Philippines morning news for June 9

Philippines morning news for June 9
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Duterte told to seize China assets for reef damage in waterway
THE Philippines should seize China-owned assets in the country as payment for reef damage caused by its island-building activities in the South China Sea, a former top diplomat said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines to go into recession this year, says HSBC
British banking giant HSBC expects the Philippine economy to go into a recession this year amid the surge in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases.
— Philippine Star

PH’s COVID-19 war chest breaches P1 trillion
The Philippines’ war chest against COVID-19 breached the P1-trillion level as of June, the latest data compiled by economists at the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) showed, auguring well to a gradual easing of one of the most restrictive lockdowns in the region that resulted in a recession and displaced millions of workers.

Coronavirus cases in Philippines exceed 22,000, deaths at 1,011
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines passed the 22,000-level Monday, a week after Metro Manila and other areas at high risk of virus transmission shifted to more relaxed community quarantine.
— Philippine Star

‘China owes us P33 billion in annual marine loss’
RETIRED Associate Justice Antonio Carpio flatly dismissed Monday China’s claims that it owns the West Philippine Sea (WPS), as well as the whole South China Sea since ancient times.
— Business Mirror

Over 2,000 companies declared permanent closure, redundancy or retrenchment: DOLE
Nearly 70,000 Filipinos have lost their jobs after thousands of businesses here in the country ceased their operations due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Carpio wants single repository of West Philippine Sea research for youth’s education
The Philippines needs to have a single repository of “historical, legal and environmental research” on the West Philippine Sea so that younger Filipinos can learn and “continue the struggle” of defending the waters from Chinese incursion, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Palace sees ‘blended’ SONA for Duterte
Malacañang on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte s State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month would be held in a different manner in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

World Banks sees PHL economy shrinking by 1.9 percent in 2020
The coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will cause the Philippine economy to shrink by 1.9 percent this year, according to the World Bank.
— Business Mirror

Due to ECQ bans, tax collections from ‘sin’ products continue slide in May
Collections from “sin” taxes continued to slide in May amid the liquor ban and restricted deliveries of cigarettes during the extended COVID-19 quarantine.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tornado hits Sultan Kudarat town, dozens of houses damaged
More than 30 houses were destroyed by a tornado that struck villages at flatlands in President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat Sunday.
— Philstar

Philippines: Mindanao exporters can’t capitalise on potential banana bonanza
The low-calorie, nutrient-dense aspects of bananas pushed the sales of this fruit amid the pandemic.
— Fresh Plaza

As lawmakers change votes, Malacañang yet to receive anti-terror bill
The controversial anti-terrorism bill only needs President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature to become law, but according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, lawmakers have yet to transmit the highly divisive measure to Malacañang.
— Rappler

Hontiveros calls for policy on territory, heritage issues surrounding West Philippine Sea
Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday called for policy that would address the maritime territory and heritage issues surrounding the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine Star

Work on some Build, Build, Build projects resumes under GCQ
As lockdowns in Luzon and other places with high numbers of COVID-19 cases gradually ease, the government has resumed work on a number of big-ticket infrastructure projects, according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on Monday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dominguez on Congress’ trillion-peso stimulus plans: No funds for that
The trillions of pesos in stimulus bills which Congress passed to revive the economy post-pandemic cannot be funded because of lack of excess revenue, according to the government’s chief economic manager.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines probes proliferation of fake Facebook accounts after anti-terror law protest
The Philippines is investigating the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts using the identities of students, journalists and government officials, which appeared after an anti-terror law protest, the justice secretary told Reuters on Monday (Jun 8).

Flashflood disrupts lives of Batangas residents recovering from Taal eruption
Heavy rains on Sunday afternoon, June 7, triggered what frightened residents of Barangay Buso-Buso in Laurel town, Batangas, thought was lahar flow.
— Rappler

Infra, defense budgets cut for COVID-19
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last month made additional cuts in this year’s budgets for infrastructure and national defense as it reallocated more funds for the government’s new coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Palace says quarantine reclassification possible by June 15
A reclassification of community quarantines in different parts of the country is a possibility, but Metro Manila will have to be “examined closer”, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t studies further easing of Metro Manila quarantine
While it claims that new coronavirus cases are declining, Malacañang cannot say whether quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila will be further loosened after June 15.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Generic’ work guidelines seen risky for employees
EMPLOYEES’ return to work can prove risky if workplace safety guidelines drafted to protect them from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are not refined for specific industries, a health care professional said.
— BusinessWorld Online

35,000 Filipino sailors to come home amid global health crisis
AS MANY as 35,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to come home after being displaced by a novel coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

After 4th House hearing, ABS-CBN franchise’s fate remains in limbo
THE franchise of ABS-CBN remains in limbo as lawmakers continuously questioning the dual citizenship of its chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez III said this could pose threats to national interest and security.
— Business Mirror

