Philippines morning news for October 23

Philippines morning news for October 23
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‘Unbearable pain’ cuts short Philippine leader Duterte’s Japan trip
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to cut short his attendance of the enthronement of Japan’s emperor on Tuesday, due to what his office said was unbearable pain in his lower back after a motorcycle mishap last week.

Big September spending pushed deficit to P178.6b
The budget deficit swelled 85.5 percent in September to P178.6 billion from P96.2 billion a year ago on the back of a 39-percent increase in government expenditures, the Bureau of Treasury said Tuesday.

Locsin rejects bid to bring arbitral ruling to U.N.
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. has rejected the notion of having the Philippines go back to the United Nations to relitigate the Hague arbitral award, saying those making the suggestion may be on the payroll of Chinese intelligence, “but paid peanuts.”
— Business Mirror

Mindanao quake infra damage hits P86 million
Damage to infrastructure due to a powerful earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao last week was estimated at P86 million, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
— The Philippine Star

State spending short despite Sept. boost
STATE SPENDING rose by its fastest pace in almost a year and a half in September as the government rushed to make up for muted expenditures last semester, but even this boost was not able to ensure that the nine-month program was met, according to data the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) released on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Farm dep’t maintains 2% growth goal despite ASF impact as RCEF kicks in
THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) has maintained its 2019 growth target for the agriculture sector at two percent, as it launches operations using the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) seven months after Republic Act No. 11203, which liberalized rice importation, took effect.
— BusinessWorld

No sweat over Chinese leaving—Japanese, South Korean visitors are loving PH
The Philippines may lose Chinese tourists amid the mainland’s ban on online gambling, but more Japanese and South Korean visitors are coming over, according to Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila rakes in P144 million in taxes in just 7 weeks
The Manila city government has collected more than P144 million in real estate and business taxes in just seven weeks after the city government implemented an amnesty program for thousands of delinquent taxpayers in the capital.

45 big-ticket projects to ease traffic
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Tuesday revealed that the Duterte administration has at least 45 big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program to decongest Metro Manila roads and link the country from North to South.
— Manila Bulletin

Manila grants tax perks to lure businesses back to Philippine capital
The Philippine capital is granting tax perks as it seeks to restore the historic city to its glory, Mayor Francisco Domagoso said in his speech before businessmen.
— Gulf News

TUCP warns of disastrous effect of 2-year probie bill
The country’s largest labor group on Tuesday warned more Filipino workers may just opt to leave for overseas jobs with the proposed extension of “probationary period” from six months to two years.
— Business Mirror

Batangas bans hogs, processed meat
Batangas, the second largest producer of hogs in the country, has banned the entry of live hogs and processed meat as it beefs up measures against African swine fever (ASF).
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t targets to lift 1 million Filipinos out of poverty every year — Palace
The government has targeted to lift 1 million Filipinos out of poverty every year, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Russia offers Philippines help to build submarine
Russia on Tuesday offered the Philippines help to build a submarine for the country.
— Anadolu Agency

Human rights group slams Duterte’s order to Espenido to ‘kill’ in Bacolod
Human rights group Karapatan slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido to “kill everybody” in Bacolod City, where the controversial police official was reassigned.
— GMA Network

4.5-magnitude quake hits Cotabato
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Cotabato early Wednesday, Oct. 23.
— Eagle News

DSWD opens P32.9-M rehab center for child offenders
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has formally opened its PHP32.9 million regional rehabilitation center for youths and children facing criminal cases located in Tantangan town, South Cotabato province.
— Philippine News Agency

Board approves new daily minimum wage in W. Visayas
Workers employed in the private sector in Western Visayas can expect an increase in their salaries before the end of the year following the approval of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Wage Order 25 hiking the daily minimum wage rate.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte rushes home to see neurologist
President Duterte is rushing back home from Japan to see a neurologist after enduring “unbearable pain” in his spine following a recent motorcycle accident.
— Tempo

DOF backs more taxes for online gambling firms
The government agency tasked to look for cash to fund the Duterte administration’s projects is looking at gambling revenues to further boost collections.
— Rappler

16 NCRPO cops who tried to slip in contraband items at the NBP in hot water; Sinas orders probe
At least 16 police officers deployed to the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) are now being investigated for allegedly trying to slip contraband items in and out of the supposedly high security prison in Muntinlupa City.
— Eagle News

Over 400 suspects died in police custody since 2016 –IAS
The IAS’ records showed that cases of suspects who tried to wrest police officer’s guns before getting killed comprised only three percent of the total.
— GMA Network

