Philippines morning news for November 4

Philippines morning news for November 4
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Duterte silent on Chinese incursions in West PH Sea at ASEAN-China summit
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte did not raise China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and the ruling of an arbitral tribunal favoring Manila over Beijing during the ASEAN-China Summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Sunday.
— Politiko

Toll in Philippine earthquakes climbs to 21
The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities said Sunday, as survivors struggled to access food and water.

14 trapped villagers in quake-ravaged NoCot town safely airlifted
Fourteen villagers trapped in the isolated village of Luayon following the magnitude 6.6 earthquake on Oct. 29 have been rescued and safely airlifted from the site to the town proper here.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte urges ASEAN not to sacrifice the environment in pursuit of progress
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations not to sacrifice the environment in the pursuit of progress.
— Eagle News

Economy likely accelerated in Q3
Philippine economic growth is projected to recover in the third quarter of the year on the back of higher consumer and government spending, analysts polled by The Manila Times said.
— Manila Times

‘Malisbong massacre’ during martial law: a hoax, with alleged victims’ relatives given P40M
EVERY September in the past few years when martial law again becomes a topic of debate, the purported massacre of some “1,500 Muslims and over a thousand women raped” in Malisbong village in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat in September 1974 by a Philippine Army battalion is presented as evidence that Marcos’ strongman regime was a ruthless, bloody era.
— Manila Times

Duterte prods Modi on RCEP conclusion
President Duterte has prodded India to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in a bid to narrow the development gap within the region.
— Business Mirror

China, PH agree to exercise self-restraint in handling of territorial dispute
China is “in accord” with President Duterte’s call for self-restraint in the South China Sea and a rules-based resolution of the territorial dispute.
— Manila Bulletin

House seen to okay 2019 GAA extension, polls resetting
THE leadership of the House of Representatives is eyeing to approve today (Monday) the joint resolution extending the availability of the 2019 General Appropriations Act and the bill postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
— Business Mirror

NEDA sees 6.5% economic growth in Q3
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects third quarter economic output to have expanded six to 6.5 percent because of increased government spending, decelerating inflation and faster consumer spending.
— The Philippine Star

Ex-DFA chief wants SCS ruling in sea code
The South China Sea arbitration ruling should be an integral part of a binding Code of Conduct (COC), according to former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, as he enjoined Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to exercise “utmost vigilance” to ensure that China will not undermine the ruling in crafting the code.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines’ Duterte calls for strengthened ASEAN economic integration to counter protectionism
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for strengthened economic integration among the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to counter protectionism and global trade tensions, a government statement said on Sunday.

Duterte cites areas of ASEAN-UN collaboration for regional development
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) must work together to fight poverty, address inequality, and push sustainable development, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Sunday.
— ABS-CBN News

Duterte vows to push for South China Sea code ASAP
President Duterte assured leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) that he will push for the conclusion of the negotiations on a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea as soon as possible.
— Business Mirror

PH gov’t not likely to file diplomatic protest for alleged harassment at Scarborough Shoal
The Philippine government is not inclined to lodge a diplomatic protest over the alleged harassment of a Filipino-manned ship passing the Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc.
— Manila Bulletin

Regional stability, security and climate issues, top President Duterte’s agenda at ASEAN summit
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to highlight regional security and stability issues as well as environmental challenges as he attends the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits here from November 2 to 4.
— Philippine Information Agency

Series of ‘fake’ news won’t erode Duterte’s popularity: Palace
Persistent critics who continue to propagate “false” news against President Rodrigo Duterte would not succeed in eroding the Chief Executive’s popularity, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Mindanao quakes seen to impact infra, poverty
THE recent earthquakes in Mindanao could lead to a temporary rise in poverty and delay in infrastructure projects in the region, according to economists.
— Business Mirror

Duterte-Abe meeting set on Asean sidelines
President Du-terte is set to meet here Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday (November 4), on the sidelines of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits.
— Business Mirror

‘Amid trade row, Asean must hasten integration via support for RCEP’
President Duterte has raised alarm over the ongoing US-China trade war as it undermines the progress of the Southeast Asian countries, and called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to fast-track its economic integration through the conclusion of the much-awaited mega free-trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— Business Mirror

GSIS earmarks P1.18 billion in loans for Mandaluyong staff
State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has allocated P1.18 billion in a loan transfer for a total of 2,371 GSIS members in the City Government of Mandaluyong.

