Philippines morning news for September 12

Philippines morning news for September 12

Philippines morning news

China dangles 60% oil share
President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese leader Xi Jinping offered Manila a 60 percent share of proceeds from joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea if the government sets aside the 2016 arbitral ruling that invalidated Beijing’s expansive claim to the disputed waters.

Malacañang gets $15,000 bill for World War 2 supplies
The Commission on Audit has denied a $15,000 claim made to the Office of the President (OP) for supplies requisitioned by a Filipino guerilla general during World War II.
— Rappler

Asean’s best universities for 2020: Brunei joins Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
The annual world’s best university rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) has been freshly unveiled with some surprises at the top of the best Asean universities sublist for 2020 due to the increasing ascension by Chinese universities in the global rankings.
— AEC News Today

Philippines to allow Chinese state-owned China Telecom to build cell towers on military bases
The Philippine military agreed on Wednesday to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications equipment on its army bases, despite concerns among some lawmakers about possible espionage.
— South China Morning Post

BOI investment pledges up 126% as of August
Investment pledges approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) rose 126 percent as of August this year buoyed by two huge telecommunications projects.
— Manila Bulletin

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DBM releases P82.5 million for anti-ASF measures
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P82.5 million in funds for the implementation of measures that aim to prevent the further spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country.
— The Philippine Star

Philippine economy to rely again on household spending to charge growth — ING
The Philippine economy may once again depend on consumer spending as capital formation retreats amid falling imports, a global bank said.
— The Philippine Star

Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in eight months
More than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday.

Port infrastructure and govt fees affect shipping costs
According to the Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association (PISA), the port infrastructure and government regulatory fees have great impact on high shipping costs.
— Fresh Plaza

DF rates rise due to high liquidity situation
Strong demand for term deposit facility (TDF) on high excess liquidity resulted in across-the-board drop of its interest rates Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines’ Key Investment Promoter Fights to Keep Tax Incentives
As Southeast Asian nations woo companies moving away from China amid the trade war, the Philippines risks turning away investment by trimming tax incentives, a key government investment promoter said.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

Asean eyes DOF-backed sugary drink tax eyed as health model
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member nations have hailed the Philippines’ excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages under the tax reform program of the Duterte administration as a case of successful fiscal policy intervention that aims to attain the group’s goal of nurturing a healthier society in the region, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

Grab Financial to launch Singapore-Philippines remittance corridor by year-end
Grab Financial, the financial arm of Southeast Asia’s most-valued ride-hailing startup, is looking to launch its first cross-border remittance corridor between Singapore and the Philippines in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a top executive.
— Deal Street Asia

House committee endorses DOF’s P17.29-billion budget
THE House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has endorsed for approval the budget of the Department of Finance (DOF) for 2020.
— Business Mirror

PEZA, investors open to no sunset clause 7% GIE
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), ecozone developers and locators yesterday said they are amenable to increasing the gross income earned (GIE) tax from 5 percent to 7 percent without a sunset clause nor transition provision to corporate income tax (CIT) in what could be a softening of their original “non-negotiable” stance in the current push of the Duterte administration to replace the GIE with the CIT regime.
— Manila Bulletin

PPA to fast-track offers on new, upgraded ports
THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is gunning to approve several unsolicited port development proposals in the next few months to jump-start the construction and modernization of new and existing sea terminals in the country.
— Business Mirror

Five projects seen boosting growth of Philippine mining sector
Five mining projects are expected to boost growth of the country’s mining sector.
— Business Mirror

Drive against illegal e-cigarettes, vaping items starts in Oct.
THE government will finally start a crackdown on the unauthorized manufacture, distribution, selling and use of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) or electronic cigarettes and vaping products next month.
— Business Mirror

47,000 households purged from 4Ps beneficiaries’ list
At least 47,078 households were removed from the list of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps beneficiaries in Ilocos last month.
— The Philippine Star

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US govt tags Isis leader in PHL an intl terrorist
THE US State Department tagged on Wednesday Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan, linked to two suicide bombings in the Philippines, as an international terrorist along with 12 other individuals affiliated with, or leading terrorist groups around the world.
— Business Mirror

House panel OKs property reform measure
The House ways and means panel yesterday approved the third package in the comprehensive tax reform program of the Duterte administration that seeks to reform the country’s real property valuation and assessment system.
— The Philippine Star

Philippine regulator recommends lifting suspension on nickel miner
The Philippines’ mining watchdog has recommended lifting the suspension of a small-sized nickel miner, one of several ore producers ordered in 2016 to halt operations in an industry-wide crackdown, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

‘Ultraman Buddha’ art in Thailand prompts police complaint
A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character Ultraman.