Over 450 die under police custody since Duterte assumed office
Over 450 suspects have died under police custody since July 2016 or when President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) told Rappler on Tuesday, October 22.
— Rappler

Philhealth scam whistle-blower feels abandoned amid estafa raps
Philhealth scam whistleblower Edwin Roberto feels depressed and abandoned amid the estafa charges he is facing for speaking about the alleged payment by Philhealth to ghost beneficiaries through WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center.
— GMA Network

DOJ indicts KAPA for defrauding public
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recommended the filing of criminal charges against Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA) for allegedly defrauding investors, as it affirmed the findings of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
— Rappler

Cop killed, 3 others hurt in Isabela clash with NPA
A police patrolman was killed and three others were wounded in a clash between lawmen and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a mountainous area of Barangay Burgos here on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

MB member eyes possible drop of inflation below 0.9%
A member of the policy-making Monetary Board (MB) expects domestic inflation rate moving sideways or even drop further before end 2019.”
— Philippine News Agency

NAIA ready for influx of passengers during ‘Undas’: MIAA
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal on Tuesday said the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is ready to accommodate the expected influx of passengers during ‘Undas’ (All Saint’s Day).
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte admits being in pain after motorcycle accident
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday admitted that he was in pain following a motorcycle mishap last week, forcing him to cut short his trip to Japan for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.
— GMA Network

PAL urges passengers to be at airport 3 hrs. before flight
Given the expected increase in passengers traveling during the Undas season, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday urged passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their departure.
— GMA Network

Solon urges PNP chief candidates to submit to lifestyle check
A party-list lawmaker is urging the three high-ranking police officials shortlisted for the position of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief to submit to a lifestyle check to help President Rodrigo Duterte make his choice.
— GMA Network

IAS to file MR for dismissal of ‘ninja cop’
The Internal Affairs Service (IAS) on Tuesday said it would file a motion for reconsideration so that the penalty for a policeman, who was involved in controversial drug raids in Pampanga and Antipolo City, will be returned to dismissal from service.
— GMA Network

Probe ‘PWD ID for sale’ scheme –solon
A measure has been filed at the House of Representatives calling for an investigation into the scheme he referred to as PWD ID for sale.
— GMA Network

NFA to buy 40,000 bags of palay
The National Food Authority (NFA) here is expecting to buy from 35,000 to 40,000 bags of palay in Negros Occidental until the end of the year.
— Philippine Information Agency

Coast Guard planning to base three fast-response cutters on Guam, commandant says – Pacific
The Coast Guard is “doubling down on Oceania” with plans to homeport three of its newest fast-response cutters in Guam within the next two years, commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said in a press call Monday.
— Spratly Islands

Makati to soon get free public WiFi from Globe
Key locations in Makati City, including 27 barangay health centers, will soon have free Internet access from Ayala-led Globe, on top of the existing Makati Public Wi-Fi Project .
— Rappler

DOJ panel finds probable cause to indict Kapa founder Apolinario, other officials over Ponzi scheme — Perete
A Department of Justice panel has found probable cause to indict officials of the Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. for violations of the Securities Regulation Code, Justice spokesperson Markk Perete said.
— Eagle News

PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse
The Philippine government joined forces with an Australian government-led consortium of child rights advocates to form SaferKidsPH, a 6-year awareness campaign on the extent and impact of the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) in the Philippines.
— Rappler

MMDA bans weekday mall sales for Christmas season 2019
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) banned weekday sales in all Metro Manila malls from November 11 to January 10, 2020, in a bid to decongest the expected big holiday rush traffic.
— Rappler

Manila Hall of Justice to be completed by 2022 – Supreme Court
The Manila Hall of Justice will have its new home by June 2022, a state of the art green building that will be in stark contrast to the capital’s courts currently located in portions of the Manila City Hall.
— Rappler

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported one noticeable gap in anti-child pornography law enforcement is the non-compliance of internet service providers (ISP) with a certain provision of the law.
— Rappler

How ‘witnesses’ vs Duterte got Trillanes, Jesuit priest in trouble
Opposition figure Antonio Trillanes IV extended his hand to lawyer Jude Sabio on Tuesday morning, October 22, at the Department of Justice (DOJ) – as if the two have not had such a public misunderstanding, it almost looked like they were going to blow their defense in the kidnapping charges they are facing.
— Rappler

