Philippines morning news for December 27

Philippines morning news for December 27

Philippines morning news

PH accedes to UN treaty on paperless trade across Asia-Pacific
The Philippines was the first in Asean to approve a UN treaty facilitating paperless trade across the region, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap) said on Thursday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Palace sets P4-trillion budget signing on Jan. 6; lion’s share to Education
President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the proposed P4.1-trillion budget in the first week of January next year, the Palace said Thursday.

‘Ursula’ casualties piling up
Typhoon “Ursula,” which swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas in the Visayas on Christmas Day, claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said Thursday.

Gov’t borrowing more in Q1 2020
THE GOVERNMENT plans to raise P420 billion from the local market next quarter via short- and long-term debt papers, nearly double the borrowing program it set this quarter.
— BusinessWorld

Competition watchdog cautions on provisions of bill opening up retail trade
REDUCING the portion of locally manufactured products carried by foreign retailers, as proposed in a Senate bill that seeks to further open up retail trade in the country, may prevent “fair competition,” the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said in a position paper.
— BusinessWorld

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5.1 quake rocks Sarangani
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked Sarangani, Davao Occidental at 12:56 a.m. on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
— Manila Times

Flash floods from Typhoon Ursula sweep away family in Iloilo
It was a tragic Christmas for one family in this province as 6 of them died after being swept away by strong floodwaters brought by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) on Wednesday, December 25.
— Rappler

2 Cebu towns under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula
The municipalities of Medellin and Daanbantayan in the province of Cebu declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone).
— Rappler

DFA repatriates around 30 victims of trafficking from Lebanon
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it has repatriated around 30 Filipinos who were victims of trafficking to Lebanon. In a statement, the DFA said the around 30 Filipinos arrived via Etihad Airways flight EY 0424 on Dec. 22, and were accompanied by five minors.
— Eagle News

LOOK: ‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse as seen from PH, other parts of world
Skywatchers in the Philippines and all around the world were able to witness a rare astronomical event as an annular solar eclipse graced the sky on Thursday, December 26.
— Rappler

28 Bilibid inmates freed on Christmas day
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) released on Christmas Day 28 inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons. Twenty-five of the prisoners were freed under the controversial good conduct time allowance.
— Manila Times

Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget
President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the shelf life of “all appropriations” under the current P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 until December 31, 2020.
— Rappler

SEA Games boosts C. Luzon’s tourism, economy in 2019
Central Luzon’s staging of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games helped boost the region’s tourism and economic growth.
— Philippine News Agency

$202-million Jica loan to fund 4 Mindanao road projects
THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will extend a $202.04-million loan to construct four subprojects under the Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (RNDP-Caam).
— Business Mirror

‘Trump likes Duterte,’ but question is, would Duterte want to visit US?
WHETHER or not President Duterte would get to visit President Trump at the White House should he go to the United States is no longer in question, but whether he (Duterte) will go.
— Business Mirror

Airports’ status in aftermath of Typhoon Ursula
MANILA, Philippines – Six out of 7 airports in the Philippines that sustained damage due to Typhoon Ursula are now back to limited to normal operations, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.
— Rappler

Trains damaged in 14 stone-throwing incidents in December 2019, says PNR
Several trains of the Philippine National Railways have been damaged by people throwing stones at them, with 14 incidents recorded from December 2 to 21, 2019 alone.
— GMA Network

Rizal Park visitors leave 60 tons of trash
At least 60 metric tons of garbage were hauled from Rizal Park from Christmas Eve up to yesterday morning, according to the city government of Manila.
— The Philippine Star

2 budget-related moves seen to boost economy
PRESIDENT Duterte has approved the one-year extension of the validity of this year’s budget until December 31, 2020.
— Business Mirror

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4.8-magnitude quake hits Visayas
A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Visayas on Thursday, Dec. 26.
— Eagle News

Cagayan Valley road mishaps: 5 dead
Five persons died and seven others were injured in road accidents in Cagayan Valley on Wednesday.
— The Philippine Star

In absence of new law, motorbike taxis will be banned after 3 months
BAD news for patrons of motorcycle taxis: They will cease to exist after the technical working group (TWG) completes its study on the viability of the emerging transport service.
— Business Mirror

Farmers get P219 million cash assistance
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has released P219 million for farmers in Nueva Ecija to compensate farmers’ losses following the deluge of rice imports that dampened local palay prices.
— The Philippine Star

Metro Manilans have lowest view of their state of wellness
A SURVEY by Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) PhilhealthCare, Inc. (PhilCare) indicates that Metro Manila residents assign a low financial priority for medical emergencies despite being the most financially capable of all the regions.
— BusinessWorld

19 fireworks-related injuries recorded 5 days before New Year
The Department of Health (DOH) has already recorded 19 fireworks-related injuries a few days before the New Year, according to a Thursday report by Mariz Umali on State of the Nation Address with Jessica Soho.
— GMA Network

Duterte wants Maoist leader to come home
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants Maoist leader Jose Maria C. Sison to come home from the Netherlands so they could have a “one-on-one talk” and possibly resume peace talks.
— BusinessWorld

