Philippines morning news for January 24

Philippines morning news for January 24

Philippines morning news

Philippines drops to 113th rank in 2019 Corruption Index
The Philippines dropped to the 113th rank out of 180 countries in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, a 14-notch fall from its standing of 99th place in 2018.
— GMA Network

5.9% PH economic growth in 2019 slowest in 8 years
THE Philippine economy recorded its slowest growth in eight years at 5.9 percent in 2019, lower than the 6.2 percent expansion in 2018.
— Manila Times

Duterte rejects Trump’s invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit
President Rodrigo Duterte rejected United States President Donald Trump’s invitation for him, along with other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to fly to the US for a special summit in March.
— Rappler

Timely budget passage to boost 2020 economic growth: Pernia
Government economic planners are optimistic about hitting this year’s gross domestic product (GDP) target of 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent after the economy expanded slightly lower than the target band in 2019 due to the delayed national budget approval.
— Philippine News Agency

New law hikes taxes on vapes, alcohol, wines; P22-billion tax seen
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law imposing higher taxes on alcohol, heated tobacco and vapor products that is expected to bring billions in revenues that will be used to implement the Universal Health Care Law.

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13.1 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, says SWS survey
In the last quarter of 2019, 54% of families considered themselves poor, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. That result of the survey conducted in December was 12 percentage points above the previous mark of 42% in September 2019.
— Rappler

DOH: No confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Philippines yet
There are still no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in humans in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Duterte threatens to end visiting forces accord with US over Bato’s canceled visa
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Thursday to terminate the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States over Washington’s cancellation of Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s visa.
— ABS-CBN News

ASEAN research office revises 2020 PHL inflation forecast to 3%
THE ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) maintained its growth forecast for the Philippine economy at 6.4% this year but revised its inflation rate projection upwards.
— BusinessWorld Online

Budget department sets spending deadlines for cash-based 2020 budget
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has set deadlines for spending the 2020 Budget, requiring agencies to wrap up capital outlays for infrastructure projects by the end of the year while giving them until the end of 2021 or later to disburse funds to finance the completion procedures for these projects.
— BusinessWorld

PHL talent competitiveness improves to 46th
THE Philippines ranked 46th globally in the competitiveness of its talent around the world, with Filipinos achieving their best performance in terms of global knowledge and skills, a business school said in a study.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines prepares for Asean Para Games
Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo said yesterday the next few weeks will be critical in ensuring the successful staging of the 10th Asean Para Games which the country is hosting on March 20-28 and expressed confidence that with the PSC’s support, things will fall into place.
— The Philippine Star

GTCI 2020: Philippines ranks 1st in income category of lower-middle income countries
In INSEAD’s latest Global Talent Competitiveness Index report, The Philippines is top-ranked in the income category of lower-middle income countries.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Public warned: No cure for n-CoV; only hygiene
The Health department said Thursday there are no drugs that will work on the new strain of the coronavirus as it underscored the need for the public to boost one’s immune system by observing proper hygiene.

Pangasinan town under state of calamity due to ASF
A state of calamity was declared in this town yesterday due to African swine fever (ASF), which has affected hogs in five barangays.
— The Philippine Star

EU urges Philippines to exploit export perk under GSP Plus
The European Union (EU) is urging the Philippines to maximize the use of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus, as only 25 percent of the country’s exports to the economic bloc is benefiting from the trade privilege.
— Business Mirror

China donates P7.5M for Taal relief and rehab
The Chinese government has turned over RMB1 million (approximately Php 7.5 million) to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the relief and rehabilitation of the areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
— Manila Bulletin

CHR urges passage of bills raising age of sexual consent from 12
Proposals to raise the minimum age of sexual consent in the Philippines must be passed immediately and enforced resolutely to ensure the protection of children, the Commission on Human Rights said.
— The Philippine Star

Japanese gov’t extends P24 million aid to PH to develop raw silk industry
The Japanese government is extending about P24 million to develop model sericulture farmers aimed at increasing the production of cocoon and high-quality raw silk in the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

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SC names new judge to handle De Lima’s illegal drugs case
The Supreme Court yesterday designated Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Grace P. Chavez Ty as presiding judge of the Muntinlupa City RTC Branch 256 to take over the illegal drugs case of detained Sen. Leila de Lima.
— Tempo

Other countries can impose sanctions on human rights violators in the Philippines –Gascon
Other states are within their rights to impose sanctions on human rights violators in the Philippines, the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Over 400 mothers in Taguig donate breast milk to Taal evacuees
Over 400 nursing mothers donated their breast milk for babies affected by the Taal Volcano eruption during an event in Taguig City on Thursday, January 23.
— Rappler

Motorcycle taxi pilot run extension eyed
The government’s pilot study on motorcycle taxi services may be extended beyond its three-month period and even expanded to more participants, lawmakers said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte: Crazy, rich people are thieves, should be killed
President Rodrigo Duterte lashed anew against businessmen involved in water concession agreements with the government, calling them thieves and saying that they should be killed.
— GMA Network

DILG forbids entry in 14-kilometer Taal danger zone
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered concerned local chief executives to strictly implement a total lockdown on barangays deemed as high-risk areas following the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano.
— Rappler

135 passengers land in Kalibo from Wuhan, China
The Royal Air Charter flight departed from Wuhan before 6 a.m. carrying 135 tourists headed for Boracay Island.
— GMA Network

2 Bilibid inmates plotted Mendoza’s slay
Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday that two inmates of the New Bilibid Prison plotted the killing of former Batangas Second District Rep. Edgar Mendoza and his two companions on January 8.
— Manila Times

Ilocos Norte gets P25.5 million for waste recycling facility
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Environmental Management Bureau in Region 1 has granted P25.5 million to the provincial government of Ilocos Norte to fund the construction of a plastic recycling and resource recovery facility at Barangay Imelda, Marcos town.

