Philippines morning news for June 4

Philippines morning news for June 4

Philippines morning newsManufacturing PMI improves in May
MANUFACTURING firms in the Philippines saw an improvement in operating conditions in May as faster new order growth encouraged businesses to increase output, an IHS Markit/Nikkei survey said.
— The Manila Times

Philippine and Chinese investors bet on Manila’s warehousing sector amid a boom in household consumption
Logistics and warehousing in the Philippines is poised for some rapid growth as local and overseas investors take advantage of booming household consumption.
— South China Morning Post

PH, South Korea start bilateral free trade negotiations
Trade talks between the Philippines and South Korea started Monday discussing the future of a bilateral free trade agreement in Seoul.

LGUs lose P30.5 billion due to outdated real estate values
Local government units of provinces and cities are losing P30.5 billion in revenues each year as a result of outdated real estate values, the Finance Department said Monday.

Palace to oppose any Marcos move to block sale of jewels
Malacañang is ready to oppose any move from the Marcos camp to block the public auction of the P704.8-million jewelry collection seized from former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

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Senate OKs tobacco excise tax hike
The Senate overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading last night the measure seeking to raise the excise tax on tobacco products.
— Tempo

Courts order consolidation of Dengvaxia cases
SIX Regional Trial Court (RTC) branches have ordered the consolidation of 11 cases against Sanofi Pasteur Inc. filed by families of children whose deaths were linked to the company’s Dengvaxia vaccine.
— BusinessWorld Online

After backdoor talks, Mon Tulfo says China to withdraw ships near Pag-asa Island
China has committed to remove its fleet of military ships and fishing boats around Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island following backdoor talks, Ramon Tulfo, a broadcaster turned special envoy of President Rodrigo Duterte, said Monday.
— CNN Philippines

COA flags Cardema-led NYC for P1.67-M ‘excessive’ leave credits, travel expenses
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the National Youth Commission under resigned chairman Ronald Carder (NYC) for its excessive use of leave credits and reimbursement of travel expenses totaling P1.669 million in 2018.
— GMA News

House OKs Human Rights Defenders bill
The House of Representatives last night passed on final reading the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection bill that will prevent human rights violations and abuses committed against HRDs.
— Tempo

Trabaho bill threatens Philippine electronics industry
Electronics manufacturers in the Philippines, the country’s largest exporters, fear that the industry “might dwindle and eventually disappear” in the long term if the Trabaho bill gets passed in its current form.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Senate OKs bill imposing life sentence, hefty fine for bank hackers
The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure which seeks life sentence and a hefty fine for those proven to be engaging in the hacking of bank systems.

Teachers demand P30,000 monthly minimum salary
The minimum monthly salary of teachers should be raised to P30,000 from the current P20,000, according to some public school teachers who protested in Mendiola on Monday morning.
— GMA Network

Now Telecom to offer 5G wireless service in PHL
NOW Corp.-subsidiary Now Telecom plans to offer 5G wireless services in the Philippines, as hype for the new generation of wireless technology continues to increase.
— Business Mirror

ADB cites impact of weather on local economic activity
Tropical cyclones cut the economic activities in the country by an average of 2 percent annually, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

Renewable energy companies push development of mini-grids
Renewable energy developers are pushing for the development of mini-grid systems to fasttrack the achievement of 100 percent electrification in the country.
— The Philippine Star

DoF okays P3-B loan for fish cage farming
A P3-billion loan has been approved by the Department of Finance (DoF) to expand fish cage farming in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday.
— The Manila Times

SWS: 44 percent of Filipinos “very happy,” 37 percent “very satisfied” with life
Forty-four percent of Filipinos are very happy, while 37 percent are very satisfied with life, a recent Social Weather Stations survey found.
— Eagle News

Petron spending $100 M to complete upgrade of Malaysia refinery by 2020
Petron Corp. is spending $100 million until next year to complete the upgrade of its refinery in Malaysia and allow it to produce Euro 5 diesel.
— The Philippine Star

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Cynthia Villar refuses to sign reso backing continued Senate presidency of Sotto
Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday, June 3, refused to sign a resolution backing the continued leadership of Senator Tito Sotto in the Senate.
— Eagle News

Senate adopts PH-Indonesia boundary agreement
The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution concurring in the ratification of the agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia regarding the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary.
— Manila Bulletin

Solon wants total ban on waste imports
A lawmaker is seeking to impose a total ban on all forms of wastes imported from other countries, as well as the abolition of the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corporation (Phividec) Industrial Estate.
— GMA News

GSIS opens emergency loan until June 29
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) – Iloilo will accept application for emergency loan from members in El Niño-affected local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo until June 29, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Pampi in a bind as BOC reverts tariff of imported MDM of chicken to 40%
THE Philippines has reverted to 40 percent the tariff on imported mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken, but local meat processors are questioning the legal authority of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to implement the measure.
— Business Mirror

Palace: Marcoses can join auction of jewelry
Malacañang on Monday said the family of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos is allowed to participate in the auction of “ill-gotten” jewelry seized from former first lady and now Ilocos Norte-2nd district Rep. Imelda R. Marcos.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines’ pursuit of ‘A’ credit ratings receives warm reception
The Philippine government’s pursuit of Single “A” credit ratings by 2022 or earlier has elicited positive sentiment from market players.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Grab PH to deactivate 8,000 driver accounts on June 10
At least 8,000 active drivers will be affected by the planned deactivation of driver accounts set by Grab Philippines next week.

