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TOP STORIES – Thursday, February 16, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

16 February 2023, Thursday, as of 9AM

1. 6.0-magnitude quake hits Masbate

-Aftershocks hit Masbate after M6.0 quake, coliseum damaged

-Masbate quake causes power outage, class suspension

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, DZBB, News5, Manila Times, PhilStar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/02/16/23/aftershocks-hit-masbate-after-m60-quake-coliseum-damaged

2. Laser incident near Ayungin Shoal

-China says lasers for ‘navigation safety’, denies pointing at PHL crew

-China: PHL-US defense pact won’t ‘weaken our resolve’

-Chinese envoy, AFP chief meet amid tensions over laser incident

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/860985/china-says-lasers-for-navigation-safety-denies-pointing-at-philippine-crew/story/

3. Marcos: PHL closer to rice self-sufficiency in 2 years with major gov’t reorganization

[Inquirer, CNN PHL, BusinessMirror, Manila Times, DZBB]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1730482/marcos-jr-says-ph-will-be-close-to-rice-self-sufficiency-in-2-years-major-govt-reorganization

4. Marcos says SWS 'very good' rating 'encouraging'

[GMA News, Philstar, Inquirer]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/860982/marcos-says-sws-very-good-rating-encouraging/story/

5. Senate hearing on MIF bill

-‘A very expensive public brainstorming’: Senators grill Maharlika fund backers

-MIF could result in 'intergenerational debt' - analyst

[CNN PHL, Malaya, Business Mirror, Rappler, PhilStar]

https://www.rappler.com/business/senators-grill-maharlika-investment-fund-backers-senate-hearing-february-15-2023/

6. Senate eyes probe into private plane allegedly being used for human trafficking

[CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, PhilStar]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/15/senate-eyes-probe-into-private-plane-allegedly-being-used-for-human-trafficking/

7. Zubiri appeals for ratification as RCEP reaches plenary

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/2/15/Zubiri-appeals-for-ratification-as-RCEP-reaches-plenary.html

8. Remains of OFW killed in Turkey quake back home

[CNN PHL, Rappler, Inquirer]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/2/15/Remains-of-OFW-killed-in-Turkey-quake-back-home.html

9. Three Philippine police officers surrender over killing of Spanish man

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Manila Standard]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/15/three-philippine-police-officers-surrender-over-killing-of-spanish-man/

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