Uber Offers PHL ₱10 Million to Lift Suspension

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Ride-hailing app Uber has offered to pay ₱10 million to have a one-month operating suspension lifted in the Philippines. Uber said in a statement on Aug. 17, it’s urging Philippine regulators to accept the fine to “reduce the burden on the Filipino rider and driver community.” The Philippine Land Transportation Franchising … Continued

Philippine High Schoolers to Undergo Random Drug Testing

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — High schoolers and high-school teachers in the Philippines will be subjected to random drug testing starting in September. On Aug. 8, Education Secretary Leonor Briones signed an order authorizing the random tests, which will affect both public and private schools. This week, Briones said the purpose of the tests is to … Continued

PHL Economy Is 2nd Fastest in Asia in Q2

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippines is the second-fastest growing economy in Asia. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said Aug. 17 that the economy grew 6.5 percent in the second quarter of this fiscal year. Pernia said the Philippines has overtaken Vietnam and Indonesia’s growth rates, which are 6.2 percent and 5 percent respectively. Malaysia and … Continued

Philippines Back on for SEA Games 2019

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippines has once more agreed to host the 2019 Southeast Asian games after it pulled out last month. Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez said in July that the country would not be able to host the games, instead focusing time and resources on the reconstruction of Marawi. However on … Continued

Robin Padilla Donates ₱5 MIllion to Marawi Children

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Actor Robin Padilla donated ₱5 million to the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development on Thursday, Aug. 16, to help children affected by the siege in Marawi. The money is intended for the “immediate psychosocial intervention for the children affected by the armed conflict in Marawi.” Islamic State-inspired militants stormed Marawi … Continued

Taguiwalo Rejected as DSWD Chief

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare chief. Taguiwalo attended her third and final confirmation hearing before the CA on Aug. 16, after being technically bypassed in March and May. Taguiwalo’s team accused the CA of rejecting her appointment because of her opposition of pork barrel, concerns over … Continued

Court Forces Daily Inquirer Owners to Vacate Mile Long Property

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is selling the government-owned Mile Long commercial property in Makati. The current tenant, Sunvar Realty Development Corp., said it would comply with a Tuesday, Aug. 15, court order to vacate the property. Sunvar is owned by the Prieto and Rufino families, which also own … Continued

Fire Near Malacañang Palace Razes More Than 100 Homes

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A fire near Malacañang Palace in the Philippines has destroyed more than 100 homes. Fire officials said they received reports of the Aug. 16 blaze in San Miguel around 3:30 a.m. According to CNN Philippines, a fire official said the flames were under control a few hours later. Reports vary, but … Continued

Philippine Police Kill 32 in Record-Setting Anti-Drug Raids

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine National Police killed at least 32 drug suspects during a series of raids in one single night. That makes it the deadliest night of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s year-long war on drugs. The suspects were killed on Aug. 15 in a series of 67 raids in Bulacan province. Duterte … Continued

South Korea Beats PHL at 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — South Korea has dashed the Philippines’ hopes of a winning continental basketball title at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. The Philippines entered the quarterfinals with a perfect 3-0 record, including a morale-boosting win over China, the defending champs. But South Korea was at the top of its game on Wednesday, Aug. … Continued