Philippines morning news for September 6

Philippines morning news for September 6
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FDI pledges double in first half
COMMITTED foreign direct investments (FDI) grew by more than half annually in the three months to June, helping foreign pledges double last semester.
— BusinessWorld Online

2020 budget refiled in House, no insertion
The House version of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 has been refiled after it was withdrawn last week due to a plea to increase the budget of some of its members by P90 billion for additional infrastructure projects.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation slides to 35-month low of 1.7%
Inflation rate in August dropped to a 35-month low of 1.7 percent from 2.4 percent in July, a development that could prompt monetary authorities to further reduce the benchmark interest rates in their meeting later this month.

Dominguez wants biennial audit of tax perks to weed out undeserving firms
Tax incentives given to companies must be reviewed every two years as the Philippines has been too generous in giving away tax incentives to a select group of companies, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said on Tuesday.

Palace: PH not giving up on West Philippine Sea
Even though President Duterte is dissatisfied over China’s refusal to adhere to Manila’s 2016 arbitration victory in their South China Sea disputes, the Chief Executive won’t be giving up on asserting the country’s claims in the contested territory.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Unemployment rate steadies in July, job quality improves
The number of jobless Filipinos steadied in July from a year ago while those wanting more work decreased, indicating an improvement in job quality, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported Thursday.
— The Philippine Star

DoF: Tax perks should be reviewed every 2 yrs
FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd is pushing for tax perks to be reviewed every two years as he reiterated that the Philippines had been too generous in granting incentives to select companies.
— The Manila Times

House pushes bill allowing foreigners to own public utilities in PH
Lawmakers are moving swiftly to pass a bill that would allow foreigners to own public utilities in the Philippines.
— Rappler

DepEd assailed for failure to push for teachers’ pay hike
A federation of teachers slammed the Department of Education (DepEd) anew for having “no real intent” to increase the pay hike of teachers as it is allegedly “most satisfied” with the “measly” proposal allotted by the Budget department for a salary increase in the proposed 2020 national budget.
— Manila Bulletin

House OKs Package 4 of CTRP; panel clears property valuation bill
THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading Package 4 of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), governing taxes on so-called passive income and those imposed on financial intermediaries and the products they offer: on savings and investments; and debt and equity instruments.
— Business Mirror

Salary hike for govt employees pushed
SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill seeking to increase the salaries of 1.4 million government employees.
— The Manila Times

DOTr seeks P2.9 billion to augment 2020 budget
The Department of Transportation is seeking additional P2.9 billion to fund its priority projects, including the development of four airports, the construction of the Pagasa Island port, and the implementation of the public utility vehicle modernization program.
— Manila Bulletin

Senate panel eyes ‘sin’ tax adjustments to cover e-cigs
The Senate Ways and Means Committee, after a public hearing on Thursday, is inclined to conduct further review, even as it is poised to endorse imposition of excise taxes on electronic cigarettes.
— Business Mirror

Tugade: Urgent need to grant emergency powers to President to solve traffic crisis
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade insisted Thursday there is an “urgent” need to grant President Duterte emergency powers to address the traffic crisis in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte OKs proposals to cut trade war impact
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendations of trade and economic officials to curb the negative effects of the trade dispute between the United States and China, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— The Manila Times

Dedicated anti-fraud watchdog eyed to check PhilHealth anomalies
The chief prober in the ongoing Senate probe into the so-called “PhilHealth-PhilWealth” fund anomaly is inclined to endorse a “dedicated” anti-fraud unit to fix the problem at PhilHealth.
— Business Mirror

US woman charged with human trafficking after allegedly trying to smuggle infant out of Philippines
An American woman has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly trying to smuggle a six-day-old baby out of the Philippines.

Spanish Navy frigate docks in Manila for first time in 121 years
The Spanish Navy frigate Mendez Nunez (F-104) docked in Manila for a port call on Thursday, the first Spanish warship to visit the Philippines since 1898, the Philippine Navy has said.
— Xinhuanet

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is set to launch a national inquiry into the situation of human rights defenders in the Philippines amid rising number of deaths and harassment allegedly perpetrated by state agents.
— Rappler

President Duterte studies Anti-Child Trafficking Office
IN a bid to address child trafficking in the country, President Duterte will review a proposal to craft an executive order creating an Anti-Child Trafficking Office.
— Business Mirror

Proposed reclamation projects stoke fear of eviction among Manila Bay squatter families
VARIOUS cause-oriented organizations expressed fears on Thursday that some 230,000 squatter families would be evicted if reclamation projects along the world-renowned Manila Bay were to push through.
— Business Mirror

Congressional districts to get as much as P5-B fund for infrastructure projects
Congressional districts will get as much as P5 billion to as low as P800 million worth of infrastructure projects under the proposed 2020 national allocation, a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations admitted.
— Manila Bulletin

