Philippines morning news for November 28

Philippines morning news for November 28
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SEA Games opening rites will make critics ‘eat their own words’ –Salceda
Critics of the mishaps in the country’s staging of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will eat their own words once they see the opening ceremonies of the sports event this weekend, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DOH expresses alarm as 26 samples test positive for poliovirus
THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed alarm on Wednesday following the confirmation by the National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases that a total of 26, out of 142 environmental samples (ES) collected, tested positive for poliovirus types 1 or 2.
— Business Mirror

Senate approves proposed 2020 national budget on third and final reading
The Senate has approved the proposed 2020 national budget on third and final reading. Twenty-two senators voted in favor of the P4.1-trillion proposed budget, which President Rodrigo Duterte had certified as urgent.
— Eagle News

Report on Philippines’ power grid being ‘under control’ of China total nonsense: FM
China refuted on Wednesday allegations that the country controls or threatens the national grid power of the Philippines, claiming a report on that was total nonsense.
— Global Times

Ex-SC Justice Carpio: China gained what it lost from 2016 arbitral ruling
RETIRED Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said China should not begrudge the ruling of the international tribunal annulling its historic claim to the whole South China Sea (SCS) “because it gained what it lost by having the means to explore the resources of the high seas.”
— Business Mirror

Philippines in firing line over chaotic SEA Games build-up
Transport delays, footballers training in the streets and two toilets in one stall: A chaotic final build-up has put the Philippines under pressure before the SEA Games open on Saturday (Nov 30).

‘Displeased’ Duterte wants probe into SEA Games mess
DISPLEASED by issues hounding the Philippines’ hosting of this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, President Rodrigo Duterte wants an investigation into allegations of “incompetence and corruption” thrown at its organizing committee, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Potential typhoon may enter PAR as Philippines hosts SEA Games 2019
The state weather bureau is monitoring a tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), with the international name Kammuri.
— Rappler

Central Visayas wage board approves P18 hike
THE CENTRAL Visayas Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7) approved on Tuesday a minimum wage increase of P18 per day.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte to grace 30th SEA Games opening ceremony
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games this weekend, according to Malacañang.
— GMA Network

‘It’s chicken sausage’: Hotel denies serving athletes kikiam
Whitewoods Leisure and Convention, the hotel accommodating the Philippine women’s football team, clarified that it did not serve kikiam to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games athletes.
— Rappler

Party-list solon wants probe on ‘fake news’ on SEA Games hosting
As a result of these fake news, the Philippines is painted as a complete failure in its hosting, with foreign media calling it ‘Muddle in Manila,’ Salo said.
— GMA Network

Philippines’ SEA Games compared to Fyre Festival disaster
With less than a week before the Southeast Asian Games open, the Philippines are scrambling to prepare for the event. Long waits, poor organisation and incomplete facilities at the competition have garnered complaints.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesian president asks Philippine counterpart to help free hostages
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has requested his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to help release three Indonesian nationals abducted by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines, a minister said on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Filipinos exclusively control transmission grid, says NGCP
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said Wednesday the country’s transmission network operator remains under the exclusive control of Filipinos to allay fears that China might have the capability to remotely shut down the Philippines’ power infrastructure.

SEA Games to bring in P894-million revenue to hotels
THE Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) is projected to generate at least P894.2 million in revenue for the hospitality industry.
— Business Mirror

Meat processing industry probed on ASF outbreak
A joint panel at the House of Representatives will focus on the processed meat industry as it continues its investigation into the African swine fever (AFS) outbreak in the country.
— The Philippine Star

PH’s trade row with Thailand unresolved
THE Philippines failed to settle its dispute with Thailand over a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on cigarette shipments during the recent Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.
— Manila Times

PH netball team absorbs blowout loss against Thailand
The Philippine netball team remained on the hunt for a first victory after absorbing a 64-29 whipping against Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, November 28 at the Sta Rosa Sports Complex.
— Rappler

Poliovirus can mutate from fecal waste –DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) warned that poliovirus can mutate from fecal waste if such wastes reach the water supply.
— GMA Network

Speedy approval of POGO tax bill seen
Measure would net P45B for govt if passed ALBAY Rep. Joey Salceda is confident that the House of Representatives would hasten the approval of the proposed imposition of taxes on online gaming operators and their workers in the country.
— Manila Times

Manila, Seoul ink pact on fisheries cooperation
THE Philippines and South Korea have signed an agreement that aims to enhance their collaboration in aquaculture and fisheries, and promote fisheries trade and investment.
— Manila Times

