Philippines morning news for December 24

Philippines morning news for December 24

Philippines morning news

Trump OKs budget, includes U.S. ban on De Lima accusers
United States President Donald Trump approved the US 2020 budget that includes a provision denying entry to those involved in the detention of Philippine opposition Senator Leila de Lima.
— Rappler

Undeclared billions from SEAG broadcasts?
The public talked about all the money that was spent in staging the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte commits P100M to PH’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics budget
President Rodrigo Duterte pledged P100 million on Monday, December 23, to support the foreign exposure of Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound athletes.
— Rappler

Ursula intensifies into severe tropical storm
Ursula (Phanfone) strengthened from a tropical storm into a severe tropical storm before dawn on Tuesday, December 24, before its expected Christmas Eve landfall in Eastern Samar.
— Rappler

Rizal, Laguna placed under state of emergency following deaths of 8 people reportedly after drinking “lambanog”
Rizal, Laguna has been placed under a state of emergency following the deaths of eight people after reportedly drinking lambanog.
— Eagle News

23 hurt in Mindanao blasts
A series of explosions rocked Cotabato City and the provinces of Cotabato and Maguindanao Sunday night, wounding 23 people including Army troopers, the military reported Monday.
— Tempo

Fiscal deficit widens in November to P60.9 billion
The government’s fiscal deficit widened in November as the government showed a strong double digit growth in spending, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte damage to CSOs skin-deep
The Duterte administration has been in power for three and a half years, and like a household visited by a devastating storm, Philippine civil society organizations (CSOs) have formally assessed the damage President Duterte has wrought on the sector.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Laguna lambanog deaths rise to 12 as province bans sale of the liquor
The death toll due to lambanog consumption in Laguna’s Rizal town rose to 12, prompting the local government to ban the sale of the distilled palm liquor in the entire province.
— GMA Network

Duterte vows to take action on speed-related accidents
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to address the problem of speeding motorists as he lamented the deaths caused by speed-related vehicle crashes.
— GMA Network

Duterte asks Malaysia, Indonesia to take in Rohingya refugees
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday renewed his vow to accept Rohingya refugees and asked Malaysia and Indonesia to do the same.
— GMA Network

Hundreds of Chinese held over online gaming
The Philippines said Friday it has detained hundreds of Chinese workers in a continuing crackdown against unlicensed online gaming businesses catering to mainland customers.
— The Asean Post

Christmas party shooting leaves 3 dead, 1 wounded
A Christmas party turned into a tragedy inside the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) office in Manila on Sunday night after a security guard went into a shooting spree, killing three people and wounded another.
— Tempo

1 dead,118 others rushed to hospital in North Cotabato due to food poisoning
A 53-year-old woman succumbed to dehydration while 118 others are now in hospitals after feasting on food served at a party over the weekend in the upland Arakan town in North Cotabato.
— The Philippine Star

Record 6-year high in labor displacements reported
Almost 80,000 workers lost their job in January to October this year due mainly to layoffs in the manufacturing sector, according to preliminary data released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Business Mirror

LGUs pledge P2.5M to protect and conserve Palawan mountain
The protection and conservation of Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) in Palawan province will be getting the much-needed boost from local government units (LGUs).
— Business Mirror

House panel focusing on pushing POGO, road user taxes to plenary
THE House committee on ways and means will seek to elevate to the plenary legislation laying down tax measures for online gaming firms, road users, the mining industry and single-use plastics, its chairman said.
— BusinessWorld 

NEDA expected to approve P22.4-billion Tagaytay Expressway in first quarter
The Public Works Department said it expects the National Economic and Development Authority board to approve the P22.4-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway project by first quarter next year.

Metro Manila producing more garbage every year–DENR
Metro Manila’s estimated 12 million plus population is producing more garbage every year.
— Business Mirror

DTI to hold business mission in US, Mexico
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to hold an outbound business matching mission (OBMM) in Mexico and the US next year as it aims to increase trade with the two countries.
— The Philippine Star

Dominguez describes 2019 as year of ‘great achievements’ for the DOF
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said 2019 is a year of “great achievements” for the Department of Finance.