First batch of prematurely-released convicts surrender
Hours after President Rodrigo Duterte’s order, the first batch of prematurely-released convicts have surrendered to authorities.
— CNN Philippines

Repeal good conduct law, rearrest freed convicts
UNFORTUNATELY for both the legislative and executive branches of the government, the firing of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Nicanor Faeldon will not suffice to douse the fire ignited by the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law scandal.
— The Manila Times

PNP: If freed convicts fight back, they will be shot
The Philippine National Police (PNP) clarified President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to hunt down heinous crime convicts who were released due to the crisis-stricken Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
— Rappler

Wife of an inmate testifies about ‘GCTA for sale’ in the NBP
The wife of an inmate on Thursday night testified that the alleged “GCTA for sale” is real.
— Manila Bulletin

PLDT Enterprise, Google Philippine team up to boost MSMEs’ digital presence
PLDT Enterprise has teamed up with the local unit of technology giant Google to beef up the digital presence of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
— The Philippine Star

‘New Zealand keen on exporting onions to Philippines’
The New Zealand government has expressed its keen interest in exporting onions to the Philippines, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Fresh Plaza

Government finalizing list of Pogo workers
AS President Duterte indicated the government has no plans to abandon the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators sector, the government will still finalize a master list in a bid to properly collect income taxes from Pogo workers.
— Business Mirror

More economic reforms bag 2nd reading House OK
MORE ECONOMIC REFORMS have gained ground in the House of Representatives, with the measure removing restrictions on foreigners from practicing their professions in the Philippines and another simplifying taxes on financial instruments both bagging second-reading approval last Wednesday evening.
— BusinessWorld Online

PSA: Manufacturing declines for eighth straight month in July
FACTORY OUTPUT once again declined in July, extending its contracting streak to eight straight months, the government reported on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld Online

3 fratmen convicted in the 1994 murder of a UP student were allegedly released under GCTA
Five UP fratmen convicted in the murder of Dennis Venturina have been released. Three of the five convincted in the case were released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), according to the report of Jun Veneracion on GMA News’ Saksi on Thursday
— GMA News

President Duterte orders NFA to buy all locally harvested palay to address farmers’ concerns
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the National Food Authority (NFA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) to buy all locally harvested palay (unhusked rice) to help Filipino farmers who are hit by the very low palay prices.
— Eagle News

El Nido forest ranger hacked to death
A government forest ranger was hacked to death while trying to arrest suspected illegal loggers in El Nido town.
— Rappler

“Bato” defends proposal to restore death penalty
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday defended his proposal to restore the death penalty, saying his bill will only cover drug trafficking and drug-related crimes.”
— Philippine News Agency

Another BSP rate cut looms after drop in inflation rate
Economists of ING Bank Manila and ANZ Research expect another 25-basis points reduction in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) policy rates as early as this September after domestic inflation rate fell below 2 percent last August.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t agencies to provide free services in conflict areas
At least 16 national government agencies (NGAs) will participate in the “Gobyernong Serbisyo Para sa Bayan” caravan next week to deliver their respective basic services to residents of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL hospitals remain vulnerable to cyber attacks
Medical facilities in the Philippines will continue experiencing high rates of cyber attacks, with seven out of 10 medical machines compromised this year, according to data from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.
— BusinessWorld Online

Prescriptive period to demand damages from Sanchez already expired –law expert
The bereaved families of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez will have to file appropriate complaints anew should they wish to demand the civil indemnity owed to them by the suspects in the 1993 Laguna rape-slay case, according to former University of the Philippines Law dean Atty. Pacifico Agabin.
— GMA News

RCBC launches travel convenience-focused card
The rising number of Filipinos who travel may opt to get an RCBC Bankard since it will allow them unlimited use of airport lounges at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals as well as double credit limit when they go abroad.
— Philippine News Agency

Guevarra: No decision as to who will replace Faeldon at BuCor yet
There is no decision yet as to who will replace Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon, who was sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte over the Good Conduct Time Allowance mess.
— Eagle News

7 nabbed as cops raid fake cigarette factory in Pangasinan
Authorities arrested Wednesday two Chinese nationals and five others for alleged manufacturing of counterfeit cigarettes in a warehouse at Barangay Bacag here.
— Philippine News Agency

DavOr steps up gov’t info dissemination
In support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Whole-of-Nation Approach for Peace and Development, the province of Davao Oriental has stepped up its information dissemination strategy through “linear broadcasting”, using two platforms — radio broadcasting and social media.”
— Philippine News Agency

‘Military informant’, companion shot dead in Dumaguete
Unidentified suspects shot dead a “military informant” and his companion Wednesday night in Purok Hayahay, Barangay Calindagan here.
— Philippine News Agency

EO to create GAD units in gov’t agencies still pending
The proposed Executive Order (EO) for the creation of a Gender and Development (GAD) unit in all government agencies is still under review by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), an official of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency



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