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TOP STORIES – Friday, March 17, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

17 March 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Gov’t fiscal balance swings to surplus of P45.7B in January — Diokno

[Philstar, GMA News, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, News5, Interaksyon] https://business.inquirer.net/391554/ph-govt-posted-p46-b-budget-surplus-in-january

2. BSP gave assurances that the Philippine banking system was “safe and sound”; Vows action vs potential contagion from US bank failures

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2023/3/17/bsp-ph-banking-system-safe-and-sound.html

3. MT Princess Empress

-DOJ eyes grounding of 3 sister vessels of MT Princess Empress; Case buildup underway vs. owner of sunken tanker

-Marcos urged to take charge of Oriental Mindoro oil spill response

-Marina mulls grounding other vessels of firm tagged in Mindoro oil spill

-Oil spill reaches Calapan City; Threatens Verde Island Passage, Batangas

-191 got ill due to oil spill in Pola, Oriental Mindoro – Mayor Jennifer Cruz

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/16/doj-eyes-grounding-of-3-sister-vessels-of-mt-princess-empress

4. Exclusive motorcycle lane dry run on Commonwealth Avenue extended until March 26 — MMDA [Philstar, GMA News, RMN News, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/864228/exclusive-motorcycle-lane-dry-run-on-commonwealth-avenue-extended-until-march-26-mmda/story/?just_in

5. CHR alarmed over recent spate of violence vs. women and children

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1744353/chr-probes-string-of-violence-against-women-and-children

6. BJMP jail congestion rate now at 370%

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/17/bjmp-congestion-rate-dips-to-370-2

7. Wage hike

-Jinggoy: No P150 wage hike before May 1; Eyes hearings on wage hike in May

-TUCP welcomes Senate bill increasing minimum wage by P150

-Zubiri thanks TUCP for supporting his wage hike bill

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Buletin, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/864200/tucp-welcomes-senate-bill-increasing-minimum-wage-by-p150/story/?just_in

8. BI deports Japanese woman for financial fraud

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/17/bi-deports-japanese-woman-for-financial-fraud

9. Charter change

-Estrada: Con-Ass has more chances of getting majority of senators’ nod

-Suarez issues challenge to senators on Cha-cha

-Padilla says he will hold hearings on the House's charter change proposal on Monday and Wednesday. 

[CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1744463/pdp-laban-members-support-for-cha-cha-should-be-automatic-padilla

10. PHL drug war update

-Bato to PDEA: Probe handlers of tipsters asking for drug reward

-PHL highlights loopholes in ICC pre-trial of drug war

-Remulla to probe ‘rift’ between journalists, NBI agents during illegal drugs operation in Pasay City

[ANC, ABS-CBN News, News5, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/17/23/bato-to-pdea-probe-handlers-of-tipsters-asking-for-drugs

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