Philippines morning news for March 11

Philippines morning news for March 11

Philippines morning news

PH has 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases -DOH
The Department of Health reiterated its call for the cooperation of everyone in its investigation and contact tracing activities as it reported today that the country has a total of 33 confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
— Philippine Information Agency

Foreign investments shrink to $7.6 billion, lowest in 4 years
Net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell by 23.1 percent to a four-year low of $7.65 billion in 2019 from $9.95 billion in 2018 and the figure is expected to decline further due to the impact of the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— The Philippine Star

PH mission to UN asserts tribunal ruling junking China’s nine-dash line claims in South China Sea
The Philippines has quietly put forward to the United Nations an international tribunal ruling which found no basis for China’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea but which the Duterte administration has set aside.

80 percent of contacts of Fil-Australian COVID-19 case already traced
Local authorities in Pangasinan have traced 80 percent of the contacts of a Filipino-Australian who attended two big events in Lingayen and Dagupan and later on tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

January trade deficit dropped 10.7% to $3.5b —PSA figures
The country’s trade deficit in January dropped 10.7 percent to $3.50 billion from $3.92 billion a year ago, as exports growth outpaced that of imports, the Philippine Statistics Authority said Tuesday.

Worst yet to come for PHL external trade, say experts
LOCAL economists believe the worst is yet to come for the country’s external trade performance as the latest data may not yet reflect the disruptions caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on global value chains (GVCs).
— Business Mirror

Philippine Leader Rejects Calls to Reverse Stance on Military Pact with US
Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has refused to reverse his stance on the termination of the decades-old bilateral visiting forces agreement with Washington, brushing aside a move by several senators including his allies to challenge his decision before the Supreme Court.
— Benar News

Provisional permit for ABS-CBN okayed
The National Telecommunications Commission has agreed to issue a provisional authority to allow broadcast giant ABS-CBN to operate pending the renewal of its franchise.

DavSur LGU implements “no face mask, no entry” policy vs COVID-19
The provincial government of Davao del Sur has implemented starting on Monday (March 9) the “No face mask, no entry” Policy at the provincial capitol, as an initial precautionary measure against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte clears POGOs despite alleged crime links
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night, March 10, cleared Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) of links to a wide range of crimes despite growing calls to ban the industry.
— Rappler

House passes bill allowing 100% foreign ownership of public utilities
The bill that would allow foreigners to fully own public utilities like transportation, communication, and power firms in the Philippines successfully hurdled the House of Representatives.
— Rappler

DFA to repatriate Filipinos in US cruise ship
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday ordered the repatriation of all 538 Filipinos onboard M/V Grand Princess which was hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Manila Times

American coronavirus patient in PH in ‘critical’ condition – DOH
The 86-year-old American COVID-19 patient in the Philippines is in “critical” condition, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday, March 10.
— Rappler

Foreign biz groups eye passage of new retail trade act
The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) is looking forward that the bill amending the Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000 will soon be passed by the Congress.
— Philippine News Agency

Sandigan junks Ampatuan’s bid to challenge evidence in food supply scam
Citing lack of merit, the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has denied the bid of Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan to allow an expert examine the evidence in the cases against him.
— GMA Network

House leaders slam ‘anti-Filipino’ bill allowing foreign ownership of public utilities
The bill that would legalize 100% foreign ownership of public utilities in the Philippines may have been passed by the House , but several ranking legislators strongly opposed what they described as an anti-Filipino measure.
— Rappler

Five of Philippines 9 new COVID-19 cases are seniors –DOH
Five of the nine new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recorded in the Philippines on Tuesday are senior citizens, data from the Department of Health (DOH) show.
— GMA Network

Duterte: It is my job to kill
Railing once more against critics of his bloody drug war, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night, March 10, said it was his job as president to kill.
— Rappler

6 Filipinos infected with coronavirus on cruise ship in U.S.
At least 6 Filipinos onboard a luxury cruise ship now docked in Oakland, California, tested positive for the novel coronavirus , a Department of Health (DOH) official said on Tuesday, March 10.
— Rappler

‘Ban students from malls, movie houses’
The Palace on Tuesday urged Metro Manila malls and movie houses to bar the entry of students while classes are suspended in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Duterte wants infra project for each municipality before 2022
If he will have his way, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said each municipality will have a infrastructure project before he ends his term in two years.
— Business Mirror

