Philippines morning news for October 4

Philippines morning news for October 4
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Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every year
About 20% of maximum security inmates at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) die every year mostly due to overcrowding inside the jail, the NBP hospital chief Ernesto Tamayo told senators on Thursday, October 3.
— Rappler

Woman dies of meningococcemia in Batangas
The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that a 53-year-old woman died of meningococcemia in a hospital in Tanauan City here in late September.
— Rappler

LRT2 will not resume operations on October 4
Following a carriageway fire which stopped the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT2) from operating on Thursday, October 3, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said the LRT2 be out of commission on Friday, October 4, following several technical and safety concerns preventing the resumption of …
— Rappler

Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines named as likely 5G laggards
Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will lag behind other Asian countries in the deployment of fifth-generation mobile networks, although Singapore is poised to lead the race, a recent report said.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Duterte blasts critics of drug war, seeks ‘mutual respect’ among nations
Before fellow world leaders and prominent think tanks, President Rodrigo Duterte justified his war on drugs anew, underscoring that the Philippines “want unimpeded freedom” in governing itself as a nation.
— GMA Network

DoTr to focus on railway dev’t in 2020
RAILWAY PROJECTS are taking center stage next year as the sector will account for bulk of the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) proposed budget for 2020.
— BusinessWorld

250 erring cops face criminal complaints –PNP
A total of 250 police scalawags were slapped with criminal complaints by the Philippine National Police’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).
— GMA Network

Guevarra to courts: Don’t dismiss ‘weak’ drug cases outright
Flaunting the so-called success of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra called on the courts to be more liberal with drug cases that did not follow proper procedures in handling evidence.
— Rappler

Unkempt? Presidential spokesman tells critics Duterte smells ‘refreshing’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman defended him against critics who described him as looking unkempt when he met with Russia’s prime minister, saying he is very hygienic and that his body emits a refreshing scent.

Meet the ex-banker tackling world’s worst traffic with motorcycle taxi app
A FORMER Singaporean banker’s motorcycle taxi app is emerging as a key rival to Grab — and a test case for Manila’s resolve in unclogging the world’s most congested streets.
— BusinessWorld

Budget cuts hound free tuition program for college students
After the budget for free tertiary education was cut by over 16 percent to P35 billion in 2020 from P42 billion in 2019, university administrators and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) are hard-pressed to continue providing financial assistance to thousands of poor Filipino students.
— GMA Network

Chinese cyberespionage group PKPLUG uses custom and off-the-shelf tools
Security researchers have linked various attack campaigns against organizations and ethnic groups in Asia to a single threat actor they believe is likely serving China’s geopolitical interests in the region and is connected to the country’s state-sponsored cyberespionage apparatus.
— Spratly Islands

1,191 ASF-infected pigs culled in 2 Bulacan towns
A total of 1,191 heads of swine from piggery farms in Pandi and Pulilan towns in this province have been culled after being found positive of the African swine fever (ASF) virus
— Philippine News Agency

Pigs should undergo inspection before slaughter –DA
The Department of Agriculture (DA) warned raisers on Thursday against slaughtering their pigs and selling the meat to the public.
— GMA Network

Solon pushes for higher pay for hog raisers culling their stock
AGAP Representative Rico Geron is pushing for a bigger indemnification for hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever virus.
— GMA Network

PUV modernization 97% behind target number of vehicles, DOTr admits
Since the government started with the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) more than two years ago, only 2,595 units have been in operation, so far falling short of the target by a whopping 97%.
— Rappler

Char pattern hints arson as possible cause of Star City fire
Pasay City fire marshal Superintendent Paul Pili said Thursday, October 3, that arson was a possible cause of the fire which gutted the Star City amusement park based on the char pattern found in their initial observations.
— Rappler

Mapua suspends classes over bomb threat but declares ‘Digital Day’
CLASSES at the Mapua University in Manila were suspended on Thursday over an alleged bomb threat. As the school ordered everyone on campus to vacate the premises, however, it also …
— Manila Times

LOOK: Updated ASEAN Grand Prix schedule and team rosters
Four teams will vie for the title with first leg winner powerhouse Thailand looking to extend its reign while Indonesia, host team Philippines and Vietnam are all raring to get a piece of the glory in the tournament that also serves as a preview of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November.