New FB study shows how Filipinos will be shopping for Christmas
Christmas time is one of the busiest seasons of the year for Filipinos. Schedules are booked not only with reunions and trips, but also with hours of shopping dedicated to discovering the perfect gifts for loved ones.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte names Joel Garcia as Philippine Coast Guard commandant
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Vice Admiral Joel Garcia as the new Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant, taking the place of Admiral Elson Hermogino who retires on Tuesday, October 22.
— Rappler

DILG urged to revisit nat’l emergency hotline ‘911’
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes on Tuesday said he will seek a review of the national emergency hotline “911”.
— Philippine News Agency

Benguet’s all 13 towns pass road clearing validation
All the 13 municipal local government units (LGUs) in the province complied with the presidential directive on road clearing operations and passed the assessment carried out by the Provincial Road Clearing Validation Team.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ombudsman to CHED: Enforce suspension order vs former CHED exec Vitriolo
The Ombudsman has ordered the Commission on Higher Education to implement its suspension order against former CHED executive director Jules Vitriolo.
— Eagle News

RDRRMC interfaces with Ifugao local disaster councils in DRRM caravan
To ensure the maximum level of preparedness for any hazards that may affect the region and this province, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) brought the Cordillera DRRM Caravan here.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOST awards outstanding beneficiaries, stakeholders
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Western Visayas recognized outstanding beneficiaries and stakeholders at the opening of the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Beneficiaries of DavOr’s housing project sign lease agreement
The Provincial Government’s affordable housing project implemented under the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program is one step closer to providing shelter to its beneficiaries as they have recently signed the Lease Agreement for the lot.
— Philippine Information Agency

Cavite-Laguna Expressway passable by October 30 – DPWH
The Department of Public Works nd Highways (DPWH) said that Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) will be passable by Wednesday, October 30, in time for this year’s Undas.
— Rappler

No extended MRT3 hours for Christmas 2019 due to rail repair works
Unlike in the past year, the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3) will not implement longer operating hours this Christmas season as its rail replacement works goes full blast beginning this month.
— Rappler

Too early to judge effectiveness of K to 12 program – DepEd
Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla on Tuesday defended that the K to 12 program, pointing out that it was still too early to judge the program’s effectiveness as a cycle from kindergarten to grade 12 had yet to be completed.
— GMA Network

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao.
— Eagle News

PAGASA monitors active tropical cyclone off N. Luzon; “Bualoi” still outside PAR
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration continues to monitor an active tropical cyclone outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
— Eagle News

Dar: P10-B RCEF to be fully obligated by Dec
THE Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) amounting to P10 billion annually intended to increase rice farmers productivity and income, is expected to be fully obligated before the year ends, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

Close to 400 PNP personnel tested positive for drugs since 2016 –Internal Affairs Service
Almost 400 personnel from Philippine National Police (PNP) have tested positive for illegal drugs since the beginning of the anti-illegal drugs campaign, data from the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) showed on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

City hall to provide over 500 housing units to employees
Mayor Oscar Moreno says the City Employees Socialized Housing Project is the very first City Hall Project for its personnel which covers an area of 10.6 hectares developed by the City Housing and Urban Development Department (CHUDD) through Pag-IBIG financing, October 22 at Sitio Patpat, Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOLE turns over P100K DILEEP assistance in Camiguin
To contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers through promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Camiguin Provincial Field Office handed over P110,000 worth of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) projects at Barangay Butay, Guinsiliban, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Rice import duties grow to P15 billion in 7 months
Duties collected from rice imports reached P15 billion since the imposition of the Rice Tariffication Law in March, according to a member of the Monetary Board.
— The Philippine Star

Eyeing wellness tourism boom, Air Intellipure to invest P250 million
AIR filter innovator Air Intellipure Inc. is investing around P250 million in the Philippines over the next five years, as it eyes to exploit the country’s growing demand for purification systems.
— Business Mirror

Russia to set up gun making company in Philippines: ambassador
Russia intended to set up a gun-manufacturing company in the Philippines, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said here on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report
An Israeli court banned media coverage of its hearings on a petition to block Israeli arms sales to the Philippines, which follows an apparent trend of media silence on Israel’s weapons deals with “repressive regimes,” according to a report by the Israel-based investigative magazine The Seventh Eye, republished by its English-language counterpart, +972 Magazine.
— Rappler

New tech fueling cybercrime cases in PH
New technologies, such as live streaming, are contributing to the rising incidents of cybercrime in the Philippines, an alarming 80 percent of which is the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children, according to a consortium.

Ghana government ends concession for Meralco’s ECG takeover
THE Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) concession for the operation and maintenance of the assets and facilities of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has been terminated by the Government of Ghana.
— Business Mirror


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