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TOP STORIES - Friday, December 16, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring) 

16 December 2022, Friday, as of 5PM

1. Marcos signs P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854687/marcos-signs-p5-268-trillion-national-budget-for-2023/story/?just_in

2. Maharlika fund bill

-Zubiri: Senate hearings on Maharlika Fund bill might start mid-February

-Hontiveros: Gov’t must pass urgent measures to lower food prices instead of Maharlika Investment Fund

-Senators vow thorough review of Maharlika fund proposal: ‘Haste makes waste’

-Pimentel: Senate should not rush passage of Maharlika Bill

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https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854672/zubiri-senate-hearings-on-maharlika-fund-bill-might-start-mid-february/story/

3. Marcos signs EO on DBP dividend rate adjustment

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU

https://mb.com.ph/2022/12/16/marcos-signs-eo-on-dbp-dividend-rate-adjustment/

4. West PHL Sea

-Imee Marcos: Hasten crafting of South China Sea Code of Conduct to prevent ‘unnecessary’ incidents in WPS

-Tolentino: China's violations very glaring, threat to PHL territorial sea, sovereignty

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854676/imee-marcos-hasten-crafting-of-south-china-sea-code-of-conduct-to-prevent-unnecessary-incidents-in-wps/story/

5. Deped forms panel to investigate 'maternity leave' scam

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/16/22/deped-forms-panel-to-investigate-maternity-leave-scam

6. OCTA: Metro Manila positivity rate down to 14.3%

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/16/2231221/octa-metro-manila-positivity-rate-down-143

7. LRT-1 to shorten train operations on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/16/2231222/lrt-1-shorten-train-operations-christmas-eve-new-years-eve

—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—