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TOP STORIES – Friday, February 17, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

17 February 2023, Friday, as of 5PM

1. Marcos foreign trips generate P3.48 trillion in investment pledges [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News5, Rappler, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1731306/marcos-foreign-trips-generate-p3-48-trillion-in-investment-pledges

2. BuCor eyes new HQ at Masungi Georeserve as it claims land ownership [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1731268/bucor-plans-to-build-headquarters-in-masungi-not-relocation-of-new-bilibid-prison

3. PHL says China destabilizing peace in West Philippine Sea [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/861151/dfa-china-destabilizing-peace-in-west-philippine-sea/story/ 

4. PCG ship challenges Vietnamese fishing vessel off Recto Bank [DZBB, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/17/pcg-ship-challenges-vietnamese-fishing-vessel-off-recto-bank/

5. LRT-1 resumes full operations after electrical hitch [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News5, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1731260/lrt-1-resumes-full-operations-after-electrical-hitch

6. Police release wanted poster of six suspects behind missing ‘sabungeros’ in Manila Arena [DZBB, Inquirer, Philstar, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/861171/police-release-wanted-poster-of-six-suspects-behind-missing-sabungeros-in-manila-arena/story/ 

7. Census: 

-4 out of 10 persons in PHL were never married —PSA

-PSA: 2020 saw 12.66 million PHL common-law partners

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1731347/psa-in-2020-the-number-of-filipino-singles-dropped-to-34-6-million

8. Over 22 million digital national IDs issued so far —PSA [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1731311/over-22-million-digital-national-ids-issued-so-far-psa 

9. De Lima supporters hold Mass for her freedom [ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Rappler]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/video-leila-de-lima-supporters-hold-mass-end-detention-february-17-2023/

10. Fire hits Baseco, reaches third alarm

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/17/fire-hits-baseco-manila/

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