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TOP STORIES - Thursday, December 15, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

15 December 2022, Wednesday, as of 4PM

1. Maharlika Investmebt Fund bill

-Marcos certifies Maharlika fund bill as urgent

-Lawmaker appeals against rushed passage of Maharlika Fund bill

-Pimentel says certification of bill as urgent is "clearly an abuse already of presidential prerogatives and powers"

-Makabayan refuses to give up fight vs ‘dangerous’ Maharlika fund bill

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https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854591/marcos-certifies-maharlika-fund-bill-as-urgent/story/

National Budget

Romualdez turns over proposed P5.268-T National budget for 2023 to Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for submission to MalacaƱang

2. President Marcos certifies HB6687 or the NCTSP, approved on 2nd reading by House

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https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/12/15/house-2nd-reading-nstp-replacement-bill-ncst.html

3. Remittances from Filipinos overseas up 3.5% to $2.91B in Oct

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https://business.inquirer.net/378000/remittances-from-filipinos-overseas-up-3-5-to-2-91b-in-oct

4. BSP hikes rates by 50 bps, expects inflation to surpass 14-year high in December

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5. Health Stories

-DOH submits vaccine procurement documents to auditors

-DOH, Fulbright ink deal for scholarships, research and exchange programs for HCWs

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https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/15/22/doh-submits-vaccine-procurement-documents-to-coa?

6. COMELEC disqualifies Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba for violating public spending ban in the May 2022 polls

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https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854566/comelec-division-disqualifies-mamba-from-cagayan-s-2022-gubernatorial-race/story/

7. Meralco secures 300-MW emergency supply from GNPower

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https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/12/15/22/meralco-signs-emergency-power-supply-deal-with-gnpower-to-fill-gap-from-sppc

8. Chief says NIA officials agree to 'set aside differences', serve farmers

- Marcos orders NIA acting head Guillen to reduce poverty incidence among farmers

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9. Jail management

-DOJ getting more testimonies on deaths of high-profile Bilibid inmates

-DENR declared NBP excavation to be illegal quarrying — BuCor

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/15/2231008/doj-getting-more-testimonies-deaths-high-profile-bilibid-inmates

10. DOH, Fulbright ink deal for scholarships, research and exchange programs for HCWs

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/15/2231000/doh-fulbright-ink-deal-scholarships-research-and-exchange-programs-hcws

 —Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—