Philippines morning news for December 13

Philippines morning news for December 13

Philippines morning news

Duterte won’t allow unconstitutional provisions in 2020 budget
There is no room for unconstitutional provisions in the proposed PHP4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ: Conviction rate in human trafficking cases up 95% in 2018
Data from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking showed that 119 cases of human trafficking resulted in conviction in 2018, putting into justice 95 perpetrators.
— GMA Network

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into huge SEA Games budget
The Makabayan bloc has sought an investigation into the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which hiked the average budget of the Philippine Sports Commission to P5 billion, or more than 20 times its average.
— GMA Network

Behind closed doors, lawmakers OK resolution amending Constitution
A resolution that would lift restrictions on foreign investments and extend the term of congressmen was approved by the House committee on constitutional amendments in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, December 11.
— Rappler

US Senate panel approves reso calling for De Lima release, an end to alleged harassment of Ressa
The United States Senate foreign relations committee has approved a resolution calling for Senator Leila de Lima’s release and an end to the Philippine government’s alleged harassment of Rappler’s Maria Ressa.
— Eagle News

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After 3 years, Duterte gov’t still has to rid over 17,000 barangays of drugs
Already halfway through his term, President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has yet to clear of drugs over 17,000 barangays in the Philippines, the chief of the country’s lead anti-drug agency said on Thursday, December 12.
— Rappler

Drug war leads to arrest of 200,000
The number of people arrested in the government’s war on illegal drugs has breached the 200,000 mark, authorities said Thursday as they sought the arrest of more high-value targets.
— Manilastandard.net

Fact-finding report revives rights accusations against Duterte admin
A high-level delegation of foreign-led human-rights advocates on Thursday reported that the Duterte administration has allegedly continued to countenance extrajudicial killings, harassments and gross violation of human rights.
— Business Mirror

BFP: More fires, more deaths reported in 2019
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported an increase in the number of fires and deaths for this year compared to 2018.
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t drug war docu to feature Kian delos Santos slay case
The Duterte administration is set to launch a documentary aimed at countering narratives about the controversial war on drugs.
— GMA Network

PHL envoy says US resolution on De Lima poses undue intereference on domestic affairs
Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez on Friday hit a US Senate resolution seeking the release of detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima and the dropping of charges against journalist Maria Ressa, saying it may be potentially interpreted as undue interference in the country’s domestic affairs.
— GMA Network

Solon urges VAT exemption for all prescription drugs
Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday sought the removal of the value-added tax (VAT) on all prescription medicines amid the dismal performance of health authorities in rolling out the universal health care law.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines joins global clamor for ICPD agenda fulfillment
PHILIPPINE government officials and civil society leaders led by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed strong support for the Statement of the Nairobi Summit, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25), in accordance to Philippine laws.
— Manila Times

Water firms press for retention of current dam allocation
MANILA WATER Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. called on the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to maintain the minimum allocation to the concessionaires at 40 cubic meters per second (CMS) until the summer months to allow them to maintain their level of service to their customers.
— BusinessWorld

PHL builds P300-M Dubai Expo pavilion
The Philippines is allocating P300 million to build a pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
— BusinessWorld

BI nabs 11 illegal Chinese workers in Tacloban
A total of 11 Chinese nationals were arrested in Tacloban City after being caught working in the country without the necessary work permits and visas, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Youths draft communication plan on climate crisis mitigation
Forty youth leaders from Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental have come up with environmental advocacy communication plans (comm plan) that will promote activities in their respective localities drumming up awareness and support to the mitigation of the global climate crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD not replacing water concessionaires with business allies
President Rodrigo Duterte is not trying to kick out Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to replace them with new business allies who are dependent on his political patronage, a Palace official said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

66 structures near Cebu beach town to be demolished
Regional environment officials ordered the demolition of 66 structures in the Cebu beach town of Moalboal for being within the 3-meter easement of the shoreline.
— Rappler