PH, Southeast Asia spared from Covid-19?
THE Yellows must be gnashing their teeth that, so far, the incidence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (officially called Covid-19 by the World Health Organization) hasn’t been of such a horrible scale in our country as that in South Korea (7,513 cases; 54 deaths) or in countries on the other side of the globe from China — Italy (9,172 cases; 97 deaths) and Iran (7,161 cases; 2,327 deaths).
— The Manila Times

Duterte wants death penalty for OFW Villavende’s killers
President Rodrigo Duterte demanded the death penalty for those behind the murder of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende, who allegedly died in the hands of her employers.
— Rappler

CBCP: Some church practices need adjustment amid COVID-19 threat
Adjustments to some traditional church practices need to be done as part of efforts at preventing transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-1), according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
— GMA Network

Keep hands off face amid COVID-19 outbreak, says health official
Amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019, health authorities have continuously reminded the public to refrain from touching their faces to prevent its further spread.
— GMA Network

Cebu imposes mandatory quarantine on arrivals from Iran, Italy
Starting Wednesday, March 11, the Cebu provincial government will require travellers coming Iran and Italy to undergo a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine if they want to enter the province.
— Rappler

House panel OKs P1.65 billion supplemental fund for DOH to combat coronavirus
The House committee on appropriations approved reallocating P1.65 billion from the National Treasury to the Department of Health (DOH) to help combat the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Rappler

Two COVID-19 cases visited Greenhills, Baclaran mosques
Two patients suffering from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may have contracted the illness after visiting the prayer hall that was frequented by individuals who earlier tested positive for the virus.
— GMA Network

Gov’t collections may drop by up to P100 billion
GOVERNMENT revenue collections may fall by between P91 billion to P100 billion if disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drag on until June, with the budget deficit projected to balloon to as much as 3.6% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, government economic managers said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

‘Group in alleged money laundering scheme offered P20M bribe’ – Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday, March 10, claimed that the group involved in the alleged money laundering scheme has offered him P20 million, through Philippine Red Cross, just to skip the upcoming Senate probe.
— Rappler

‘Hospitalized’ NGCP chief skips Senate hearing on China role in power grid
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian suspended the Senate hearing on the China-controlled National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday, March 10, as its president Anthony Almeda didn’t show up, supposedly because he had to go to the hospital.
— Rappler

FDA approves coronavirus test kits developed by U.P. scientists
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of COVID-19 test kits developed by University of the Philippines (UP) scientists.
— Rappler

Finish communism, terrorism by mid 2022, Duterte to gov’t forces
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the military and the police to exhaust all means to end the problems on communism and terrorism before he steps down from office in 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

EDC: Budget deficit to expand beyond target on Covid-19 impact
THE country’s budget deficit could balloon to 3.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year on account of the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the state’s revenues and spending performance, economic managers said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

Zambo health office monitors OFW for Covid-19
The City Health Office (CHO) has placed under close monitoring for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who arrived here two days ago from Hong Kong, one of the places with confirmed Covid-19 cases.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH, PUV operators to discuss infection control amid coronavirus outbreak
To ensure the safety of commuters amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Health (DOH) said they are going to sit down with public utility vehicle (PUV) operators to discuss infection control procedures.
— Rappler

House approves bill hiking road users’ tax starting 2020
The House of Representatives passed on Tuesday, March 10, a bill that would increase starting this year the taxes paid by motor vehicle owners.
— Rappler

MRT-3 intensifies train cleansing due to Covid-19 threat
The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has intensified the disinfection of its trains following the recent increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte: POGOs are clean, employ 20,000 in Manila
President Rodrigo Duterte maintained on Tuesday that Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) that employ Chinese nationals have a “clean” record, adding that they employ thousands of Filipino workers.
— GMA Network

300 summer job slots available for students in Dumaguete
Three hundred slots will be available to students here who want to earn extra income this summer through the government’s Special Program for the Employment Students (SPES) undertaken through the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
— Philippine News Agency

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction
The country’s defense chief denied a report that the presence of Chinese vessels around Pag-asa (Thitu) Island hampered efforts to upgrade facilities on the Philippines’ main outpost in the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