Number of overseas Filipinos infected with COVID-19 now over 5,400
The total number of Filipinos overseas who have been infected with the novel coronavirus has reached 5,405 after the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 13 new cases on Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Infrastructure buildup to generate 6.5 million jobs by December, DOF chief reports
AS the economy reopens after an extended lockdown, more infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program have resumed, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— Business Mirror

Facebook ‘impostors’ risk up to 12 years in prison: police
Impostors on Facebook could be imprisoned for up to 12 years, police said Monday, following reports of blank and duplicate accounts bearing the names of university students and members of the academe.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Duterte admin will never condone impunity: PCOO to UN body
The Duterte administration will never condone impunity, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

PAL resumes flights to 8 domestic destinations, Manila-Los Angeles
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines resumed yesterday regular passenger flights to eight domestic and one international destination under new normal safety procedures for travelers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals.
— Philippine Star

Illicit tobacco trade rising as government scrapes for funding
The illicit trade and manufacture of cigarettes is rising, a development that threatens both public health and government revenues.
— Philippine Star

Virgin coconut oil trials for COVID patients OK’d
Virgin coconut oil trials on coronavirus disease 2019 patients of the Philippine General Hospital are finally underway, according to Science and Tecnology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña.
— Philstar

Philippines eyeing Avigan doses for 100 COVID-19 patients in tests -Duterte
In his report to Congress on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said the DOH aims to secure Avigan doses sufficient for at least 100 patients.
— GMA Network

Nearly 3,700 cases of violence against women, children recorded during community quarantine – PNP
Close to 3,700 cases of violence against women and children have been recorded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the implementation of community quarantine in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Philippine-made ventilators set for trials
A locally developed ventilator for adults has passed research, development and prototyping and is now set for clinical trial, Science Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

Health workers with COVID-19 now at 2,736; recoveries rise to 1,589
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported that the number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 2,736 as of June 7.
— GMA Network

Lawmaker pushes passage of PPP rationalization bill
THE chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs on Monday urged Congress to immediately pass House Bill 6575, or the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Rationalization Act of 2020, to strengthen and concretize the role of public-private partnerships in nation-building.
— Business Mirror

LGUs imposing localized lockdowns must form quick response teams
With the general community quarantine (GCQ) in effect in Metro Manila and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in greater parts of the country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said local government units (LGUs) imposing localized lockdown in their communities must have organized quick response teams (QRTs) that shall carry out the Test-Trace-Treat strategy against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Neda Board OKs Customs modernization
The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board chaired by the President has given its go-ahead to modernize and automate processes at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tax-paid marked fuel tops 8 billion – liter mark
Over eight billion liters of fuel were already marked by the government to date after oil firms paid their correct import duties and excise taxes.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

22 domestic flights resume at NAIA on Monday
There were at least 22 domestic flights scheduled to depart and arrive via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday, as local carriers gradually resume operations.
— Philippine News Agency

36K OFWs repatriated amid health crisis
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has already repatriated 36,731 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as of June 7, as part of the government efforts to assist and bring home distressed and affected Filipinos abroad due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Dual citizens by birth can own property, businesses in PHL -DOJ
As far as the Department of Justice (DOJ) was concerned, dual citizens by birth have the right to own property and engage in businesses in the Philippines.
— GMA Network

NegOcc arranges more sweeper flights for stranded residents
The Negros Occidental provincial government is preparing for the arrival of more sweeper flights it has arranged with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for stranded Negrenses in Metro Manila this week.
— Philippine News Agency

7 Philippine banks most helpful in Asia amid COVID crisis
A total of seven Philippine banks led by Aboitiz-owned Union Bank of the Philippines were among the most helpful banks in Asia Pacific amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey conducted by
— Philippine Star

Duterte: Small business workers in 7 regions ineligible for second tranche of cash aid
Workers of small businesses based in seven regions are not covered by the second tranche of the COVID-19 emergency subsidy, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress on Monday.
— GMA Network

DOLE agrees returning OFWs should not stay beyond 5 days in NCR
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday agreed that returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose homes are outside Metro Manila should not stay beyond five days in the capital region.
— Philippine News Agency

Calls to NCMH helpline increase over COVID-19 quarantine, says doctor
The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) saw the number of calls to its crisis hotline double amid the quarantine imposed to curb coronavirus transmission, a psychiatrist from the institution said Monday.
— GMA Network

LGUs may face show cause order if they allow backriding
Malacañang on Monday warned that show cause orders may be issued against local government units (LGUs) that failed to implement the “no backride” policy among motorcycle riders.
— Philippine News Agency

After PNP doctor’s death, DOH repeats advice vs large-scale disinfectant spraying
Following the death of a police doctor belonging to the Philippine National Police, the Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its advice against spraying and misting disinfectant as a way of killing the coronavirus.
— Rappler

