Philippines morning news for June 8

Philippines morning news for June 8

Philippines morning newsNo commercial flights in Negros Occidental until June 15
Commercial flights to Negros Occidental will not resume until June 15.
— Philstar

Philippine economy to shrink by 4% — Fitch
THE Philippine economy is now forecast to contract by 4% this year, according to Fitch Ratings, as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic widens.
— BusinessWorld Online

PHL to miss poverty eradication goal
PRIOR to the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines was on track to meet its targets for reducing unemployment and poverty.
— BusinessWorld Online

Covid-19 cases in PH now 21,895; deaths surpass 1K mark
The number of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Philippines has climbed to 21,895 after the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 555 new cases Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Toxic disinfectant’ spray kills PNP doctor treating coronavirus patients
He served in the frontlines to protect the people from the coronavirus, but in the end, he might have fallen by the hands of his own allies.
— Rappler

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Muslim Filipinos at most risk from anti-terrorism bill ‘overreach, abuse’
The anti-terrorism bill — which lawyers, civil society groups and the academe have warned could lead to abuse by the government — has largely excluded the concerns and experiences of Muslim Filipinos who are the most affected by terrorism and by counter-terrorist operations.
— Philippine Star

Sotto: No need for martial law if new anti-terrorism bill becomes law
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Sunday said there will no longer be a need to declare martial law in the country if public safety requires it if the controversial new-anti-terrorism bill will be enacted into law.
— GMA Network

Modified coding scheme implementation in Metro Manila suspended: MMDA
The implementation of a modified number coding scheme in Metro Manila is suspended until further notice due to limited public transportation, transport authorities said Sunday.
— ABS-CBN News

DBM releases 91% of 2020 budget
About 91 percent of this year’s P4.1 trillion national budget has been released to state agencies as of the end- May, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— Philippine Star

Gov’t can’t allow all transport modes yet due to Covid-19 threat
The government cannot allow all modes of transportation to resume operations due to the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat, MalacaÒang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

LGUs asked to implement add’l safety measures for returning OFWs
MalacaÒang is reminding local government units (LGUs) to implement additional safety measures at the provincial level to ensure that repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are free from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) when they return to their respective hometowns.
— Philippine News Agency

PH’s anti-terror bill one of world’s ‘lightest’: PCOO exec
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said the anti-terrorism bill recently approved by the House of Representatives is one of the “lightest” in the world.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace: Commuter woes heard, but public transpo can’t fully resume yet
MalacaÒang on Sunday said it cannot allow the resumption of all modes of transportation back in the streets, even as it claimed it heard sentiments of commuters who need more options.
— GMA Network

Diokno sees inflation slowing to below 2% in next 2 quarters
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said he still expects inflation to keep below the two-percent level in the next two quarters as the rate will “continue on its downward path” and “monotonically drop” for the rest of the year.
— Manila Bulletin

Robredo: Why rush anti-terrorism bill during pandemic?
With the anti-terrorism bill only one step away from becoming law, Vice President Leni Robredo questioned why the Duterte government railroaded the bill’s passage in Congress during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

Finally, more coronavirus-hit health workers receive gov’t compensation
After weeks of delays in paperwork and red tape, families of several health workers who were severely infected or died due to the coronavirus finally received funds promised to them under the Bayanihan law.
— Rappler

Thousands go back to work as more Clark locators resume operations
Thousands go back to work as more locators in allowed industries resume operations with restrictions slowly eased under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
— Philippine Information Agency

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook
#HandsOffOurStudents is a call echoed by several netizens as suspicious fake accounts of students and alumni flooded Facebook on Sunday, June 7.
— Rappler

Stronger anti-terrorism law can prevent Philippines from becoming terrorist haven –Lacson
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday stressed the need for a stronger anti-terrorism law to prevent the country from being a safe heaven for terrorists.
— GMA Network

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Drilon insists Bayanihan law already expired
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday insisted that the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, which gives President Rodrigo Duterte special authority to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, is deemed repealed after Congress adjourned its session sine die.
— GMA Network

Philippines fears Covid-19 lockdown could lead to baby boom
THE Philippines has intensified its family-planning programmes on concern that the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak could result in a population boom.
— News Straits Times

PLDT, Smart partner with Grab for rapid and convenient delivery of internet products
Two of the country’s industry leaders—PLDT Inc., the country’s leading telco and digital services provider, and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading everyday superapp—have announced a groundbreaking partnership to quickly deliver internet solutions straight to Filipino homes.

