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TOP STORIES – Wednesday, February 08, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

08 February 2023, Wednesday, as of 5PM

1. Unemployment slightly up at 4.3 percent in December but underemployment eases

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, News5, Philstar, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/02/08/23/unemployment-up-at-43-pct-in-dec-underemployment-eases

2. Bongbong Marcos arrives in Japan for five-day official visit

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

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/210459/bongbong-marcos-arrives-in-japan-for-five-day-state-visit

3. DMW halts deployment of first-time domestic helpers to Kuwait

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/2/8/dmw-targeted-deployment-ban-kuwait.html

4. Major quake in Türkiye

-PHL embassy in Türkiye reaches out to 248 Filipinos in quake-hit areas

-PHIVOLCS urges Filipinos to join quake drills, assess houses

-Cold weather, language to pose challenge for PH rescue contingent in Türkiye, Syria

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

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/02/08/news/ph-embassy-in-turkey-reaches-outto-248-filipinos-in-quake-hit-areas/1877766

5. PHL seeks to block resumption of ICC drug war probe

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

https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews/status/1623222887716126722

6. Japanese fugitives: 

-Japan commends PHL for deportation of two local fugitives

-PHL to push through deportation of Watanabe, Saito tonight

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/08/japan-commends-ph-for-deportation-of-two-local-fugitives/

7. Drama ensues as House revives SOGIE bill discussions

[Inquirer, Rappler, CNN PHL]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/drama-house-revives-sogie-bill-discussions/

8. DA allots over P326M to boost local onion production

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/02/08/da-allots-over-p326m-to-boost-local-onion-production/

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