Philippines morning news for May 15

Philippines morning news for May 15
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Philippines morning newsSC orders government to comment over writ of kalikasan
The Supreme Court (SC) gave the government yesterday (May 14) 10 days to comment on the protection order issued to protect, preserve and rehabilitate the marine environment in areas in the West Philippine Sea.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte’s allies crush the opposition
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies were poised for victory in midterm polls, unofficial results showed Tuesday, signalling firm approval of his rule and clearing a path for his most controversial plans.
— The Asean Post

Election-related violence down by 60%: PNP
Incidents of election-related violence this year declined by 60 percent as compared to the last elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cheap, low-quality SD cards to blame for faulty voting machines – COMELEC
The Commission on Elections is pinning the blame for malfunctioning vote counting machines (VCM) to cheap and low-quality SD (secure digital) or memory cards that led to voting and transmission delays.
— CNN Philippines

Election 2019 Partial & Unofficial Result of Senatorial Race As of 4:30 pm
Partial & Unofficial Result of Election 2019 Senatorial Race ELECTION 2019 – Here is the partial and unofficial result of the senatorial race as of 4:30 pm today, May 14, 2019. The Election season in the Philippines is at its peak now.
— Philippine News

Only 41 violent incidents in 2019 polls — PNP chief
The Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, said the Monday midterm elections were “generally peaceful,” with only 41 violent incidents nationwide that are yet to be validated as election-related.

Administration-dominated Senate seen to cut risk of extended budget delays
AN administration-dominated senatorial slate may provide some relief to the local economy, some economists say, as further budget delays may be prevented and as the economic legislative agenda may easily make it through the congressional mill.
— Business Mirror

Philippines tapping China market with P19-B panda bond offer
The Philippines plans to return to the Chinese debt market this week with the possible issuance of 2.5 billion renminbi-denominated bonds, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— The Philippine Star

Group ‘dismayed’ by election outcome, fears foreign ownership of mining firms
Expressing “dismay” over the results of the recent election that was dominated by administration candidates, anti-mining groups vowed to respect the electoral exercise and the will of the people.
— Business Mirror

UN agency IFAD to provide $62.9 M loan for poverty-reduction
THE International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a financing agreement with the Philippines supporting a poverty-reduction and income-raising program covering 20 of the poorest provinces in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas.
— BusinessWorld Online

Banks eye Hanjin PH debt resolution
Local bank creditors of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), the local unit of Korea’s shipbuilding giant Hanjin, expect resolution of the shipbuilder’s debt within the year.
— Manila Bulletin

US-China trade row’s impact on PHL weighed
AS trade tensions between the United States and China intensify, local economists believe the Philippines may not emerge unscathed from the trade tiff without any policy reforms.
— Business Mirror

Palay output falls 4.6% in Q1 to 4.69 million MT
PRODUCTION of palay, or unmilled rice, fell 4.6% year-on-year in the first three months of 2019 to 4.69 million metric tons, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

DoF: IPPAs, electricity co-ops owe PSALM P59.23B in unpaid bills
SOUTH PREMIERE Power Corp. (SPPC), a unit of listed conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), topped the list of entities with the biggest unpaid loans to the government agency tasked to privatize state energy assets, the Finance department said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld Online

ERC to toughen up surveillance and monitoring at WESM
To prevent gaming and abuse of market power by generation company-trading participants, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has engaged an American firm-consultant so they can toughen up surveillance and monitoring at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).
— Manila Bulletin

BPI trust arm to manage P3 B worth of SSS funds
A unit of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) continues to expand its asset under management after bagging a deal with state-run Social Security System (SSS) to manage P3 billion worth of funds for the next two years.
— The Philippine Star

Higher finance costs weigh on RWM operator’s bottom line
THE owner and operator of Resorts World Manila (RWM) recorded a 45% drop in attributable profit in the January to March period due to higher finance costs.
— BusinessWorld Online

Marcoses take seats in Senate, Congress, province and city
The Marcoses have never had it this good in a long time.
— Rappler

DOST to hold 1st int’l confab on Science, Math in August
For the first time, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will hold an international conference on Science and Mathematics, to assess the state of these areas in education in the Philippines, its weaknesses and strengths in relation to international counterparts.
— Philippine News Agency

Gadon cries cheating, claims ‘dagdag-bawas’ benefited other bets
Attorney Larry Gadon on Tuesday claimed that he was cheated in his senatorial bid in the recently concluded mid-term elections. In a Facebook post, Gadon cited social media surveys and mock elections in which he said he performed well.
— GMA News

PPCRV sees few discrepancies in validation of election returns
Poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) saw small discrepancies in its ongoing validation of election returns from the 2019 midterm polls, an official said Tuesday.
— GMA News