Citing President Duterte’s pronouncement, Cavite gov’t says ban on couples’ use of same motorcycle stays
The Cavite government has announced the use of one motorcycle by one couple is not allowed in the province.
— Eagle News

DFA: Number of overseas Filipinos infected with COVID-19 now at 5,392
The total number of Filipinos overseas who have been infected with the novel coronavirus has reached 5,392 after the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 24 new infections on Sunday.
— ABS-CBN News

DOH: Only 7 of 32 P1-M checks pending
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Sunday that families of health workers who died due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) would no longer be able to receive the P1 million in cash benefits from the government after the law that granted President Duterte special fiscal power expired last Friday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Farmers earn billions via direct-selling scheme’
Local farmers have earned P5.8 billion from selling their produce to local government units (LGUs) and through the government’s marketing platforms during the months-long lockdowns, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— Business Mirror

Palace optimistic on job prospects
Malacañang is confident that job and employment prospects remain positive despite the economic downturn due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

OFWs who tested negative for COVID-19 in NCR, test positive in province
Some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who had tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 in Metro Manila tested positive for the illness in their respective provinces.
— GMA Network

DepEd: Public school teachers, except those who are part of skeleton force at school, to continue to work from home
Teachers in public schools nationwide, except for some, shall in the meantime continue to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

OFW remittances seen to drop 10% this year
New York-based GlobalSource Partners sees remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) declining by 10 percent this year due to displacements caused by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

LGUs urged o implement add’l safety measures for returning OFWs
Malacañang is reminding local government units (LGUs) to implement additional safety measures at the provincial level to ensure that repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are free from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) when they return to their respective hometowns.
— Philippine News Agency

House resumes probe on ABS-CBN franchise today
The joint committee of legislative franchises and good government of the House of Representatives will resume today its investigation on alleged violations ABS-CBN committed on its expired franchise.
— Philippine Star

Duterte orders probe on delay in compensation release
President Duterte has ordered an investigation on the delay in the release of funds for medical frontliners who succumbed to the coronavirus disease and those who fell sick while treating patients.
— Philippine Star

54 labs certified for COVID-19 testing –DOH
The Philippines now has 54 laboratories that have been certified to conduct independent testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH).
— GMA Network

PNP, DOH probe police doctor’s alleged toxic inhalation death
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to conduct an investigation into the death of a police doctor who reportedly died after inhaling some decontamination chemicals.Capt.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Bold’ autonomy initiative in Bangsamoro Region to push through
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has reaffirmed the national government’s commitment to fully support and implement the “historic and bold” initiative of bringing genuine autonomy to the Bangsamoro people even amid the crisis spawned by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

4.9-magnitude quake hits Surigao del Sur waters
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Surigao del Sur waters on Sunday night. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which hit at 10:09 p.m., had its epicenter 64 kilometers northeast of Bayabas.
— Eagle News

Go calls for regular review of healthcare costs
“What the government must do is to always check if the health services, medical equipment, and medicines are affordable so we can help each Filipino with health problems,” Go, who chairs the Senate committee on health, said in a statement.
— Philippine Star

7 Antipolo state workers sacked over quarantine violation
Seven employees of the city government of Antipolo in Rizal have been dismissed from their posts for allegedly violating health protocols being imposed to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philstar

Health workers with COVID-19 now 2,734; recoveries up to 1,557
The number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 2,734 as of June 6, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday.
— GMA Network

BSP waives fees on interbank fund transfer
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has waived the fees of fund transactions made through the central bank until the end of the year, allowing banks and financial institutions to promote digitalization amid the changing economic landscape due to the pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Bridge to quarantine facility collapses
A bridge leading to a mountain resort being used as a quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in Bago City, Negros Occidental collapsed on Saturday.
— Philstar

Shoulder cost of dredging projects, contractors told
Local government units (LGUs) may now undertake dredging and river restoration projects with the private sector without spending taxpayers’ money.
— Philstar

Meralco sets installment payment for March-June bills
Customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) can expect higher electricity bills this month as it will include actual consumption for the four months of the quarantine period. However, an installment payment scheme would be offered to help ease the consumers’ burdens.
— Philippine Star

