Philippines morning news for January 23

Philippines morning news for January 23

Philippines morning newsSenate allots P68 billion for unfunded laws
ADOPTING Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto’s amendment, senators agreed to set aside P68 billion in the proposed 2019 national budget to bankroll unfunded laws set for enactment, including Universal Health Care, Bangsamoro, rice tariffication and the Coconut Modernization Law.
— Business Mirror

Philippine Senators oppose president’s push to lower criminal age to 9
Senators in the Philippines on Tuesday joined activists and child protection groups in condemning a lower house move to reduce the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine, calling it extreme and unjust.
— Reuters

US announces one-year ban on temporary work visas for Filipinos
The US Department of Homeland Security has banned issuing visas for new Filipino workers seeking agricultural and non-agricultural jobs in the country for a year.
— Philippines Magazine

Philippines to import 1.2m tonnes of rice as caps removed
Rice traders in the Philippines are set to import about 1.2 million tonnes of the staple food, a state grains agency spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday, as the Southeast Asian country lifts a two-decade-old cap on purchases.
— Bangkok Post

MIAA set to implement P414-million major projects
The Manila International Airport Authority on Tuesday announced it was set to implement this year major projects worth P414 million.

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House committee approves bill tapping P123 billion from Malampaya fund for Napocor subsidy
THE House Committee on Energy on Tuesday approved a measure proposing to tap P123 billion from the Malampaya fund as a subsidy to help settle obligations of the National Power Corp. (NPC).
— BusinessWorld Online

Gloria Arroyo wants P100 million to buy land for poor
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will ask the bicameral conference committee to provide a P100-million fund for acquisition of land that will be distributed to more than 6,000 urban poor members.
— The Philippine Star

Manila Bay in critical condition, says Cimatu
Envronment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Monday urged government offices, including the local governments, around Manila Bay to set a good example to private establishments–residential and commercial ones–on the compliance with the Clean Water Act and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

HSBC ‘neutral’ on PH equities following 2018’s volatile ride
HSBC is keeping a neutral outlook for the Philippine stock market following a volatile ride that saw the benchmark index end 2018 in the red after record highs at the start of the year.
— The Manila Times

79% of Muslims in favor of Bangsamoro Organic Law — SWS
Majority of Muslims nationwide are in favor of the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
— The Philippine Star

House committee okays, on 2nd reading, bill reducing power cost by 57¢
THE House Committee on Energy approved on Tuesday a consolidated bill that would reduce power costs in the country by at least 57 centavos per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by using Malampaya funds to subsidize the National Power Corp.’s (NPC) stranded debts contract costs of electricity.
— Business Mirror

Philippines bridges troubled South China Sea waters by sending first ship to join PLA Navy fleet review
The Philippine Navy said it would, for the first time, send a vessel to a fleet review hosted by the PLA Navy as tensions between rival claimants to territory in the South China Sea eased.
— South China Morning Post

Labor, tax concerns sour Japanese firms’ expansion mood
Fewer Japanese companies want to expand in the next two years amid concerns over labor issues and tax reform, according to a survey by the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Singapore-based investment firm eyes powering off-grid South-east Asia
A NEW firm based out of Singapore has set out to build and run clean energy projects across the region.
— The Business Times

PH, Israel explore partnerships in tech, construction
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III invited Israel to explore possible partnerships with the Philippines in the technology and construction sectors to enhance the government’s capability in implementing big-ticket infrastructure projects and applying digital innovations to expand the financial access of unbanked Filipinos.
— Manila Bulletin

Lanao Sur ratifies BOL in overwhelming ‘yes’ vote
More than half a million Lanao del Sur residents voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), according to the final and official results released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Tuesday evening.
— Philippine News Agency

Filinvest-JG consortium sign deal to operate Clark airport
North Luzon Airport Consortium said Tuesday it signed a concession agreement with state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority for the operations and maintenance of Clark International Airport.

Palace: PHL to appeal US ban on Filipino workers
THE Philippine is likely to seek reconsideration of the one-year ban imposed by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Filipino workers to obtain H2-A and H2-B work visas due to “severe” overstaying and human- trafficking concerns.
— Business Mirror

Manila Zoo shut down indefinitely due to untreated sewage
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has ordered the indefinite closure of Manila Zoo after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) identified it as a major pollutant of Manila Bay.
— The Philippine Star

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Chinese companies eye up Hanjin shipyard, what are the Philippines’ options?
The company operating the Subic Bay shipyard in the Philippines defaulted on debt repayments.
— Asean Today

Mindanao seen to grow by 7%-8% this year
The economy of Mindanao is forecast to grow by up to 8% this year with projects boosting agricultural output, investments in urban areas, and improved business confidence arising from the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines mulls protest against one-year ban on temporary US work visas
The US Department of Homeland Security has imposed a one-year ban on Filipino workers seeking jobs under H-2A and H-2B visas.
— Philippines Lifestyle