Philippine banks lag Asian rivals as digital race intensifies
Philippine banks risk being left behind as higher spending Asian rivals and fintech innovators set their sights on the country’s nascent digital finance market.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

2 VCMs burned in Isabela hotspot; PNP probes why BEIs unescorted
TWO VOTE counting machines (VCM) were burned on Tuesday morning by still unidentified armed men in Jones, Isabela, an area identified as an election hotspot and categorized under “grave concern.”
— BusinessWorld Online

Palace on Pimentel’s calls for a probe into poll glitches: “Anything for the betterment of the country”
-The Palace on Tuesday, May 13, backed Senator Koko Pimentel’s calls for a probe into the glitches that marred the voting process. “Anything that will be for the betterment of this country, we always support.
— Eagle News

Philippine Vote Positions Duterte’s Daughter as Likely Successor
With the Philippines’ midterm elections expected to heavily favor President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies, the stage is set for his daughter Sara to seek the top post in 2022.
— Blooomberg (video)

Meralco to relocate power facilities along railway projects
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has agreed to relocate its power distribution facilities to pave the way for various railway projects being pursued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
— Philippine News Agency

Successive explosions rock Cotabato City anew
Two more explosions transpired at the back of the city hall here late Monday, several hours after the polling precincts closed for the May 13 local and national election, police said.
— Philippine News Agency

Some politicians in Duterte’s narcolist win in local polls
Some of the politicians tagged in the so-called narcolist of the Duterte administration have won in the local polls.

Yellow alert up in Luzon
THE entire Luzon grid will be placed on yellow alert for most part of Tuesday afternoon as some power plants are offline or running at limited capacity.
— The Manila Times

Caap fires 6 JO airport workers tested positive for drug use
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) has terminated the services of six job order (JO) employees who tested positive for illegal drug use during a recent testing.
— Business Mirror

Vehicle sales slump to 1-yr low
Vehicle sales in April posted their steepest decline since January 2018 to slump to their lowest level in a year.
— Malaya

SC affirms CA ruling barring AMWSLAI from recruiting from 24 other agencies
THE Supreme Court has affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that effectively barred thrift bank Air Materiel Wing Savings and Loan Association Inc. (AMWSLAI) from amending its by-laws to be able to expand its membership base to include 24 additional agencies of the Executive Department.
— Business Mirror

PAGCOR remits record P16B to treasury
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) remitted P16.17 billion cash dividends to the National Treasury, the highest one-time cash dividends remittance made by the agency, PAGCOR said in a statement yesterday.
— Malaya

Metro Pacific still interested in MRT 3 operations, maintenance
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. said it is still interested in operating and maintaining Metro Rail Transit Line 3 despite the government’s decision to award the rehabilitation of the rail system to a Japanese company.

Duterte’s ‘prostitute’ remark on Tordesillas tells more about his character than his opponents’ –NUJP
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirade against veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas speaks more about his character than his opponents’.
— GMA News

Ex-ARMM exec vows to continue anti-political dynasty advocacy
Former governor Mujiv Hataman of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Tuesday vowed to continue his advocacy against political dynasty.Hataman issued the statement as he, his wife, and brother are ahead in the unofficial election results against their …
— Philippine News Agency

Dynasts fall in parts of NCR
DYNASTS were toppled in parts of the National Capital Region, according to results of the local race in this year’s midterm elections.
— BusinessWorld Online

Gov’t lawyers bring up technicalities in NUPL’s anti-harassment petition
MANILA, Philippines — Without mentioning a prayer for dismissal, government lawyers on Tuesday focused on the legal technicalities of the petition of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) to stop military harassment and red-tagging of its members.

DTI urges consumers to report retailers selling goods above SRP
The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) urged the public to report retailers selling goods above the suggested retail price (SRP) as they continue to intensify prices and supply monitoring activities to ensure that prices of basic needs and prime commodities (BNPCs) in the markets are within the SRPs.
— Philippine Information Agency

President Duterte to embark on Japan trip this month
President Rodrigo Duterte is slated to visit Japan by the end of May. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this was so he could attend the annual Future of Asia conference upon the invitation of a representative of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
— Eagle News

UHRI files building permit application for P18-B resort-casino project
GOKONGWEI-LED Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc. (UHRI) has filed its application for a building permit to start the construction of the P18-billion integrated resorts and casino development project on Kawit Island at the South Road Properties.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH women’s team eyes strong finish in FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup
Coach Pat Aquino is confident that he has the right tools to carry the Gilas Pilipinas women’s team to a strong finish in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China from May 23-26.
— Philippine News Agency


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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