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TOP STORIES - Wednesday, December 21, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

21 December 2022, Wednesday, as of 5PM

1. Marcos vetoes three items in 2023 national budget

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1707406/marcos-jr-vetoes-three-items-in-2023-national-budget

2. Marcos leads groundbreaking of housing project in Nueva Ecija; reaffirms vow to build 1M housing units yearly

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL Online, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, GMA News, News5] ©PIA-PMU

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/21/22/marcos-reaffirms-vow-to-build-1-million-houses-yearly

3. Marcos orders DA to expedite 64,050 metric tons sugar importation

[GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News Online, Inquirer, Daily Guardian, Business Mirror, PhilStar] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.philstar.com/business/2022/12/21/2232378/marcos-orders-urgent-importation-64050-mt-sugar-amid-stubborn-inflation

4. WEST PHL SEA

-DFA: New Chinese construction in Spratlys violates int'l law

-Philippines 'concerned' over China's reclaimed land in disputed sea

-Marcos must assert PH’s sovereign, legal rights in WPS in state visit to China—Hontiveros

-Dela Rosa: US statement vs China’s swarming in West PHL Sea ‘a welcome development’

[Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News Online, Pilipino Star Ngayon] ©PIA-PMU

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/855097/dfa-new-chinese-construction-in-spratlys-violates-int-l-law/story/?just_in

5. PRESS FREEDOM

-CHR concerned by Cimatu conviction, pushes for decriminalization of libel

-Gov’t urged to protect right to expression following journalist Cimatu’s libel conviction

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/21/2232371/chr-pushes-decriminalization-libel

6. Jan-Nov budget deficit drops 7% to P1.24T

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

https://business.inquirer.net/378943/jan-nov-budget-deficit-drops-7-to-p1-24t

7. LPA unlikely to develop into tropical depression; may still bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao

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

https://mb.com.ph/2022/12/21/lpa-unlikely-to-develop-into-tropical-depression-may-still-bring-rains-over-visayas-mindanao/

8. Elon Musk says he will step down as Twitter CEO once successor found

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/12/21/22/elon-musk-says-he-will-step-down-as-twitter-ceo-once-successor-found

—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—