Philippines morning news for July 9

Philippines morning news for July 9
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Philippines morning newsDuterte: Philippines cannot ‘gamble’ with COVID-19 like US, Brazil have
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called his American and Brazilian counterparts, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, brave for reopening their economies — even as both countries account for the largest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the world.
— Philippine Star (video)

High level of frustration in Cebu City amid rise in COVID-19 cases –Robredo
Residents of Cebu City are experiencing a high level of frustration amid the apparent lack of strategy to fight COVID-19 and the rising number of infections there, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DFA reports 74 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad; total now at 8,762
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said 74 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been recorded among Filipinos abroad, mostly in the Middle East.
— ABS-CBN News

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 8 — Philippines tops Singapore for total cases and Indonesia for active cases
As of 00:38 GMT July 8 there was 70,661 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,539, or 2.23 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

‘Linked’ to Duterte, ABS-CBN franchise woes hurt investor sentiment — Fitch unit
The “politicization” of franchise hearings for embattled ABS-CBN Corp. is likely to turn off investors at a time job-generating foreign direct investments (FDI) are already pulling back due to the coronavirus pandemic, a Fitch unit warned Wednesday.
— Philippine Star

PH Coast Guard to block departure of Hong Kong ship crew in Liberty 5 case
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday, July 8, said it would prevent the crew of the Hong Kong-flagged ship Vienna Wood from leaving the Philippines as it presses criminal charges over the collision with the fishing boat Liberty 5.
— Rappler

COVID-19 count: DOH to stress ‘active,’ not actual cases
The administration is revising its communication strategy in the COVID-19 crisis and is now highlighting the number of active cases instead of the number of actual cases reported in the country, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Framers of the Constitution join legal challenge against Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020
The luminaries behind the 1987 Constitution asked the Supreme Court to strike down provisions of the contentious Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 as unconstitutional for putting at risk the rights of the people.
— Philippine Star

Saudi Government Buried Remains Of 3 OFWs Without Consent
The remains of three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died of COVIID-19 were buried by the Saudi government without consent from their families.
— Philippine News

Philippine Airlines Re-Routing Manila Passengers to Cebu
Philippine Airlines has confirmed that it is re-routing passengers originally booked to fly to Manila because of quarantine processing limitations at Manila airport.
— Travel News Asia

’20 growth target stays amid expected deeper contraction in Q2
Economic contraction in the second quarter of the year is expected to be deeper than the first three months performance, but economic managers are keeping their 2 percent to 3.4 percent contraction projection for this year.
— Philippine News Agency

PH en route to strong economic rebound despite ‘black swan’ pandemic
The Philippines is on its way to economic recovery President Rodrigo Duterte’s top officials said Wednesday even as the country continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

NAIA rehab talks fail as PH withdraws consortium’s proponent status
The Philippine government withdrew the original proponent status (OPS) it granted to a consortium of conglomerates pushing for the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
— Rappler

Hospitals told anew to refer mild COVID-19 cases to quarantine facilities
The Department of Health on Wednesday said it has reminded hospitals to further utilize temporary quarantine facilities for mild cases to decongest wards as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in Metro Manila.
— ABS-CBN News

DENR slaps notice of violation to AC Energy on Iloilo oil spill
he Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday it issued a notice of violation against AC Energy following an oil spill from its power barge in Iloilo.
— ABS-CBN News

Data shows economy starting to recover from pandemic: NEDA chief
The economy is starting to rebound from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic but returning to positive growth depends on proactive implementation of the economic recovery program, the country’s chief economist said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Most of Cebu City’s Covid-19 patients at home, village centers
The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas said more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients here are under home or village-quarantine than admitted in hospitals.
— Philippine News Agency

COVID-19 cases within PNP almost at 1K with 39 new infections
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within the Philippine National Police (PNP) rose to 981 on Wednesday with 39 new infections.
— GMA Network

PH eyes start of COVID-19 vaccine trials by October 2020
The Philippines has set a tentative timeline to begin Phase 3 clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine by October this year, as it is currently in talks with the World Health Organization and different vaccine developers to join trials that will test a potential cure to the disease.
— Rappler

