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TOP STORIES - Thursday, January 19, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

19 January 2023, Thursday, as of 5PM

1. Overpriced DepEd laptops:

-Graft, perjury charges recommended vs. DepEd, PS-DBM execs over laptop deal

-Briones admonished but not liable for overpriced laptop deal – Senate panel

-DepEd says to tighten procurement process after Senate probe into laptop deal

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


2. Marcos says return to politics based on family’s ‘survival’ imperatives [Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Inquirer]


3. BBM believes there’s no point for PHL to build up its armory [GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, PhilStar, Manila Times]


4. Marcos confident of economic growth due to Philippines’ ‘sophisticated workforce’ [CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer]


 5. World Economic Forum in Davos

-Morgan Stanley to open Manila office; Marcos meets Glencore officers

-Palace: Logistics company DP World eyes setting up industrial park in Pampanga

[GMA News, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


6. Makabayan solons say BBM’s business trip to Davos very lavish; seek probe [Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News]


7. ICTSI's Consing tapped as Marcos' adviser on investment, economic affairs [Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


8. Floods across Philippines leave 33 people dead, affect 1.6 million [GMA News, PhilStar, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News]


9. Tulfo names alleged ‘big-time’ oil smugglers [Inquirer, CNN PHL, PhilStar, Manila Bulletin]


10. De Lima accepts Sandra Cam's apology [ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]


11. PM Ardern shocks New Zealand with resignation announcement [Inquirer, News5, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


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