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TOP STORIES - Thursday, January 12, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

12 January 2023, Thursday, as of 5PM

1. PBBM to meet with Belgium PM, other world leaders in Switzerland

- Marcos to 'soft launch' Maharlika fund during 2023 World Economic Forum: DFA

-Marcos’ Davos trip vital; no ‘compromise’, says DFA

-Marcos is only ASEAN leader to attend WEF in Davos; To meet Pinoys in Switzerland

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/12/pbbm-to-meet-with-belgium-pm-other-world-leaders-in-switzerland

2. LPA aftermath

-NDRRMC: At least 10 dead due to heavy rains, flooding

-Agri, infra damage due to bad weather reaches P308M – NDRRMC

-2 towns in Samar under state of calamity

-Over 430K people affected by inclement weather since Jan. 2 —OCD

-Cebu Port Authority announces cancelled trips 

-Zamboanga City classes, gov’t work remain suspended

-LPA, shear line affects Visayas and Mindanao.

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/12/23/ndrrmc-10-dead-due-to-heavy-rains-flooding

3. Onion and egg supplies

-DA expects onion prices to go down to P100-P150/kilo once imports arrive

-BOC intercepts P153.6M worth of smuggled onions

-DA reactivates price, volume watch body

-Eye-watering onion prices ‘call to action’ for agri sector

-Kadiwa stores temporarily stop selling cheaper onions starting January 13

-DA monitors price and supply of eggs; Guazon hits cartels amid egg shortage

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/12/DA-onion-prices-to-go-down-to--100-150-kilo-once-imports-arrive.html

4. Senate probe into New Year’s Day air traffic control system collapse

-CAAP takes full responsibility, accountability on airport shutdown

-New Year air traffic fiasco due to 'defective' circuit breaker?

-CAAP admits air navigation system room has no CCTVs  

-Senate panel to follow 'non-punitive tone' in probing NAIA air traffic mess —Poe

-Poe pushes for independent transpo safety board anew to probe incidents like airspace shutdown

-Magna Carta benefitting airline passengers sought in House

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857194/caap-takes-full-responsibility-for-new-year-s-day-air-traffic-shutdown

5. Transportation

-LTFRB’s approval of LRT fare hike not yet final – LRTA

-DBM: Libreng Sakay set to continue with P1.285-B budget

-Bayan questions possible LRT fare hike

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/12/ltfrb-lrt-price-hike-not-final.html

6. COVID-19

-Metro Manila’s COVID-19 positivity rate now within WHO benchmark

-COVID-19 positivity rate soars in Isabela at 62.3%, two other provinces – OCTA Research

-Nurses group backs extension of state of calamity due to COVID-19

-WHO working with China on Lunar New Year COVID-19 risks

-Too early for accurate COVID-19 death tally, Chinese experts say 

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/12/metro-manilas-covid-19-positivity-rate-now-within-who-benchmark/

7. Gas exploration

-China to still push for joint exploration with PH despite court ruling vs. JMSU

-China: Void joint exploration deal with PH, Vietnam ‘important’ in maritime cooperation

-DFA to set parameters for future oil, gas exploration talks

-Pamalakaya urges Marcos Jr. to scrap joint oil, gas exploration plans with China

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857136/china-to-still-push-for-joint-exploration-with-ph-despite-court-ruling-vs-jmsu/story/

8. DFA slams ‘venting’ for Marcos-Zelenskiy call by Ukraine envoy

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News5]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857190/dfa-exec-we-don-t-appreciate-ukraine-envoy-venting-about-request-for-phone-call-with-marcos

9. PNP personnel resignation

-PNP: Over 800 top cops submit courtesy resignation

-Mayor Emi welcomes newly-designated city police chief

-PNP majors, lieutenant colonels worry they’re next to be asked to quit

-HRW frowns at resignation call for ranking PNP officials

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1715669/pnp-over-800-top-cops-submit-courtesy-resignation

10. DND, AFP press briefing

-Galvez: DND, AFP to protect, ensure success of Marcos administration

-DND 'will always maintain integrity' of board of generals – Galvez

-Galvez: Courtesy resignation of nine DND officials only out of “delicadeza”

-Centino reappointment as AFP chief 'legal' – solon

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/12/galvez-dnd-afp-to-protect-ensure-success-of-marcos-administration/

11. SIM registration to run only until April 26

-DICT NTC: More than 17M SIM cards registered as of Jan. 10 

-DOJ reminds public to register SIM cards since violators may be imprisoned or fined

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/01/12/23/sim-registration-deadline-is-april-26-dict

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