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TOP STORIES - Wednesday, February 01, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

01 February 2023, Wednesday, as of 9AM

1. New Social Welfare chief: 

-Marcos appoints Rex Gatchalian as DSWD chief

-Gatchalian assures 'business as usual' in Valenzuela despite new post

-Senators, ex-chief Tulfo welcome Gatchalian’s DSWD appointment 

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/01/31/marcos-appoints-rex-gatchalian-as-dswd-chief/

2. Maharlika bill a priority but won’t be rushed in Senate – Zubiri [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Philstar, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1723772/maharlika-bill-a-priority-but-wont-be-rushed-in-senate-zubiri

3. US Defense chief Austin arrives in PH to meet with Galvez [Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/859277/us-defense-chief-austin-arrives-in-ph-to-meet-with-galvez/story/

4. House renews IBC-13’s franchise for 25 years [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/31/House-approves-IBC-13-franchise-.html

5. House OKs lowering optional retirement age for gov't workers to 56 [Manila Bulletin, News5, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/31/House-approves-lowering-retirement-age-government-workers-.html

6. DOJ junks Bantag's bid to transfer complaint to Ombudsman [Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/1/31/DOJ-junks-Bantag-motion-for-reconsideration-transfer-complaint.html

7. Student suicides on the rise —DepEd [GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/02/01/2241662/student-suicides-rise-deped

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