Philippines morning news for September 18

Philippines morning news for September 18
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Palace: Docu on PHL drug war biased, ‘bordering on black propaganda’
Malacañang on Tuesday slammed a foreign documentary on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, accusing it of dishing out false narratives and putting the Philippines in a bad light.
— GMA Network

Online gambling contributes P551 billion to Philippine economy yearly
Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) contribute some P551 billion to the Philippine economy yearly, overtaking traditional information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies, according to estimates of real estate services firm Leechiu Property Consultants.
— Rappler

Duterte affirms PDEA’s tale, wants cops in drugs recycling killed
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday lamented the continued involvement of some cops in the recycling of seized illegal drugs, saying these policemen should be killed.
— GMA Network

African swine fever may have entered PHL via NAIA trash –DENR
According a report by Maliz Umali in 24 Oras, initial investigation by the DENR showed that bags of airport trash, which includes left-over food, were brought to the Payatas dumpsite.
— GMA Network

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE
Over 8,000 foreign nationals so far were found to be working in online gaming operations without proper permits as of June 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday, September 17.
— Rappler

South China Sea threat: Beijing building new military facilities in disputed region
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said new satellite images revealed missile shelters and radar and communications facilities were under construction on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs in the Spratly Islands. Washington has criticised China’s build-up of military …
— Spratly Islands

DOH to Pinoys affected by Indonesia haze: Wear masks, see doc for breathing issues
The Department of Health on Tuesday warned Filipinos in areas reached by the haze from Indonesia’s forest fires to be aware of the health risks and take proper precautions.
— GMA Network

Dar appeals to swine raisers to report sick, dead pigs; threatens charges for those dumping dead pigs in rivers
Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed to backyard swine raisers to report sick and dead pigs to their respective municipal or city veterinarians, warning those who will throw dead pigs in rivers that they would face criminal charges.
— Eagle News

Duterte, Sara meet Communist Party of China’s ‘rising political star’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and fellow members of his political party PDP-Laban met an influential Communist Party of China (CPC) official in Malacañang on Monday, September 16.
— Rappler

To get a 5-star safety rating, cars will need to be more motorcycle-friendly
It’s obvious that the sheer amount of motorbikes in Metro Manila has greatly increased in recent years. Unfortunately, this phenomenon has also equated to an increasing number of road accidents involving these two-wheelers as well.
— Top Gear Philippines

Philippine Senator Seeks Probe of Military’s Deal with China-owned Telecoms Group
A Philippine senator called on legislators Tuesday to investigate whether a deal signed last week between the armed forces and a Chinese-led consortium to set up telecommunications equipment inside military bases in the country could threaten national security.
— Spratly Islands

PHL banks’ real estate exposure ‘modest’
PHILIPPINE BANKS’ “modest” property exposures and robust demand for real estate loans help mitigate risks from the sector amid a challenging operating environment, Fitch Ratings, Inc. said in a report.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte to Loot: ‘In-ambush kita… Buhay pa rin’
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday indicated that he ordered the hit on former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot in May 2018. “General Loot. P– ina mo. Nanalo pa ng mayor. In-ambush kita, animal ka. Buhay pa rin,” Duterte said in a speech at the oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed officials in Malacañang.
— GMA Network

MRT-3 get new fiber optics to improve comms, security systems
The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday said new fiber optics would soon be installed to upgrade its security and communications system.
— Philippine News Agency

PH No Mandate to Label ASEAN NCAP Ratings
Vehicle manufacturers in the Philippines are not mandated to label their offerings with ASEAN New Car Assesment Program (ASEAN NCAP) ratings.
— Carmudi Philippines/ Yahoo News

NCIP, IP leaders report CPP-NPA atrocities before UN in Geneva
Some members of the indigenous peoples’ community, together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), faced the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday to update the body about the atrocities committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army (CPP-NPA) in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

COA conducting special audit on coco levy funds
The Commission on Audit (COA) is conducting a special audit on the P75-billion coconut levy fund, which the Supreme Court declared should be used for the benefit of coconut farmers and for the development of the coconut industry.
— GMA Network

House tackles bills creating Department of OFW
The House of Representatives on Tuesday began deliberations on several bills proposing the creation of a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) — one of the priority measures highlighted by President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address.
— Philippine News Agency

Hontiveros wants Senate probe into AFP deal with China-backed telco
Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a resolution seeking a Senate probe into the agreement the Armed Forces of the Philippines signed with Dito Telecommunity, formerly Mislatel, a consortium with Chinese government-controlled China Telecom.
— Rappler

20 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines
Twenty people, including children, were killed on Tuesday (Sep 17) in the southern Philippines when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said.