‘Jobless data exaggerated’
The record-high unemployment rate of 17.7 percent in April does not reflect the true state of the Philippine economy and the jobs market as it was a result of the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the head of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Philippine Star

NCRPO raids illegal COVID clinic
Police raided a clandestine clinic, allegedly used to test Chinese employees of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) for coronavirus disease 2019, in ParaÒaque City at past midnight yesterday.
— Philstar

DFA repatriates 345 Filipinos from Barbados
The government has recently repatriated over 300 Filipinos from Barbados, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday, June 6.
— Eagle News

Palace: Bayanihan law in effect until June 25 due to “sunset clause”
The Palace on Saturday, June 6, said the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act will remain in effect until June 25 because of its sunset provision.
— Eagle News

Police take down post red-tagging youth journalist
The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station in Benguet deleted Friday, June 5, its social media post red-tagging a young journalist and youth group convenor, 4 days after putting it up on Facebook.
— Rappler

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal
Central Visayas police denied accusations that it used excessive force when it dispersed anti-terror bill protesters and that it violated an agreement that banned the military and police from entering the University of the Philippines.
— Rappler

4 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu
Four soldiers were killed and 17 others were hurt during a clash with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, on Friday, June 5.
— Rappler

2 Pangasinan towns revert to EECQ
The local government units (LGUs) of Agno and Bani towns have reverted to their previous status of extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) due to recorded positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

DOTr submits list of PUJ drivers qualified to receive cash aid
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has submitted to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the names of public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers and operators qualified to receive cash aid after losing their livelihood due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ to probe fake Facebook accounts
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday, June 7, announced a probe into the supposed proliferation of dummy accounts on Facebook.
— Eagle News

Arrest of UP-Cebu protesters unrelated to anti-terrorism bill –PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday clarified that the arrest of seven protesters at the University of the Philippines-Cebu has nothing to do with the anti-terrorism bill.
— GMA Network

MaÒanita protesters to be treated with maximum tolerance -PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday said maximum tolerance would be exercised during the June 12-Independence Day maÒanita protest.
— GMA Network

Bong Revilla to ask PNP to allow visits for detained De Lima
Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., who was once detained over plunder charges related to the controversial “pork barrel” scam, said on Sunday that he will ask the Philippine National Police leadership and its Custodial Center to allow visitation for Senator Leila De Lima for humanitarian reasons.
— GMA Network

Sen. Go urges DOLE, DTI to help displaced, workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is urging the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Trade Industry (DTI), and other concerned national government agencies to formulate measures in order help out workers displaced or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI reminds online sellers to reflect price, product specs
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) again reminded online sellers to strictly follow the price tag law.
— Philippine Information Agency

Insurers pay out P327 million COVID claims
Insurers, mutual benefit associations and health maintenance organizations paid out P326.95 million worth of benefits to clients who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Insurance Commission said.
— Philippine Star

GSIS adopts contactless filing
After successfully shifting to an online-based loan application process last March, the state-run Government Service Insurance System is now adopting contactless methods for the filing and processing of insurance and benefit claims.
— Philippine Star

Back on track: PH athletics to return under new rules
There will be new rules in place once the country welcomes athletics back.
— Rappler

Quezon City to provide tablets for 176,000 high school students
Quezon City announced that it will be giving tablets to 175,731 public high school students amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced youths to spend at least part of the upcoming school year at home.
— Rappler

Why installing tracking devices on commercial fishing boats is a big help for LGUs
Having tracking devices installed on commercial vessels serves as much needed support for local government units seeking to look after their municipal waters.
— Rappler

600 OFWs return home via Clark Airport
The Clark International Airport (CRK) has welcomed more than 600 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) since the resumption of its operations last Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Former PCGG chair Sabio arrested: NBI
Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chair Camilo Sabio has been arrested.
— Eagle News

DTI: 30-day grace period for rent payments still applies under GCQ
Lessors should still give a 30-day grace period for residential and commercial rent payments under the general community quarantine (GCQ), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

LOOK: Iloilo governor designs motorcycle with safety divider
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr has designed a motorcycle that he believes can safely accommodate a backrider while addressing the health concerns of the government’s coronavirus task force.
— Rappler



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