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TOP STORIES - Tuesday, October 18, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

18 October 2022, Tuesday, as of 5PM

1. Philippines detects 81 Omicron XBB, 193 XBC subvariants [GMA News, Inquirer, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, Manila Bulletin, DZRH, Rappler] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/848448/philippines-detected-81-omicron-xbb-193-xbc-subvariants-says-doh/story/

2. Alleged gunman in Percy Lapid slay surrenders

-Alleged Percy Lapid gunman says P550,000 given for hit

-Percy Lapid's family thanks PNP for suspect's surrender but says further verification needed

-Remulla wants BuCor report on claim that hit order on Percy Lapid came from Bilibid

-Revilla seeks deeper probe into Percy Lapid slay

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/848409/alleged-gunman-in-percy-lapid-slay-surrenders/story/

3. Marcos declares Oct. 31 as special non-working holiday for Undas [GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News, Manila Times] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/10/18/Marcos-declares-Oct-31-special-non-working-holiday-for-Undas.html

4. PHL economy

-Inflation, exchange rates tackled during Marcos’ meeting with economic team

-Balisacan: Investment pledges during Marcos’ state visits could take time to materialize

-Persistent inflation will reduce GDP growth by 0.6% next year - Balisacan

[GMA News, BusinessWorld, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, CNN PHL] ©PIA-PMU

https://mb.com.ph/2022/10/18/marcos-economic-team-discuss-policy-agenda-inflation-control/

5. Typhoon 'Neneng'

-Neneng leaves nearly P182-M damage to agriculture in Reg. 1, Cayagan province

-NDRRMC: 103,662 individuals affected by Typhoon Neneng-DSWD, LGUs extend close to P8-M worth of relief aid to typhoon Neneng victims

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/18/22/neneng-leaves-nearly-p182-m-damage-to-agri-in-reg-1-cagayan-province

6. BSKE postponement:

-SC sets oral arguments on barangay, SK polls postponement case on Oct. 21

-BSKE-COMELEC cuts addt'l BSKE funding request to P2.7B

-Garcia hopes SC will resolve petition vs. BSKE postponement immediately

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/848461/sc-sets-oral-arguments-on-barangay-sk-polls-postponement-case-on-oct-21/story/

7. Remulla shoots down resignation calls: It will not happen [GMA News, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, PhilStar] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/848432/remulla-shoots-down-resignation-calls-it-will-not-happen/story/

8. BI starts deporting foreigners who worked for illegal POGOs on Oct. 19 [Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU

https://mb.com.ph/2022/10/18/bi-starts-oct-19-deporting-foreigners-whoworked-for-pogos-with-cancelled-licenses/

9. Transport groups file petition for additional P1-P2 rush hour fare charge [ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, GMA News, Manila Bulletin] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/848450/transport-groups-file-petition-for-additional-p1-p2-rush-hour-fare-charge/story/

10. Grab's acquisition of Move It does not need approval: antitrust body [Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, News5] ©PIA-PMU

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/10/18/22/pcc-approval-not-needed-for-grab-acquisition-of-move-it

11. Solon wants Congressional probe on ABS-CBN’s alleged violations reopened [Inquirer, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar] ©PIA-PMU

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1681301/solon-wants-congressional-probe-on-abs-cbns-alleged-violations-reopened

12. Sugar prices

-Bakers mull cutting sweets as white sugar now at 5,000 a sack

-SRA starts selling P70/kg sugar

[DZMM, ABS-CBN News, RMN News, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/business/10/18/22/bakers-mull-cutting-sugar-in-pandesal-as-price-soars-to-p5k-per-sack

—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—