Philippines morning news for March 9

Philippines morning news for March 9

Philippines morning news

Duterte to declare state of public health emergency over coronavirus
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to declare a state of public health emergency after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the local transmission of COVID-19.
— Rappler

Gov’t exerts all efforts as Covid-19 cases rise to 10
The Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have intensified efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as four new cases were confirmed Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10.
— Philippine News Agency

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island
Chinese vessels that appear to be fishing boats but are more likely to be militias have surrounded Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea for more than 450 days, as the Philippines quietly repairs and builds structures on its main outpost in the contentious waters.
— Rappler

Gabriela raises alarm on spike in women abuse amid Duterte s unrepentant misogyny
The Gabriela Women’s Party on Sunday took to the streets the fight for women’s rights and their grievances towards the Duterte administration as they celebrate International Women’s Day.
— GMA Network

Duterte won’t ban POGOs despite alleged crime links – Panelo
President Rodrigo Duterte will neither ban nor suspend Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) despite their supposed links to a number of crimes in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Sunday, March 8.
— Rappler

‘It’s not that I want to sell my kid. I just need money’: The Philippine mothers who sell their babies
In the Philippines, some new mothers who feel they cannot raise their own babies sell them in the illegal trade of child adoption.

Go vows to prioritize ‘long overdue’ salary hike of nurses
Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go said he will continue to prioritize the welfare of the nurses, particularly their “long overdue” salary increase.
— Philippine News Agency

Public urged not to panic amid coronavirus threat
As President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide state of public health emergency due to 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-2019) on Saturday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has urged the public to remain calm, stay healthy and cooperate with the government.
— Philippine News Agency

PH senators to skip global lawmakers assembly over coronavirus threat
At least 4 Philippine senators will skip the bi-annual Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 142nd Assembly in April because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.
— Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down foreign-owned businesses without permits
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Saturday, March 7, closed down several establishments owned by foreigners that operated without a permit.
— Rappler

AirAsia offers big promotional sale of 6 million seats
Philippines AirAsia Inc. is offering a big promotional sale for as low as P1 for domestic and international flights with six million seats up for grabs starting March 9 to 15 this year.

EcoWaste Coalition warns against use of skin lightening products tainted by mercury
With the observation of the International Women’s Day, Quezon City-based toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on Sunday asked “authorities to clamp down on importers, distributors, and retailers of skin lightening products containing mercury, a highly hazardous chemical banned in cosmetic formulations’’.
— Manila Bulletin

DA-10 urges LGUs to streamline anti-ASF campaign
In response to the national directives to address pressing issues relating to African swine fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 10 convened all provincial and city veterinarians in Northern Mindanao for a briefing and consultative meeting on the implementation of two measures to prevent the entry and spread of the swine disease.
— Philippine News Agency

Drilon: Duterte can only declare public health emergency if COVID-19 a threat to nat’l security
President Rodrigo Duterte can only declare a public health emergency if the novel coronavirus is a threat to national security.
— Eagle News

PHL, UN enhance peace framework
The Philippine government and the United Nations (UN) have agreed to enhance the framework which guides the country’s priorities related to peace processes and the gains reaped from it.
— GMA Network

Greenhills mall disinfects amid rise in coronavirus cases
Greenhills Center Management announced on Sunday, March 8, that it would be continuously disinfecting Greenhills mall, after health officials recorded additional cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, including the first case of local transmission in the Philippines.
— Rappler

‘Citira must cut corporate tax to 25% on 1st year’
IF the Philippines wants to snatch investments flowing into its Southeast Asian rivals, then the government has to trim corporate tax rate to 25 percent on the first year of implementation of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) bill, according to industry groups.
— Business Mirror

Govt may use POGO revenues to fight virus–Panelo
Malacañang said over the weekend that is looking into the possibility of using the taxes collected from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) to combat the effects of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Business Mirror

Stricter measures up as Caraga remains ASF-free
The Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region (DA-13) said it has intensified its preventive measures to prevent the entry of the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

Poe to legislators: ‘Make laws enabling women to achieve more’
As a legislator, Senator Grace Poe’s message to her fellow lawmakers is simple: Make laws that enable women to achieve more.
— Rappler

NCMF willing to help DOH with contact tracing as COVID-19 patient frequented prayer hall
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos expressed willingness to help the Department of Health in tracing people who may have had contact with a COVID-19-positive patient who frequented a prayer hall in San Juan City.
— GMA Network

Indigenous women mark Women’s Day with protest dance against mining
Tayaw, a traditional dance of the Tuwali tribe in Nueva Vizcaya, is about unity and the power to face threats against a community.
— Rappler

NEDA joint panel okays Customs modernization
A “revenue collection infrastructure project” of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) worth P5.45 billion will be up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval after it was greenlighted by a joint committee of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Friday.
— Manila Times

Facebook: An emerging black market for Philippines’ baby trade
Commercial adoption of children is a crime in the Philippines.

