Philippines morning news for July 14

Philippines morning news for July 14
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Philippines morning news250,000 inhabitants of Manila go back into confinement
About 250,000 residents of Manila, the Philippines, will be confined again after an outbreak of coronavirus cases in the country, an official said on Monday.
— The Brussels Times

China rejects Philippines’ call to honor 4-year-old arbitral award
China on Monday rejected the Philippines’ call to comply with the 2016 arbitration ruling that nullified its massive claim over the disputed South China Sea, calling the decision illegal and invalid.”
— GMA Network

DOH: Critical care capacity in ‘danger zone’
The critical care capacity for intensive care unit (ICU) beds has reached the “danger” zone, the health department said Monday, as the number of persons infected with COVID-19 continues to rise.
— Philippine Star

Study: 8M Filipinos to lose jobs as virus overwhelms economy
About eight million Filipinos would go jobless as the pandemic rages and while the Philippine economy reels from the most stringent lockdown in the region, slow disease containment and an influx of returning migrant workers, according to Malaysian financial giant Maybank.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOH reports 4,325 record high recoveries bringing down total active cases to just over 35,000
The Department of Health reported a new record number of COVID-19 recoveries at 4,325 today, Monday, July 13, bringing the total patients who recovered from the virus to 20,371.
— Eagle News

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 13 — 13 mln barrier breached, Philippines overwhelmed; record deaths reported
As of 00:51 GMT July 13 there was 79,041 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 504, or 0.64 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Gov’t says 1M people tested for COVID-19
THE government is on track to boost its coronavirus testing capacity, having tested about a million people, it said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Layoffs continue as virus guts business
DESPITE government attempts to allow more businesses to resume operations, another 9,500 workers were permanently displaced since last week as the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to impact enterprises.
— Business Mirror

BOI-approved foreign investments drop 73% in first half as virus spook investors
Foreign investment pledges approved by the Board of Investments (BoI) sank by more than 70% in the first half as investors abroad hold off expansion plans amid the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Big Philippine hospitals declare ‘full capacity’ for coronavirus disease cases
Two major hospitals in the capital region have declared full capacity for treating coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a day after the health department reported over 2,000 new cases of the respiratory illness.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines struggles to juggle health, economy in COVID-19 fight
Over a month since the economy reopened, the Philippines is struggling to keep the virus spread in check while leaving most of the economy functioning, a growing problem that demands a long-term fix or risks putting more lives in danger.
— Philippine Star

Philippines averaging 766 to 1,571 new COVID-19 cases daily in July
The Philippines has been averaging 766 to 1,571 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so far in July, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
— GMA Network

Palace admits ABS-CBN franchise denial leaves void, urges public to ‘move on’
Malacañang admitted on Monday that the denial of ABS-CBN’s new franchise application leaves a void in public messaging, conceding that the media giant has the widest reach in the country, even as it called for respect for the lawmakers’ decision.
— ABS-CBN News

Tropical Depression Carina heads for Luzon Strait, landfall still possible
Tropical Depression Carina maintained its strength on Monday afternoon, July 13, as it headed for the Luzon Strait, which is located near the Batanes-Cagayan area.
— Rappler

Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed further to 57,006 on Monday, July 13, after 836 new cases were reported nationwide.
— Rappler

Early reopening could worsen PHL economy — Nomura
THE Philippine economy could be at risk from reopening too early while infection levels rise, according to Nomura Global Market Research.
— BusinessWorld Online

New daily average of COVID-19 testing in PH nears 21,000, says DOH
The Department of Health on Monday said that the country is now averaging almost 21,000 COVID-19 tests daily.
— ABS-CBN News

Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, July 13, that it was unlikely Metro Manila will be downgraded to a lower quarantine level after July 15, citing recent data that showed the capital region could not yet reopen further.
— Rappler

Avoid activities under transmission lines – NGCP
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is appealing to the public to refrain from doing any activities near transmission lines to prevent power outages as electricity demand increases amid loose quarantine measures.
— Philippine Star

Avoiding depression during PH recession
In tandem with the rest of the global economy, the Philippines is already experiencing an economic recession as it entered into the second semester of 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines calls out China on the South China Sea
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has officially called on China to comply with a 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling at The Hague against its expansive claims to the South China Sea, the first time Manila has appealed to Beijing to honor the verdict.
— Asia Times

