Philippines morning news for July 31

Philippines morning news for July 31

Philippines morning newsBurst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, Negros, and Some See Duterte’s Hand
A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents.
— The New York Times

Philippines ‘deadliest’ country for environmental, land activists
The Philippines was the deadliest country in the world for environmental and land activists in 2018 with at least 30 recorded deaths, according to a watchdog group.
— Aljazeera

Dengue cases keep surging across PH
Dengue cases across the country continue to increase as the Department of Health (DOH) recorded more than 8,000 new cases in a span of a week.

China to Philippines: ‘We won’t take the first shot’
Amid criticism of its growing military presence in the South China Sea, China’s ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua claimed Beijing would “not take the first shot,” as he appealed to claimant countries to “be patient” when settling disputes.
— Rappler

Defense chief hits China’s ‘bullying’ in Scarborough Shoal takeover
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday, July 30, criticized China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea, and sided with a public opinion survey that showed a sharp decline in China’s trust rating among Filipinos.
— Rappler

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US gives P2B to boost quality early education in Bicol, W. Visayas
The United States has given P2 billion to aid the Department of Education (DepEd) in implementing innovative approaches to ensure quality early education to at least two million young students in the Bicol and Western Visayas regions.

1 soldier, 9 terrorists killed in clashes in southern Philippines
Nine terrorists and a soldier were killed in a series of military offensives in southern Philippine province of Maguindanao that started last week, the Philippine military said on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Globe rolls out 5G fixed wireless broadband in barangay of Pasig
Globe Telecom Inc. said Tuesday it commercially rolled out the fifth-generation fixed wireless broadband service in Barangay Buting, Pasig City.

Envoy: China to observe freedom of navigation
China would not want freedom of navigation in the South China (West Philippine) Sea disrupted because that would hurt its economy, Beijing’s ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua said on Monday night.
— The Manila Times

Duterte EO has BCDA included in infrastructure cluster to boost economic development
PRESIDENT Duterte has signed an executive order mandating the inclusion of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in the Infrastructure Cluster given its significant role in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
— Business Mirror

BSP: manufacturing gets 1/3 of FDI
THE manufacturing sector continued to get the lion’s share of the gross foreign direct investments (FDI) channeled to the Philippines in the first four months of the year, according to data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Business Mirror

Gov’t eyes up to $1 B from samurai bond issue
The government yesterday launched its samurai bond issuance with multiple tenors to raise up to $1 billion in fresh funds for the state’s coffers, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) announced.
— The Philippine Star

NBI to probe PCSO’s alleged failure to remit billions from STL
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office allegedly failed to remit billions of pesos in revenues from its Small Town Lottery and Peryahan ng Bayan operations.
— GMA News

U.N. experts urged to probe killings of environmental defenders in PH
Environmental and human rights groups urged United Nations (UN) independent experts to probe the unresolved killings of environmental defenders in the Philippines after the country was tagged as the most dangerous country for environmental activists .
— Rappler

House to raise at least P1.5 million for Batanes earthquake victims
The House of Representatives has kicked off a donation drive among its members to aid victims of the twin earthquakes that rocked Batanes over the weekend.
— Rappler

Bill authorizes Duterte to order Pagcor to provide funds for CHED, PSC
A lawmaker on Tuesday filed a resolution authorizing President Duterte to direct the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to provide funding support to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
— Business Mirror

Business groups pitch reform bills to 18th Congress
MEASURES that will further liberalize the economy to attract more foreign capital and make it easier to do business in the country made up a list of 28 proposed laws which 14 local and foreign groups have pitched to the 18th Congress.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duque probed for corruption
The Office of the President is investigating allegations that Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd is involved in corruption at the Department of Health (DoH), Malacañang admitted on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

NIA breaks ground for P775-million Quezon farm irrigation project
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said it has broken ground for the construction of the P775-million Macalelon Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) that aims to provide irrigation to 830 hectares of farmlands in 12 barangays in Macalelon and Lopez in Quezon province.
— Business Mirror

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‘Boracay loses out to Vietnam, Thailand after government suspends charter flights to island gateways’
THE damage has been done. Resorts on Boracay Island have yet to get back their mainland Chinese and Korean guests despite the government aviation body allowing new and additional charter flights to Kalibo and Caticlan.
— Business Mirror

