Philippines morning news for February 11

Philippines morning news for February 11

Philippines morning news

4 more Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus
Four more Filipinos aboard a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Rappler

FDI inflows rose 14.6% to $623 million in November
Net inflows of foreign direct investments climbed 14.6 percent in November 2019 to $623 million from $543 million a year ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Monday.

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic
President Rodrigo Duterte once again turned to the military when confronting problems faced by the government, saying he would tap uniformed personnel to ensure order in the country in the event the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic.
— Rappler

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and other groups on Monday, February 10, called on the public to help defend press freedom and support the franchise renewal of embattled broadcast network ABS-CBN.
— Rappler

DoH issues advisory against big public gatherings; Davao City cancels March fiesta events
THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) released a memo on Monday discouraging events that will gather large crowds amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat.
— BusinessWorld

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Taal acts up with 77 volcanic quakes; alert 3 stays
Seventy-seven volcanic quakes were recorded in Taal in the past 24 hours, signifying magmatic activity as the volcano remains under Alert Level 3, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Monday.

PAL extends flight cancellations to China, HK, Macau to March 28
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Monday announced the extension of the cancellation of flights to China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
— GMA Network

CIDG chief says 102 co-passengers of nCoV cases already contacted
A total of 102 co-passengers of the Chinese couple who were infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus have already been contacted by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, its chief said on Monday.
— GMA Network

19 BI officers told to undergo home quarantine after boarding ships carrying passengers who had visited China
The Bureau of Immigration said that 19 of its immigration officers who boarded vessels which carried passengers with travel history from China, Hong Kong and Macau, have been advised to go on “home quarantine.”
— Eagle News

‘Chilling’: Duterte tries to shut Philippines biggest TV station
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Supreme Court to shut down the Philippines’s largest television network, ABS-CBN, in a move described as a “sign of dictatorship”.
— Aljazeera

Maritime expert says VFA helped deter China from building more structures in WPS
The country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States had prevented China from building structures in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea in 2016.

Lawmakers mull over ages 16 or 18 for minimum age of sexual consent
Congress is tackling another set of bills filed that seek to raise the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 years old.
— Rappler

DepEd eyes June 1 school opening
The Department of Education eyes the opening of classes in public schools nationwide for school year 2020-2021 on June 1.
— Tempo

Palace: President Duterte had nothing to do with filing of quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN
The Palace has denied President Rodrigo Duterte had anything to do with the Office of the Solicitor General’s filing of a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN.
— Eagle News

Calida files quo warranto case vs ABS-CBN
THE Office of the Solicitor General filed on Monday a quo warranto case against ABS-CBN Corp. Solicitor General Jose Calida led the filing of the case before the Supreme Court.
— Manila Times

Duterte vows to bring home Filipinos if 2019-nCoV worsens
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night vowed to repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak worsen.
— Philippine News Agency

Trump trying to save VFA: Duterte
US President Donald Trump is “trying to save” the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the US and Philippines from being terminated, President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

BI stops entry of 370 foreigners amid nCoV outbreak
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred 370 foreigners from entering the country amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, Jun Veneracion reported on 24 Oras on Monday.
— GMA Network

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications
The United States embassy in the Philippines denied reports it was supposedly suspending visa applications due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to terminate the two countries’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
— Rappler

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Government hikes buying prices for tobacco leaves
The National Tobacco Administration (NTA) has approved higher minimum buying prices for tobacco for the next two years after an agreement has been reached between farmers and the private sector.
— The Philippine Star

Filipinos still aching to vacation abroad, despite nCoV fears
TRAVEL agencies are counting on Filipinos to continue taking their holidays and vacations abroad, despite the growing number of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in other countries outside of China.
— Business Mirror

TNVS drivers protest vs. limiting service area
A group of drivers of transport network vehicle service hatchback units protested on Monday against Grab Philippines’ alleged discrimination and limitation imposed on their area of service.

Police drug enforcement chief says he’s ‘misquoted’ in Reuters report
The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied on Monday the content of a news wire report by Reuters quoting the PNP’s anti-illegal drugs chief as saying that the government’s narcotics campaign had been a failure.
— Business Mirror

OPAPP, DSWD turn over 300 houses to IPs in Davao Norte
Three hundred housing units and a multi-purpose tribal center were recently turned over to residents of indigenous peoples communities in Brgy. Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao Del Norte through the national government’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program.

PSA data show spike in PHL maternal deaths
With only a decade left to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of women dying from childbirth in the country increased, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
— Business Mirror

Atienza to House legislative franchises chair: Act on bills seeking ABS-CBN renewal or resign
Chairman Franz Alvarez of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises should resign if his Committee continues its foot-dragging over the pending bills seeking the franchise renewal of broadcasting company ABS-CBN, Buhay party-list Representative Jose “Lito” Atienza said Monday.
— GMA Network

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN political harassment, vendetta – rights groups
Human rights groups on Monday, February 10, condemned the filing of a quo warranto motion against network giant ABS-CBN, a month before its franchise expires.
— Rappler

PNP gives general who snatched reporter’s phone slap on the wrist
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has closed its investigation on the police general who snatched a journalist’s phone during the Traslacion in January, Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas announced in a press briefing on Monday, February 10.
— Rappler

357 cops on drug list given option to retire early
The 357 policemen included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug list may avail of the early retirement if they are guilty but it does not mean they are off the hook, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Archie Gamboa said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Lawmaker: Quo warranto petition vs. ABS-CBN an assault on press freedom
The quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking to revoke the franchise to operate of broadcasting company ABS-CBN and its subsidiary ABS-CBN Convergence is an assault on press freedom, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez said on Monday.
— GMA Network

