Philippines morning news for August 30

Philippines morning news for August 30

Philippines morning news

Xi calls for joint efforts with Philippines in achieving early adoption of COC
The Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea is a pioneering undertaking in establishing rules and regulations in the South China Sea, and China and the Philippines should be committed to promoting the adoption of the COC in 2021 or even earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

PH, China sign six agreements
President Duterte expressed optimism that the Philippines and China will enjoy stronger bilateral relations in the future following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday evening.
— Manila Bulletin

China, the Philippines set up joint steering committee on oil, gas cooperation
China and the Philippines announced Thursday they would set up an intergovernmental joint steering committee on oil and gas cooperation.
— Xinhuanet

German firm in P3.19-billion LTO IT contract, PH partners in trouble
A German company and its three local associates who act as suppliers for an information technology infrastructure project of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) may soon find themselves in hot water.

‘PHL bore P82-billion loss from misdeclared China goods’
THE Philippines suffered at least an P82-billion ($13.6 billion) revenue loss in 2017 on products imported from China alone, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

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Measles cases up 962% in Negros Occidental
The number of measles cases in Negros Occidental surged by 962 percent this year, according to the provincial health office.
— The Philippine Star

Joint oil, gas exploration deals to abide by both PH, Chinese laws – Sta Romana
Any oil and gas exploration contract to be pursued in the West Philippine Sea with China must be consistent with both the Philippine and Chinese constitutions, said Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta Romana.
— Rappler

Senators zero in on poor gov’t spending, revenue leakage
THE SENATE Finance committee on Thursday grilled state economic officials on low disbursement and revenue leakages as the chamber began hearing the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.
— BusinessWorld Online

Tax revenues to hit P187B in 2020
STATE REVENUES from the government’s tax reform measures are projected to reach P187.1 billion next year, a senior official of the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Thursday.
— The Manila Times

Manila is 43rd of 60 in Safe Cities Index
Manila had an overall score of 59.2 of a possible 100 in the Safe Cities Index 2019 of the Economist Intelligence Unit, putting the Philippine capital at 43rd of 60 cities in the index.
— The Philippine Star

6K BARMM workers to lose jobs
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has started implementing a “phase-out plan” that will slowly remove about 6,000 employees in the regional bureaucracy.
— Philippine News Agency

COA report claims Tourism dept. disbursed P507M without supporting docs
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has disbursed P507 million of its budget without the necessary documentation, the Commission on Audit (COA) has claimed in a report.
— GMA News

COA slams failure of DOT to liquidate P25.25 million DAP funds
The Commission on Audit has slammed the Department of Tourism for failing to fully liquidate P25.25 million of the over P2 billion fund released by the government under the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program.
— Manila Bulletin

2020 budget includes new tax revenues
The Department of Finance (DOF) urged Congress to immediately approve the higher excise taxes on alcohol and electronic cigarettes after the Duterte administration already earmarked the expected revenues from the proposed measure under the national budget for next year.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines sends BRP Ramon Alcaraz off to ASEAN-U.S. naval drills
The Philippine Navy sent the Del Pilar-class patrol ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz off to Sattahip, Thailand, to participate in the first ever joint maritime exercises among the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the US.
— Rappler

Bill raises liability of statutory rape from 12 to 16 years old
The House Committee on the Welfare of Children is pushing for the passage of a measure imposing life imprisonment for statutory rape against minors who are under 16 years old, regardless of sexual orientation of the offenders or the victims.
— Business Mirror

DOT to comply with COA order on undocumented P503M in expenses
The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday (Aug. 29) gave assurance it would review recent findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) flagging P503.7 million in disbursements made by the department in 2018 without supporting documents.

Over 1,900 heinous crime convicts released through good conduct law – BuCor
More than 1,900 inmates convicted of heinous crimes have been granted early release since 2013 due to good behavior, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said Thursday.
— CNN Philippines

BSP mulls tightening rules on cap to banks’ lending
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) wants to tighten rules on lending activities, seeking to guard against risks from overexposure to any one conglomerate, sector or related industries.
— Manila Bulletin

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Solons, health activists close ranks behind tax hike on alcohol, e-cigs
LAWMAKERS and health advocates have expressed unified support for the passage of higher alcohol and e-cigarette taxes, saying this will be beneficial for the country’s overall health score.
— Business Mirror

Energy efficiency sector wants to be classed as infrastructure
THE PHILIPPINES should start viewing energy efficiency as a new infrastructure asset class that the government can use as an added resource in planning its energy mix, or the ideal combination of resources to support its power requirements.
— BusinessWorld Online

Brazil ready to supply more pork to PH amid ASF threats
Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest pork producer, is ready to supply more pork to the Philippines amid the alleged African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in the Southeast Asian nation, but that’s only at least in the next four months before the anticipated global pork shortage happens.
— Manila Bulletin

Lower interest rates to pose challenge to insurers, says PHL firm
With the global trend of easing interest rates, a Philippine insurance company said “difficult times” are expected given the lower yields.
— GMA News

Government in Philippines pushes massive replanting of coconut
Last Tuesday, the Agriculture Department called for massive replanting of coconuts trees to bring back productivity and increase the income of families dependent on the sector.
— Fresh Plaza