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PDEA: 186 local drug groups operating in PHL
Authorities are hunting down nearly 200 local drug groups in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Grade-A Jerks: Philippines punching above its weight in Pornhub’s 2019 global stats
Despite being a supposedly conservative country, Filipinos are big fans of porn — and not just the fellas, if Pornhub’s newly released data on traffic this year is to be believed.
— Coconuts Manila

7 in 10 Filipinos concerned about China’s military might — poll
Amid China’s activities in the West Philippine Sea, about seven in 10 Filipinos have expressed concern about Beijing’s growing military power, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
— The Philippine Star

DOF pushing more reforms to improve PH competitiveness
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said more reforms are needed for the Philippines to join the top ranks of countries identified by the World Bank as the best places to do business.
— Manilastandard.net

BSP keeps borrowing rate at 4%
The Monetary Board, the policy-making body of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, kept the benchmark borrowing rate at 4 percent on Thursday, its last meeting for the year, amid the benign inflation environment.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippine to fast-track borrowings from Japan
The Philippines is looking to fast-track the processing of loans from Japan before the expected increase in interest rates due to the country’s anticipated advancement into an upper-middle income economy, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— The Philippine Star

DOT’s fun shopping nationwide sale seeks to raise tourist count
It’s more fun shopping in the Philippines.
— Business Mirror

PH, DepEd to host 2020 ASEAN School Games in Dumaguete City
The Department of Education (DepEd) formally announced that the Philippines will be hosting the 12th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in Dumaguete City next year.
— Manila Bulletin

PH, Japan hold workshop on wireless, radio antenna technologies
The Philippines and Japan recently held their first Philippines-Japan Workshop on Wireless, Radio and Antenna Technologies (PJWWRAT) in an aim to bridge the research in both countries.
— Manila Bulletin

Highest cases of human trafficking is on sexual exploitation – DOJ
The Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Regional Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (RIACAT) has recorded a total of 180 cases from 2006 to 2019 of which 90-95 percent are related to sex trafficking.
— Philippine Information Agency

Auction of artworks raises P50-M for calamity victims
A five-hour charity fund-raising exhibit of artworks by Filipino artists has successfully raised PHP50 million, half of which will be donated to the victims of earthquakes in Mindanao and the recent Typhoon “Tisoy” (Kammuri) in Bicol.
— Philippine News Agency

PDEA declares 33 towns in Leyte drug-cleared
At least 33 of the 41 towns in Leyte province have been declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as of this week.
— Philippine News Agency

DND lauds Senate commitment to pass tougher anti-terror law
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday welcomed the Senate’s commitment to pass a stiffer anti-terrorism law.”I am grateful to the Senate for heeding our call.
— Philippine News Agency

After Philippines bagged championship, Lacson presses probe of SEA Games hosting
The Senate should continue with its investgation of the controversies surrounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) games even after Filipino athletes bagged the overall championship, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Gov’t agencies, celebrities join solidarity walk to end VAW
The Philippine Commission on Women in partnership with the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE) Philippines, conducted a Solidarity Walk as the culminating activity of the 18-day campaign to end VAW at Lapu-Lapu Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on 12 December 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

CA revives criminal raps vs Italian ambassador
THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday has ordered the revival of criminal charges against an Italian ambassador who was indicted for allegedly molesting three minors while on vacation in the Philippines in April 2014.
— Manila Times

No action yet on Duterte Youth’s proclamation plea: Comelec exec
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to act on the number of requests by the Duterte Youth to issue a Certificate of Proclamation (COP).”
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu City Council approves 2-year validity of business permits
The Cebu City Council has approved an ordinance extending the validity of business permits to two years.
— Rappler

Gov’t council to work with law enforcers vs. trafficking of POGO workers
The government’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) will coordinate with law enforcers to prevent human trafficking among Chinese nationals working for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), a justice undersecretary said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