Fewer Taal volcanic earthquakes seen, but 11 harmonic tremors among them
There were fewer volcanic earthquakes recorded from Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours, but several of these were harmonic tremors or quakes that involved prolonged shaking.
— Rappler

DOJ clears Robredo, charges Trillanes in sedition case
The Department of Justice (DOJ) cleared Vice President Leni Robredo, but charged former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, with conspiracy to commit sedition over the Bikoy narcolist videos.
— Rappler

NYC calls for participants to 1st ASEAN Youth Dialogue
The National Youth Commission (NYC) is calling for youth delegates to represent the Philippines in the First ASEAN Youth Dialogue in Siem Reap, Cambodia this March 27-28.
— Philippine News Agency

TESDA, LGU Pigcawayan to build training center for farmers
A technical vocational training center for farmers and their family will soon rise in Pigcawayan town in Cotabato Province.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOJ clears 4 bishops, 2 others of sedition charges; recommends cases filed vs. 2 priests
Six church officials, including four Catholic bishops were cleared by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the charge of plotting to overthrow the government, according to a post on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
— GMA Network

ABS-CBN slams Calida: We did not violate the law
Embattled TV network giant ABS-CBN slammed the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for filing a quo warranto petition and called it a “serious prejudice of millions of Filipinos who rely on the network for news, entertainment and public service.”
— Rappler

Duterte says Philippines can defeat threat of p– inang nCoV
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured the public that the Philippines could defeat the threat posed by the deadly novel coronavirus.
— GMA Network

PRO-9 imposes ‘no take, 1-strike policy’ vs. illegal gambling
The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) will impose the “no take, one-strike policy” on police chiefs who fail to curb illegal gambling in their area of operations.
— Philippine News Agency

Pinoys on special flight from China fear discrimination
Some Filipinos who flew back to the Philippines aboard a special flight from China said they feared being discriminated against over fears that they were carriers of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— GMA Network

WV’s poverty incidence declines
The poverty incidence is Western Visayas has significantly declined in 2018. Data showed that the poverty incidence in Western Visayas of 16.4 percent for 2018 was below the 23.3 percent figure for 2015.
— Philippine Information Agency

City council intensifies campaign on proper hand washing
The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed a resolution insistently requesting all government and private schools in the metropolis to conduct a five-minute homeroom period for proper hand washing instruction.
— Philippine Information Agency

Taiwan included in flight ban — DoH
TAIWAN is included in the Philippine’s flight ban list, Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique C. Domingo said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN separate from franchise renewal process -DOJ
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said government lawyers’ bid for the forfeiture of ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise was separate from the legislative process of granting its renewal.
— GMA Network

Employment of OFWs in Hong Kong not affected by travel ban –Bello
Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong have not been affected by the Philippines temporary travel ban as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Monday.
— GMA Network

NCRPO prohibits gambling at wakes
As part of the intensified campaign against illegal gambling, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, on Monday said he ordered all five district police directors in Metro Manila to ban all forms of gambling during wakes.
— Philippine News Agency

DENR eyes to distribute 2.1K residential land titles in C. Luzon
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here is set to distribute another 2,100 residential free patents this year.
— Philippine News Agency

5 inmates who bolted jail in NegOr recaptured
Five persons deprived of liberties (PDLs) who bolted jail last Feb. 3 have been recaptured and now back in the district jail of the Bureau of Management and Penology (BJMP) in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

2020 census of population, housing kicks off May 4
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will begin the official census count of the country’s population and housing on May 4, 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Slight dent on W. Visayas economy seen from higher inflation
The higher inflation in Western Visayas in January has a “very minimal effect” on the overall economy of the region, a business leader here said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate panel OKs request to reconsider VFA termination plan
THE SENATE foreign relations committee has approved the resolution asking President Rodrigo R. Duterte to reconsider the abrogation of the Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.
— BusinessWorld

DoT, Boracay hotel sector to plan room discounts for domestic market as Chinese tourists drop
THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) office will meet with the region’s industry stakeholders, starting in Boracay, to map out marketing strategies and possible room rate discounts to spur domestic travel.
— BusinessWorld

Vico Sotto regularizes 109 more Pasig government employees
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto gave permanent status to 109 more city government employees, some of whom have been around even before he was born.
— Rappler

Cebu Provincial Board approves ordinance vs spreading ‘fake news’ on nCoV
The Cebu Provincial Board on Monday, February 10, passed on first, second, and third reading an ordinance against the spread of false information regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Rappler

Razon told: Enter Manila Water at your own risk
Ports magnate Enrique Razon Jr. is entering at his own risk with his move to acquire control of the embattled Manila Water Co. Inc., according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
— Tempo

Security forces retrained on community support in Aurora
A three-day Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) refresher training kicked off here on Monday as part of the government’s continuing effort to be more responsive to the needs of the communities.
— Philippine News Agency

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan
Within one week, 11 drug suspects were killed in Bulacan after allegedly fighting back during multiple anti-drug operations conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
— Rappler

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte’s war on drugs
Claim: A United Nations (UN) human rights body has supposedly dismissed claims by the European Parliament over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines during the time of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

House says SolGen petition to derail ABS-CBN franchise renewal
The House of Representatives considers deferring committee hearings on the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise in the light of Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition filed on Monday, February 10, to void the broadcast giant’s license.
— Rappler

PBA opening reset on March 8
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has rescheduled the opening of its 45th season a week later than the original date due to the threat of the deadly novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
— Philippine News Agency

Do not be deceived by empty promises of the NPA, Army official says
Once more, security forces have warned the youth to stay away from the enticing ways of the leftist movement. In a presscon on February 7, 802nd Brigade Commander Lope Dagoy talked extensively of how the leftists lure minors into their fold.
— Philippine Information Agency


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