DSWD 6 gives relief aid to oil spill evacuees
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6 has provided relief assistance to families from Zone 3 of barangay Bo.
— Philippine Information Agency

Infrastructure deals may be tweaked on a case to case basis — Dominguez
As the pandemic tears through corporate balance sheets, the Duterte administration opens itself up to renegotiation with private firms holding or contemplating to sign infrastructure deals with the government, at least on case to case basis.
— Philippine Star

Naia Consortium, govt in deadlock over $2-billion modernization of gateway
NAIA Consortium, a group of conglomerates that proposed to redevelop the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), said on Tuesday it can only move forward with the project if and when the government accepts the “options” that it proposed.
— Business Mirror

Dominguez disowns questionable provisions in economic bills
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III denied that contentious provisions in various economic bills for the coronavirus pandemic were proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team.
— Rappler

Sotto bats for early retirement incentive to rightsize gov’t workforce
Government employees must be offered early retirement incentives to allow the state to cut its expenses on personnel services and allocate the budget to other priority initiatives, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

LGUs urged to pass ordinance punishing quarantine violators with imprisonment
The interior department has urged local governments to pass resolutions punishing quarantine violators with imprisonment as it reminded the public to comply with health protocols to arrest the further spread of the pandemic.
— Philippine Star

PH to fly home remains of OFWs from Saudi beginning Friday – Bello
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said 88 remains of overseas Filipino workers who died in Saudi Arabia will arrive in two batches beginning Friday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Amid inflation uptick, rebound still unclear
LOCAL economists said the recent increase in inflation is not yet a clear indication that domestic demand has indeed recovered or is recovering from the lockdowns imposed in March.
— Business Mirror

ABS-CBN shutdown not cause of investor jitters, says Dominguez
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III downplayed the impact of the ABS-CBN shutdown on investor sentiment, saying that the matter is strictly up to Congress.
— Rappler

Over 18,000 detainees released to decongest jails during pandemic – BJMP
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Wednesday said that 18,915 detainees have been released to decongest jail facilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

President Duterte favors slow, “very circumspect” reopening of the economy
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country should be “very circumspect” in reopening the economy as the COVID-19 virus continues to infect many while there is no vaccine in sight.
— Eagle News

ABS-CBN’s O Shopping to shut down this year
An ABS-CBN television channel will permanently go off-air this year as a result of persistent losses that hounded the company way ahead of its mother network’s franchise woes.
— Philippine Star

BSP tools ready if economy needs another boost
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reiterated its readiness to act promptly should the economy need another boost, following the government’s announcement that inflation has picked up in June.
— Business Mirror

COVID spike due to community transmission – DOH
Community transmission is now primarily driving the increase in coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in the country, the Department of Health said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

Duterte remains wary of totally reopening economy
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is not keen on fully reopening the economy at this time, as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections continues to rise.
— BusinessWorld

DA seeks 255.9-percent budget hike for 2021 to P284.4 billion to ensure food-supply sufficiency
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is proposing P284.4 billion for its 2021 budget to “sustain, reboot and grow” the country’s agriculture and fisheries sector.
— Business Mirror

DOTr moves to shield port users from high shipping cost
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered all international shipping lines that unload cargoes in Philippine ports to allow consignees a minimum free period of at least eight days to help them cope with the impact of the lockdowns.
— Business Mirror

‘ABS-CBN successfully defends franchise bid’
Television giant ABS-CBN has successfully justified its bid for franchise renewal before the House of Representatives, proponents of the franchise renewal bill said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

Dela Rosa says U.S. offered visa after Duterte-Trump call
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa may soon have an American visa again months after President Rodrigo Duterte scolded and later terminated the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Washington for canceling it.
— Rappler

DPWH: China to finance more PHL infrastructure projects
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing additional infrastructure projects to be funded by China in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Business Mirror

