Philippines morning news for January 27

Philippines morning news for January 27
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PH has 10-11 suspected cases of novel coronavirus
HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said that there were 10-11 persons “under investigation” on suspicion that they have the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Manila Times

Philippines lowers volcano danger level
Philippine volcanologists on Sunday lowered the alert status of a volcano near the Philippine capital to 3 from 4 to indicate a decreased tendency towards hazardous explosive eruption.

Kuwait outraged after Filipino ‘blood for blood’ demand
Kuwait has denounced as a “rejected transgression” remarks by a senior Philippine officer who demanded “blood for blood” in the case of a Filipina recently killed in Kuwait, triggering tensions between the two countries.
— Gulf News

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists
Health authorities here repatriated Saturday, January 25, some 80 Chinese tourists who were among a group onboard a plane which left Wuhan, China just before a total lockdown was imposed on the city known as the epicenter of raging coronavirus epidemic.
— Rappler

EU removes Philippines from priority watchlist
The European Union (EU) has removed the Philippines in its list of countries with weak intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte must share blame for Philippines’ slide in corruption index
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s pledge to fight one of Asia’s worst corruption battles had a rough 12 months.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

FDIs seen exceeding $10 billion if CITIRA passed
Foreign direct investment inflows could exceed $10 billion and revisit record highs this year once the second package of the government’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) is passed.
— The Philippine Star

Economists see 2.9% inflation this year
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported that economists have forecasted the country’s inflation to settle at 2.9 percent this year, matching 2.5-percent full-year projection but still within its 2- to 4-percent target.
— Manila Times

PHL economic risks from China virus downplayed
BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno downplayed economic risks that may arise from the continued spread of the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, saying the Philippines’ exposure to China is not that significant.
— BusinessWorld

Government crafts P602 million masterplan to develop more tourism ecozones
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is planning to spend around P602 million to craft tourism development programs for a number of destinations around the country, in line with ensuring the rehabilitation and sustainability of tourist spots.
— The Philippine Star

Manila jumps to 8th place among world’s most dynamic cities
Manila further moved up in the global ranking of the most dynamic cities, gaining four notches to land at eighth place in the latest survey by leading real estate and investment management services firm JLL.
— The Philippine Star

Palace, ex-envoy clash over VFA
The Palace on Sunday played down the importance of the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, saying the military pact was not beneficial to the country, and that its termination would not affect existing treaties with Washington.

PH goes live on ASEAN Single Window platform
The Philippines has officially joined the live operations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Window (ASW), the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Wuhan tourists denied of Philippine visa
The Philippine government is now denying visa-on-arrival applications from tourists originating from Wuhan, China amid risks posed by the coronavirus.
— Asean Economist

Only 4% quit smoking amid Philippines regulations
A low four percent of the country’s smoking population are quitting the habit despite government regulations on tobacco products to arrest its harmful impact on public health.
— The Philippine Star

38,000 barred from exiting PHL in 2019 under anti-trafficking drive – BI
Over 38,000 travelers were barred from leaving the Philippines last year under the Bureau of Immigration s (BI’s) anti-trafficking drive, the agency said on Sunday.
— GMA Network

Malacañang: No plans yet to evacuate Pinoys in Wuhan, China
There are no plans yet of evacuating Filipinos based in China’s Wuhan City, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Malacañang said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Amid virus fears, rules for cleaning planes tightened
AIRPORT authorities have ordered the fumigation, prior to landing, of airplanes coming from any Chinese airport or those with connecting flights to China to help prevent the spread of viruses and harmful insects, as authorities worldwide scrambled to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Business Mirror

VFA abrogation to affect ASEAN neighbor countries —ex-UN envoy
The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the US will not only have effects on the country, but also some of its neighboring states in the Southeast Asian region.
— GMA News

Oxford Economics: Wuhan coronavirus seen to cut tourism revenues in Asia, including PH
The influx of Chinese tourists to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries would take a hit from the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus, but most economies in the region were expected to be ready in offsetting any potential economic impact of the illness, UK-based Oxford Economics said Sunday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Over 10% of retailers already imposed last round of fuel tax hike – DOE
More than 900 out of 9,003 fuel retail outlets in the country, or over 10%, have already implemented the 3rd and final excise tax hike under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law .
— Rappler

Economic team to address rising poverty cases in PH: Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team is competent enough to push for programs and policies that would lift more Filipinos out of poverty, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte wary of US role in South China Sea dispute
President Duterte is not just afraid that a war in the South China Sea would crush the country—he’s also wary that American troops would take advantage and the conflict would spiral out of control.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Govt collects P6.42b in tax payments from POGO operators
The government collected P6.42 billion in taxes from Philippine offshore gaming operators and their service providers in 2019, P4.04 billion or 169 percent more than P2.38 billion in the previous year, the Department of Finance said over the weekend.

