Philippines morning news for October 31

Philippines morning news for October 31

Philippines morning news

South China Sea row: Philippines to launch nuclear programme as China tensions grow
THE PHILIPPINES are planning a new nuclear programme amid heightening tensions with China which has seen political uproar and weapons readied with the help of US support.

PH ranks 5th worst in impunity index
The Philippines had the largest number of unsolved killings of journalists with 41, followed by Mexico with 30; Somalia with 25; and Syria and Iraq with 22 each, a New York-based media watchdog said Wednesday.

‘Ghost’ of delayed budget to haunt growth data till Q3
THE ghost of the delayed passage of the national budget for 2019 is expected to still haunt the country’s economic growth numbers up until the third quarter of this year, a local economist said.
— Business Mirror

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration
Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio disagreed with Vice President Leni Robredo’s demand that the Philippine government must require China to recognize Philippine ownership and sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea before pursuing a contract for oil and gas exploration.
— Rappler

Low investments biggest ‘drag’ in PHL growth figures this year–economists
While the economy is expected to post a growth of above 6 percent in the last two quarters of 2019, economists still believe the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year will remain muted at below government targets.
— Business Mirror

Polio vaccination chalks up 95%
The Health department on Wednesday posted an average of 95.58-percent coverage of children zero to 59 months old who were vaccinated against polio for the Oct. 14 to 27 round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio in the National Capital Region and in some areas of Mindanao including Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao del Sur and Davao City.

DoH makes pitch for sin taxes to close UHC funding gap
THE Department of Health (DoH) said higher sin taxes will be required to fund expanded outpatient benefits and health insurance coverage for poor patients when the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law takes effect next year.
— BusinessWorld

Joint exploration talks convene in Beijing
THE Philippines and China convened on Monday the first meeting on joint oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

SWS Q3 2019: Fewer families victimized by common crimes
There were fewer families that say they have been victimized by common crimes, according to the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey.
— GMA Network

Govt may miss 2019 GDP growth target
PHILIPPINE economic growth is projected to recover in the second half of 2019, but the full-year figure might still fall below the government’s target, according to economists.
— Manila Times

Over 8,000 people displaced by Mindanao earthquake
The magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Mindanao has affected 1,681 families or 8,402 people, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest situation report on Wednesday, October 30.
— Rappler

First year of TRAIN raised P84B in extra revenue, reduced poverty slightly — study
LOWER personal income taxes and increased excise on key commodities generated additional revenue of over P84 billion for the government in the first year of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, while reducing poverty and income inequality “very slightly,” according to a study published by a research institute affiliated with De La Salle University.
— BusinessWorld

Self-reported crime victimization dips to lowest since June 2018, but burglary fears rise
The rate of Filipino families who reported being victimized by common crimes such as pickpocket, robbery of personal property, break-ins, carnapping, and physical violence went down to its lowest since June 2018, but the percentage of Filipinos who fear falling prey to burglary has increased, a poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
— GMA Network

360,000 dengue cases recorded
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported that the number of dengue cases across the country has soared to more than 360,000. Based on the latest report of the DoH-Epidemiology Bureau, there were 360,646 dengue cases reported from Jan. 1 to Oct. 12, including 1,373 deaths.
— Tempo

Regulation of shipping charges could hurt competitiveness
THE government’s plan to regulate the fees charged by international shipping lines that operate in the Philippines will likely disrupt the trade and negatively affect the country’s competitiveness, according to a study conducted by a University of the Philippines professor.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte designates Medialdea OIC while he is in Thailand for ASEAN Summit
President Duterte has designated Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as officer-in-charge when he embarks on an official visit to Thailand on November 1 to 4.
— Manila Bullein

BOC seizes P3.7-million misdeclared stainless angle bars from China
TWO containers of misdeclared stainless angle bars from China with an estimated worth of P3.7 million have been seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Manila.
— Business Mirror

Carpio’s retirement goal: To convince Duterte to assert arbitral ruling
In public, retired justice Antonio Carpio is generally a man of few words, except if you get him to talk about the West Philippine Sea, his expertise and advocacy.
— Rappler

Extra tax eyed on salty food
The Health department said Tuesday it is considering to propose an additional tax on salty products including processed food, a move similar to taxing sweetened beverages.

