Philippines morning news for September 4

Philippines morning news for September 4

Philippines morning news

‘Catch-up’ program to boost GDP growth
Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said the government’s implementation of a “catch-up program” following a sluggish 5.6-percent gross domestic product expansion in the first half will boost economic growth for the rest of the year.

Measles claim 16 lives in Davao Region
A total of 16 deaths from the 1,299 cases of Measles and Rubella in Region 11 have been recorded by the Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH 11) from January to September 2 this year, a health official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

‘PH can’t have its Kalayaan Island Group’ – arbitral tribunal
IN the second case* where we shot ourselves in the foot in the arbitration case against China brought by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, the tribunal in effect ruled that we can’t have our Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), since this would violate provisions of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (Unclos).
— The Manila Times

‘Reinstating slashed budgets to cost P90 billion’
THE chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations said on Tuesday the lower chamber will not accommodate in the 2020 national budget the requests of lawmakers whose districts’ budgets were slashed and vetoed in this year’s General Appropriations Act.
— Business Mirror

July M3 grows 6.7% on demand for credit
THE growth of cash circulating in the local economy ticked slightly faster in July this year, but was still in the low single-digit pace during the month.
— Business Mirror

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Philippine bucks downturn in Asean factory activity in Aug
Despite a modest improvement in manufacturing conditions in August, the Philippines led the recovery in business conditions in the ASEAN region during the month, according to the IHS Markit ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
— The Philippine Star

Slave to sachets: How poverty worsens the plastics crisis in the Philippines
Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, “Mangrove Warrior” Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.

DTI imposes P10 safeguard duty on cement
THE government has imposed a definitive safeguard duty of P10 per 40 kilogram bag on cement, nearly P2 higher than the previous rate imposed on imports.
— Business Mirror

Government debt seen rising to P8T by end-2020
THE national government’s outstanding debt is projected to breach the P8-trillion mark by end-2020, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data showed on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Panelo to file libel charges versus Rappler,
Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said he will file libel and cyber libel complaints against two online news publications for their stories about his referral of the request of rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez for executive clemency
— CNN Philippines

391 active cops are on Duterte drug watchlist, says Albayalde
A total of 391 active policemen are included on President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug watch list, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday.
— GMA News

Court junks lawsuit for protection of disputed shoals
THE Supreme Court has rejected a plea from fishermen and a lawyer’s group to force the government to protect three disputed shoals in the South China Sea.
— BusinessWorld Online

SC affirms dismissal of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide raps vs Aquino, others over Mamasapano
The Supreme Court has affirmed the Ombudsman’s dismissal of the charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against former President Benigno Aquino III and two others over the Mamasapano incident in 2015.
— Eagle News

1,914 convicts released due to GCTA should be re-arrested – Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday urged the Justice Department to petition the courts for the re-arrest of 1,914 heinous crime convicts, including the three convicted for the rape-slay of the Chiong sisters in 1997, released due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
— GMA News

Catanduanes now under state of calamity due to dengue
Catanduanes province has been placed under a state of calamity due to a spike in dengue cases during the first eight months of the year, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

3 senators move to repeal GCTA amid uproar
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon have filed a bill seeking to repeal Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law.

SBMA approves P5.03-billion investments in H1 2019
Close to a hundred investment projects worth more than P5 billion were approved by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in the first half of the year, as fresh infusions in leisure, logistics and general business sectors buoyed the business outlook in this growing trade hub.
— Business Mirror

DA to impose measures vs. pest-packed imported rice
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will impose sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures against imported rice as imports have ballooned to 2.2 million metric tons (MT) to have found to be “bukbok-packed” (pests).
— Philippine News Agency

Supreme Court tackles inheritance rights as illegitimate children outnumber legitimate
The Supreme Court is hearing a case on the inheritance rights of illegitimate children at a time when they outnumber their legitimate counterparts, a development that an expert suggests shows a public more willing to accept children born out of wedlock.
— GMA News

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Huawei phone with same chipset as flagship P30 to retail for P18,990
Xiaomi isn’t the only brand now that’s putting flagship chipsets on sensibly priced phones.
— Rappler

Duterte spokesman ‘referred’ ex-mayor’s plea for parole
PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA Duterte’s spokesman referred the application of a convicted former mayor for executive clemency, according to the chief of the countrys’ parole board.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines to train more “tourist cops” to ensure safety of tourists
To ensure the safety and security of tourists in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) agreed on Tuesday to train more tourist police personnel that will be deployed in tourist spots across the archipelago.
— Xinhuanet

Digital disruption to weigh heavy on PH’s IT-BPM industry – IBPAP
The IT business process management (IT-BPM) industry, the country’s second largest dollar earner, is recalibrating the 2022 Roadmap to validate whether the 8-9 percent growth target would still hold given the continuing uncertainty and threats of digital disruption that requires companies to prepare their talents to stay relevant.
— Manila Bulletin