Peza bucks DOF on tax perks overhaul
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is asking Congress to limit the power that the Department of Finance (DOF) would have over tax breaks, pitting itself against the seat of power in Duterte’s economic team.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Another Pangasinan town under state of calamity due to ASF
This town, where hogs in three barangays tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), has been placed under a state of calamity.
— The Philippine Star

OFWs may cite humanitarian grounds for working in Libya
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya may now cite humanitarian grounds to be given exemption from the existing deployment ban in the African state.
— Business Mirror

POEA allows Filipino workers to go home, return to Libya
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance to Filipino workers who intend to go home to the Philippines and return to their jobs in Libya on certain conditions.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

SEC orders companies to certify compliance with governance code
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is requiring companies to submit on or before Jan. 30 certifications in relation to its new Code of Corporate Governance for Public Companies and Registered Issuers.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines, US trade on pineapples, blueberries to be finalized
The Philippines and the US are expected to finalize this year the bilateral trade of blueberries and pineapples.
— The Philippine Star

Manila police ordered to find person caught allegedly defecating in Intramuros
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered the city’s police to conduct a manhunt to identify a man who was photographed allegedly relieving himself in public in Intramuros.
— CNN Philippines

Senate to summon foreign owner of Angkas
The Senate committee on public services is set to summon the Singaporean owner of motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas, which has reportedly been violating constitutional provisions on foreign ownership and laws on public utility vehicles (PUVs) since 2016.
— The Philippine Star

CA hikes penalty for ex-vice mayor, 3 others in 2008 heinous crime
Instead of only a maximum of 40 years in prison or reclusion perpetua, the Court of Appeals (CA) has upgraded the penalty imposed on the former vice mayor of Dasmarinas, Cavite and three of his cohorts in the kidnap-for-ransom and murder of a businessman and his driver in 2008.
— Manila Bulletin

Comelec official pushes for advanced, mobile app voting
Will advanced voting for the marginalized sectors and mobile app voting for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) come into play in the 2022 presidential elections?
— The Philippine Star

Advocacy group urges companies to hire persons with autism to promote acceptance, inclusion
Advocates on Sunday encouraged different companies in the country to hire people with autism as it was a way to promote acceptance and inclusion.
— Manila Bulletin

Filipino students win big at Southeast Asian Mathematical Olympiad
The Philippine team won big at the Southeast Asian Mathematical Olympiad (SEAMO) held at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Australia, on Sunday, January 19.
— Rappler

Taal Commission to improve financial aid for calamity victims -Vilma Santos
Batangas Representative Vilma Santos-Recto believed that her proposed Taal Commission would facilitate the increase in financial aid for individuals affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— GMA Network

Baguio local gov’t orders demolition of structures in Loakan airport buffer zone
The Baguio City local government has issued demolition notices to the owners of some 110 structures within the declared 150-meter buffer zone of the Loakan airport in preparation for its return to commercial operations, the city’s public information office (PIO) said on Friday, January 24.
— Rappler

COA affirms Antique governor liable for improper release of P2.95M
The Commission on Audit (COA) affirmed with finality its 2017 ruling which found incumbent Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao and other officials liable for improperly releasing P2.95 million in 2008.
— Rappler

Number of learners affected by Taal Volcano unrest decline: DepEd
Number of learners affected by the Taal Volcano eruption decreased from seven million to 600,000 over the weekend, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Taal eruption damaged possibly ‘thousands’ of homes
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas said around 22,000 houses may have been damaged due to the eruption of Taal Volcano , and residents are advised not to return.
— Rappler

Gov’t stays alert despite lowered Taal Volcano status
The Duterte administration is keeping an eye on restive Taal Volcano’s activity, even after state volcanologists lowered the alert status to Level 3, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Ozamiz City Health intensifies 2nd round polio vaccination
The Ozamiz City Health Office conducts the second round of anti-polio mass vaccination or the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign in the 51 barangays of Ozamiz on January 20-February 4, 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Lawmaker ‘optimistic’ current Congress will pass teen pregnancies prevention bill
Laguna Representative Sol Aragones, who refiled the prevention of teen pregnancies bill in the House after it languished in the 17th Congress, believes that the bill will meet the President’s pen this time around.
— Rappler