Philippines sees record gambling revenue, braces itself for stiff competition
The Philippines is banking on a steady stream of foreign high rollers to drive gambling revenue to a record this year even as it braces itself for greater competition from neighbours who want to cash in on the casino boom, the head of the state gaming regulator said on Tuesday (Jan 22).
— The Straits Times

9 or 13? Duterte to let Congress decide on lower age of criminal liability
President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving to Congress the determination of a lower age of criminal liability, the Palace said Tuesday, as more groups and lawmakers voice opposition to make minors as low as 9 years old criminally liable.
— ABS-CBN News

BTr awards in full P20-B 20-year T-bond
Demand for the Bureau of the Treasury’s freshly-issued 20-year Treasury Bond (T-bond) was high Tuesday after the PHP20 billion offering received PHP50.921-billion worth of tenders.
— Philippine News Agency

Daraga mayor nabbed for illegal possession of firearms
Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was arrested on Tuesday by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Bicol after being served two search warrants that led to the recovery of firearms, ammunition and a vehicle in his house in Barangay Tagas here.
— Philippine News Agency

Capitol to end service of security guards due to fund constraint
The provincial capitol of Antique is at risk of losing the services of its security guards due to financial constraint.The security guards are assigned at the new and old capitol building, as well as in other facilities of the provincial government.
— Philippine News Agency

Go wants zero balance medical bill for patients
Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to institutionalize zero-balance health services for every Filipino.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte fires some DAR officials for taking two years to process land conversion case
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired some officials at the Department of Agrarian Reform after it took them two years to convert an agricultural land to a commercial one.
— Eagle News

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge
A Muslim-majority region in the Philippines voted on a proposal for greater self-determination, a pivotal attempt at peace that tests the fragile relationship between Muslims and a Roman Catholic minority concerned about creeping Islamic authority.
— The Wall Street Journal

Same security plan for Feb. 6 BOL plebiscite: PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement the same security template for the second Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on February 6.
— Philippine News Agency

Cimatu determined to revive Bagumbayan Creek
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is serious in pursuing the revival of the Bagumbayan Creek with the local government of San Jose de Buenavista in this province.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace slams Callamard tweet on lowering criminal liability
Malacanang on Tuesday slammed UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard for a tweet she made describing the House of Representatives (HOR) bill seeking to lower the criminal liability to nine years old as “shameful”, “dangerous” and “potentially deadly proposal.
— Philippine News Agency

Moody’s affirms BDO, Metrobank credit ratings
Investment grade ratings for two banks affected by a Subic-based shipbuilder’s bankruptcy — potentially the biggest default in Philippine corporate history — have been affirmed by Moody’s Investors Service.
— The Manila Times

House to turn over additional P8M reward to PNP for full resolution of Batocabe murder
The House of Representatives will turn over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) the additional P8 million cash reward for the full resolution of the murder of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said Tuesday.

DOH issues rules on mental health law
Hoping to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health disorder, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the National Mental Health Act.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte twits Congress over ‘failure’ to produce P30 M bounty for solon’s killers
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday poked fun at Congress’ alleged failure to produce the P30 million bounty it promised for the arrest of the killers of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, likening the lawmakers to a boxer who always has a clenched fist.

San Fernando, Cebu mayor wounded in ambush in Talisay
Three people were killed after San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya’s  vehicle was ambushed in Talisay, Cebu on Tuesday, Jan. 22. According to the police, the three fatalities were bodyguards of Reluya, who survived the ambush in Barangay Linao, Talisay City, around 6 p.m. but was wounded.
— Eagle News

Saving our children and our Christian faith
IN the face of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting attack on the Catholic Church, Manila’s Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has called on Filipino Catholics to protect their faith, as they would their young children.
— The Manila Times

19 Amazing Philippines Destinations For Every Traveler In 2019
It’s 2019 and what better ways to start planning your next travel destination, right? Well, you can choose from one of the top amazing Philippines destinations!

PDEA eyes raps vs. parents of kids rescued in Navotas drug den
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) plans to file cases against the parents of minors rescued in a recent anti-drug operation in Navotas City.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte outraged by kids’ alleged drug involvement
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he was outraged after learning in the news the rounding up of minors in a recent anti-illegal drug operation.
— ABS-CBN News

DOT denies link to WOW Pilipinas party-list
The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday denied links to the WOW Pilipinas Movement, a new tourism-centered party-list group vying for a seat at the House of Representatives.
— Philippine News Agency

Online petition asks Duterte to ‘rehabilitate’ Baguio
An online petition that aims to muster at least 5,000 signatures is now circulating to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Baguio a “no-build zone” and pave the way for its possible rehabilitation.
— Philippine News Agency


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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