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TOP STORIES - Tuesday, December 20, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

20 December 2022, Tuesday, as of 5PM

1. West PHL Sea

-US backs Philippines amid reported swarming of Chinese vessels in Spratlys

-PBBM should bring up West PHL Sea issue in Beijing visit—Tolentino

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/20/2232035/us-backs-philippines-amid-reported-swarming-chinese-vessels-spratlys

2. Daphne Paez named as Palace's 'press briefer'

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854999/daphne-paez-named-as-palace-s-press-briefer/story/?just_in

3. CPP-NPA

-AFP says no need for ceasefire with NPA: ‘We don’t know who to talk to’

-PNP heightens security in certain areas ahead of CPP anniversary

-Joma Sison died of heart failure, says NDFP exec

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/20/22/afp-tells-reds-no-need-for-holiday-ceasefire

 4. Yuletide exodus

-Over 57M passengers expected in PHL ports as Yuletide exodus begins

-PITX estimates passengers to reach up to 170,000 for Christmas rush

-PNP: 115,000 cops to be deployed nationwide for Christmas season

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/854977/pnp-heightens-security-in-certain-areas-ahead-of-cpp-anniversary/story/?just_in

5. 5 cops dismissed over disappearance of online ‘sabong’ master agent in Laguna

-Remulla: No clear mastermind yet on missing sabungeros

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

https://mb.com.ph/2022/12/20/5-cops-dismissed-over-disappearance-of-online-sabong-master-agent-in-laguna/

6. PDEA destroys P7.27B worth of drugs, chemicals

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/12/20/pdea-destroys-illegal-drugs.html

7. Catapang to file charges vs. Bantag on alleged torture of inmates

-‘Probe stabbing of 2 Bilibid inmates’ — Remulla

[Manila Bulletin, ANC, CNN PHL] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/12/20/Catapang-charges-vs-Bantag-on-alleged-torture-of-inmates.html

8. Over 600 flee homes in Bicol amid massive flooding

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, DZMM] ©PIA-PMU

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/20/22/over-600-flee-homes-in-bicol-amid-massive-flooding

—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—