EcoWaste Coalition launches ‘Iwas Paputoxic’ campaign to promote alternative noisemakers
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Thursday launched its annual Iwas Paputoxic campaign in a school in Quezon City to promote alternative noisemakers to welcome the New Year.
— GMA Network

Leyte village officials welcome term extension
Village officials in Leyte have welcomed the move to postpone next year’s barangay (village) elections to 2022 as this will ensure continuity of development initiatives.
— Philippine News Agency

Final plan for new Leyte industrial zone out by April 2020
An urban planning firm is eyeing a final master development plan for the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone (LEIZ) on April 30, 2020, a blueprint envisioned to attract more investors and businesses to locate in Leyte.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI assists wounded, killed in operation cops’ families
The families of the late Police Officer Jerome Luwwi C. Cardenas who was Killed in Police Operation (KIPO) and Police Corporal Sonny M. Tadeo who was Wounded in Police Operation (WIPO) recently received livelihood starter kits from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
— Philippine Information Agency

Dinagyang ‘pamukaw’ ushers Aguinaldo masses in Iloilo
Barangay-based tribes are thanking the city government here for allowing them to come back and perform in the 2020 Dinagyang Festival slated in the last week of January.
— Philippine News Agency

Isabela cop nabbed in cockpit
A 39-year-old cop was arrested by police operatives while betting in a “sabong” (cockfight) at Jaycee Clay Cockpit in Barangay Tagaran, Cauayan City, Isabela, Wednesday night.
— Tempo

Lorenzana thanks Senate for supporting 14-day detention sans charges of terror suspects
I am grateful to the Senate for heeding our call. We at the DND are happy with the reassuring pronouncement of Senate President Vicente Sotto III that they will pass the bill into a law expanding the definition of terrorism among other amendments, Lorenzana said in a statement.
— GMA Network

Rep. Pichay cleared of tax evasion raps
Surigao Congressman Prospero Pichay, Jr. has been cleared of tax evasion charges by the Court of Tax Appeals en banc.
— Tempo

PNP awards bid for P289-M body camera system
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has awarded the bid for its P289 million body camera system to a San Juan City-based company.
— GMA Network

Gaming license IDs for POGO workers out in January: solon
A party-list lawmaker on Thursday stressed the need to establish a system to monitor and identify the growing number of foreign nationals employed in Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 300 have so far availed of free Cavite-Manila ferry service – DOTr
More than 300 passengers have availed of the free Cavite-Manila ferry service recently launched by the Department of Transportation.
— Eagle News

After 3 years, Duterte gov’t still has to rid over 17,000 barangays of drugs
Already halfway through his term, President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has yet to clear of drugs over 17,000 barangays in the Philippines, the chief of the country’s lead anti-drug agency said on Thursday, December 12.
— Rappler

Gov’t drug war docu to feature Kian delos Santos slay case
The Duterte administration is set to launch a documentary aimed at countering narratives about the controversial war on drugs.
— GMA Network

PRRD not replacing water concessionaires with business allies
President Rodrigo Duterte is not trying to kick out Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to replace them with new business allies who are dependent on his political patronage, a Palace official said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte won’t allow unconstitutional provisions in 2020 budget
There is no room for unconstitutional provisions in the proposed PHP4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Highest cases of human trafficking is on sexual exploitation – DOJ
The Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Regional Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (RIACAT) has recorded a total of 180 cases from 2006 to 2019 of which 90-95 percent are related to sex trafficking.
— Philippine Information Agency

PDEA: 186 local drug groups operating in PHL
Authorities are hunting down nearly 200 local drug groups in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Auction of artworks raises P50-M for calamity victims
A five-hour charity fund-raising exhibit of artworks by Filipino artists has successfully raised PHP50 million, half of which will be donated to the victims of earthquakes in Mindanao and the recent Typhoon “Tisoy” (Kammuri) in Bicol.
— Philippine News Agency

PDEA declares 33 towns in Leyte drug-cleared
At least 33 of the 41 towns in Leyte province have been declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as of this week.
— Philippine News Agency