Korean wanted for cyberfraud stopped from leaving airport
IMMIGRATION agents stopped a Korean national wanted in his country for cyberfraud from leaving the country on Dec. 19, the bureau said in a statement on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

MMDA cites loopholes, but supports single ticketing bill
THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday expressed support for the bill that seeks to institutionalize a single ticketing system for traffic violations in the National Capital Region (NCR).
— BusinessWorld

Comfortable life for all Pinoys still Duterte’s top priority
From the signing of anti-poverty laws to chastising water concessionaires, President Rodrigo Duterte marked the year fulfilling his campaign promise to bring a “comfortable life” to all Filipinos with only over two years left until he steps down in 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangasinan records first firecracker victim
The Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded the first firecracker-caused injury in the province with a nine-year-old boy as victim from Barangay Turac here.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon pushes for passage of DDR bill amid Mindanao quakes
A Mindanao lawmaker on Thursday expressed hope that the measure proposing the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) would be passed in the 18th Congress after a series of strong quakes struck the southern region.
— Philippine News Agency

Joma Sison: Meeting Duterte in PH before reform agreement approval ‘premature’
Responding to a dare by President Rodrigo Duterte, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Joma Sison said a trip home before the approval of a reform agreement between the government and the communist rebels is premature.
— Rappler

2019: PH explores unchartered territories in sciences
2019 was a good year for science in the Philippines. The country fared relatively well in the 2019 Global Innovation Index, climbing up 19 places from 73rd in 2018 to 54th this year.
— Rappler

Higher revenue, reforms to bring down poverty by 2022: DOF exec
Higher government revenues, easier conduct of business, more efficient tax administration, and healthier people will help bring down poverty incidence by 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

Yuletide season pains moms of youth recruited by militants
For the mothers of recruited students who are now full-time members of various militant groups, the Yuletide season has been so painful as they called for the return of their children, uncertain of what the future awaits their children in the hands of the left-leaning organizations.
— Philippine News Agency

De Lima hits alleged ban on visits to political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa
Detained Senator Leila de Lima slammed the alleged ban on visits to leftist leaders jailed in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
— Rappler

Duterte OK with exempting Davao City from ceasefire with NPA
President Rodrigo Duterte is okay with a request from his daughter , Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to be exempted from the holiday ceasefire between government forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Thursday, December 26.
— Rappler

GSIS releases P174M in cash benefit to active members beginning Dec. 23
Active members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) started receiving cash benefits on December 23, 2019 after the state workers pension fund began distributing at least P174 million cash dividends.
— GMA Network

Grab PHL to start reimbursing select passengers on Dec. 31
Starting Dec. 31, Grab Philippines will start reimbursing some of its passengers who were overcharged.
— Eagle News

Over 38 rebels surrender in AgSur town
Through the joint efforts of the La Paz Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) and the Community Support Program (CSP) of the Philippine Army, the voluntary surrender of 38 rebels from different left-leaning groups was induced on December 17 in La Paz, Agusan del Sur.
— Philippine Information Agency

Enforce firecracker laws, DILG orders LGUs, PNP, BFP
The Department of the Interior & Local Government (DILG) ordered the Local Government Units (LGUs), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of fire Protection (BFP) to strictly enforce firecracker laws embodied in Memorandum Circular 2017-105, implementing EO 28 which enjoins the LGUs, the PNP, and the BFP to take necessary actions on the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices nationwide.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ex-housing exec acquitted of 64 counts of graft, falsification of public docs
The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a former executive of government-run National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation of 32 counts of graft charges and 32 counts of falsification of public documents raps due to reasonable doubt.
— GMA Network

Gov’t should provide ‘offsetting compensation’ to farmers – PIDS study
MANILA, Philippines – Government efforts should focus on the acceleration of the compensation of farmers affected by the rice tariffication law , according to a study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
— Rappler

PH telcos tap Syniverse for mobile portability services
Global company Syniverse is set to provide the mobile number portability services for the Philippines’ major mobile operators Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and new player Dito Telecommunity.
— Rappler

PNP to repel possible attack amid truce; rallies held vs. NPA
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will continue to repel any possible attempt by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebel group, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), to sow violence during the holidays, even as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a holiday ceasefire with the Reds.
— Philippine News Agency

Fake cop conducting checkpoint nabbed in Bulacan
A security guard, posing as a policeman, was arrested on Christmas Day for conducting a checkpoint in Santa Maria town.
— Philippine News Agency

Off-season onions earn more for farmers in Nueva Vizcaya
Planting onions during the “ber” months reaps good harvests.This has been proven true in the innovative Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Project on Off-Season Onion Production and Enterprise Development in Rice-Based Areas in Banganan and Bone South villages in Aritao town in Nueva Vizcaya.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP, Army hold concert to counter CPP 51st anniversary
Police and Army musicians staged a concert at the Kiosko sa Kagawasan (freedom kiosk) here purposely to counter the activities the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) might hold in time for its 51st anniversary Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM to create Bangsamoro Youth Commission in 2020
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is set to create the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) in 2020 replacing the Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) which was created under the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
— Philippine Information Agency


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