Locsin apologizes for ‘fat lady’ remark
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has apologized to Sen. Leila de Lima for referring to her as a “fat lady” in one of his tweets Friday concerning the importance being accorded to her by some United States senators as more important than the mutual defense of the two countries.
— Tempo

Davao City opens 1st paw park
For Dabawenyos who are looking for a place where their furry friends can play and relax, the first-ever paw park located in Azuela Cove here was opened to the public on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte vows to end Reds, reduce drugs
President Duterte has pledged to end communism and reduce the country’s drug problem to the barest minimum during his term.
— Tempo

Resources, gov’t support crucial in promoting water sports
An official of a Hong Kong-based association of dragon boat sport on Sunday said adequate resources and support from the community can play a vital role in strengthening water sports, including dragon boat.
— Philippine News Agency

16 BIFF members yield to Army in Maguindanao
Optimistic that the new regional government will help them improve their lives, 16 members of Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to military authorities in Maguindanao on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Dogs rescued from Taal eruption going to foster homes – PETA
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was able to rescue 132 animals amid the Taal Volcano eruption. Among them were abandoned dogs who will soon find new care in foster homes.
— Rappler

No more parole for ex-Dasmariñas vice mayor convicted of murder, kidnapping
The Court of Appeals (CA) removed the eligibility for parole of Victor Carungcong, former vice mayor of Dasmariñas City, Cavite, and 3 others who were found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a businessman and his driver in 2008.
— Rappler

Water quality improvement in Bulacan river cited
Water quality of Manila Bay in this part of Central Luzon has shown marked improvement.
— Philippine News Agency

P1.15-B social packages offered to drivers, operators
Drivers and operators affected by the transport modernization program here can now avail of the social compensation packages under the High Priority Bus System (HPBS).
— Philippine News Agency

NEU cares: University and its alumni members extend relief, other assistance to Taal Volcano eruption victims
New Era University (NEU) and its alumni members on Saturday, Jan. 25, distributed relief goods and other assistance to affected residents of Batangas province whose lives were disrupted by the recent Taal Volcano eruption.
— Eagle News

Batangas gov’t allows residents outside Taal’s 7-km danger zone to return home; Agoncillo, Laurel towns still on lockdown
The governor of Batangas has allowed residents of some towns in the province to return to their homes following the lowering of the alert level on Taal Volcano from 4 to 3, but maintained that the towns of Agoncillo and Laurel under the 7-kilometer permanent danger zone remain on lockdown.
— Eagle News

DILG welcomes removal of 3 ‘golfer cops’
The Department of the Interior and Local Government over the weekend welcomed the sacking of three senior police officials for playing golf while on duty.
— GMA Network

Groups seek P29-billion refund for Meralco consumers
Power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ought to refund P29.6 billion to consumers for its over-recovery of allowed annual distribution charges from 2013 to 2018, said Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and advocacy group Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumers Alliance (MSK).
— Rappler

PNP MisOcc conducts blood-letting activity
The Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office in partnership with the Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital conducted a blood-letting activity on January 23 as part of their social responsibility and best practices.
— Philippine Information Agency

First batch of Filipinos repatriated from Lebanon amid US-Iran tensions arrives
The first batch of Filipinos repatriated from Lebanon following US-Iran tensions over a US airstrike that killed a top Iranian military official arrived on Saturday, Jan. 25.
— Eagle News

Supreme Court to keep tight watch of Manila Bay rehab – Peralta
The Supreme Court (SC) has reconstituted the Manila Bay Advisory Committee to monitor and ensure that the government is doing its court-ordered obligations to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
— Rappler

Migratory birds gather at Manila Bay clean-up in Bataan
A big number of people on Sunday trooped to the Wetland Park in Tortugas, a fishing village here, to join the clean-up of Manila Bay.
— Philippine News Agency

Army, Police join anti-illegal logging operation in Aliaga
Army 84th Infantry Battalion and Aliaga Municipal Police Station join the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in the conduct of a Joint Law Enforcement Operation on Anti-Illegal Logging at Purok 3, Barangay Bukot in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ozamiz City to hold free mass wedding
The city government of Ozamiz and City Civil Registrar’s Office (CCRO) will hold a ‘Kasalan ng Bayan’ or mass wedding event on February 12, 2020 at City Hall Ground.
— Philippine Information Agency


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