Philippines has enough funds to fight COVID-19: Budget chief
The Philippines has enough funds in its war chest to respond, fight and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Wednesday, July 8, that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
— Rappler

DOT to issue ‘new normal’ protocols for MICE
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is crafting specific health and safety protocols for other tourism sectors, including the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in line with the new normal brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

House panel yet to decide on ABS-CBN franchise contrary to media report: Alvarez
There is no decision yet by the House of Representatives on the application of ABS-CBN Corp. for a new broadcast franchise, House Committee on Legislative Franchises chair Franz Alvarez, whose committee has primary jurisdiction over congressional franchises, said.
— ABS-CBN News

Law-abiding citizens need not fear terror law – Duterte
Law-abiding citizens need not fear the anti-terrorism law, President Duterte said yesterday, as he maintained that the controversial measure would provide the country “much-needed legal weapons” to combat terrorists.
— Philippine Star

QC mayor unveils P700-million aid package to micro, small biz and poor residents
The city government of Quezon City has unveiled a P700-million assistance package to aid micro and small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

Philippines warned vs. new wave of HIV infections amid COVID-19 crisis
A new wave of the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections might spread in the Philippines if the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impede country’s access to medical services against AIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS said.
— GMA News (video)

Solon seeks probe into P4-billion national ID project
A LEADER of the House of Representatives on Wednesday urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Finance (DOF) to look into the alleged “rigged” bidding of the P4-billion supply contract for the national ID project of the government.
— Business Mirror

SEC looking to allow corporate debt funds as crisis response
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking to launch corporate debt funds (CDF) that will invest in debt papers of large corporations and medium-sized enterprises.
— BusinessWorld

De Lima seeks Senate probe into PhilHealth s alleged failure to reimburse hospitals
A Senate investigation into the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (PhilHealth) alleged failure to release insurance claims to accredited hospitals is needed as the country continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Leila De Lima said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

SC: Constitutional Commission notes say release of president’s health condition up to his office
Private lawyer Dino De Leon failed to substantiate his claims that President Rodrigo Duterte suffers from serious illnesses, which led to the dismissal of his petition to compel the government to release medical bulletin of the president.
— Philippine Star

It’s 8-0 sweep in favor of ABS-CBN based on issues raised in franchise hearing: Lagman
Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said on Wednesday ABS-CBN “rightly” deserves a new broadcast franchise, saying it passed every issue hurled against it.
— ABS-CBN News

Duterte seriously ill? SC says petitioner’s claim ‘unsubstantiated’
The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that a lawyer’s allegation that President Rodrigo Duterte is seriously ill was based on conjectures and unsubstantiated.
— GMA Network

More than 40,000 inmates freed during 15 weeks of lockdown
THE Philippine government freed more than 40,000 prisoners during a 15-week lockdown amid the threat of a coronavirus outbreak in one of the world’s most cramped prisons.
— BusinessWorld

July power rates expected to be little changed
ELECTRICITY RATES for Metro Manila households in July are likely to be flat, according to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
— BusinessWorld

Clark airport, New Clark City roads nearing completion
PUBLIC WORKS and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said the first phase of the 19.8-kilometer access road to Clark International Airport in Pampanga from New Clark City in Tarlac is now 88% complete.
— BusinessWorld

‘Overly deferential’: How Supreme Court shielded Duterte from disclosing health
Newly-released dissenting opinions of two Supreme Court justices revealed how magistrates of the Supreme Court argued on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte in order to shield him from the touchy issue of revealing to the public the true state of his health.
— Rappler

DA earmarks P1.22 million for agripreneur loans
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has approved an initial P1.22-million worth of loan applications from five Millennial agripreneurs under its zero-interest, uncollateralized and five-years to pay credit program for aspiring Filipino youth.
— Business Mirror

Cayetano denies groups threatening solons to influence vote on ABS-CBN franchise
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday dispelled claims that certain groups being linked to some religious organizations as well as congressional leaders are trying to threaten and intimidate lawmakers in an attempt to influence their votes on the ABS-CBN franchise issue.
— GMA Network

