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TOP STORIES - Friday, January 6, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

6 January 2023, Friday, as of 9AM

1. Marcos back from China after ‘comprehensive’ discussion with Xi, officials

-PHL secures massive $22-billion investment pledges from China

-'Most important partner': Marcos Jr. says PHL, China entering new chapter of ties

-Pacts signed with China just ‘continuation’ of past agreements, analysts say

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/01/05/23/marcos-gets-22-b-in-investment-pledges-from-china

2. West Philippine Sea

-Marcos: China vows solution to plight of Filipino fishermen in West Philippine Sea

-Lawmakers wary of resumption of oil exploration talks with China

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1712728/xi-vows-to-find-compromise-solution-to-address-plight-of-filipino-fishers-in-west-philippine-sea

3. Marcos: PHL on 'watch and wait' mode as China settles COVID-19 surge

-Swab samples of 8 COVID-19 positive Filipinos from China sent to PGC for sequencing–DOH

-China 'under-representing' true impact of Covid outbreak, says WHO

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/06/23/ph-on-watch-and-wait-mode-as-china-settles-covid-19-surge-marcos

4. Sugar importation mess

-Marcos says 2022 sugar import mess a 'procedural mistake'

-Sebastian’s return to DA not ruled out after being absolved from sugar importation mess

-Senators express mixed reaction to Palace dismissal of sugar importation case

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/05/23/marcos-2022-sugar-import-mess-a-procedural-mistake

5. Marcos on 8.1% inflation rate: Production must be improved

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, News5]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/856471/marcos-on-8-1-inflation-rate-production-must-be-improved/story/

6. Marcos to visit Japan in February

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/856453/marcos-to-visit-japan-in-february/story/

 7. Aside from murder, admin charges, Bantag files graft, libel complaints against Remulla

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Inquirer, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/05/aside-from-murder-admin-charges-bantagfiles-graft-libel-complaints-against-remulla/

8. Classes suspended in some areas due to inclement weather

-Shear line to bring rain over Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Visayas, Caraga, Quezon

[Inquirer, CNN PHL, GMA News, PhilStar]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/6/Walang-Pasok-Jan-6.html

9. COMELEC grants petition to disqualify former Palawan governor Joel Reyes

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/5/Comelec-disqualifies-losing-Palawan-gubernatorial-bet-Joel-Reyes.html

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