Study cites PHL’s digital economy potential
POTENTIAL for developing the Internet economy in the Philippines remains the biggest in Southeast Asia, according to an annual Google-led report that said the region can be expected to breach the $100-billion mark in gross merchandise value (GMV) this year.
— BusinessWorld

Financial reporting rules amended
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has amended financial reporting guidelines in line with the Revised Corporation Code, as well as in preparation for capital market integration with member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— BusinessWorld

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: ‘Think out of the box’
MANILA, Philippines – How about business coaches for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3)?
— Rappler

44 kilos of ‘hot meat’ seized in Isabela
Agriculture officials have tightened their quarantine checkpoints at entry and exit points of Cagayan Valley following the seizure by the police of at least 44 kilograms of suspected contaminated and undocumented pork meat along the national road in San Mateo, Isabela at dawn on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

LOOK: PH receives SEA Games flame from Malaysia
The Philippines formally received the Southeast Asian Games flame from 2017 host Malaysia in a handover ceremony that kicks off the country’s hosting preparations into high gear. ( 2019 SEA Games: Where to buy tickets as low as P50 )
— Rappler

Police investigator clears Albayalde in 2013 ‘ninja cops’ buy-bust
The police official who investigated the anomalous buy-bust by Pampanga ninja cops in 2013 said he found no evidence implicating Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde in it.
— Rappler

Makabayan solons slam Senate report pushing for police presence in schools
The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers on Thursday slammed the recommendation of two Senate committees for police presence inside schools amid the supposed recruitment of minors by leftist organizations.
— GMA Network

PDEA chief gets death threats after tagging Albayalde in ‘ninja cops’ issue
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino has been receiving death threats after he accused Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde of intervening in the dismissal of Pampanga ninja cops.
— Rappler

Senates OKs resolution giving rice to 4Ps beneficiaries instead of cash
BEFORE adjourning for a month-long recess, the Senate on Wednesday night approved on second reading a joint resolution authorizing the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to convert to …
— Manila Times

Aquino, Magalong said they received death threats amid drug recycling controversy
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong admitted that their families have been receiving threats following their testimonies at the Senate on the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs.
— GMA Network

New telco player partners with SkyCable, Chavit Singson-led firm
NEW major telecommunications player Dito Telecommunity Corp. has forged deals with businessman Luis “Chavit” C. Singson’s LCS Holdings, Inc. and ABS-CBN Corp.’s Sky Cable Corp. covering the use of the two companies’ infrastructure assets.
— BusinessWorld

GCash strengthens dominance in PH
A study showed Mynt-owned GCash as the top mobile wallet used by Filipinos for cashless transactions with 4.9 million of the 6.4 million mobile wallet remitters in the Philippines.
— Philippine News Agency

Maasin City Muslim community join Clean-up Day
Some 250 individuals representing different government agencies, barangay officials/residents including the local Muslim community led by Hadji Alex Sultan worked together in cleaning up about half-kilometer stretch of the Combado river system down to the coastal area during the Cleanup Day on Sept. 26.
— Philippine Information Agency

625-unit tenement for the poor to rise in Lucena City
Mayor Roderick Alcala and Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) chief Arnulfo Cabling led the groundbreaking ceremony for the five-story tenement building in Barangay Marketview here on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Birth simulation a crime: DSWD-Bicol
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here is reminding parents planning to adopt a child not to engage in the birth simulation practice.
— Philippine News Agency

Why your business should embrace AI in 2020
“We are shifting rapidly. We are moving away from a product-led economy to an experience-led economy.” Jeremy Smart, Channel Leader for Asia Pacific & Japan of Acoustic, emphasized this landscape shift as he described how important artificial intelligence (AI) will be for advertisers and …
— Rappler

Water firms appeal SC ruling on P1.8-B fine
METRO MANILA’s water service concessionaires have asked the Supreme Court to reverse its ruling imposing fines totalling close to P2 billion against them and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS) for violations of Republic Act No. 9275, or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
— BusinessWorld

DoE probes mudslide at Semirara facility
THE Department of Energy (DoE) is investigating a mudslide at the facility in Antique of listed Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC), the agency said on Thursday, as rescue operations continue for a missing employee after the incident.
— BusinessWorld

Pangasinan media join ED Talks journalism seminar
Media personalities from different news organizations, bloggers and social media influencers, and student-journalists in Pangasinan attended the ED Talks (Editorial Development Talks) held recently at the Lenox Hotel here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Davao cop, police major’s bro nabbed for drugs
A police personnel and a companion, who is a brother of a police officer assigned at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Bgy.
— Philippine News Agency

PH-Australia relationship ‘broad, deep’: Embassy
A ranking official from the Australian Embassy in Manila on Thursday has underscored the “broad” and “deep” relationship between Manila and Canberra amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s suspension of loans from the latter.
— Philippine News Agency

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of S. Luzon
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Southern Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said moderate to heavy rainshowers with lightning and strong winds are being experienced in Albay, particularly in Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and Daraga; and in Sorsogon, particularly in Bulan and Matnog. …
— Eagle News

Duterte meets with CEO of Russian oil firm Rosneft
The chief executive officer (CEO) of Russian energy giant Rosneft was granted an audience with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the leader’s second official trip to Russia .
— Rappler

MIAA clarifies opening of bags at NAIA: Only for ‘specific need’
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal clarified that physical inspection of bags will only be conducted if there is a specific need to do so.
— Rappler


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