Philippines morning news for February 28

Philippines morning news for February 28
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Duterte declares state of calamity in Calabarzon due to Taal Volcano unrest
President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in Calabarzon to aid in the relief and rehabilitation of the region following the eruption of Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

1.2K pigs culled in CamSur due to ASF
A total of 1,245 hogs were culled this week in the towns of Calabanga and Bombon in Camarines Sur after several pigs that died there were tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t spends big in December, lifting 2019 expenditures above target
The Philippine government managed to pull off a spending catch-up in December 2019 after operating under a reenacted budget for the 1st quarter, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Thursday, February 27.
— Rappler

Worse than coronavirus: World, PH air quality needs improvement, groups say
The Philippines is among majority of countries in the world that do not meet air quality standards, a recent global report showed.
— ABS-CBN News

Gov’t budget deficit rose 18.3% to P660.2b last year
The government incurred a budget deficit of P660.2 billion in 2019, up 18.3 percent from the P558.3-billion shortfall in 2018, driven by a 57.83-percent increase in disbursements in December, the Bureau of the Treasury said Thursday.

Korea travel ban on hold, says BI
The Bureau of Immigration admitted Thursday that it has yet to enforce the travel ban of passengers coming from South Korea, which has the most number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases after China even as 26 Koreans who enplaned from Daegu City to Cebu have been placed under quarantine by the Health Department in Region 7.

Another Filipina tests positive for novel coronavirus in Hong Kong
Another Filipino woman has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) in Hong Kong, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday afternoon, February 27.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN To Donate Rodrigo Duterte’s Unaired Ads To Charity
Rodrigo Roa Duterte Rejects Refund, Tells ABS-CBN To Give It To Charity ABS-CBN – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte rejected ABS-CBN’s refund for his unaired ads during the 2016 election and advised them to donate the P2.6 million to charity.
— Philippine News

Joint resolutions extending ABS-CBN franchise to create more problems –Cayetano
As far as Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is concerned, the House joint resolutions seeking to extend the franchise of ABS-CBN will create more issues and problems than provide a solution.
— GMA Network

DOH: 548 people initially probed for COVID-19 symptoms discharged from hospitals
Over 500 people who were initially probed for symptoms of the novel coronavirus have been discharged from hospitals. Based on data from the Department of Health’s tracker, the 548 discharged was as of Thursday, Feb. 27.
— Eagle News

Duterte on drug war: ‘I’m not a murderer’
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has insisted he was “not a murderer” his critics portray him to be, despite the number of people who have been killed in his war on drugs.
— Manila Times

Guv says quarantine protocol ready for Koreans arriving in Cebu
The multi-sectoral task force on coronavirus will implement the same quarantine protocol imposed on returning Filipinos and other passengers from North Gyeongsang, South Korea, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Diokno confident of 6% PH growth despite Covid-19
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno remains optimistic of a 6-percent economic growth this year despite the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Over 500k Chinese Nationals entered PHL starting December
More than 500,000 Chinese nationals have entered the country since December amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.
— GMA Network

3 Filipinos quarantined at New Clark City show coronavirus symptoms
Three Filipinos who were repatriated from the Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess started showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) while quarantined at the New Clark City Athletes’ Village .
— Rappler

With 500% jump on tax take in 2019 , Marawi heads for recovery–mayor
Normalcy and vibrant economic activities have slowly but surely returned in Marawi City, which was devastated during the five-month battle against the Islamic State in 2017, the city’s chief executive said on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

$1.6-billion exports to US at risk from GSP loss
SENATE Democrats urged the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office to look into the possibility of revoking the generalized system of preferences (GSP) extended by Washington to the Philippines over human rights and labor-related issues, a move that could imperil $1.59 billion worth of exports to US.
— Business Mirror

PAL keeps PH-SKorea flights under new guidelines
FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will continue flying between the Philippines and South Korea, but under new guidelines released after the government imposed a limited ban on Filipinos traveling to the East Asian country, which saw its cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) dramatically spike.
— Manila Times

Duterte orders efficiency in government transactions.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has directed all government offices to eliminate excessive regulation in their processes or else face administrative complaints.
— Manila Times

US territory or China province? Palace says Duterte just teasing Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte was just teasing the public when he made a declaration that the Philippines should just turn into a territory of either the United States or China if it fails to defend itself, Malacañang said Thursday.
— GMA Network

DOJ to look into reports Palparan receiving special treatment in NBP
The Department of Justice on Thursday, Feb. 27, said it would look into reports former Army General Jovito Palparan is getting special treatment in the New Bilibid Prison.
— Eagle News

Senate can OK ABS-CBN franchise renewal before break if House transmits on time –Lacson
The franchise renewal of ABS-CBN can positively be acted upon by the Senate if the House of Representatives transmits its version before the first regular session of the 18th Congress ends, according to Senator Panfilon Lacson on Thursday.
— GMA Network

DoF: More taxes kept PH’s fiscal health strong
THE Department of Finance (DoF) maintained the country’s fiscal health last year by collecting more taxes and keeping its exposure to the debt market manageable. In its report, the Finance department said its total revenue collection reached P3.14 trillion in 2019, up 10.1 percent from the 2018 figure.
— Manila Times

PAGASA: Northeast monsoon still affects extreme N. Luzon
The northeast monsoon is still affecting extreme Northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. As a result, PAGASA said Batanes and Babuyan Islands will have cloudy skies with light rains.
— Eagle News