ABS-CBN workers at risk of losing jobs after franchise denial can seek gov’t help: Palace
ABS-CBN workers who might lose their jobs in the middle of a pandemic because of the denial of the media giant’s franchise application can seek assistance from the government, Malacañang said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

79 LSIs in BARMM test positive for Covid-19
Seventy-nine out of 405 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a regional official bared Monday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Navotas under 2-week lockdown
Mayor Toby Tiangco announced on Monday that he will place Navotas City under two-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Navotas amid the eased quarantine measures in Metro Manila.
— Tempo

CHR apologizes over failures in secret Manila jail cell incident
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) apologized for its failure to rescue around 12 detainees who were being held in a secret jail cell in a Manila police station in April 2017.
— GMA Network

Multi-sectoral alliance files 8th petition vs Anti-Terrorism Act
A multi-sectoral alliance and party-list group is the 8th petitioner to question the Philippines’ new Anti-Terrorism Act before the Supreme Court, submitting its pleading on Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Tesda’s Asean TVET Council approved at Summit
The proposed Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council (ATC) by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been approved during the 36th ASEAN Summit.
— Manila Bulletin

Gov’t takes 2nd look at unsolicited proposal for NAIA rehabilitation
THE government is taking a second look at another unsolicited proposal to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), after the consortium of top conglomerates backed out of an earlier deal.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte expected to announce new community quarantine schemes on July 15
President Rodrigo Duterte will likely announce fresh community quarantine classifications on Wednesday, July 15, Malacañang said Monday as the country continues to see a spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
— ABS-CBN News

New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to ‘radically’ change PH contact tracing system
On his first day as the Philippines’ new coronavirus tracing chief Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said on Monday, July 13, that the country’s contact tracing system, a crucial initiative in efforts to curb the outbreak, will “radically” change in its structure.
— Rappler

Four PHL czars vs COVID-19 named
The Palace on Monday, July 13, named the four “czars” who will directly oversee several aspects of the Philippines’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens
The national government’s task force against the coronavirus has finally approved the request of motorcylists to be able to travel with pillion riders, although for limited types of passengers.
— Rappler

FIST bill pushed in Senate to ease sale of non-performing assets
A bill seeking to facilitate the sale of non-performing assets (NPAs) of public and private financial institutions amid the COVID-19  pandemic has been filed in the Senate.
— GMA Network

St. Luke’s, Makati Med can no longer take in COVID-19 patients
The Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City, Taguig facilities of St. Luke’s Medical Center have both reached their capacities for intensive care beds allocated for coronavirus patients, the hospital said.
— Philstar

House ruling on ABS-CBN franchise could signal media control — UP prof
The defeat of ABS-CBN’s franchise application in the House of Representatives might mean more restraints on press freedom in the Philippines, including the possible resurrection of the “right-of-reply” bill, according to a University of the Philippines journalism professor.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Home quarantine for COVID-19 patients not discouraged, DOH clarifies
The Department of Health on Monday clarified that COVID-19 patients can undergo home quarantine as long as they have a space where they can isolate from their family.
— ABS-CBN News

DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come
The Department of Health (DOH) told the public to expect an increase in the number of deaths and recoveries reported in the coming days, as the agency continued to receive more data from local government units (LGUs).
— Rappler

Talking, answering calls banned in Metro Manila’s MRT-3 to prevent spread of COVID-19
Most Filipinos enjoy chatting with friends and family.
— Coconuts Philippines

ABS-CBN shares halted from trading pending information on business plan
Trading of shares in embattled ABS-CBN Corp. was indefinitely suspended on Monday to give time to the network to inform investors how a denial of a new broadcasting franchise would impact the company’s business going forward.
— Philippine Star

IATF wants Davao City to revert to GCQ: Mayor Sara
Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said Monday she received information that the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is set to revert the entire city to general community quarantine (GCQ) from the current modified GCQ on July 15.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine government’s e-commerce push
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) have urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of digitalisation and e-commerce to expand their businesses.
— OpenGov

Cebu City gov’t denies buying ‘tuob’ kits worth P2.5 million pesos
The Cebu City government denied on Monday purchasing ‘tuob’ or steam inhalation kits, contrary to reports making the rounds online that 1,000 kits were bought worth P2.5 million.
— ABS-CBN News

