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TOP STORIES - Wednesday, January 18, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

18 January 2023, Wednesday, as of 5PM

1. Bilibid case update

-Bantag’s plea to inhibit DOJ prosecutors from probing 2 murder charges denied

-DOJ’s panel of prosecutors resumes Jan. 24 probe on deaths of Percy Lapid, Bilibid inmate

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/18/bantags-plea-to-inhibit-doj-prosecutorsfrom-probing-2-murder-charges-denied/

2. Quake

-Magnitude 7.3 quake rocks Sarangani and Davao Occidental; Magnitude 4.7 quake hits Camarines Norte — Phivolcs

-Phivolcs: No tsunami threat to Philippines from strong Indonesia quake

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/science/857818/magnitude-7-3-quake-jolts-davao-occi9dental-phivolcs/story/?just_in

3. Marcos’ WEF meeting

-Palace: Blair says Marcos' attendance in World Economic Forum sends a good signal

-Mark Villar says Maharlika fund generated interest at 2023 World Economic Forum 

-IMF head says PH an ‘exceptionally well-performing’ country amid turbulence

-Ex-UK PM Tony Blair interested in supporting PH railway projects — DOTr chief Bautista

-Philippines, US hold strategic dialogue on alliance this week

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Philstar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857808/palace-blair-says-marcos-attendance-in-world-economic-forum-sends-a-good-signal/story/?just_in

4. Senators question 1995 law requiring all locally-produced salt to be iodized; Seek development, revitalization of ‘diminishing’ PH salt industry

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/857812/senators-question-1995-law-requiring-all-locally-produced-salt-to-be-iodized

 

5. Onion supply and other commodities

-Customs denies conspiring with smugglers, DA amid onion crisis 

-Struggling to boost production, DA intensifies anti-smuggling fight

-DTI still finalizing updated SRPs of basic goods

-'Poor planning' of agri dept led to onion crisis – Dar

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/18/Customs-denies-conspiring-with-smugglers-DA-amid-onion-crisis.html

6. DA okay with smuggled sugar sold at Kadiwa stores

-BOC: Over P24 billion worth of smuggled goods seized in 2022

-Villar irked by DENR exec invoking Land Use Act during salt production discussion

-Farm gate price of eggs per tray in San Jose, Batangas, dubbed the egg basket of the Philippines

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/857796/da-okay-with-smuggled-sugar-sold-at-kadiwa-stores

7. Abduction of Cebu activists update

-CHR condemns abduction of Cebu development workers, launches investigation

-Father of abducted Cebu activist fearing for family's safety

-House told to condemn, probe apparent abduction of Cebu activists

-German envoy urges probe of Cebu-based activists’ abduction

-Various activist groups protest for justice for death of Manny Asuncion and other activists at DOJ

[GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/01/18/2238474/chr-condemns-abduction-cebu-development-workers-launches-investigation

8. Air traffic fiasco

-Independent body now handles investigation on CAAP’s airport fiasco

-CAAP engineer in charge of CNS/ATM system goes on leave amid air traffic fiasco probe

-CAAP eyes air traffic management system upgrade after New Year's day fiasco

-2 CAAP officials distance selves from NAIA crisis probe

-No OFW fired due to Jan 1 NAIA crisis, CAB tells House panel

 [CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1718017/fwd-independent-body-now-handles-investigation-on-caaps-airport-fiasco

9. Hontiveros: Filipinos illegally recruited as crypto-scammers in Cambodia too

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/pinoyabroad/dispatch/857798/hontiveros-filipinos-illegally-recruited-as-crypto-scammers-in-cambodia-too/story/?just_in

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