Japan to assist govt in crafting Subic Bay development plan
The Philippine government has tapped the expertise of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in modifying the master plan for the development of the Subic Bay and the areas within and around its periphery.
— Business Mirror

Lawmaker pushes passage of bill for Metro Iloilo Special Economic Zone and Freeport
To bring more investors to Iloilo City, a member of the House Committee on Economic Affairs is pushing for the passage of a measure seeking to create the first Metro Iloilo Special Economic Zone and Freeport.
— Business Mirror

Cebu Pacific Orders 15 Airbus Aircraft, Including Up To 10 A321XLRs
Cebu Pacific has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for the order of 15 A320neo family aircraft, including up to 10 A321XLR.
— Travel News Asia

NCRPO to maintain security detail on Maguindanao massacre judge
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes would continue to have a security detail assigned to her even after she handed down the ruling on the Maguindanao massacre case, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.
— GMA Network

After U.S. ban, Duterte gov’t officials insist De Lima detention lawful
Officials of the Duterte administration are, one by one, dismissing the United States’ sanctions denying entry and possibly freezing properties and bank assets of Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.
— Rappler

Iligan solon wants POGOs taxed for teachers’ pay hike
Iligan City Lone District Representative Frederick Siao on Monday said he is eyeing to propose measure imposing taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) to fund the PHP10,000 pay hike for public school teachers per month.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc hoists ‘blue alert,’ ‘code white’ for TS ‘Ursula’
Acting Governor Jeffrey Ferrer has directed all local disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) in Negros Occidental to raise a “blue alert” on Monday in preparation for possible damage brought about by Tropical Storm “Ursula” (Phanfone).
— Philippine News Agency

Whether 2020 budget was subject to graft depended on Palace -Cayetano
Whether the projects funded in the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 would be subject corruption depended on how Malacañang would implement these projects, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday.
— GMA Network

Esperon fed false info on Red plot to kill Duterte, says Panelo
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon was fed false information as regards President Rodrigo Duterte being on the hit list of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo has said.
— GMA Network

US ban on some Philippine execs a case of ‘weaponizing human rights’ –Cayetano
This is the best example of weaponizing human rights. Walang problema na ipaglaban natin ang human rights kasi yan talaga ay para sa ating lahat, Cayetano said.
— GMA Network

Manila gov’t heightens security in Divisoria amid holiday rush
Despite previous road clearing efforts by the Manila City government, Divisoria remains as busy as ever days ahead of Christmas and New Year’s Day.
— GMA Network

Lamudi Housing Fair treats OFW home seekers
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who came home to the Philippines for the holidays want to make full use of their limited time back in the country.
— Manila Times

PRRD may consider BARRM to establish own armed forces
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he may consider allowing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to have its own armed forces.
— Philippine News Agency

Over-speeding of trucks must be controlled: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he wanted to have over-speeding of trucks regulated by police, lamenting that it has been one of the country’s leading causes of deaths in road accidents.
— Philippine News Agency

DOTr says Angkas has submitted only 2,204 authorized riders
Angkas has submitted only 2,204 authorized riders to the technical working group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) amid its claims that it has a total of 27,000 rider partners.
— GMA Network

1 dead, 8 hurt in NPA attacks
A soldier was killed while eight others were wounded when suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked soldiers and cops in Labo, Camarines Norte, and in Tubungan, Iloilo, and Quezon province Monday morning, several hours after the holiday truce between government troops and the communist rebels took effect.
— Tempo

Quezon City Hall employees to get salary raise in 2020
A total of 4,667 Quezon City Hall employees will have a minimum monthly salary of P13,000 by the second quarter of 2020, which translates to a minimum of P590 per day, as prescribed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Rappler

Methanol poisoning behind lambanog incidents — DOH, PGH
The Department of Health and Philippine General Hospital on Monday pointed to methanol poisoning as the cause behind the deaths of 11 people and the hospitalization of hundreds of others in Laguna and Quezon after drinking lambanog.
— GMA Network

Makati achieves highest polio vaccine coverage rate in Metro Manila
Makati City exceeded its target for the second round of catch-up polio vaccination following the September announcement of a polio outbreak in the country.
— Rappler