BOI rejects steel mfg project over environmental concerns
The Board of Investments (BOI) has denied the application of Philippine Sanjia – Steel Corp. for its P800-million steel manufacturing project due to environmental concerns.
— The Philippine Star

Manila banks on Beijing to expand manufacturing base–DTI chief
Figures may be dissuading, but the country’s trade chief is banking on China to deliver huge sums of capital to the Philippines that should expand its manufacturing base.
— Business Mirror

Gov’t urged to stop issuance of sanitary import permit for rice
The government was asked to temporarily stop the issuance of sanitary import permit to rice traders as the country’s actual imports of the staple already surged beyond normal levels over the last seven months.
— Manila Bulletin

CREBA urges Congress to keep VAT threshold on housing purchases
The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA) is urging Congress to keep the status quo on value-added tax (VAT) on housing purchases to enable more Filipinos to buy and have their own homes.
— The Philippine Star

ARTA, DICT sign deal for online govt services
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed on Tuesday a deal focusing on automating processes critical to doing business.
— The Manila Times

Factories seen to face challenges
BUSINESS CONDITIONS for manufacturers in the Philippines can be expected to continue “modest” improvement in the face of an escalating Sino-US trade war that weighs on global growth prospects, a Cabinet official and private sector economists said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Mobile data growth forcing telecom operators to innovate
LYSANDER R. BAGUE, a supervisor at a children’s hospital in Quezon City, has mastered the art of chatting using Facebook Messenger.
— BusinessWorld Online

NegOr task force to lead village ‘Dagyawan’ on insurgency
The Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF-ELCAC) in cooperation with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) will spearhead a two-day activity in Barangay Trinidad in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental next week.
— Philippine News Agency

Farmers may lose incentive from NFA
Amid declining price of palay (unmilled rice), farmers may lose the perk they are getting from the Buffer Stocking Incentive (BSI) program of the National Food Authority (NFA) after Sen. Cynthia Villar called on the grain agency to bring its buying price of palay back to P17 per kilo.
— The Manila Times

Rise of digital payments in PH ‘very encouraging’: BSP
Digital payment transactions in the Philippines, which is targeted to hit about 20 percent of total transactions by 2020, is increasing in line with the bid of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu LGUs urged to create energy plan
The Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday urged local government units (LGU) in Cebu to create their own energy plans to secure their respective energy supply as well as help steer the country closer towards sustainable prosperity.
— Philippine News Agency

OWWA starts rebate program in Central Luzon
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Central Luzon started on Monday the implementation of its rebate program.
— Philippine News Agency

119th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary kicks off in Ilocos Norte
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Ilocos Norte launches its celebration of 119th anniversary through a flag-raising ceremony on September 2.
— Philippine Information Agency

Officials who released heinous crime convicts should be sued – solon
Officials who were involved in the release of 2,160 heinous crimes convicts based on the law on good conduct time allowance (GCTA) should be criminally and administratively sued, PBA party-list Representative Jericho Nograles urged on Tuesday.
— GMA News

PDEA agent, 3 others killed in Zambo Sibugay anti-drug op
An anti-narcotics agent and three drug personalities died in a shootout in the Zamboanga Sibugay capital town of Ipil, an official said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Violent conflict in Bangsamoro went down in 2018, study shows
The provinces in the former Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) saw less violent incidents in 2018, a recently-launched International Conflict Report showed.
— GMA News

Aid packages set for decommissioned MILF members
The government will start providing aid packages for some 1,200 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members who will be decommissioned this weekend in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

Court junks motions to dismiss plunder suits
THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court has rejected separate pleas to dismiss plunder cases against a former congressman and a businesswoman accused of masterminding the so-called pork barrel scam.
— BusinessWorld Online

GenSan padlocks bar after fracas leaves 2 dead
The city government closed down a night club here following a shooting and stabbing incident early Tuesday morning that left two persons dead.
— Philippine News Agency

3K residents benefit from BARMM outreach
Over 3,000 indigent residents of three neighboring Maguindanao towns received medical and dental services extended by the Bangsamoro government on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

NCRPO drafts security plan for SEAG
This early, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is now drafting security plans for athletes and venues of some of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) sports that would be held in Metro Manila.
— Tempo

Comelec asked to disqualify Duterte Youth from party list
The legal troubles of the embattled Duterte Youth are not over after a fresh petition is filed seeking to cancel its registration as a youth sectoral party.
— Rappler

Expert says more children born out of wedlock in PH
Legal and societal disadvantages of illegitimate children have not discouraged unmarried couples from creating them, a family law expert told members of the Supreme Court (SC).

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage petition
The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition that sought to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
— ABS-CBN News



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