Duterte to ‘carefully scrutinize’ 2020 budget bill –Palace
Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the passage of the 2020 proposed national budget in the Senate as Congress moved closer to approving the appropriations bill that will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature.
— GMA Network

AFP vows to look into security aspect of China’s role in power transmission grid
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said it will participate in the discussions regarding China’s supposed control over the country’s power transmission grid, especially in the aspect of national security.
— GMA Network

QC court accepts late memo by Ampatuan defense counsels
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday ruled to admit a last-ditch memorandum filed by defense counsels of principal accused Datu Andal Unsay Ampatuan in the Maguindanao massacre case.
— Philippine News Agency

QC dads approve P27.8-b city budget for next year
The 37-member Quezon City Council has approved a P27.8-billion budget for 2020, with social services getting the biggest chunk of next year’s budget, jumping 32 percent from P8.4 billion in 2019.

House opens debates on bill on expanded retail trade liberalization
AN economist-lawmaker on Wednesday said opening the retail trade sector to foreign competition through passage of the amendments of Retail Trade Liberalization Act will lower the prices for Filipino consumers.
— Business Mirror

Government crackdown on POGOs yields additional $25 million revenues
The government’s intensified effort against erring Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) has so far yielded the government $25 million (about P1.2 billion) in additional revenues, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

No respite in campaign vs tax-dodging POGOs
There will be no letup in the ongoing crackdown against tax-dodging Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) under the Duterte administration, the Department of Finance (DOF) assured yesterday.
— Manila Bulletin

Why is the Philippines so focused on coal?
Although fossil fuels are the single biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, coal continues to be supported by both the government and businesses in the Philippines.
— The Asean Post

Foreign Drugs, Rebels Give Philippines New Causes to Bolster Defense
The dispatch of two Philippine coast guard ships to the Sulu Sea might normally register as a quick blip on the radar of world maritime movement.

Philippines and South Korea to conclude free trade pact by 2020
The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to conclude the two countries’ free trade agreement by the first half of 2020.
— Fresh Plaza

Lacson supports proposal for country’s President, VP to be voted in tandem
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday, Nov. 27, expressed support for a proposal to have both the President and Vice President of the country voted in tandem.
— Eagle News

PSC exec sees no more serious glitches in SEA Games opening ceremony, beyond
A Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) official on Wednesday expressed confidence that the opening ceremony for the 30th Southeast Asian Games or SEA Games, which the Philippines is hosting, will not be marred by serious glitches.
— GMA Network

Innovative Startup Law IRR signed
Secretaries Gregorio Honasan II, Fortunato de la Peña, and Ramon Lopez of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), respectively, signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11337 or the Innovative Startup Act last November 22.
— Philippine Information Agency

Solon wants to lower required capital for foreign retailers
A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Wednesday said it is high time to open the retail trade sector to foreign competition by lowering the capital requirements for foreign retailers.
— Philippine News Agency

Adoption of renewable energy gaining ground in PH, Taiwan
Renewable energy’s (RE) contribution on Philippines’ total energy mix remains small, thus, it is working to increase such share to the overall supply, but the country is not alone on this effort, an official of a power station here said.
— Philippine News Agency

City Hall workers tested positive of drugs urged to undergo rehab
City government employees here who are found positive of drug use are being encouraged to register in the “We Care Program” which is an out-patient rehabilitation program of the City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP).
— Philippine News Agency

Ilocos Norte health workers to receive hazard pay
Employees in the provincial government-run health facilities in Ilocos Norte will receive a hazard pay on top of their regular bonuses before the end of this year.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD mulls more incentives for Pinoy medalists in SEA Games
President Rodrigo R. Duterte is considering giving additional incentives to Filipino athletes who will win medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on top of the cash bonanza provided by law, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ ‘revokes’ Cebu order deputizing cops as prosecutors
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will immediately deploy prosecutors to Cebu, effectively revoking a controversial order from its Office of the Provincial Prosecutor deputizing policemen as prosecutors in first-level courts.
— Rappler

Phisgoc: Lightning of SEAG cauldron remains a top secret
AS to how that P55-million cauldron will be lit to signal the start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games remained under wraps by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), whose leadership is calling on everyone to watch it live on Saturday.
— Tempo

Drilon denies slashing SEA Games budget
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday, Nov. 27, denied he slashed the budget intended for the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games and transferred a part of it to fund projects in Iloilo, his province.
— Eagle News

Tropical storm Kammuri seen to enter PHL by Sunday or Monday
TROPICAL STORM Kammuri, packing winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 105 kph, is expected to enter the Philippine area by Sunday or Monday, weather bureau PAGASA reported on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