Quake damage lends urgency to substandard steel inquiry
THE deaths and destruction caused by the series of earthquakes that hit Mindanao in October have given lawmakers a sense of urgency in seeking an investigation of the alleged smuggling and proliferation of substandard steel products in the Philippines.
— Business Mirror

Cavite lifts ban on processed pork
has officially lifted the ban on the sale and distribution of processed pork products, the first of the 65 provinces to do so amid the African swine fever in the country.
— The Philippine Star

NUPL calls on SC to review issuance of warrants in Bacolod raids
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) called on the Supreme Court (SC) to review the issuance of the warrants which led to the arrest of some 62 activists in Bacolod City last week.
— GMA Network

PM Lee calls on ASEAN and India to ‘redouble’ economic integration efforts
Given the close ties between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and India, both parties should “redouble” efforts in the pursuit of economic integration, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on on Sunday (Nov 3).

Lacson eyes Senate adoption of House-approved budget bill
Senator Panfilo Lacson is looking into the possibility for the Senate to simply adopt the version of the 2020 budget bill approved by the House of Representatives to fast-track its enactment and to prevent congressmen from making further amendments.
— GMA Network

Number of injured in two Mindanao quakes rises to 432 — NDRRMC
The number of those who were injured in the series of earthquakes that hit Mindanao since last week has risen to over 400, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.
— Eagle News

Duterte to ASEAN: Choosing sides in US-China feud a “strategic mistake”
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations not to choose or “be forced to choose” between the United States and China.
— Eagle News

Maguindanao areas suffer flooding after earthquakes damage dikes
SEVERAL VILLAGES in Maguindanao province have been flooded after dikes in surrounding areas were damaged by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao.
— BusinessWorld

Passenger arrested in Davao for bomb joke on board plane
A PASSENGER already on board a plane at the Davao International Airport was arrested Sunday for making a bomb joke, an act punishable by imprisonment.
— BusinessWorld

Aid for quake victims must not be derailed: Palace
The government will ensure that aid for residents affected by the recent series of earthquakes in Mindanao will not be derailed, Malacañang on Sunday said.
— Philippine News Agency

China harassment of Filipino-crewed tanker won’t affect COC
The incident involving the alleged harassment of a Greek oil tanker with an all Filipino crew by a Chinese vessel near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) will not affect any progress made in crafting the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, Malacañang said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte won’t skip Asean-related summits: Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte is doing well and will not skip any of the events on the third and last day of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Summits in Thailand, Malacañang said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Pinoy captain defies Chinese command to veer away from the Panatag Shoal
A Filipino ship captain defied the commands issued by a Chinese naval warship to veer away from the Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, which has been ruled internationally as part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone.
— GMA Network

Sandiganbayan convicts 3 ex-DOF officials over tax credit fraud
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan convicted 3 former Department of Finance (DOF) officials over the fraudulent approval of a P6.065-million tax credit certificate issued to a bus company in 1998.
— Rappler

Malacañang insists Duterte received FIFA jersey at ASEAN Summit
Malacañang on Sunday lashed out at a Twitter user for supposedly spreading fake news, after a video surfaced online showing that President Rodrigo Duterte was skipped over when the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) distributed jerseys to the leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— GMA Network

BAYAN accuses PNP, AFP of planting evidence in Bacolod raids
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on Sunday claimed that law enforcers had planted some evidence during their raids in Bacolod City, which led to the arrest of at least 57 activists.
— GMA Network

