Philippines morning news for October 7

Philippines morning news for October 7
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China sweetens joint energy exploration deal
HINA has expanded its offer in its proposed oil and gas exploration deal with the country in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), according to President Duterte.
— Business Mirror

PHL among infra-challenged countries–ADB
POOR infrastructure continues to hinder the Philippines from maximizing its manufacturing potential, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

Philippines’ Duterte reveals new health problem
hilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has disclosed that he suffers from an autoimmune disease that can potentially have serious complications, the latest condition for a leader whose health has been subject to speculation.

Philippine ‘ninja cops’ unmasked: Their role in drug trade
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who scored a landslide victory in the 2016 vote, has campaigned on his signature wars: against drugs and corruption.
— Gulf News

PHL is Asean’s second-worst country, world’s 6th-worst, in over-the-top voice apps use—OpenSignal research
DESPITE “improved” mobile data speeds and coverage, the Philippines ranked as the sixth-worst country to use over-the-top (OTT) voice apps in the world and is the second-worst in the Asean and Asian regions, according to a study conducted by research firm OpenSignal.
— Business Mirror

Customs bureau seeking to implement brokerless option for importers
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) will formally ask President Rodrigo R. Duterte to issue a memorandum order giving importers the option to process transactions directly, without resorting to Customs brokers.
— BusinessWorld Online

Below 1% inflation opens doors for more rate cuts
THE fall in price pressures in September has opened doors for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to cut rates for the fourth time before the year ends, opined economists of financial institutions.
— Business Mirror

PCCI urges govt: Speed up mobility with good rules, infra
THE country’s largest business network is demanding that the government harmonize traffic rules and expedite the rollout of infrastructure projects to improve the flow of trade and movement of people within the nation’s capital.
— Business Mirror

Solons reject meager aid to ASF-hit raisers
Quezon City Rep. Wilfrido Mark Enverga on Sunday urged the Agriculture department to raise its P3,000 financial aid per head of pig culled to P8,000 to every hog raiser whose livelihood has been affected by the African swine fever.

Elevated EDSA expressway to cost $3 billion — Ang
San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is projecting to spend at least $3 billion for its proposed elevated expressway along EDSA.
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t rushes rollout of TradeNet
The Department of Finance (DOF) as well as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) are now working closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA) on the full rollout and development of the online trading facilitation portal.
— Manila Bulletin

Over 4,800 OFWs from UAE repatriated to Philippines
Over 4,800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been repatriated to the Philippines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since January 2019, costing the government over P135.34 million, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
— The Philippine Star

BARMM looks to Asean neighbors for best practices in education
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is looking at its Southeast Asian neighbors for the best applicable model of an educational system.
— Business Mirror

Senate probes realignment of P356-billion Metro Manila subway
The Senate committee on public services has started looking into the controversial realignment of stations in the proposed P356-billion Metro Manila subway project, which reportedly crosses a major earthquake fault.
— The Philippine Star

Govt eyes options to cut 9-mo closure of half of LRT 2 line
THE government is exhausting all possibilities to shorten the nine-month closure of a critical portion of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2, including the procurement of necessary parts and equipment from neighboring countries or the repurposing of newly-acquired hardware supposedly for the train system’s extension.
— Business Mirror

ERC releases draft rules on commercial operations of distributed, hybrid energy
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has released a draft of the rules that include distributed energy resources and hybrid energy systems as among those that need prior certification from the agency before they can commercially operate.
— BusinessWorld Online

Business to tackle digital economy at 45th PBC slated at Manila Hotel
The country’s top policymakers, including President Duterte, will be meeting with over 1,000 foreign and local businessmen to set the tone for public-private initiatives in a digital economy at the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (45th PBC & E) in Manila Hotel.
— Manila Bulletin