SC issues permanent TRO vs Sandiganbayan in bid to force PNB turnover of LOC proceeds
THE Supreme Court has made permanent the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued in 2007, enjoining the Sandiganbayan from implementing its resolution ordering the Lucio Tan-controlled Philippine National Bank (PNB) to turn over the proceeds of a $4.4-million letter of credit (LOC) subject of an ill-gotten wealth lawsuit against the Marcos family and business associate Vicente Chuidian.
— Business Mirror

DoH seeks nationwide ban on vaping
The Department of Health has called for a nationwide ban on the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping due to the dangers posed to public health. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the they will support a bill that will ban e-cigarettes amid the “alarming” rise in the use of such products.
— Tempo

Lacson says something is wrong in govt’s anti-drug, corruption drive
Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday that something is wrong when President Rodrigo Duterte is very vocal against corruption and illegal drugs, yet these problems still continue.
— GMA Network

Palace finds Duterte masks ‘amusing’, fearsome for criminals
Was Malacañang offended by the mask sold by Calli’s Company? “Hindi. Talagang tinatakot ang mga kriminal,” Panelo said in an apparent reference to Duterte’s tough stance against criminality.
— GMA Network

Journalist attacked in Sultan Kudarat
Unidentified motorcycle-riding men attacked a journalist in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, past noon Wednesday, October 30.
— Rappler

Carpio says Duterte’s drug czar offer to Robredo must be in writing
The chief executive can delegate certain powers to subordinates, but President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed offer to make Vice President Leni Robredo the drug czar needs to be in writing to define the specifics, retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio said.
— GMA Network

MMDA: Over 1K drivers with at least 100 violations still driving
Drivers with more than 100 violations are still able to drive on the roads, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia.
— Rappler

PAGASA monitoring active tropical cyclone outside PAR
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring an active tropical cyclone outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
— Eagle News

Japan sends sympathies to victims of latest Mindanao earthquake
Japan, through Ambassador Koji Haneda, has sent its ‘sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquakes that struck the Mindanao area.’
— GMA Network

With Congress OK, Duterte may take over water operations amid shortage, says Lacson
President Rodrigo Duterte may take over the operation of water utilities to address the looming shortage that may affect millions of Metro Manila customers, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson.
— GMA Network

House bill proposes permanent evacuation centers in every 2 or 3 barangays
AS more quakes hit Mindanao and other parts of the country, a party-list group on Wednesday filed a bill establishing permanent evacuation centers in every two to three barangays in the country.
— Business Mirror

PHL-Korea officials break ground for $6.3-million Mold Technology Support Center in Cavite
SECRETARY Fortunato de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Ambassador Han Dong-man on Wednesday led the ground-breaking ceremony of the $6.3-million Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) in Barangay Bacao, General Trias, Cavite.
— Business Mirror

Parallel probes ongoing on rice import players
THE government is now scrutinizing rice importation players, including farmers’ cooperatives, as authorities seek to fully realize the benefits of the rice trade liberalization (RTL) law.
— Business Mirror

Because dying is ‘as costly as’ living, bill grants funeral discounts for the poor
IN the Philippines, dying has become as “costly as living itself,” a party-list group said, so it is pushing for the passage of a measure granting 50-percent discount from funeral services to indigent families, and granting free funeral services for extremely poor families nationwide.
— Business Mirror

PDIC sets November bidding for P81-million closed banks’ assets
THE Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) is set to release a total of 46 closed banks’ assets consisting of residential and commercials lots with aggregate minimum disposal price of P80.9 million through a public bidding in November.
— Business Mirror