DoE issues fresh ‘open access’ guidelines
A CIRCULAR of the Department of Energy (DoE) that gives retail electricity users a choice of suppliers has taken effect, prodding the retail competition and open access (RCOA) scheme forward.
— BusinessWorld Online

DepEd launches program, media packages to benefit early childhood development
Recognizing the importance of promoting nurturing care for early childhood development, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to call for strengthened support among various sectors to invest on young children.
— Manila Bulletin

Pagcor pushes regulations for financiers in casinos
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) wants to expand its power by covering the casino financiers operating in the country to better protect the gamblers against loan sharks.
— Manila Bulletin

CBCP education panel backs bills banning homework
THE pending bills banning homework could help improve the family life of students, according to an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
— Business Mirror

PNP probes ‘death squad’ in Negros Oriental
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a probe on the alleged existence of a death squad in Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

Lacson: At least four Chinese drug lords released from NBP prior to reports on possible release of Antonio Sanchez
At least four Chinese drug lords were released from the New Bilibid Prison even before reports on the possible release of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez came out, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.
— Eagle News

DoJ, DILG start review of GCTA
The Department of Justice and the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday created a committee to review the rules concerning the grant of Good Conduct Time Allowance that would allow the early release of inmates.
— Tempo

Duterte signs laws declaring 4 new tourist destinations
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed four laws declaring new tourist destinations, including three in Ilocos Sur province.All four laws were signed by Duterte on Aug. 22 and copies of the documents were released to reporters on Thursday (Aug. 29).
— Philippine News Agency

PAGCOR to regulate creditors of casino-players like finance firms
THE PHILIPPINE Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said Thursday that it will regulate the practice of financing casino players after cases of abduction due to unpaid debts.
— BusinessWorld Online

Wine importers push back against proposed tax scheme in House bill
A BILL to increase the excise tax on alcohol products will effectively “kill” the wine industry, a Senate committee was told.
— BusinessWorld Online

Lacson: Philippines lost P82 billion in Chinese imports tax in 2017
At least P82 billion in tax revenues from China were lost due to leakage in 2017, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday, August 29.
— Rappler

1,914 inmates already freed are in peril due to Sanchez case
The fates of 1,914 heinous crimes inmates hang in the balance because of persisting government opinion that heinous crimes should have been excluded from the coverage of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
— Rappler

4 Davao City villages under state of calamity due to flooding
Four barangays here have been placed under state of calamity Thursday afternoon after a localized thunderstorm brought heavy rains that caused massive flooding on Wednesday evening.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon wants age of statutory rape increased from 12 to 16
A party-list lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to raise the age of statutory rape from the current 12 to 16 years old, and increase penalty for the offenders regardless if they were male or female.
— GMA News

Lacson: At least four Chinese drug lords released from NBP prior to reports on possible release of Antonio Sanchez
-At least four Chinese drug lords were released from the New Bilibid Prison even before reports on the possible release of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez came out, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.
— Eagle News

SoCot hog raisers urged to tighten biosecurity measures
South Cotabato’s veterinary authorities appealed Thursday to commercial hog operators to tighten their biosecurity efforts to prevent the entry of the deadly African swine fever (ASF) in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Recto Bank incident on ‘cusp of closure,’ says PH envoy to China
With the public apology of the owner of the Chinese ship that sank a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea in June, the Philippines considered the incident one step closer to being fully settled.
— Rappler

PNP backs PRRD call to end communist insurgency now
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s stance to end communist insurgency now.”Suportado natin yung hangarin ng Pangulo natin na matapos itong problema natin (We support our President’s desire to end this problem) on insurgency.
— Philippine News Agency

Kapa founder’s wife faces P168-M tax evasion raps
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Reyna L. Apolinario, the corporate secretary of Kapa Community Ministry International Inc., (Kapa) and wife of its head, Pastor Joel Apolinario.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs law granting SkyJet 25-year franchise
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed a law granting Magnum Air Inc., which operates SkyJet Airlines, a franchise of 25 years.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ, DILG create committee to review guidelines on time allowances for inmates
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have created a committee to review existing guidelines on the computation of time allowances that may be granted to inmates.
— GMA News

NCRPO chief to cops: Use social media in fighting crime, abuses
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday ordered police commanders to monitor incidents of crime and abuses committed by their personnel on social media.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Designated survivor’ bill also filed at the House
A House bill has been filed seeking to grant the president the power to designate his or her own successor in the event that the chief executive, the Vice President, the Senate President and the House Speaker die or become unable to fill in for the position.
— GMA News

PH ranks 6th in highest Erasmus+ scholar source
The European Union (EU) has awarded a total of 66 Erasmus+ scholarships to Filipino nationals, making the Philippines the 6th largest source of Erasmus+ scholars this year.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM releases official flag based on new region’s first organic act
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has released its official flag after the banner’s design was duly approved by the parliament and signed by its chief minister.
— GMA News

10 illegal Russian workers arrested in Manila club
Manila police have arrested 10 Russian women for working in a Malate club without employment visas.
— Rappler


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