3.4-magnitude quake hits Sarangani
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck Sarangani on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit seven kilometers southeast of Kiamba at 6:16 p.m.
— Eagle News

Salceda sees no House probe of SEA Games while Cayetano is Speaker
Albay Representative Joey Salceda does not see any investigation into the Southeast Asian Games mishaps happening at the House while Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is the Speaker.
— GMA Network

DILG rolls out Constitutional Reform Roadshow in Pampanga
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) rolled-out Tuesday the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Roadshow in Pampanga.
— Philippine Information Agency

PH Azkals fall to Myanmar in SEA Games men’s football
The substitute magic worked again in a Southeast Asian Games men’s football match involving the Philippine team.However, it was Myanmar which got lucky this time.
— Philippine News Agency

Dagupan police begins campaign vs. vaping
The Dagupan City police is working to ensure adequate manpower and coordination with vape shops in the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate against the use of vape in public places.
— Philippine News Agency

Clark cited as ‘sports tourism destination of the year’
The Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PSTA) has once more cited Clark as “sports tourism destination of the year”.
— Philippine News Agency

Access to quality health care is every child’s right: DOH
The celebration of National Children’s Month stresses the importance of providing children the right to access quality health care, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) 6 (Western Visayas) said.
— Philippine News Agency

Court says Abad liable for 2012 budget program
THE Court of Appeals has affirmed the liability of former Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad for simple misconduct over a financial program that sought to hasten government projects without congressional approval.
— BusinessWorld

Labor groups seek penalty for employers of exhausted workers
LABOR groups have asked the Labor department to punish employers of exhausted construction workers involved in finishing last-minute sites for the Southeast Asian Games.
— BusinessWorld

3 Zamboanga City Protected Area workers, boatman reported missing in possible sea accident
THREE MEMBERS of the Zamboanga City Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) and their boatman were reported missing on Tuesday and search operations are ongoing while authorities determine the circumstances of their disappearance.
— BusinessWorld

RTWPB-8 to issue soon new wage rates for Kasambahays in EV
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region 8 (RTWPB-8) is expected to issue soon a new minimum wage rates for Kasambahay in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

DSWD 8, partner agencies intensify efforts to end violence against women
The Department of Social Welfare and Development 8 (DSWD 8) in coordination with some government and non-government institutions has started conducting series of activities on Tuesday, November 26, to commence the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) observed from November 26 to December 12 of every year.
— Philippine Information Agency

Robredo challenges youth: Be ‘true leaders’ even with an ‘uninspiring boss’
VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” challenged young leaders to find their “light in the midst of darkness” and “how to find solutions in an environment where the limitations given to you are just too much.”
— Manila Times

DILG backs calls to suspend classes in Metro Manila for SEA Games
THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) supported calls to suspend classes in Metro Manila during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, its spokesman said on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

The eagles have landed: Singapore shows off rare Philippine raptors
Singapore showed off two critically-endangered eagles on Wednesday, November 27, that were loaned from the Philippines as part of a breeding program to reverse the dwindling numbers of the feathered giants.
— Rappler

Farmers point location of anti-personnel mine in AgSur
Concerned civilians, mostly farmers have reported recently to the 8th Special Forces “Dragoons” Company (8SFC) and 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn), a claymore-type improvised explosive device (IED) emplaced by the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorists (CNTs) in their farmlands in Purok-7, barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
— Philippine Information Agency

P5-M temporary shelter for ex-rebels to rise in Sorsogon
With many rebels surrendering to the government, another half-way house is set to be constructed in Sorsogon province to help them in rejoining mainstream society.
— Philippine News Agency

PTFoMs probes release of suspect in Generoso murder
Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director, Undersecretary Joel Egco, on Wednesday said he will look further into the release of one of the suspects in the killing of Dumaguete broadcast journalist Dindo Generoso.
— Philippine News Agency

Rio Olympian urges netizens to post good news on SEAG
A Rio Olympic veteran marathoner who will be competing at the South East Asian Games (SEAG) has appealed to netizens to help spark “good news” about the inter-regional sports event in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Alleged cohorts of suspected NPA leader undergo inquest proceedings
The three alleged cohorts of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) leader, who was nabbed on Monday, have undergone inquest proceedings before the San Juan City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
— GMA Network

Abante mulls compulsory vaccination of newborn babies amid polio return
House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. is considering making the vaccination of newborn babies compulsory amid reported new cases of the infectious disease.
— GMA Network

