Philippines morning news for January 1

Philippines morning news for January 1
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Duterte ramps up media oppression as The Nightcrawlers focuses on media defiance (video)
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has doubled down on his war of words with the Philippines media using a visit to earthquake victims to tell media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corp. that they should sell the company.
— AEC News Today

Typhoon Phanfone death toll in Philippines hits 50 and is expected to rise in New Year
The number of people killed by a powerful storm that pommelled the central Philippines over Christmas has risen to 50, authorities said Tuesday, making it the nation’s deadliest storm of 2019.
— South China Morning Post

Wider current account deficit seen amid strong $ outflow
The Philippines may incur a wider current account (CA) deficit this year on the back of stronger outflows to support the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, according to economists.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines welcomes 2020 by operating on a reenacted budget
The Philippine government operates under a reenacted budget anew, as President Rodrigo Duterte failed to sign the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, before 2019 ended.
— Rappler

‘Sue ABS-CBN over your grievance, but stop threatening it’
PRESIDENT Duterte should stop threatening press freedom by constantly harassing the Lopez-led ABS-CBN, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

Philippines slams U.S. “brazen interference” in internal affairs
The spokesperson of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed the United States senators anew for what it called “brazen interference” in Philippine internal affairs.
— Xinhuanet

PHL on brink of deployment ban to Kuwait as maid dies
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it is closely monitoring the investigation in the death of another Filipino household service worker (HSW) in Kuwait, as labor revived calls for a partial deployment ban on the tiny oil-rich kingdom.
— Business Mirror

PH faces possibility of higher export costs to US
The Philippines may have to brace for higher export costs to the United States this year in case US President Donald Trump takes away the low tariffs currently being enjoyed under Washington’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), according to Maybank Kim Eng Research.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PHL must remain vigilant vs ASF
The fatal disease that brought China’s pork industry to its knees continues to strike fear in the hearts of many hog farmers in Asia. Just recently, Jakarta reported that African swine fever (ASF) killed nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province.
— Business Mirror

SEC issues rules to shield non-profit organizations from money laundering
The Securities and Exchange Commission said it finalized the guidelines to protect non-profit organizations from money laundering and terrorist financing abuse.

BSP approves rules on Islamic banking
INTRODUCTORY regulations for the establishment of the Philippines’s Islamic banking sector has been approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) over the weekend, the country’s central monetary authority said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

Feast of Nazarene: Cops on full alert
The Metro Manila police force will be on full alert during the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, on Jan. 9, officials said.

Arbitration tribunal’s most useless ruling, and its worst
THE tribunal’s ruling that was most hailed by the Yellow regime as well by the United States government and media was its judgment that China’s so-called, even infamous “nine-dash line” has no legal basis under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).
— Manila Times

AFP: Mindanao to remain under state of national emergency even with lapse of martial law today
Mindanao will remain under a state of national emergency even if martial law there lapses.
— Eagle News

Fil-Ams in US not covered by planned visa requirement on Americans –Panelo
Filipino-Americans will not be covered by the Philippine government’s plan to require visas when American citizens travel to the country, the Palace said Monday.
— GMA Network

Duterte trains guns on Ayala, Pangilinan
After turning up the heat on ABS-CBN network, President Rodrigo Duterte trained his guns on the chairmen of Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., saying they will be his administration’s “big fishes” who will be made accountable for duping thousands of customers.
— Manila Times

Senate seeks passage of 3 vital measures
THE Senate is hoping that in January 2020, three important measures that promote security, improve public workers’ welfare and economic development will finally be enacted into laws.
— Manila Times

Fireworks-related injuries now 62
The Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday said that it recorded a total of 62 fireworks-related injuries nationwide hours before welcoming the New Year.
— Tempo

U.S. Senator Durbin: Duterte’s visa threat ‘insult’ to Fil-Ams, PH democracy
If President Rodrigo Duterte were to insist on his retaliatory visa restrictions against US citizens, Filipino-Americans would be the first to suffer, US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a statement reiterating his call for Senator Leila de Lima’s release from detention.
— Rappler

Thatcher approved Corazon Aquino asylum request – archives
British prime minister Margaret Thatcher granted Corazon Aquino’s request for asylum at the height of the uprising that swept her to power in the Philippines, according to newly declassified files released on Tuesday, December 31.
— Rappler

Nograles sees more forthcoming infrastructure achievements under Duterte
The Duterte administration is expected to further meet its goal of improving the country’s infrastructure in 2020 and in the succeeding years, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

3 hospitals, 10 health centers reactivated in QC for NY revelry
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has activated three city-run hospitals and 10 super health centers to treat possible victims of firecracker-related incidents in connection with the New Year’s celebration.