DND lauds Senate commitment to pass tougher anti-terror law
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday welcomed the Senate’s commitment to pass a stiffer anti-terrorism law.”I am grateful to the Senate for heeding our call.
— Philippine News Agency

After Philippines bagged championship, Lacson presses probe of SEA Games hosting
The Senate should continue with its investgation of the controversies surrounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) games even after Filipino athletes bagged the overall championship, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Gov’t agencies, celebrities join solidarity walk to end VAW
The Philippine Commission on Women in partnership with the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE) Philippines, conducted a Solidarity Walk as the culminating activity of the 18-day campaign to end VAW at Lapu-Lapu Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on 12 December 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

66 structures near Cebu beach town to be demolished
Regional environment officials ordered the demolition of 66 structures in the Cebu beach town of Moalboal for being within the 3-meter easement of the shoreline.
— Rappler

CA revives criminal raps vs Italian ambassador
THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday has ordered the revival of criminal charges against an Italian ambassador who was indicted for allegedly molesting three minors while on vacation in the Philippines in April 2014.
— Manila Times

Cebu City Council approves 2-year validity of business permits
The Cebu City Council has approved an ordinance extending the validity of business permits to two years.
— Rappler

Gov’t council to work with law enforcers vs. trafficking of POGO workers
The government’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) will coordinate with law enforcers to prevent human trafficking among Chinese nationals working for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), a justice undersecretary said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

EcoWaste Coalition launches ‘Iwas Paputoxic’ campaign to promote alternative noisemakers
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Thursday launched its annual Iwas Paputoxic campaign in a school in Quezon City to promote alternative noisemakers to welcome the New Year.
— GMA Network

Leyte village officials welcome term extension
Village officials in Leyte have welcomed the move to postpone next year’s barangay (village) elections to 2022 as this will ensure continuity of development initiatives.
— Philippine News Agency

Final plan for new Leyte industrial zone out by April 2020
An urban planning firm is eyeing a final master development plan for the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone (LEIZ) on April 30, 2020, a blueprint envisioned to attract more investors and businesses to locate in Leyte.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI assists wounded, killed in operation cops’ families
The families of the late Police Officer Jerome Luwwi C. Cardenas who was Killed in Police Operation (KIPO) and Police Corporal Sonny M. Tadeo who was Wounded in Police Operation (WIPO) recently received livelihood starter kits from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
— Philippine Information Agency

Dinagyang ‘pamukaw’ ushers Aguinaldo masses in Iloilo
Barangay-based tribes are thanking the city government here for allowing them to come back and perform in the 2020 Dinagyang Festival slated in the last week of January.
— Philippine News Agency

Isabela cop nabbed in cockpit
A 39-year-old cop was arrested by police operatives while betting in a “sabong” (cockfight) at Jaycee Clay Cockpit in Barangay Tagaran, Cauayan City, Isabela, Wednesday night.
— Tempo

Lorenzana thanks Senate for supporting 14-day detention sans charges of terror suspects
I am grateful to the Senate for heeding our call. We at the DND are happy with the reassuring pronouncement of Senate President Vicente Sotto III that they will pass the bill into a law expanding the definition of terrorism among other amendments, Lorenzana said in a statement.
— GMA Network

Rep. Pichay cleared of tax evasion raps
Surigao Congressman Prospero Pichay, Jr. has been cleared of tax evasion charges by the Court of Tax Appeals en banc.
— Tempo

PNP awards bid for P289-M body camera system
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has awarded the bid for its P289 million body camera system to a San Juan City-based company.
— GMA Network

Gaming license IDs for POGO workers out in January: solon
A party-list lawmaker on Thursday stressed the need to establish a system to monitor and identify the growing number of foreign nationals employed in Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 300 have so far availed of free Cavite-Manila ferry service – DOTr
More than 300 passengers have availed of the free Cavite-Manila ferry service recently launched by the Department of Transportation.
— Eagle News

 

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