DSWD chief launches 1st Dengue Food-for-Work program in Albay
Some 361 families from 48 barangays in Daraga, Albay received a total of 1,000 family food packs amounting to P390,000.00 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
— Philippine Information Agency

NBP doctors forced to certify gravity of inmates illnesses, says witness
A doctor at the New Bilibid Prison has come forward to bare the danger physicians at the penitentiary faced from inmates who want them to certify the gravity of their made-up sickness.
— GMA News

PCOO urges Albayano youth to join campaign vs. disinformation, fake news
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) encourages Albayano youth to be advocates in dismissing disinformation and fake news.
— Philippine Information Agency

CPP-NPA-NDF unwelcomed in Malitbog, Bukidnon
A joint resolution declaring the CPP- NPA- NDF and its front organizations as Persona Non Grata and unwelcomed in the Municipality of Malitbog because of their atrocities committed against innocent civilians was adopted and unanimously approved by the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) and Municipal Anti- Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) during its joint meeting held at Malitbog Municipal Hall on 10 September 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Abu Sayyaf bomb expert killed in clash in southern Philippines
Philippine security forces have killed a Abu Sayyaf terror group’s bomb expert in a clash in a remote village in southern Philippine province Sulu, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Philippines Climate Change Commission launches consortium for climate-smart leadership, governance
Northern Panay in the Philippines’ Visayas island will be the first region in the country to benefit from a climate knowledge-sharing, support and advocacy consortium of national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and higher education institutions (HEIs).
— Eco-Business

PH, SoKor armies boost ties on anti-terrorism, disaster response
With terrorism incidents on the rise, ranking Philippine Army (PA) and Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) officials saw the need for cooperation and training exchanges on counterterrorism to defeat these threats in the future.
— Philippine News Agency

House approves entry of foreign professionals
Foreign doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, and other professionals may soon be allowed to render their services in the Philippines.
— The Philippine Star

Bill on mandatory installation of dashcams filed
A lawmaker has sought the approval of a bill mandating the installation of dashboard video cameras and other recording devices in all types of motor vehicles.

Who let the villains out? Philippines crime-busting president red-faced
The early release of hundreds of convicted rapists, murderers and drug criminals has acutely embarrassed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, with his justice minister saying they were ineligible to be freed because of the severity of their crimes.

China insisted on foreign military powers kept out of South China Sea –Locsin
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday said China insisted on keeping “foreign military powers” out of the disputed South China Sea–a resource-rich area that Beijing claims nearly in its entirety.
— GMA News

Oil, gas exploration with China won’t compromise PHL arbitral win–Locsin
The joint oil and gas exploration deal between China and the Philippines will not compromise the competing claims of both countries in disputed territories of the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday.
— GMA News

Solon wants PAO forensic lab merged with NBI
Iloilo Representative Janette Garin wants the forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) merged with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Forensic Laboratory.
— GMA Network

Duterte: Why are we getting flak for GCTA law crafted under De Lima, Roxas watch?
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday wondered aloud why his administration is receiving flak for the implementation of the good conduct-based sentence reductions for prisoners when the rules were crafted by the previous administration.
— GMA News

Iloilo prepares for first golf summit to boost tourism
The Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT 6) and the Iloilo Golf and Country Club, Inc. (IGCI) are preparing for the first three-day Iloilo golf summit.
— Philippine News Agency

African swine fever: Cebu bans live hog imports from Luzon
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia ordered a complete ban on live hog imports from Luzon after it was confirmed that African swine fever (ASF) was present in 7 areas in Rizal and Bulacan.
— Rappler

Duterte’s advice vs Western Mindanao investments a ‘wake-up call’
Businesses in this province should see President Rodrigo Duterte’s recommendation against investing in Western Mindanao as a “wake-up call” and not a death knell for local industries, a business leader said on Tuesday, September 10.
— Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland’s ‘dead resolution’ on PH drug war killings
Despite earlier threats of far-reaching consequences, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he has forgiven Iceland for what he called its nothing resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) urging action against drug war killings in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Duterte calls for removal of brokers, examiners from Customs
President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the removal of brokers and examiners in the Bureau of Customs.
— Eagle News

Marcos hits Robredo camp for ‘brazen’ claim of victory in poll protest
DEFEATED vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. hit the camp of incumbent Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Wednesday for claiming victory over his poll protest even as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has yet to resolve the matter.
— The Manila Times

PEZA chief Plaza doesn’t think she’s getting fired by Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte is firing an official from his economic team, and who could it be?
— Rappler

Army urges Bukidnon town to form task group vs. NPA
The Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) has called on the neighboring Malitbog municipal government to form a task group to complement the national government’s Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).
— Philippine News Agency

Group formed for transfer of 63 NoCot villages to BARMM
Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the provincial government of North Cotabato are in the midst of preparations for the smooth turnover of 63 North Cotabato villages to the BARMM jurisdiction.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP, Mislatel sign deal to build facilities in military camps
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officially allowed the Mislatel consortium to build facilities in military camps and installations.
— Rappler

Cops in Southern Leyte donate blood for dengue victims
Several enlisted men in uniform of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from different stations of the province of Southern Leyte literally poured their blood out so that others, the dengue victims especially, can live longer.
— Philippine Information Agency



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This week’s Philippines morning news feature photo focuses on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), September 10.


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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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