BIR sets rules for recovery of erroneously imposed DST
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is allowing taxpayers to request for adjustments in their documentary stamp tax (DST) payments, which may have been erroneously imposed due to mistakes by the taxpayer or the bureau’s system.
— The Philippine Star

House should go full blast on pro-ecology bills, says solon
A Mindanao solon says the time is ripe for the House of Representatives to go full throttle on ecology-friendly measures this 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

House tracks anti-red tape, new economy laws
THE House of Representatives has served notice it will keep track of the implementation of economic laws that it passed in 2019.
— Business Mirror

Chief Justice Peralta eager to advance reforms, curb judges’ killings
CHIEF Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday expressed confidence that the reforms he has lined up for implementation during his more than two-year term will gain momentum in the coming year 2020.
— Business Mirror

Reduced water allocation from Angat Dam to continue
The water level in Angat Dam did not reach its ideal end-of-the-year mark of 212 meters.
— The Philippine Star

Asean farm center backs Golden Rice
Another international institution has backed the controversial Golden Rice amid calls of a green group to revoke its approval.
— The Philippine Star

Major infra projects lined up for Cebu
The province of Cebu concluded 2019 with a bullish investment program on infrastructure development aimed at addressing traffic congestion and flooding.

As Duterte seeks ban on firecrackers, Dragon Fireworks shuts firecracker division | ANC
Dragon Fireworks, Southeast Asia’s largest fireworks manufacturer, has shut down its firecrackers division as regulatory “uncertainties” loom over its factories in the Philippines, the company’s chief said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Service charge law may also benefit contractuals
CONTRACTUAL workers from qualified establishments could also benefit from the implementation of Republic Act 11360 or the Service Charge Law (SCL), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Business Mirror

P59.3 billion MRT-4 project gets on track
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved a 15.56-kilometer rail-based transit system that will link parts of eastern Metro Manila and the province of Rizal, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
— The Philippine Star

Grab PHL says it gave back P19 million to users
GRAB Philippines disbursed on Tuesday P19.2 million to users who experienced “extraordinary deviations” in fares last year, saying it has complied with an earlier order from the competition agency.
— Business Mirror

DOJ chief: NBI probe rules out sabotage in ‘lambanog’ deaths
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday disclosed that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ruling out sabotage in its ongoing investigation into the lambanog (coconut wine) poisoning incidents in Southern Luzon that killed more than 20 people and hospitalized more than 300 others.
— Business Mirror

‘Philippine export sophistication still below global average’
The level of sophistication of Philippine exports remains lower than the average sophistication content of exports in the world market, according to a report prepared by state-run Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
— The Philippine Star

Domestic ship owners struggle to meet sulfur cap
DOMESTIC shipping companies are struggling to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations governing the sulfur cap which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.
— Sun Star

DTI plans launch of trade missions in major markets
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking to conduct trade missions in key markets such as Japan, China, Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand this year to encourage more firms to invest and do business with the Philippines, as well as enable local companies to tap opportunities overseas.
— The Philippine Star

PH demands justice for slain Filipina in Kuwait
The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on New Year’s Eve demanded justice for the slain Filipino household worker in Kuwait.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI offers online business name registration in just 3 easy steps
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds all new and existing business establishments to check the validity of their business name registrations before applying or renewing for mayor’s permit come January to avoid experiencing any hassle or penalties.
— Philippine Information Agency

IT-BPM to spur NCR office market
The information technology-business processing management (IT-BPM) will become the top Metro Manila office demand driver in 2020, reclaiming its spot from the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), a property consultancy firm said.
— Manila Times

Palace sees ‘progressive changes’ in 2020
As it greeted Filipinos a healthy and joyous New Year, Malacañang gave assurances that the country could look forward to a better life under President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Manila Times

BARMM a ‘game-changer’ in ensuring peace in Mindanao –PNP
The setting up of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was the “game-changer” for peace in the southern Philippines, the Philippine National Police said as martial law lapsed with the end 2019.
— GMA Network

Filipino community remembers victims of Lucky Plaza accident
That was the scene at the site of a horrific car crash that killed two Filipino domestic workers and injured four others outside Lucky Plaza shopping centre.