Islamic State poses a growing threat to Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

Iloilo City wants MGCQ status retained
The city government here will appeal to retain its modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status and avoid being placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) as recommended by the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
— Philippine News Agency

Only 15,000 barangays to be cleared – new PDEA chief
“Out of the 42,000 barangays in the country, there are only about 15,000 or 43 percent left to be cleared in our drug operations,” Wilkins Villanueva, director-general of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said during the launching of their new provincial office in this town on July 11.
— Philippine Information Agency

National ID, SIM card registration touted as anti-terrorism measures by AMLC
THE national ID and the registration of SIM cards will help add teeth to enforcement efforts against terrorism financing, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said.
— BusinessWorld

Lagman urges repeal of law requiring radio, TV legislative franchises
After the House Committee on Legislative Franchises voted to deny the franchise application of media giant ABS-CBN, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman on Monday called for the repeal of the 89-year-old law that required radio stations, and now television stations as well, to secure a legislative franchise in order to operate.
— GMA Network

Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread
Due to the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Carmona, Cavite, Mayor Roy Loyola has reimposed a liqour ban to discourage gatherings that often become the means for spreading the virus.
— Rappler

GMA shares jump 10% as ABS-CBN denied of franchise
With its biggest rival  denied of franchise renewal, shares of media giant GMA Network jumped over 10% on Monday, July 13.
— Rappler

Philippine Red Cross opens blood plasma center in Manila for COVID-19 patients
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Monday opened its convalescent plasma center in the capital city where coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) survivors can donate blood to help those still struggling with the highly-contagious disease.
— ABS-CBN News

Supreme Court hands off in DOJ’s stricter drug plea bargain rules
The Supreme Court has taken a hands off approach in a legal challenge to the Department of Justice’s rules in plea bargaining in drug cases which is stricter than the own guidelines of the Tribunal itself.
— Rappler

CHED: “No regular face to face classes in August” for HEIs
The Commission on Higher Education said that there would be “no regular face-to-face classes in August” even for higher education institutions because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

Caraga welcomes home 817 returning residents
A total of 817 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Caraga Region arrived on Sunday afternoon at the Nasipit Port in Agusan del Norte, said Freida Judith Milan, the OIC-Zone Manager of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Zero tariff on frozen potato to preserve jobs’
Removing the 10 percent tariff on frozen potato products would ensure that French fries stores will remain in business and keep their workers in this time of economic crisis, food importers have told the government.
— Business Mirror

Marcos proposes bill to aid banks, financial institutions unload ‘toxic assets’
Sen. Imee Marcos on Monday pushed for the creation of asset management corporations that would help public and private banks to “sell their toxic, non-performing assets” during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— ABS-CBN News

Mining firms aid 1.2 million families in Caraga amid pandemic
As the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases continue to rise in the Caraga Region, the region’s mining industry said it has stepped up relief efforts to ease the pandemic’s impact on the region’s over two million households.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP renames key positions, military chief gets additional designation
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has renamed key positions and added a new designation for the military chief as part of efforts to make the institution more responsive to current and future non-conventional threats, a military spokesperson said on Monday, July 13.
— Rappler

Government approves backpack-like motorcycle barrier design
The National Task Force against COVID-19 has approved another barrier design for motorcycles to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its chairman said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Senator files bill proposing P1,000-monthly allowance for home-based workers
Sen. Francis Tolentino on Monday filed a bill seeking to grant a monthly allowance worth at least P1,000 for all home
— ABS-CBN News

Dine-in cap to be raised to 50-75% of capacity
THE trade department is preparing an order increasing the capacity limit for restaurant dine-in operations to 50% in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), starting July 21.
— BusinessWorld

Despite pandemic, Mindanao Film Festival will push thru this year
The Mindanao Film Festival held annually in Davao City will still be held this year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

After P20 million-worth of restoration, old Caraga Church reopens
San Salvador del Mundo Parish, the oldest Catholic church in Mindanao, finally opens again after undergoing two years of restoration worth P20 million.
— Philippine Information Agency

3 wanted men in S. Kudarat killed in Maguindanao ‘shootout’
Authorities killed in a shootout over the weekend three top wanted men in President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat who went into hiding in the neighboring town of Pandag, Maguindanao province.
— Philippine News Agency



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