Survey shows 79% of Pinoys favor nuclear power option
Most Filipinos are in favor of utilizing nuclear power for electricity generation in the country, a survey conducted last May showed.
— Business Mirror

Each Filipino wastes 2 spoonfuls of rice a day, DA regional officer says
Each Filipino wastes two spoonfuls of rice a day, an amount that seems negligible until you consider that there were more than 100 million of us the last time the government conducted a census in 2015.
— The Philippine Star

Deferred income tax complications under CITIRA
Almost two years after the enactment of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, corporations are gearing up for the second package in the government’s ongoing tax reform program.
— BusinessWorld

47 percent of Pinoys do not want transgender women to use female toilet –SWS
At least 47 percent of Filipinos are opposed to allowing transgender women to use the female toilet, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

BARMM, CHED, OPAPP ensure accessible higher education in new autonomous region
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will help the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with its needs in establishing quality higher education.
— GMA Network

DILG exec urges amendment of Local Government Code
A Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) executive on Wednesday said the Local Government Code of 1991 must be amended to complete the devolution of powers from the national government to the local government units (LGUs).
— GMA Network

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of teacher who was raped, killed
Claim: An article preview image shows an image of a teacher who was supposedly raped and killed by 3 of her students who were under the influence of drugs.
— Rappler

SC: Lucio Tan’s PNB should not deposit $4.6M until Marcos case resolved
The Supreme Court has made permanent its earlier Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which now bars the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan from demanding that the Lucio Tan-owned Philippine National Bank (PNB) deposit to the government $4.6 million.
— Rappler

Julia Barretto: What’s The Truth About Php 500k Hospital Bill In Return Of Subic House?
Here’s the truth about Greta’s accusation against her niece Julia Barretto. JULIA BARRETTO – Here’s the truth about the rumored hidden agenda of Julia Barretto in paying for her Pikey’s hospital bill accused by Gretchen. But you asked for Pikey’s Subic home in return for the 500k.
— Philippine News

Zubiri urges gov’t to conduct national assessment of buildings
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday urged the national government to conduct a nationwide check of the integrity of all infrastructures following two earthquakes that hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
— GMA Network

Marcos asks PET for extension of deadline for submission of comment on manual recount report
The camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos has asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal he be allowed to defer the submission of his comments on the report on the revision and appreciation of votes in Negros Oriental and two other areas.
— Eagle News

Agencies urge Tarlac District 1 farmers to avail of RCEF assistance
Government agencies led by Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) urge farmers from the first congressional district towns of Tarlac to avail of assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
— Philippine Information Agency

PGIN creates ‘Task Force ASF-Free Ilocos Norte’
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has tasked concerned government agencies and local officials in ensuring an African Swine Fever(ASF)-free Ilocos Norte by creating a Task Force through Executive Order (EO) No. 30-19, signed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI Bataan recognizes outstanding Shared Service Facilities cooperators
Department of Trade and Industry recognized Tuesday Shared Service Facilities (SSF) cooperators in the province for showcasing best performance on the responsibilities of managing the SSF projects.
— Philippine Information Agency

OWWA holds reintegration info caravan, membership campaign
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Ilocos Region conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 29 its 2019 Membership Campaign and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Reintegration Information Caravan at the Robinsons Place Pangasinan here.
— Philippine Information Agency

SM not participating in Sangley Airport project
SM Investments Corporation said it is not planning to participate in the Sangley Airport development project.
— Rappler

Duterte has ‘other officers in mind’ outside Año list for next PNP chief
President Rodrigo Duterte, still shaken by his last top cop resigning over a drug-related scandal, is still undecided about who should be his third Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.
— Rappler

LTFRB dismisses 14 employees from Bicol office for alleged corruption
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has dismissed 14 employees from its Bicol regional office due to alleged corruption.
— Eagle News


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