PH leads multi-nation bid to host 2034 Fifa World Cup
The Philippine Sports Commission will host an all-important, week-long assembly of top sports and government officials from 11 Southeast Asian nations with the aim of producing a unified bid to bring the 2034 Fifa World Cup.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Blockade set up vs kidnappers of British trader, wife
Government security forces have set up blockade operations to prevent the kidnappers of a British businessman and his Filipina wife from leaving Zamboanga del Sur, officials said over the weekend.
— The Philippine Star

DepEd’s school feeding tack gets P5.97B budget support
THE school-based feeding program (SBFP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) is getting a budget of P5.97 billion in 2020, a lawmaker said on Sunday.
— Business Mirror

BIR warns POGOs not paying taxes
DELINQUENT online gaming operators and service providers were warned anew by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to pay the right taxes to avoid sanctions.
— The Manila Times

Motor vehicle production up 5% in 8 months
Motor vehicle production in the Philippines went up nearly five percent from January to August, posting better growth performance than most of its peers in Southeast Asia.
— The Philippine Star

8 Pinoy poachers repatriated from Indonesia
Eight Filipino fishermen who have been detained in North Sulawesi, Indonesia for poaching were repatriated over the weekend.
— The Philippine Star

Teachers to get pay hike before yearend – Duterte
PRESIDENT Duterte gave assurances on Sunday that public school teachers will be getting a pay hike within the year, but declined to give a specific amount or timeline.
— Business Mirror

SEC urged to revive proposal to increase minimum public float
THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pursue its plan to raise the minimum public ownership (MPO) requirement for listed firms.
— BusinessWorld Online

Agri-agra loans still below threshold in H1
LOANS provided by banks to the agriculture and agrarian reform sector grew by 15.26 percent in the first half of 2019, but fell short of the mandated threshold, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed over the weekend.
— The Manila Times

2 colonels, not generals, still involved in illegal drugs – Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday corrected an earlier statement he made, in which he linked two unnamed “generals” to the illegal drugs trade, and said that the officials he was referring to were actually colonels.
— GMA News

PRRD reports fruits of Russia visit
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the Philippines and Russia have agreed to broaden and deepen their ties in all areas of cooperation — from security and defense, to trade and investment, agriculture, energy, science and technology, and socio-cultural exchanges.
— Philippine News Agency

Meningococcemia cases climb to 169 – DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 169 cases of meningococcemia so far this year, a four-percent increase from the 162 cases recorded in the same period in 2018, the agency’s epidemiology bureau head told Balitanghali on Sunday.
— GMA News

Duterte says he will attend Japan emperor’s enthronement
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said that he will attend the enthronement of the new Japanese emperor after all, after Malacañang earlier said that he would not be going.
— GMA News

Duterte: I need ‘clear proof’ vs Albayalde
Amid calls for the removal of Philippine National Police chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde over the “ninja cop” controversy, President Duterte said yesterday he would need “clear proof” implicating the police official to the illegal drugs trade before deciding on his fate.
— Tempo

CA clears Nueva Ecija governor of administrative liability in pork barrel scam
The Court of Appeals (CA) decided that the condonation doctrine applies to Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali, clearing him of administrative liability in the pork barrel scam.
— Rappler

Senate bill to require restos to disclose nutritional info in menus
A bill that would require food service establishments to disclose the caloric and nutritional information of their dishes in menus was filed at the Senate.
— GMA News

DavOr declares every Friday as province-wide cleanup day
All local government units, especially barangays throughout the province of Davao Oriental are now directed to conduct an intensified cleanup drive every Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Senator urges DOTr to revisit PUV modernization program
A senator on Sunday urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to reconsider the public utility vehicle modernization program amid opposition of some transport groups.
— GMA News

Robredo hopes PNP leadership will save its reputation, not rogue cops
Amid the controversy over the so-called ninja cops, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she hoped that the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) would save the reputation of the institution and not the careers of rogue policemen.
— GMA News

DOJ to reopen case vs Baloyo, 12 others behind 2013 Pampanga raid
The Department of Justice is reopening the case against the 13 policemen behind a 2013 Pampanga raid that was found to have been irregular.
— Eagle News


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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