Solomons to have ‘unprecedented’ development opportunities, China says
The Solomon Islands will have unprecedented development opportunities now that it has ditched ties with Taiwan in favour of China, Beijing said on Tuesday, a major victory for China in its campaign to pressure the self-ruled, democratic island.

Solon seeks probe into African swine fever outbreak
A party-list lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the outbreak of African swine fever in areas in Rizal and Bulacan.
— GMA Network

Marikina gov’t offers P200,000 reward for info on those behind dumping of 58 dead pigs in river
The Marikina City government is offering a P200,000 reward to anyone who could pinpoint those behind the dumping of 58 dead pigs in the Marikina River.
— Eagle News

Philippine government slams drug war film as ‘black propaganda’ – South China Morning Post
Philippine government slams drug war film as ‘black propaganda’ South China Morning Post ‘On The President’s Orders’ is a gritty, cinematic depiction of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-drugs crackdown, in which the police have killed … Source link
— Spratly Islands

Phinma Energy to spend $2 billion for RE projects
LISTED Phinma Energy Inc. plans to spend about $2 billion on implementing renewable energy (RE) projects that would help it achieve its capacity target in the next six years as …
— Manila Times

Kalibo seeks senators’ help to rehab burned public market
The local government unit of Kalibo is asking financial support from national elected officials to help rehabilitate its public market, which was razed on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

11-hour power outage to hit 7 towns, city in Pangasinan
Residents of seven towns in Pangasinan and San Carlos City have been urged to prepare for an 11-hour power interruption from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DavNor farmers shift to banana farming amid sinking palay prices
A number of rice farmers in this town opted to shift to banana farming as the price of palay continues to experience a downtrend, Mayor Leah Marie Romano said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Pampanga has banned the entry of live pigs into its territory to protect its livestock and meat processing industries from the dreaded African swine fever (ASF).
— Rappler

Comval preps-up for building new far-flung classrooms
NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province- Another batch of five schools will be built this month at the five far-flung villages in the municipalities of Compostela, New Bataan and Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Solons urge probe into POGO industry
Four House members have called for a congressional inquiry into the operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) industry in light of allegations that the booming business has led to the influx of unregistered foreign workers and government revenue losses as a result of non-payment of income taxes relative to the industry.
— Philippine News Agency

Pampanga Guv issues EO vs African Swine Fever
Governor Dennis Pineda issues an executive order banning the entry of live pigs into the province. This is part of the provincial government’s measures against African Swine Fever.
— Philippine Information Agency

5 nabbed as drug den dismantled in Basilan
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), backed by policemen and soldiers, arrested five people as they dismantled a drug den in Basilan province on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace lauds IRR revision of GCTA law
Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the revision of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
— Philippine News Agency

MisOr eyes P25-M for agri, tourism complex
The Misamis Oriental provincial government is eyeing to allocate between PHP10 to PHP25 million for the upgrading of a shrine in Claveria town where the ill-fated Cebu Pacific Flight 387 crashed.
— Philippine News Agency

Photo recap: Miss World Philippines 2019 coronation night
The Miss World Philippines 2019 edition concluded on Sunday, September 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 2018 queens led by Katarina Rodriguez and the candidates performed to an energetic dance number dressed in gold, silver, and embellished dresses.
— Rappler

Ex-DFA chief Yasay fails to get CA remedy in bank fraud arrest
Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr failed to get relief from the Court of Appeals in trying to nullify a trial court’s arrest warrant against him for charges of violation of banking laws.
— Rappler

Liza Soberano apologizes over ‘blackface’ comments: ‘I should’ve kept my mouth shut’
Liza Soberano has apologized for her responses after followers accused her of wearing blackface in an ad for a fastfood chain.
— Rappler

Exile drug lords to West PH Sea
A lawmaker on Monday proposed sending drug lords jailed at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to an island in the West Philippine Sea.
— Spratly Islands



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