worth of transmission and substation contracts in the provinces of Palawan, Mindoro, Marinduque, and Catanduanes from the National Power Corp. (Napocor).
— The Manila Times

Romualdez: 2020 budget to hit anti-poverty targets
House Majority Leader and Leyte first district Representative Martin Romualdez on Sunday said that the P4.1-trillion National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2020 would ramp up the government’s efforts to achieve anti-poverty targets, in effect uplifting the lives of poor Filipinos.
— Manila Bulletin

Measles outbreak kills 2 in Mati City village
A measles outbreak reported in a barangay in Mati City, Davao Oriental left two one-year old kids dead, the city information office said Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

SC affirms junking of graft case vs DBP, textile firm over Marcos-era behest loans
The Supreme Court (SC) backed the dismissal of a graft complaint against former officers of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and a textile company over supposed behest loans during the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
— Rappler

PAGCOR Dismisses Chinese Demands for Offshore Shutdown
In the midst of a scandal between China and the Philippines over the exploitation of Chinese workers in offshore gaming hubs in the Philippines, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has said that the fears and rhetoric used by China were blown out of proportion.
— Gambling News

Duterte wants bigger budget for AFP, PNP in 2020
President Duterte wants bigger budget for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) next year.
— The Philippine Star

Turkey government to assist BARMM agri sector
The government of Turkey vowed to extend assistance to farmers, agriculturists, and leaders of the Bangsamoro Administrative Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
— Philippine News Agency

Sedition case vs Robredo, opposition figures part of Duterte’s ‘authoritarian experiment’ – De Lima
Detained senator Leila de Lima said on Sunday, August 25, that the sedition case filed against fellow opposition figures that include Vice President Leni Robredo is part of a “bigger authoritarian experiment” of President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies.
— Rappler

PA imposes moratorium on POGO license issuance
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo announced that the agency has put a moratorium on the issuance of licenses for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).
— The Manila Times

PhilHealth fraud must end before alcohol tax is increased –Gatchalian
Corruption at the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) needed to stop before the Senate would pass a measure that would raise excise taxes on alcohol products, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Sunday.
— GMA News

Nograles: At least P16 billion needed to implement mandatory ROTC
The government needs at least P16 billion to implement mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps. at the senior high school level.
— Eagle News

Bohol enforces temporary ban on pork imports
The Provincial Government of Bohol has ordered the temporary ban of pork and pork-related products including the transportation of live pigs to the province as a way of safeguarding its own hog industry from the African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Philippine Information Agency

DOJ wants Congress, SC to clarify good conduct time allowance law
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants Congress and the Supreme Court to clarify the provisions in the law that can shorten the time to be served by a prisoner.
— CNN Philippines

3 more Duterte Youth nominees may be charged
Apart from Ronald Cardema, three other nominees of partylist group Duterte Youth are facing possible election offense for applying to become its nominees despite being overaged, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte leads Nat’l Heroes’ Day rites
President Duterte will lead the commemoration of National Heroes’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City today.
— Tempo

Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to ‘Ineng’
Ilocos Norte was placed under a state of calamity due to severe flooding brought about by monsoon rains and the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ineng on Saturday (August 24).
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ ‘glad’ if SC, Congress can clarify if heinous crimes excluded from GCTA law
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday, August 25, hopes the Supreme Court or Congress will be able to clarify whether or not inmates who are convicted of heinous crimes benefit from the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law .
— Rappler

Online media consumption to boost digital marketing
BEING home to among the world’s heavy internet users, the Philippines could see further growth in digital marketing as the population shifts to online media consumption.
— Sun Star

Sabah revives barter trading with Philippines, Indonesia
Sabah will conduct barter trading of non-subsidized cooking oil with the Philippines and Indonesia next week, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on Saturday (Aug 24).

PHL eyes labor deals with China, Canada
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is targeting to secure better employment opportunities for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) during a fresh round of bilateral talks with Canada and China this week.
— Business Mirror

Hontiveros pushes teen pregnancy prevention
SEN. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros is pushing for the passage of a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention bill to address the rise in adolescent birth rates, which socioeconomic planners have called a “national social emergency.”
— The Manila Times

Majority seeks more options to stop smoking — study
Eight out of 10 people around the world want governments to adopt a different approach to cut down smoking apart from regulation and taxation, a new research released by Philip Morris International shows.

Bill seeks to rename Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Antonio Luna
A senior administration lawmaker has filed a bill at the House of Representatives that seeks to rename the main headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from Camp Emilio Aguinaldo to Camp General Antonio Luna.
— The Philippine Star

PH claims silver in Thailand dragon boat tilt
The soldier-athletes of Team Philippines settled for a silver medal in the small boat 200-meters Seniors A Open event, after a close loss to Thailand in the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships last Saturday.
— ABS-CBN News

Rice farmers urged to avail early of one-time loan program
The Department of Agriculture (DA) encouraged the rice farmers to avail of the government’s one-time loan assistance as they have only until December this year to submit their applications.
— Philippine News Agency

Piñol assumes MinDA post
Former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol formally assumes as chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, for a period of six years aimed at expediting the development in Mindanao where eight of its provinces are classified as the poorest in the country.
— Philippine Information Agency

DA positions Mindanao as PH ‘food basket’
Mindanao will be the food basket of the Philippines and will be given its due share and priority in agriculture and rural development.
— Philippine News Agency

Pampanga peace council declares CPP-NPA ‘persona non grata’
The Pampanga Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has declared members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as ‘persona non grata.’
— Philippine News Agency

House bill to punish condom-removal during sex as sexual assault
A measure was filed at the House of Representatives seeking to punish the removal of a condom during sexual intercourse, if there was a consensual agreement to use the contraceptive, as sexual assault.
— GMA News

PCG mourns passing of deputy commandant for operations
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) mourned the passing of Vice Admiral Rolando Legaspi, described as an official who was “very humble and simple, and well-loved by all.”
— Rappler

DA gives loan assistance to Ilocos farmers affected by ‘Ineng’
With Ilocos Norte having been placed under state of calamity due to Tropical Storm Ineng, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will be providing emergency loan assistance to affected farmers of the province.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD eyes 6,600 poor households to replace delisted 4Ps members
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is targeting around 6, 666 poor households in Negros Oriental to be covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program.
— Philippine Information Agency


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