More banks tapping onshore debt market for add’l funds
More Philippine banks are tapping the onshore debt market to raise additional funds via the issuance of bonds, commercial papers and other debt instruments.
— The Philippine Star

Teacher-lawmaker seeks ‘substantial’ salary hike for public school educators
Public school teacher-turned-legislator France Castro said it is not enough to simply increase the salaries of teachers; the pay hike should also be substantial given the higher prices of goods in the country.
— Rappler

Supreme Court: IBP must prove fishermen knew of West PH Sea petition
The setbacks faced by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) are not over as the Supreme Court (SC) now wants the lawyers to prove that their fishermen clients were fully informed about the highly-political West Philippine Sea petition against the Duterte administration.
— Rappler

DOH Calabarzon chief heads National Dengvaxia Task Force
Health Secretary Francisco Duque has appointed Calabarzon Regional Health Director Eduardo Janairo as chair of the National Dengvaxia Task Force to properly address and manage concerns surrounding the effects on the use of the Dengvaxia vaccine.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte lifts suspension of lotto operations
President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the suspension on lotto operations, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
— CNN Philippines

Unfazed by global trade slump, PHL online job hiring posts 16-percent growth in June
The slowdown in global trade will not dampen the Philippine online job market, according to online career and recruitment resource firm
— Business Mirror

Villar wants probe into distribution of P10 billion as special fund for rice farmers
Senator Cynthia Villar is seeking a Senate inquiry on the government’s disbursement of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) mandated by the rice tariffication law.
— Manila Bulletin

Land dispute eyed as motive behind lawyer’s slay in Bukidnon
Police investigators are looking into a land dispute as the possible motive behind the killing of a lawyer in Valencia City, Bukidnon over the weekend.
— CNN Philippines

ATN, China firms investing P2.5b in pre-cast housing facility
ATN Holdings Inc., a company led by businessman Arsenio Ng, said it is teaming up with China Machinery Engineering Corp. and Broad Homes Industrial International Co. Ltd. to invest P2.5 billion in a state-of-art pre-cast housing technology facility in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Megaworld spending P10b to open 8 malls
Megaworld Corp., the property unit of billionaire Andrew Tan, said it is spending P10 billion to open eight new malls outside Metro Manila over the next three years.

Duterte expected to certify Dole’s SOT bill as urgent
President Rodrigo Duterte may certify as urgent the new draft of the proposed security of tenure (SOT) bill being crafted by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Gov’t urged to strictly monitor vessels in PH waters
The government should strictly enforce the vessel monitoring system to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in our waters, an international ocean conservation group said on Tuesday.

Gov’t launches web-based employment platform 911 TESDA
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday led the launching of a free web-based linking program that aims to connect people in need of services to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) graduates.
— GMA News

19 Filipino sailors held in Mexico on alleged drug violations
Nineteen Filipino seafarers have been detained in Mexico for alleged violations of Mexico’s law on illegal drugs, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday, July 30.
— Rappler

Palace: Duterte verbal order terminating all forms of gambling “legal”
President Rodrigo Duterte’s verbal order terminating all forms of gambling within the mandate of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is legal.
— Eagle News

Divorce bill unlikely to get nod of 18th Congress, says Villar
Senator Cynthia Villar believes the divorce bill will not be passed in the 18th Congress.
— GMA News

LTFRB reshuffles cashiers, removes guards after arrest of alleged fixer
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the reshuffling of cashiers and laying off of security guards after an alleged fixer was apprehended within the agency’s premises.
— Rappler

Red Cross resumes services in Sulu after 10 years
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has reestablished its presence and service in Sulu, 10 years after deciding to shutter its operations there because of violence.
— Philippine News Agency

DPWH deploys additional team to assess structures in Itbayat
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has deployed an additional team to Itbayat, Batanes to assess the damage caused by earthquakes that hit the province on July 27.
— Philippine News Agency

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly
The newest benefit for the senior citizens of Makati City took effect Tuesday, July 30: residents aged 90 to 99 will receive cash gift of P10,000 every year.
— Rappler

Isko Moreno eyes Manila ‘freedom wall’ to end vandalism
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is eyeing building a freedom wall to stop the problem of vandalism in the country’s capital.
— Rappler


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