PEZA to give job opportunities to repatriated OFWs
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) aims to help repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronavirus pandemic by launching the Development Outreach for Labor, Livelihood, and Advancement of Resources, or the DOLLAR program. In a statement Monday,
— Philippine News Agency

Anti-terrorism bill to have ‘far-reaching’ repercussions on economy — IBON
Passing the anti-terrorism bill could also have “far-reaching” economic consequences, a non-profit think tank warned Monday, saying the controversial measure could be used to silence activists protesting against anti-poor state policies and cronyism.
— Philippine Star

Palace to Independence Day protesters: Do it online
Malacañang on Monday urged people planning to hold mass protests to coincide with the celebration of the Philippine independence to express their sentiments instead on social media.
— GMA Network

Unemployment spike due to quarantine, not structural issues
Closure of businesses during the community quarantine is the reason for the spike to record-high Philippines unemployment rate last April, thus Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III believes the uptick in the number of unemployed persons is temporary.
— Philippine News Agency

Borrowers air grievances over bank loan payments after lockdown
Banks in the Philippines have resumed collecting loan payments that were delayed by the COVID-19 lockdown.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Power rates decline in June; no adjustments in Q3 water billing
ELECTRICITY RATES in Metro Manila slightly declined this month, with typical households likely to see a P4 cut in their bills, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced on Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

BARMM conducts consultations to address clan feuds
To address clan wars or “rido” in the region, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) is holding a series of consultative assembly on conflict resolution all over the region’s five provinces.
— Philippine News Agency

DepEd postpones face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, June 8, said it would postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available.
— Rappler

11 out of 31 city bus routes up in Metro Manila: DOTr
A total of 11 city bus routes are now established in Metro Manila with more to be added soon as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) gradual resumption of public transportation in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

DFA: No new COVID-19 recoveries from overseas Filipinos recorded today
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday, June 8, said there were no new recoveries recorded today among overseas Filipinos who contracted the COVID-19 virus.
— Eagle News

Ex-DICT USec. Rio says he was eased out after voicing concerns on contact tracing app
Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said he was eased out of his position after raising concerns over the Philippines’ official contact tracing application
— GMA Network

DOJ defends terror bill’s dissent exception, but leaves out ‘killer’ caveat
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the latest in the government to defend the contested anti-terror bill, citing a provision in the measure that would exempt dissent from the definitions of terrorism, but the justice department leaves out a killer caveat.
— Rappler

6.4M students have enrolled so far for school year 2020-2021 -DepEd
Some 6.4 million students have already enrolled in public and private schools nationwide for the upcoming academic year, the Department of Education said Monday.
— GMA Network

Marcoleta labels ABS-CBN reporter ‘un-Filipino’ for basing story on public records
Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta (Sagip Party-list) called ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo “un-Filipino” for a story that was released before the lawmaker could hold a press conference that he asked the reporter to set up.
— Philippine Star

Palace studying special session of Congress to pass COVID-19 measures
Malacañang on Monday said it was studying the possibility of calling for a special session of Congress in order to pass key COVID-19 response and recovery interventions that will be implemented in the coming months.
— GMA Network

DOJ official says anti-terror bill exemption on dissent should calm concerns
As the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviews the anti-terrorism bill, an official on Monday said one of its provisions should calm concerns about abuses that may be committed using the proposed law.
— GMA Network

Pay cuts, cap on bonuses for bosses asked from firms seeking gov’t rescue
A paycut on senior executives and limits to dividends are among the Duterte administration’s conditions to companies seeking taxpayers’ money to recover from the financial collapse caused by the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Amid investigation, alleged San Beda hackers release ’16gb database of San Beda’
A new Twitter account alleging to be the San Beda hackers surfaced on Monday, June 8.
— Rappler

Chemicals that killed cop donated to PNP
The chemicals that were used to prepare the decontamination solution at the COVID-19 quarantine facility in Pasig City were reportedly a direct donation to the Philippine National Police.
— Tempo

Cash aid to be given to Filipinos despite expiration of ‘Bayanihan’ law, says Roque
Filipinos who have been left unemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic will still receive dole-outs despite the scheduled end of the Bayanihan (“Camaraderie”) to Heal as One law, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said today in a virtual presser.
— Coconuts Philippines

DOJ official: ‘Cursory reading’ of anti-terrorism bill shows dissent, protest not prohibited
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said Monday that a “cursory reading” of the controversial anti-terrorism bill suggests it would not prohibit dissent or criticism of the government.
— Philippine Star

DOST-KSU-formulated alcohol feasible for mass production
The local alcohol formulation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provincial office here is now feasible for mass production.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOJ: 112 reports from users with duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts received as of Sunday night
The Department of Justice has received over 100 reports of dummy accounts from Facebook users as of Sunday night.
— Eagle News

