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TOP STORIES - Friday, October 21, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

21 October 2022, Friday, as of 5PM

 1. Percy Lapid killing

-Marcos orders BuCor chief's suspension after death of 'middleman' in Percy Lapid slay

-‘No signs of foul play’ in death of ‘middleman’ in killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid — BuCor

-2nd middleman in Lapid slay identified, secured — SPD

[PhilStar, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, DZBB, Rappler, Inquirer, News5] ©PIA-PMU



2. Tropical depression "Obet"

-Obet slightly intensifies as it approaches Luzon Strait

-162 residents preemptively evacuated, 11 areas flooded due to Tropical Depression Obet

-Cagayan LGUs suspend classes due to ‘Obet’

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Rappler] ©PIA-PMU



3. DOH confirms local transmission of omicron XBB subvariant, XBC variant

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, GMA News, PhilStar] ©PIA-PMU



4. 12.6 million Pinoy families consider themselves poor – SWS

[CNN PHL, One News, News5, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Rappler, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU




5. Gov't extends arrival date of Duterte-era sugar import order

[BusinessMirror, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU




6. Marcos urges Pinoys to explore Bacolod amid MassKara festivities

-863 more cops sent to Bacolod for MassKara fest

[GMA News, Inquirer, DZBB] ©PIA-PMU




7. DepEd laptops issue

-DepEd execs finger-point over laptop procurement antedated memo

-Tolentino: 'Conspiracy still there' in DepEd overpriced laptops issue

-COA: 1,678 out of 2,378 DepEd laptops remain in stockroom

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL] ©PIA-PMU




8. Pimentel: Marcos should appoint DOH chief who can make the country 'live with the virus' [GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News 5] ©PIA-PMU https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/848809/pimentel-marcos-should-appoint-doh-chief-who-can-make-the-country-live-with-the-virus/story/



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