Duterte certifies mandatory ROTC bill as urgent
President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent the bill seeking to implement the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in public and private senior high schools, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Monday.
— GMA News

NUJP: Erwin Tulfo’s brand of ‘journalism’ is the issue
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Monday excoriated radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo, saying that his work bears little resemblance to journalism.
— GMA News

Palace assures teachers: Duterte ‘working’ on wage hike
Malacañang assured teachers on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte was “working” on their salary increase as he ordered his economic managers to look for funding.

Duterte orders agencies to mitigate impact of Taal Lake fish kill
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to carry out measures aimed at mitigating the impact of fish kill in Taal Lake in Batangas, Malacañang said Monday.
— GMA News

Philippines, Vietnam lead FMCG sales growth in Southeast Asia
The Philippines and Vietnam led Southeast Asian FMCG sales growth last year, according to a report by market research company Nielsen.
— Inside Retail Asia

Antipolo police community precinct chief, jail guard sacked for escape
An Antipolo City Police Community Precinct commander and a jail guard were relieved after seven inmates escaped from their detention cell yesterday morning. Removed from their posts were Police Lt. Amador Razo, Antipolo PCP 2 commander, and duty jail guard Police Lt. Christian Lagac.
— Tempo

PNP asks counter-terrorism training from Israel Police
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has asked the Israel Police to provide local officers with training, especially in countering terror attacks, its chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Monday.

BREAKING NEWS: PH Coast Guard Arrests 9 Vietnamese Near Calayan Island
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) arrested nine(9) Vietnamese near the Calayan Island in Cagayan.
— Philippine News

BI arrests Taiwanese on ‘alert list’ for using fake PH passport
A Taiwanese national included in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) “alert list” was arrested by the authorities after posing as a Filipino while attempting to leave the country.

Lorenzana warns region against ‘sleepwalking’ into war
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday stressed the importance of managing tensions in the region to avoid “sleepwalking into another international conflict.”

Agusan Norte tribes declare CPP-NPA persona non-grata
Twenty six tribal leaders of Higaonon, Manobo and Banwaon tribes of the province of Agusan del Norte have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), their allied organizations, other terrorist groups and their supporters as persona non-grata during an Indigenous Peoples (IP) Leaders Forum on May 26, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

25k kilos of e-waste shipped to PHL on the way back to HK
The 25,000 kilos of electronic waste (e-waste) that were shipped in the Philippines are already on its way back to Hong Kong on Monday, according to a report of Rida Reyes on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali.
— GMA News

‘There has to be legal basis’ to drop Smartmatic – Comelec spokesperson
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) cannot hastily disqualify Smartmatic as the country’s systems provider for automated elections.

MMDA cracks whip on overloaded QC tricycles
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday apprehended 20 tricycle drivers for overloading their vehicles in Quezon City, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said, following an inspection in the vicinity of schools.

Bago City pushes for more efficient rice production
The City of Bago, one of the country’s top rice producers, is helping its farmers become more efficient amid the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Act, allowing rice to be imported more freely.
— Philippine News Agency

Office of the President upholds dismissal of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang
The Office of the President has affirmed the dismissal of Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang.
— Eagle News

PDEA, PRO-Cor destroy P5M- worth of marijuana in Kalinga eradication
The intensified illegal drug efforts of the government resulted to the destruction of more than P5 million- worth of marijuana in Tinglayan, Kalinga.
— Philippine Information Agency

Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team boosts anti-ASG ops in Sulu
The 1,500-strong 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) deployed in Sulu would enhance the ongoing operations against Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists known to be operating in the island province.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte invites Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako to visit PHL
President Rodrigo Duterte has invited Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako to visit the Philippines, Malacañang said Monday.
— GMA News

More teachers, facilities, books needed amid increasing student population –Briones
Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday admitted that schools are having a hard time catching up with the ever growing student population, noting that almost one million students are being added each year.
— GMA News

10 Wushu players to train in China for SEA Games
The wushu taolu team of 10 players, including three Cordillerans, left for Fujian, China on Sunday to start their five-month training for the South East Asian Games (SEAG) to be hosted by the Philippines late this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Public schools reminded of ‘no collection’ policy
The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Negros Occidental has reminded public school officials in the province on the “no collection” policy during the school year.
— Philippine News Agency

Japan turns over 2 classrooms in Maguindanao, NoCot
The Japanese government turned over last week two completed classroom construction projects to Maguindanao and North Cotabato under their Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
— Philippine News Agency

Senate approves bill establishing hospital for PCG personnel
The Senate on Monday approved a measure seeking the construction and establishment of a hospital for coast guards and their dependents.

Commuters’ group bats for extension of prov’l bus routes
A commuters’ welfare group is asking the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to convert the franchises of provincial buses going to Metro Manila into city bus operations to serve commuters that might be affected by the planned closure of provincial bus terminals along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa).
— Philippine News Agency

KMU organizer sentenced for illegal firearm possession
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in San Mateo, Rizal has found guilty an organizer from the cause-oriented group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mango growers seek DA’s help over 2-M kilo surplus
Spurred by an overproduction of around two million kilos of mangoes in Luzon alone, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will launch on June 10 the Metro Mango Marketing Program to help farmers unload their produce.
— Philippine News Agency


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