Police Gen. Ramos still fighting for his life after chopper crash, says PNP acting spokesperson
Police Major Gen. Jose Ma. Victor “Jovic” Ramos, the Philippine National Police director for comptrollership, is still fighting for his life and in critical condition as he is being resuscitated by doctors after sustaining injuries from a helicopter crash, according to the PNP.
— Eagle News

PHL eyes WTO arbitration to settle cigarette row
Manila might resort to filing an arbitration case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that would allow the multilateral trading body to determine the retaliation amount the Philippines can impose against Thailand for noncompliance with the ruling on their cigarette dispute.
— Business Mirror

DOLE: Virus to cut number of foreign POGO workers
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is anticipating a decline in the number of new foreign nationals (FN) working in Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Business Mirror

DOF urges manufacturers to seek other sources of raw materials
The Department of Finance (DOF) has urged local manufacturers to look into other sources of raw materials aside from China to avoid any disruptions in their supply chain which could push up inflation following the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— The Philippine Star

The power of capoeira: Manila street children find a new rhythm through sport
What would have happened to Joshua if he had not started practicing capoeira?
— Rappler

Realtor cheats death, offers P3-M reward for info on suspects
A 48-year-old realtor from this province has offered a PHP3-million cash reward to anyone who could give information that would lead to the identification of the people behind an attempted assassination against him last February 29.
— Philippine News Agency

Cotabato City to intensify security measures
Cotabato City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has called on law enforcers to further intensify the conduct of random checkpoints and inspections inside the city following the recent series of shooting incidents here.
— Philippine Information Agency

LTFRB exec urges public to patronize modernized PUVs
The chief of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10 (LTFRB-10) called on the riding public on Friday (March 6) to patronize the new fleet of modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) now plying the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo laments gov’t inaction on POGO disregard of Philippine laws
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday deplored government apathy over glaring violations by Chinese-run Philippine offshore gaming operators of Philippine laws.
— GMA Network

Makilala village benefits from Cotabato Province’s rebuilding program
Over 200 families from Barangay Buhay here have recently received aid from the Provincial Government’s rebuilding program, an initiative to address the needs of the 2019 earthquake-affected residents.
— Philippine Information Agency

More women raped, physically abused last year–govt data
More women were raped, physically abused, sexually exploited and trafficked in 2019, according to the latest data obtained by the Philippine Statistics Authority from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
— Business Mirror

House party-list bloc backs Cayetano amid rumored ouster plot
The 54-member Party-list Coalition in the House of Representatives throws its support to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as rumors of an ouster plot grips the chamber.
— GMA Network

Robredo calls for gov’t transparency on coronavirus
Following the confirmation of the first local transmission of the novel coronavirus in the country, Vice President Leni Robredo called on the government to be very transparent in its response.
— Rappler

‘Fireworks’ no longer expected at ‘coup’-torn House before recess –solons
Three veteran lawmakers at the House of Representatives believe that fireworks are no longer to be expected at the chamber in the last three session days before the congressional recess amid the supposed ouster plot against Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
— GMA Network

DA sees reduction in rice imports
THE Philippines’ rice imports may be reduced this year as it sees the birth pains accompan­ying the implementation of Rice Tariffication Law subsiding and farmers’ productivity and competitiveness increasing, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Manila Times

Pinays urged to join 15-day Nat’l Women’s Month activities
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) urges all Filipino women to join the 15-day activities slated for the 2020 National Women’s Month celebration in the Philippines, which seeks to honor the bravery and importance of women in the society.
— Philippine News Agency

Filipinas sit-in to stop traffic, claim spaces on Int’l Women’s Day
Through a simple act of sitting on the road, Filipina women asserted their right to civic spaces during the Women Occupy Spaces sit down strike on Sunday, March 8, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day.
— Rappler

Año to PNP, barangay officials: Arrest individuals trying to destroy trains
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the arrest of individuals who inflict damage on Philippine National Railways trains.
— Eagle News

Drilon sees deferment of inter-parliamentary meet due to COVID-19
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon believes the worldwide threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will take a toll on the international assembly of parliamentarians set next month in Geneva, Switzerland.
— GMA Network

Davao Sur capitol employees, visitors required to wear masks
Employees of the provincial capitol in Davao del Sur and those who will be doing transactions in all its offices will have to wear masks or they’ll be denied entry to its premises starting Monday (March 9).
— Philippine News Agency

More women working with longer maternal leave, work-from-home option – NEDA
Unemployment rates for women in the Philippines fell in January 2020, with less female employees leaving work due to household duties, showed latest estimates of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Rappler

PECO not standing down despite Razon’s takeover of facilities for IloIlo electric
Panay Electric Company (PECO) refuses to stand down despite losing much of its leverage in the heated saga with the Enrique Razon-owned MORE Electric Power and Corporation for Iloilo’s electricity.
— Rappler

NPA war materiel, food cache found in Aurora
Intensified military and police operations against insurgents resulted in the discovery of war materiel and food cache of the New People’s Army’s Komiteng Larangang Guerilla (KLG) on Friday and Saturday in the hinterlands of Sitio Dayap, Barangay Punglo, Maria Aurora, this province.
— Philippine News Agency



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