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TOP STORIES - Thursday, January 19, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

19 January 2023, Thursday, as of 9AM

1. Marcos says South China Sea 'keeps him up at night'

[GMA News, PhilStar, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Manila Times]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857899/marcos-says-south-china-sea-keeps-him-up-at-night/story/

2. World Economic Forum at Davos

-'Diversifying PHL financial portfolio': Marcos pitches Maharlika fund in WEF dialogue

-At least 9 int’l firms express interest to invest, expand business in PHL

-Palace denies huge WEF delegation: ‘Only 11 are registered’

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/18/Marcos-Maharlika-fund-WEF-Philippines.html

3. Appointees

-Naida Angpin nominated as ambassador to France

-New officials of NFA, GSIS, Intramuros Administration, take oath

[Inquirer, GMA News, DZBB, Manila Standard, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]

https://manilastandard.net/news/314297487/ex-pms-chief-nominated-as-ambassador-to-france.html

4. COMELEC, Smartmatic cleared of data privacy violations in 2022 polls

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, PhilStar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857857/comelec-smartmatic-cleared-of-data-privacy-violations-in-2022-polls/story/

5. DA mulls importing 450,000 MT of sugar

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1718319/da-mulls-importing-450000-mt-of-sugar

6. Bulusan volcano now at normal alert level — PHIVOLCS

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1718271/bulusan-volcano-now-at-normal-alert-level-phivolcs

7. COVID-19 infection

-DOH logs 287 new COVID-19 cases; active tally dips to 11,031

-PHL ready should WHO lifts declaration of COVID-19 public health emergency of int’l concern— expert

[Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/18/ph-ready-should-who-lifts-declaration-of-covid-19-public-health-emergency-of-intl-concern-health-expert/

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