Abduction of One of Nine Youths Missing in Pasay City Caught in CCTV
CCTV Footage of Abduction of One Victim Included in Nine Missing Youths in Pasay City CCTV- The abduction of one of the victim includes in the nine missing youths in Pasay City was caught on the CCTV in their area.
— Philippine News

DOLE to celebrate 86th founding anniversary with a job fair in NCR, other regions
Labor & Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III announces the availability of some 22,000 local and overseas jobs at the Job fair to be conducted by DOLE in celebration of their 86th founding anniversary.
— Philippine Information Agency

Celebrity reservists drum up support for 1st presidential drill
Excited for the first-ever presidential silent drill competition in the country, some celebrity reservists expressed their support and urged the public to witness the event on Dec. 5, 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

Launchgarage bets on QC to lead Philippine tech innovation
Launchgarage, the country’s largest tech accelerator, last week organized the first Quezon City Tech Day, a community-building event aimed at bringing together and empowering the innovative startups of the nation’s largest city to solve some of its most complex problems.
— BusinessWorld

51 more Filipino veterans get US Congressional Gold Medal Award
A total of 51 Filipino World War II veterans posthumously received on Tuesday the prestigious US Congressional Gold Medal Award for their gallantry during the war in defense of freedom and democracy.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon expects shift in public sentiment come SEA Games opening
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda on Wednesday said there will be a “tidal wave of reversal” of public sentiment on the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games once the opening ceremonies take place on November 30.
— Philippine News Agency

Called a ‘failure,’ Robredo says it’s always easier to pass the blame than to lead well
It is always easier to pass the blame to others than be a good leader, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

BuCor officer gunned down near Bilibid
A Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer was gunned down in broad daylight Wednesday by two motorcycle-riding gunmen near the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
— Tempo

DILG to Pinoys: Set aside politics, partisanship for SEA Games
Amid finger-pointing over glitches in the accommodation of foreign and local athletes participating in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) hosted by the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government appealed to all Filipinos for cooperation.
— GMA Network

Online rescheduling of passport appointments ‘temporarily unavailable’
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that the passport appointment rescheduling feature on its online appointment system is temporarily unavailable due to a system upgrade.
— Rappler

Robredo did not get anything confidential from us – DILG
Vice President Leni Robredo did not get any confidential information from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during her time as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
— Rappler

MRT-7 depot works start as courts grant DOTr SMRT7 writs of possession
After 17 years since the submission of the unsolicited proposal for the project and after nearly two years of court hearings and appeals to obtain a site, the MRT-7’s 20-hectare depot is finally starting to take shape.
— Philippine Information Agency

Dela Rosa: War on drugs not perfect but not a failure
Senator Ronald dela Rosa has reiterated the war on drugs, while not perfect, was not a failure.
— Eagle News

Stiffer law enforcement vital amid abduction of POGO workers –solon
ACT-CIS party-list Representative Eric Go Yap on Wednesday urged the government to strictly enforce the laws against foreigners committing crimes in the country amid recent reports of kidnapping incidents victimizing workers for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations.
— GMA Network

Senate bill protecting teachers, instituting support mechanism on student discipline filed
In filing Senate Bill 1189 or Teacher Protection Act, Senator Grace Poe wants to amend Republic Act 7610 or Child Abuse Law so that any act committed by a teacher or school personnel complying with the multi-stakeholder teacher’s manual shall not be deemed as child abuse.
— GMA Network

Sotto on SEA Games 2019 fiasco: PH ‘too hospitable’
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday, November 27, said the Philippines is actually too hospitable as host of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), unlike some previous host countries that reportedly left visiting teams to fend for themselves.
— Rappler

DOLE, PLGU’s TUPAD benefits 900 Novo Vizcayanos
At least 900 villagers here will be given jobs under the national government’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
— Philippine Information Agency

Lawmaker pushes for revival of school sports programs
A party-list lawmaker is pushing for the revival of comprehensive sports programs to foster wholesome physical activities among the youth and sustainably produce outstanding Filipino athletes in the coming years.
— Philippine News Agency

Pinoys studying in US increase in 2019
The number of Filipinos studying in the United States has sustained its growth in three consecutive years, the US Embassy in Manila reported Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

2 LGUs in CV cited for population prog implementation
Two local government units (LGUs) in Region 7 were recently recognized for their efforts in implementing population programs in their localities.
— Philippine Information Agency

BCDA guarantees better meals for SEA Games 2019 teams in New Clark City
Athletes of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) who will be billeted at the New Clark City Athletes’ Village will better taken care of – especially when it comes to their meals.
— Rappler


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