EU investors pick Philippines as 2nd option in Asean
The Philippines is now viewed as a secondary market for investments by European Union (EU) investors in the Southeast Asian region amid uncertainties on the country’s plan to change the incentives regime and concerns on government’s review of contracts with the private sector.
— The Philippine Star

Manila installs first of 3 air quality sensors
The first of three air quality sensors has been deployed in the nation’s capital, according to a recent report by the City of Manila’s Public Information Office.

P300 million allocated for Occidental Mindoro farm, fisheries programs
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will provide farmers and fisherfolk in Occidental Mindoro about P300 million worth of projects and programs in 2020.
— BusinessWorld

Public-hospital staffing could be Universal Health Care’s biggest hurdle
NURSES are vital for the successful implementation of universal health care (UHC).
— BusinessWorld

Kidapawan helps 3 distressed OFWs return home safely
Three distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Kidapawan City have safely arrived home and reunited with their families with the help of the local government.
— Philippine News Agency

4 Filipinos top Southeast Asia photo competition
FOUR Filipinos won five of the top six prizes in the 13th Photo Contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca).
— The Manila Times

Korean visa processing to be shortened by end of February
Filipinos who want to visit South Korea can expect shorter visa processing period starting next month.
— The Philippine Star

Persona non grata petition vs. ex-Angkas owner could scare away investors, says Imee Marcos
Senator Imee Marcos frowned upon the proposal of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III to declare as persona non grata Singaporean national Angeline Ximen Tham, who used to own 99.996% of Angkas for her alleged high-handed, arrogant and irresponsible acts.
— GMA Network

Manila gov’t to distribute face masks amid coronavirus scare
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday said the local government will distribute 100,000 face masks to the public following the coronavirus scare worldwide.
— Philippine News Agency

Imee Marcos wants cap on motorcycle taxi providers removed
Senator Imee Marcos called Thursday for the scrapping of the cap on motorcycle taxis for every service provider, calling it unfair competition.
— GMA Network

Soccsksargen top cop seeks end to rising gun-related killings
The chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksargen) has ordered the region’s local police chiefs to put an end to the rising cases of gun-related killings and other crimes in their areas of responsibility or face relief.
— Philippine News Agency

SC decision allows ‘coward’ Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima
Disappointed over losing the writ of habeas data case at the Supreme Court, detained Senator Leila de Lima said the decision allowed President Rodrigo Duterte to hide like a coward behind the Office of the President.
— Rappler

Duterte reappoints Catalino Cuy as DDB chair
President Rodrigo Duterte has reappointed Catalino Cuy as chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
— GMA Network

DOH says 2nd test on Chinese boy, negative for coronavirus; but confirmatory test from Australia still needed
The Department of Health in Central Visayas said that the second test on the five-year old Chinese boy who first tested positive for the coronavirus showed he is now negative of the disease.
— Eagle News

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing
The Police Regional Office in Region III (PRO3) has started setting up offices in special economic and freeport zones in Central Luzon to prevent militant labor groups from organizing workers’ union in factories and other business establishments.
— Rappler

Davao-based journalist arrested for interviewing protesters
Glenn Jester Hitgano, a Davao-based radio reporter for Radyo ni Juan, was arrested on Tuesday, January 21, for interviewing protesters after receiving a tip that they were harassed by uniformed men the night before.
— Rappler

2 inmates behind ex-Batangas lawmaker’s slay – PNP
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) bared on Thursday that two convicted inmates were the masterminds behind the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza, Sr. and his two companions.
— Manila Times

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face ‘far bigger problems’ – HRW
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday, January 23, lauded the cancellation of Senator Ronald Bato dela Rosa’s United States visa, adding that bigger problems may soon come for one of the architects of the Duterte administration’s bloody drug war.
— Rappler

LTFRB-7 won’t arrest motor taxis just as yet
Transportation authorities in Region 7 (Central Visayas) will not yet apprehend motor taxis following the decision of the inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) to extend the pilot run until March this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Tourist arrivals in Siargao, Dinagat islands up in 2019
The tourist arrivals in two well-known islands in Caraga Region increased during the first three quarters of 2019, the Department of Tourism in the area (DOT-13) said.
— Philippine News Agency

Comelec gives P600,000 in aid to Taal eruption victims
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) donated P600,000 worth of aid to victims of the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano.
— Rappler

Duterte orders review of UP-Ayala technohub deal
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a review of the lease contract for the UP-Ayala Land Technohub in Quezon City, following the recommendation of Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo.
— Rappler

OWWA clarifies calamity assistance to Tisoy affected OFWs in Bicol
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office 5 clears up that the agency’s current calamity assistance only covers the “active” member Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
— Philippine Information Agency

Missing French tourist found alive in Mountain Province ravine
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – A French tourist who has been missing for a week was found alive at the bottom of a ravine in Barlig, Mountain Province, by the police Wednesday night, January 22.
— Rappler


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This week’s Philippines morning news feature photo focuses on the Taal volcano eruption.


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