Neutralization of rebellion achieved by Martial Law: Lorenzana
The goal of the security sector, which is to stop the rebellion in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, and other areas in Mindanao, has been achieved as the Martial Law expired on the island effective midnight of December 31.
— Philippine News Agency

CJ Peralta hopes reforms he presented in judiciary will “gain traction” next year
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, Dec. 31, expressed hope the reforms he presented in the judiciary “will soon gain traction in the new year to come.” “These reforms are geared towards providing swift, efficient, fair, and responsive justice for all Filipinos regardless of stature,” he said.
— Eagle News

Duterte urges Filipinos to ‘do better, aim higher’ in 2020
A day before the entire nation welcomes 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday encouraged all 1Filipinos to seek improvements and aspire for a better life next year.
— Philippine News Agency

BI says traffickers use minors to bring victims out of PH
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday reported another modus operandi of human trafficking syndicates involving female victims where they pose as nannies of minor children in order to evade immigration scrutiny.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte hopeful programs, policies for “improved welfare” of Filipinos will be realized as his admin enters 4th year
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope all his policies and programs for the “improved welfare of our citizens and the continued progress of the Philippines will be realized with the active participation of everyone” as his administration enters his fourth year.
— Eagle News

SoCot town village chief gunned down
A barangay chairman in Polomolok town, South Cotabato province was gunned down by an unidentified suspect near the municipal public market on Tuesday afternoon.
— Philippine News Agency

Army says alleged Christmas truce violations ‘fabricated’
The communist rebels’ claim of truce violations by the Army in Caraga Region is nothing but “a cock-and-bull” story being spread by the communist movement to discredit the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
— Philippine News Agency

2 Filipinos among sailors abducted from Greek oil tanker in Cameroon port
Armed men attacked a Greek oil tanker in the Cameroonian port of Limbe on Tuesday, December 31 and abducted 8 seamen, including 2 Filipinos, Greece’s merchant marine ministry said.
— Rappler

More gov’t programs for special education students, mobile schools urged
A study by state think tank Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) urged the government to initiate more activities and programs that would increase awareness about special education (SPED) students.
— Rappler

DENR more determined than ever to restore Manila Bay
Rehabilitating a heavily polluted water body is proving to be an extremely difficult task, but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the leadership of Secretary Roy Cimatu is more determined than ever to win the so-called “Battle for Manila Bay.”
— Philippine News Agency

2 courts convict rural bank execs over fraudulent transactions
Two courts convicted rural banks in Iloilo and Antique in separate violations of Republic Act No. 8791 or the General Banking Law of 2000 due to fraudulent transactions.
— Rappler

Robredo vows to reach more far-flung areas in 2020
On New Year’s Eve, Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to reach out and help more needy communities in 2020.
— GMA Network

NUJP urges Filipinos to uphold press freedom amid attacks vs ABS-CBN
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called independent Filipino journalists and the public to defend press freedom amidst President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks hurled against broadcast giant ABS-CBN.
— Rappler

On New Year’s Eve, PAWS reminds pet owners to keep animals indoors
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Tuesday urged the public to keep their pets indoors on New Year’s Eve to prevent them from being stressed over the noise of fireworks and firecrackers.
— GMA Network

Recto pushes for free tuition for med students in state unis and colleges
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is pushing the grant of full tuition subsidies to medical students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs).
— Manila Bulletin

Expat retirees are genuinely welcome in the Philippines
If you’re attracted to Southeast Asia but are unsure about which country is your best fit, the Philippines is as good as it gets.

PH Fireworks Association estimates sales this year to be lower | Early Edition
The Philippines Fireworks Association estimates that sales this year will be flat or slightly lower due in part to smuggling.
—  ANC 24/7 (video)

Kumander Bravo calls for lasting peace in Mindanao
Abdullah Macapaar, also known as “Kumander Bravo,” the MILF leader who used to lead attacks in Lanao del Norte including Kauswagan town, and now a Member of Parliament in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said on Saturday he does not want conflict anymore and encouraged everyone to work together to bring lasting peace to Mindanao during the 23rd Qur’an Reading Competition in Brgy. Delabayan, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.
— Philippine Information Agency

Army reminds Agusan residents of NPA’s ‘hideous’ practices
An Army official reminded Agusan del Norte residents of the “ugly practices” of the New People’s Army (NPA) on their recruits, combatants, and communities.
— Philippine News Agency

122 ex NPA rebels, dependents now TESDA graduates
Some 122 former rebels and their dependents can now live normal and productive lives with the skills they learned from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
— Philippine Information Agency


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