Constant red-tagging of activists confirms critiques of anti-terror law — peasant group
A federation of peasant women on Wednesday cast fear that the rising cases of red-tagging, particularly of activists, saying that these confirm the prevalent criticisms against the controversial anti-terror bill, which was recently passed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Philippine Star

Baguio court issues arrest warrants vs three PMA cadets, others over death of Darwin Dormitorio
A Baguio court has issued warrants of arrest against three Philippine Military Academy cadets who were indicted over the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio.
— Eagle News

Duterte says communist rebels are terrorists because he ‘declared’ so
In his latest public address aired past midnight on Wednesday, July 8, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned how he unilaterally declared communist rebels as terrorists, even as he tried to reassure Filipinos that the government will not use the new anti-terrorism law arbitrarily.
— Rappler

To acquire COVID-19 vaccine, best for Philippines to participate in clinical trials
If the Philippines wants to be among the first to access vaccines for COVID-19, it would help if it participates in clinical trials, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Children’s rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur
Children’s rights advocates condemned the recent killing of a 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur after she filed a molestation complaint against a cop in a neighboring town.
— Rappler

Digitalization, answer to transportation under ‘new normal’: DOTr
As the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to spread across the globe, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday said its policies on transportation will focus on digitalization as the country navigates the “new normal.
— Philippine News Agency

MRT3 bus augmentation to start at 4 a.m. beginning Thursday, July 9 -DOTr
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) management to dispatch its bus augmentation earlier, at 4 a.m., starting Thursday morning, Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

PH through to Mobile Legends playoffs of SEA Invitational
Bren Esports of the Philippines punched its playoff ticket in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang event of the Razer Southeast Asia Invitational with back-to-back draws on Wednesday, July 8.
— Rappler

Hontiveros pushes passage of bill to increase bed capacities of hospitals
Congress should fast-track the passage of the bill seeking to authorize the Department of Health (DOH) to increase the bed capacities of hospitals in the country, according to Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

DOH not keen on random testing for MRT passengers due to resource constraints
The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said random testing of MRT-3 passengers may not be doable given resource constraints.
— ABS-CBN News

New anti-terrorism law also tramples on right to privacy –Bayan Muna solons
Apart from encroaching on freedom of speech and expression, the newly enacted Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 also tramples on the right of Filipinos to privacy, representatives of the Bayan Muna party-list said.
— GMA Network

Jalaur River project on course for 2023 operation
The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) carries on with its office and construction activities despite the threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease, posting an actual physical accomplishment of about 28 percent as of the first semester of this year.
— Philippine Information Agency

As COVID-19 numbers rise, DOH taps Alden Richards as ‘BIDA champion’
GMA 7 actor Alden Richards has been tapped by the Department of Health (DOH) as its ambassador for a campaign to combat the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
— Rappler

Banana exports projected to decline 20% in 2020
BANANA exports in 2020 are expected to decline 20% due to stronger competition, higher tariffs, and declining output and hectarage due to Panama disease, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) said.
— BusinessWorld

More than 300 educational videos to be produced monthly for K-12 distance learning –PCOO
At least 352 videos will be produced every month for the broadcasting project that aims to convert the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) into television material.
— GMA Network

GSIS to offer loan programs for tuition, purchase of computers
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is set to launch two loan programs in the coming months to help government workers pay for tuition and buy computers for distance learning, the country’s finance chief said Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Over 250K students transfer from private schools, SUCs to public elementary, high schools
More than 250,000 learners have transferred to public elementary and high schools from private schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs) offering basic education, the Department of Education said Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Mandaue City traffic enforcers get body cameras
The city government of Mandaue purchased 50 body cameras for traffic enforcers to achieve “higher rates of citizen compliance during encounters and fewer complaints lodged against law enforcement.”
— Rappler

Duterte replaces PH Commission on Women chairperson
President Rodrigo Duterte is replacing Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) chairperson Rhodora Masilang Bucoy with another commissioner from the agency.
— Rappler



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