Solons file reso urging House to condemn, probe profiling
The Makabayan Bloc led by Kabataan party-list Representative Sarah Elago on Thursday filed a measure urging the House of Representatives to condemn and investigate the profiling of individuals based on age, appearance, political beliefs, religion, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.
— GMA Network

LIST: Bureau of Corrections personnel killed under Duterte gov’t
In government service, one of the most dangerous jobs to work in is ironically what is supposed to be the most secure government facility: the New Bilibid Prison .
— Rappler

BSP issues new coin, enhances P5-coin
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a new 20-Piso coin, the highest denomination in its New Generation Currency (NGC) Coin Series, and enhanced the round 5-Piso coin which has now nine sides.
— Philippine Information Agency

Don’t touch blacktip sharks spotted in southern Cebu – fisheries bureau
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ Central Visayas office reminded the public not to touch the blacktip sharks recently spotted off Satander town in southern Cebu.
— Rappler

Salceda estimate: PHL lost $12 billion from Citira OK delay
THE Philippines has lost at least $12 billion worth of investments over the past two years due to the prolonged deliberations on the second tax reform bill, as foreign investors hesitate to set up shop in the country with the fiscal structure yet to be finalized.
— Business Mirror

DPWH allots P1-billion budget for 75 infrastructure projects in Biliran province
A TOTAL of 75 infrastructure projects—with a cumulative price tag of about P1 billion—will be implemented in various areas of Biliran within this year, a budget that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes would help drive the economy of the island province in Eastern Visayas.
— Business Mirror

Supreme Court Bans PNP Surveillance
The Supreme Court (SC) has banned the surveillance of the PNP on the family of an alleged NPA who was killed in Antique in 2018.
— Philippine News

Lacson: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Act has safeguards vs. rights abuses
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he told oppositors of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Law that there are enough safeguards in the measure to prevent abuse and human rights violations.
— GMA Network

Ex-SC justice refutes DOJ: ABS-CBN needs franchise, not permit, after May 4
A retired Supreme Court justice said on Thursday, February 27, that without a franchise, ABS-CBN will have to cease operations after May 4, contrary to the informal opinion of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that a provisional permit would be enough for the media giant to operate.
— Rappler

Immigration enforces total revamp at NAIA
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a total revamp in all three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as part of its continuing reform and transformation efforts to cleanse the bureau of corruption.
— Manila Times

‘Poorest’ households spend more on alcoholic drinks, tobacco–PSA
Higher food costs pushed up inflation experienced by the poorest Filipinos in January, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

8chan founder faces arrest in the Philippines
Fredrick Brennan , the estranged founder of controversial website 8chan, is facing arrest in the Philippines due to a cyberlibel complaint filed by the website’s owner, Jim Watkins .
— Rappler

Health care center offers free services to poor Angeles residents
Indigent residents in this highly urbanized city can now avail of free medical and other health care services from the Puso Center here, which was formally opened on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace to ABS-CBN: Donate the refund to your favorite charitable organization
President Rodrigo Duterte has already given ABS-CBN the “blanket authority” on what to do with the rejected refund for his unaired campaign ads during the 2016 election, Malacañang said Thursday.
— GMA Network

DOT ramps up tourism marketing in int’l, local markets
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to ramp up its marketing of the country’s tourism industry amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) scare in the Southeast Asian region, an official said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Why is CHR silent on NPA attacks, recruitment of minors?
Anti-communist groups on Thursday slammed the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for allegedly snubbing the longstanding violence and atrocities committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its front organizations.
— Philippine News Agency

Marawi IDPs continue to receive livelihood assistance
The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) continues to help displaced families here to rise and rebuild their lives through the provision of livelihood assistance.
— Philippine Information Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-DOF official, eight execs over P380 million tax credit scam
The Sandiganbayan has cleared a former Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary Uldarico Andutan, Jr. and eight other executives of private corporations in the graft charges involving the transfer of least P380 million of Tax Credit Certificates (TCCs).
— GMA Network

EPEB to put more teeth to environmental laws
National and field officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gathered recently here for a strategic planning workshop in order to review, assess and set policy directions for the proposed bill on the creation of an Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau (EPEB).
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte hands off on House coup rumors — Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte is keeping his hands off on the alleged plot to remove Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano from his post, Malacañang said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Passing of Anti-Terrorism Act empowers, capacitates military, says AFP spox
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday welcomed the Senate’s passing of the Anti-Terrorism Act, noting that it is a way to empower and capacitate the military in protecting and securing the nation.
— GMA Network

Police launches program to strengthen industrial peace in Bulacan
The regional police here has launched the Joint Industrial Peace and Concerns Office (JIPCO), a proactive effort to shield the workforce from radical labor organizations and prevent the infiltration of communist groups in Central Luzon’s industrial zones.Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 (Central Luzon) Director, Brig.
— Philippine News Agency

Antique eyes ban on swine from Mindanao
The Provincial Veterinary Office (ProVet) here is waiting for Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao to sign an executive order (EO) banning the entry of swine, pork, and its by-products from Mindanao. Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Romeo Magdato said on Thursday that they expect Cadiao to issue the EO either on Friday or next week …
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ to look into claim that Palparan gets special treatment at Bilibid
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will look into an allegations that retired Army major general Jovito Palparan has been getting special treatment at the New Bilibid Prison.
— GMA Network

Mati Muslim women trained on mushroom production
Bangsamoro women from various Muslim organizations in Mati City, Davao Oriental, underwent training on mushroom production of the City Agriculture Office on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency




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