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TOP STORIES - Thursday, December 29, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

29 December 2022, Thursday, as of 5PM

1. DFA pre-departure briefing for President Bongbong Marcos’ state visit to China  

-Marcos to push through with China state visit despite COVID-19 surge

-Marcos to boost ‘durian diplomacy’ in China state visit

-PH expects P12-B grant from China for infra projects

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Manila Bulletin]


2. PH, China to ink deal to prevent 'miscommunications' in West Philippine Sea issue

[CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Bloomberg]


3. Marcos issues EO directing the continued suspension of e-sabong operations nationwide 

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Philstar, Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


4. Richard Santos Clarin named as Games and Amusement Board chairperson – Malacanang

[CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]


5. COVID-19 and vaccine update 

-DOH: Not yet time to impose strict rules on Chinese arrivals

-Philippine task force to discuss possible COVID curbs for travelers from China 

-US to impose China COVID testing as virus surge jangles global nerves

-Soaring China Covid cases increase risk of new variants — experts

-DOH: 94.45% of target population vaccinated vs. COVID-19

-Gov't moves to procure bivalent COVID jabs from Moderna, Pfizer

[Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN New, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times] ©PIA-PMU



6. PhilSA cautions against expected debris from a Chinese rocket launch

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


7. Inflation to settle within range of 7.8-8.6% - BSP

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


8. Fireworks related stories

-DOH reports 4 more cases of fireworks-related injuries; total now at 36

-DTI seizes non-certified, unauthorized Christmas lights, fireworks

-Mayor Olivarez orders barangays to designate firecracker zones

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/855778/doh-reports-4-more-cases-of-fireworks-related-injuries-total-now-at-36/story/?just_in

9. Onion price update 

-PH authorities to impose P250 per kilo 

-Hefty penalties await traders, retailers found violating SRP for onion

-DA: Price manipulation, smuggling possible causes of spike in red onion prices  

-Bong Go backs proposed Senate probe on onion price hikes; urges gov’t to intervene

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


10. Death toll from Christmas weekend floods jumps to 32; agri damage tops P200 M

-P18-M worth of relief assistance delivered to flood-hit areas — DSWD 

-House leaders provide P2M in cash aid to Misamis Occidental flood victims

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


11. SIM card registration

-NTC: Over 3M SIM cards enrolled as of 2nd day of registration

-DICT: Almost 500 complaints received since start of SIM card registration period

- Set up kiosks for SIM registration amid 'confusion': Nancy Binay 

-NTC says 180-day period enough for users to register SIM cards 

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


12. Fire incidents 

-6 dead, 500 families displaced in Quiapo fire 

-10 family members killed in Muntinlupa fire laid to rest 

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



13. Some 533 new BuCor correction officers take oath

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


13. LPA dissipates but rains to persist due to shear line — PAGASA 

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


—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—