Leaving it to LGUs to provide gadgets to students can further digital divide – group
While they commended the initiative of local government units to provide gadgets to students for distance learning, a teachers’ group on Monday, June 8, also expressed concerns that leaving it to LGUs to do this might further widen the digital divide.
— Rappler

QC gov’t says it will provide 175,731 enrolled junior, senior high school students with tablets for “new normal” in education
The Quezon City government has said it would provide over 175,000 high school students with .tablets to ensure their continued education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

BI closes main office due to COVID-19 case
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) closed Monday its main office in Intramuros, Manila and suspended operations as it will undergo disinfection after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
— Temp

Pres. Duterte appoints trailblazer chief of Southern PHL Medical Center as new DOH Usec
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the head of the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City as the new undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH) after expressing his disappointment with the slow release of cash benefits to health care workers who were severely affected by COVID-19, including the families of health workers who died in the line of duty.
— Eagle News

Pandemic limits Philippines’ anti-corruption work
At a crucial time, the coronavirus pandemic is limiting the Philippines’ anti-corruption work in procurement when the government is exempt from public bidding.
— Rappler

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni
In a strongly-worded statement released Sunday, June 8, 2020, the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu demanded the immediate release of their students, alumni, and 4 others who were unduly arrested and detained.
— Rappler

Cebu guv appeals to allow motorcycle backriding
Although she withdrew the executive order allowing “backriding”, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday said she is still appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to allow motorcycle riders to carry a passenger.
— Philippine News Agency

Crime syndicate member killed, cop wounded in Albay shootout
A member of a notorious crime syndicate in Albay was killed while a policeman was hurt during a shootout on Monday morning in a remote village in Libon town in Albay province, a police report said.
— Philippine News Agency

Briones counters claims Philippines not ready for blended learning
Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday rejected claims that the Philippines is not ready for alternative modes of learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

Pacquiao planning to run for president in 2022, says Arum
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has claimed that Manny Pacquiao is planning to run for president of the Philippines in 2022.
— GMA Network

3 face charges for wildlife poaching
Three residents of Negros Occidental are facing charges after they were found possessing more than 300 wild animals during an entrapment operation in this city.
— Philippine News Agency

UST and UP Manila: Gov’t must prioritize COVID-19 response, not anti-terrorism bill
Instead of prioritizing legislation that is feared to crack down on people’s basic rights, the government should focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the University of the Philippines Manila and the University of Santo Tomas said in separate statements.
— Philippine Star

PH Army: Computer programmer recruitment ‘not for malicious purposes’
It’s true, the Philippine Army is urgently hiring computer programmers and system developers, but it is to boost the service’s coronavirus response operations, and not for malicious purposes.
— Rappler

72-year-old Elmer Cordero remains in jail, 4 other jeepney drivers freed
Elmer Cordero, 72, remained in jail, while 4 of the 6 protesting jeepney drivers were freed on Monday, June 8, after posting bail.
— Rappler

48.5K rice farmers in Eastern Visayas get gov’t cash aid
Some 48,528 rice farmers in Eastern Visayas have received PHP5,000 cash assistance from the government amid the global health crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

Dgte releases P154.8M to 25,800 beneficiaries
Dumaguete City has released P154.8 million worth of financial assistance through the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) of the Social Welfare and Development Office to 25,800 residents.
— Philippine Information Agency

NCRPO chief sacks San Juan cops for also breaking quarantine protocols
Five police officers who violated quarantine rules were sacked from their posts by the National Capital Region Office police director whose quarantine violations were practically waved away in a national address by the president.
— Philippine Star

Sorsogon project brings classes at home to students left out of distance learning
The world has been experiencing a prolonged period of uncertainty and turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Aside from the unprecendented health crisis, we are also facing potentially one of the greatest threats to education.
— Rappler

Duterte guided by what s best for country amid opposition to anti-terrorism bill –Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte will be “guided by what is best” for the country amid calls for the government to junk the bill seeking to strengthen the anti-terror law, Malacañang said Monday.
— GMA Network

3.5M families to get 1st, 2nd tranches of SAP: DSWD
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday that the 3.5 million low-income families living in areas placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) but did not make it to the initial list of beneficiaries will receive the first and second tranches of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) this …
— Philippine News Agency

No ‘holy’ face mask, alcohol, Church says
THE Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Pampanga said yesterday there is no such thing as “holy” face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic and dismissed it as a “marketing strategy or gimmick.”
— Tempo

CHED sees tuition, other fee hikes in private HEIs amid pandemic
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday said it sees a possible increase in tuition and other fees in the country’s private higher education institutions which were forced to move the start the academic year to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

Anti-cybercrime group shares measures to protect social media accoounts
Amid the emergence of dummy accounts in the social media, the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group on Monday shared precautions netizens could take to keep their accounts from being cloned.
— GMA Network



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