Supreme Court on arrests of 62 activists: File case if you want
In the face of public pressure by leftist groups to investigate the issuance of search warrants that yielded arrests of at least 62 activists, the Supreme Court (SC) merely advised the groups’ lawyers to file the usual pleadings before local courts.
— Rappler

Solon wants passage of 3 disaster-related bills after Mindanao quakes
Senator Francis Tolentino is calling for the passage of at least three measures to minimize the effects and damages brought about by natural disasters in the country.
— GMA Network

Duterte urges self-restraint in South China Sea row
The South China Sea must be maintained as a “sea of peace, stability, and prosperity,” President Duterte declared yesterday, amid his renewed appeal for the peaceful and rules-based settlement of disputes in the region.
— Tempo

Over 50,000 kids in Makati get polio vaccine, beating DOH target
Over 50,000 children from 0 to 59 months in Makati City were covered in the oral polio vaccination drive of the Department of Health (DOH), exceeding the target set by health officials.
— Rappler

China to provide aid to quake victims
THE Chinese government will donate about P22 million for the relief efforts in areas in Mindanao hit by successive strong earthquakes. China, through its embassy in Manila, expressed its “deepest sympathy to those affected families.”
— Manila Times

Did FIFA almost forget to give a jersey to President Duterte?
The handing out of jerseys is FIFA’s way of saying thank you to the ASEAN leaders.
— GMA Network

Lorenzana: Scarborough ‘harassment’ incident should not be blown out of proportion
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday said the harassment incident in Scarborough Shoal last September 30 should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized.
— GMA Network

3.9 quake jolts Cotabato
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake hit Cotabato anew on Sunday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
— Manila Times

House to ‘hit the ground running’ in session opening
The House of Representatives is set to hit the ground running when it resumes its session on Monday, November 4, as it already plans to pass two measures on third reading, House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez said on Sunday, November 3.
— Rappler

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over Laguna, four other areas
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over Laguna and other areas.
— Eagle News

3 regions top teenage pregnancy list in South
Three regions have registered the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Mindanao, a top official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) said.
— Manila Times

Army saves wounded NPA combatant in Agusan Norte
Elements of 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB) saved a young New People’s Army (NPA) guerilla who was wounded in an armed confrontation that took place on Saturday in Barangay San Isidro, Santiago town in Agusan del Norte.I
— Philippine News Agency

Foreign leaders send sympathies to Philippines after Cotabato earthquakes
Foreign leaders expressed condolences to Filipinos after a series of strong earthquakes struck the province of Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao in the last few days of October, killing at least 17 .
— Rappler

Legal defense readied for 50 trade unionists arrested in Negros Occidental
LABORERS are now preparing the legal defense of over 50 trade unionists and activists who were arrested by authorities in Negros Occidental last week due to alleged involvement in rebellion.
— Business Mirror

Arayat to build school for Japan-bound OFWs
The aging and declining working-age population of Japan has triggered the establishment of a technical school in Pampanga to supply that country’s future demand of foreign workers.

EcoWaste Coalition lauds efforts to return 5,000 tons of garbage from Misamis Oriental to South Korea
Quezon City-based environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has cited the move of the officials of Misamis Oriental province and Bureau of Customs – Region 10 that will expedite the re-export of over 5,000 tons of illegal waste shipments from South Korea to their origin.
— Manila Bulletin

MICE market expanding outside Metro Manila
The country’s improving connectivity is driving cities outside of Metro Manila to position themselves as a destination of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) sector, a property services sector said.
— The Philippine Star

LGUs must now hasten telco tower approvals
LOCAL government units (LGUs) will be forced to hasten the approvals process for the construction of telco towers, a major roadblock that players often cite, as the government continues its initiatives to ease business processes, according to the chief of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).
— Business Mirror

‘Liberalizing imports to kill sugar industry’
“If the liberalization will go on, then the sugar industry will die.” Raymond Montinola, spokesman for the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Inc., made this declaration in connection with the government’s plan to liberalize sugar imports.
— Manila Times