2 days before Christmas, sea travel suspended in Visayas areas threatened by Ursula
The Philippine Coast Guard has suspended sea travel in all areas under Signal No. 1 on Monday, December 23.
— Rappler

CIMB Bank PH inks partnership with Bayad Center driving new wave of digital banking adoption
CIMB Bank Philippines signed a partnership with Meralco’s Bayad Center on December 11, launching a new and innovative financial solution for Bayad Center customers.
— Manila Times

Security reinforced after Cotabato blasts on eve of Duterte visit
LAW enforcers beefed up security in parts of the Mindanao region after blasts injured at least 21 people in Cotabato province on the eve of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s planned visit on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

PRRD’s closeness with Quiboloy won’t affect rape case
Malacañang on Monday said it will not intrude on cases filed against Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, assuring that President Rodrigo Duterte’s closeness with the pastor will not affect the case.
— Philippine News Agency

SWS: 79% of Pinoys satisfied with campaign vs. illegal drugs
At least eight out of 10 Filipinos expressed satisfaction with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, according to the results of a Social Weather Stations survey released over the weekend.
— GMA Network

PRO 6 aims for zero major incident this Yuletide season
The Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO 6) is working to attain its aim to have zero major incidents on the celebration of the Christmas and New Year, according to its top police officer.
— Philippine News Agency

Storm to spoil Christmas celebrations in Eastern Visayas
It will be a rainy Christmas in Eastern Visayas provinces as Tropical Storm “Ursula” (Phanfone) is expected to cross the region this week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Critics told to stop interfering in Duterte’s drug war
THE international community should stop interfering with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs because majority of Filipinos support it, his spokesman said on Monday, citing a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.
— BusinessWorld

Peace group lauds gov’t, NPA Christmas truce
The temporary ceasefire agreed to by the government and communist rebels should be a cause for celebration for Filipinos during the Yuletide season, a peace advocate group said Monday (Dec. 23).
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM-MAFAR to distribute CLOAs today
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be distributing certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) Monday afternoon to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the Autonomous Region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Sara Duterte: Exclude Davao City in ceasefire with CPP-NPA
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte called on her father’s administration to exclude Davao City in its ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), saying the rebels could not be trusted.
— Rappler

Installment transactions make up more than half of CIC credit data
STATE-RUN Credit Information Corp. (CIC) said installment transactions dominated Filipinos’ credit reports as more than 36 million of the 56 million contract data it gathered had this mode of payment.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t ready for NPA attacks despite holiday truce with Reds
Malacañang on Monday said the government is prepared for possible attacks that may be launched by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), even after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a unilateral and reciprocal ceasefire.
— Philippine News Agency

2nd Mindanao pride parade highlights SOGIE, HIV awareness
Mindanao Pride, an organization of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queer, intersex, asexual and others (LGBTQIA+) in Mindanao organized the second “Pride Parade” on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cayetano defends P150,000 bonus given House employees
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday defended the P150,000 bonus he gave to each employee at the House of Representatives.
— GMA Network

Motorist Got Arrested by Traffic Cops for Wearing Predator Style Helmet
A motorist was flagged and got arrested by traffic cops for wearing a predator design style helmet which is prohibited by Land Transportation Office (LTO).
— Philippine News

Tisoy victims eligible for calamity assistance – SSS
Members and pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) who were affected by Typhoon Tisoy could apply for the Calamity Assistance Package (CAP), the pension fund announced Monday.
— GMA Network

PIA 8 year-end assessment recognizes best performers for 2019
Regional Office VIII recognized outstanding performers during the Year-End Performance Assessment and Christmas Fellowship held at Haiyan Hotel and Resorts in Tanauan, Leyte December 19-20, this year.
— Philippine Information Agency

TWG allows gradual displacement of Angkas bikers ‘in the spirit of Christmas’
The government’s technical working group (TWG) tasked with monitoring the 6-month pilot run of motorcycle taxi operations is allowing the gradual displacement of Angkas bikers “in the spirit of Christmas.”
— Rappler


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