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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, February 28, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

28 February 2023, Tuesday, as of 9AM


1. West PHL Sea dispute:

-Marcos To Armed Forces: Defend our territory

-Del Rosario: Marcos ‘taking proper steps in defending’ West PH Sea

-Japan, Australia may conduct South China Sea patrols with US, PH – ambassador

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/02/28/2248183/marcos-armed-forces-defend-our-territory

2. Philippines filed 77 diplomatic protests vs China under Marcos

[Philstar, OneNews, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/02/28/2248136/philippines-filed-77-diplomatic-protests-vs-china-under-marcos

3. COVID-19 infection

-DOH lists 832 new COVID-19 cases from Feb. 20 to 26

-US agency says COVID-19 likely emerged from China lab leak — reports

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/2/27/DOH-COVID-tally-022723.html

4. Senate moves Maharlika Fund gab to plenary

-Planned distribution of profits to poor ‘defeats’ Maharlika’s objectives — PSE exec

-Maharlika may put BSP at risk, warns senator

[Manila Standard, Inquirer, CNN PHL]

https://manilastandard.net/news/314309261/senate-moves-maharlika-fund-gab-to-plenary.html

5. DOTr tells transport groups: Let’s talk first before you strike

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/27/23/dotr-chief-seeks-dialogue-with-transport-groups-on-planned-strike

6. De Lima continues to seek freedom on 6th year in prison for drug charges

-Hontiveros calls for Senate recommendation to drop de Lima charges

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/27/23/de-lima-continues-to-seek-freedom-on-6th-year-in-prison

7. 5 NAIA security officers suspended for extorting from Thai tourist

[Rappler, PhilStar, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2023/02/28/2248120/5-naia-screeners-suspended-extortion

8. Abolish MMDA for rightsizing, streamlining gov’t ops – lawmaker

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1735872/solon-says-mmda-should-be-abolished-in-the-name-of-govt-rightsizing

9. Ex-BuCor security officer denies hand in Lapid slay

[Manila Times, PhilStar, Manila Standard]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/02/28/news/national/ex-bucor-security-officer-denies-hand-in-lapid-slay/1880569

10. 118 resigned senior officers reviewed, evaluated by PNP

[ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/02/28/2248145/118-resigned-senior-officers-reviewed-evaluated-pnp

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