Nothing amiss in QC RTC warrants vs. Red front groups: SC
The Supreme Court (SC) said Sunday a Quezon City judge is presumed to have acted correctly and legally in issuing seven search warrants against front organizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in Bacolod and Escalante cities in Negros Occidental.
— Philippine News Agency

Max’s maps expansion as mid-income class grows
THE growing middle income class in the Philippines has made it the perfect time for Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI) to expand, and the company is putting all hands on the table to prepare for boodle fight.
— BusinessWorld

Piracy pulls down ABS-CBN movie revenues
ABS-CBN Corp. lost an estimated P300-400 million in potential movie revenues last year due to piracy, its data protection head told reporters after a forum on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

4 suspected carnappers killed in Bulacan ‘shootout’
Four suspected members of a car theft syndicate were neutralized in a hot pursuit operation leading to an armed encounter in NIA Road, Barangay Bagong Silang in this town on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

100 modular tents from Marikina shipped to quake-hit Cotabato
The 100 modular tents donated by the city government of Markina have been shipped to the earthquake-hit Cotabato province, the city public information office (PIO) on Sunday said.
— Philippine News Agency

[OPINION] Building social capital with the Bangsamoro is a must
Over a year after the signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law , more questions than answers have been raised on the status of its implementation.
— Rappler

House to approve 2 priority measures on first day of sessions -Romualdez
The House of Representatives would buckle down to work immediately after their month-long recess as congressmen were expected to approve two priority legislative measures on third and final reading on Monday.
— GMA Network

New LTO scheme requires student license applicants to take exams
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) implemented stricter guidelines for motorists to secure driver’s licenses, with those applying for student driver’s licenses now also required to take examinations administered by the agency.
— GMA Network

Robredo claims malicious criticisms against her rooted in misogyny
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday lamented that women in politics were still targets of criticism because of their gender and that the malicious criticisms against her were rooted in misogyny.
— GMA Network

Biz firms join humanitarian efforts in quake-hit areas in Mindanao
A group of companies in the service sector will be sending aid to areas in Mindanao in the southern Philippines affected by three powerful quakes that jolted the region in October.
— GMA Network

De Lima urges gov’t to ‘seriously consider’ Iranian beauty queen’s asylum application
Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday, November 3, urged the Philippine government to seriously consider former Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari’s application for asylum in the Philippines as she remained stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for over a week now.
— Rappler

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law
The Department of National Defense called on China to respect international maritime law, following a Rappler report that a vessel which claimed to be a “Chinese naval warship” accosted a Filipino-crewed commercial ship near Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30.
— Rappler

2 senators call for probe into rising incidents of teenage pregnancy
Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Sonny Angara are seeking an inquiry to determine the cause and find ways to address the increasing number of teenage pregnancy in the country.
— GMA Network

Study shows Mindanao residents don’t have ‘go bags’ for disasters
A study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in 2017 showed that there was a glaring gap in disaster preparedness in Mindanao because residents did not have emergency “go bags,” or personal survival kits which contained essentials that are crucial for an individual or family to survive the next 72 hours after a disaster, such as earthquake.
— Rappler

Cebu City taps Sugbotek’s mobile app for emergency response
THE CEBU City government has partnered with local software developer Sugbotek, Inc. for a mobile-based application that will serve as an emergency dispatch and civilian reporting system.
— BusinessWorld

PRO-11 lauds public cooperation for peaceful Undas 2019 in Davao
The Police Regional Office-11 (PRO11) on Sunday said the general situation in Davao Region during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day was generally peaceful.
— Philippine News Agency

PCG forms task force to aid quake-hit areas in Davao
After the series of strong earthquakes that struck various parts of Mindanao, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formed Task Force (TF) Tabang Mindanao to help conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) to the affected areas, particularly in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.
— Philippine News Agency

Malacañang exhorts Bar examinees to ‘rise to the challenge’
Malacañang on Sunday sent its best wishes to the 8,245 aspiring lawyers who were taking the Bar examinations at the University of Santo Tomas.
— GMA Network


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