5th Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for coronavirus
Another Filipino in Hong Kong contracted the novel coronavirus called COVID-19, bringing to 5 the number of Filipinos in the city infected with the virus.
— Rappler

House passes 3 franchise bills; starts deliberations on ABS-CBN renewal
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved bills renewing the franchises of two broadcasting companies and one telecommunications firm–the same day that the House started deliberations on pending bills seeking ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
— GMA Network

Selective SRP imposition ‘unfair’ – farmers’ group
THE Department of Agriculture’s (DA) move to exempt supermarkets from the imposition of suggested retail prices (SRPs) on basic agri-fishery products is unjust and should be corrected, according to the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF).
— Manila Times

FALSE: Former Greenhills guard’s child dies ‘after hostage-taking’
Claim: The child of the Greenhills hostage-taker Alchie Paray died recently, according to a post on Facebook.
— Rappler

PH travel ban due to virus ‘top concern’ in Tokyo 2020 Olympics preparation
Team Phiippines’ chef de mission to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Nonong Araneta said that national sports associations (NSA) with hopefuls to the global showpiece sports event must first figure out if countries holding their respective Olympic qualifiers have imposed travel bans.
— Rappler

PHL affirms goal of 11% poverty rate despite virus
THE President’s economic team played down the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the country’s poverty rate, saying the Philippines remains on track to cut poverty to 11 percent by 2022.
— Business Mirror

DepEd allots P158-M for 12th ASEAN Schools Games in Dgte
The Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated P158.8-M for the hosting of the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Games in Dumaguete City.
— Philippine Information Agency

Facing coronavirus: What local officials should do
Facing the coronavirus outbreak that threatens to infect communities, what should the response of local officials be?
— Rappler

Duterte claims Tagle angered Pope Francis for meddling in politics
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday claimed that Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was removed by Pope Francis from his position as Manila archbishop for allegedly interfering in politics.
— GMA Network

PNP bans cops from trips abroad amid global coronavirus outbreak
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has banned its personnel from traveling abroad beginning Tuesday, March 10.
— Rappler

No holy water, ‘mano po’: Church’s 12 measures vs coronavirus
No more holy water by the church entrance. Communion should be received by the hand. Instead of the traditional pagmamano, a bow with a smile will do.
— Rappler

Duque defends deputies over DOH error on COVID-19 tally
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday defended subordinates at the Department of Health (DOH) over an erroneous initial report on the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.
— GMA Network

GMA 7 postpones Metro Manila events, studio audience for TV shows
GMA 7 announced on Tuesday, March 10 that it will suspend the admission of live studio audiences in all of their shows and cancel external activities and events in Metro Manila until further notice as cases of coronavirus rise in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Nationwide earthquake drill canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
The The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has canceled the first quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill (NSED) that was supposed to be held on Thursday, March 12.
— Rappler

Congested public transport prevents commuters from practicing social distancing
Commuters in the Philippines are at a loss as to how to observe social distancing to protect themselves from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to the country s congested public transportation system.
— GMA Network

No studio audience for ‘It’s Showtime,’ ‘ASAP,’ to prevent coronavirus spread
TV giant ABS-CBN will temporarily stop accepting studio audiences for its shows as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus .
— Rappler

Coca-Cola and Thailand firm tie up to build recycling facility
COCA-COLA Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) partnered with a Thailand-based firm to develop the P1 billion largest bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH embassy advises OFWs in Jordan to ignore ‘coronavirus’ verbal taunts
In the midst of the global COVID-19 scare, the Philippine embassy in Jordan has advised around 39,000 Filipinos in that country to refrain from replying to verbal taunts related to the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Grieving kids breaking Philippine drug war cycle
The dozen children stared shyly at the audience but grew bolder when they began to sing, pouring their grief into music for the fathers they lost to the Philippines’ drug war.
— The Asean Post

Japan turns over P2.91-billion agrarian, agri projects to Mindanao
Japan turned over P2.91 billion worth of projects for agriculture and agrarian reform program for seven provinces in Mindanao.
— Business Mirror

Philippines to host the world’s first ecotourism travel mart
The Philippines’ International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) will host the Asian Ecotourism Network’s (AEN) first International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM) in September.
— TTG Asia




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