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TOP STORIES – Thursday, March 16, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

16 March 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Bongbong Marcos on P20 per kilo rice: Coming soon

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1743750/fwd-marcos-jr-on-p20-per-kilo-rice-kaunti-na-lang-maibababa-natin-yan

2. Camarines Sur provincial board declares Marcos Jr as province's 'adopted son'

-PBBM happy with warm reception, progress in gov't projects in Camarines Sur

-Marcos leads distribution of various gov’t assistance to around 3,000 beneficiaries in Pili, CamSur

[Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, News5, GMA News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/16/23/marcos-named-as-adopted-son-of-robredo-bailiwick-camsur

3. Degamo slay case update

-Romualdez tells Teves' lawyer to ask client to return

-Up to House ethics panel to decide on Teves' 2-month leave request

-Slain suspect in Degamo killing identified as ex-rebel

-Negros Oriental province sets up Capitol big screen for Degamo funeral

-Reward mulled for information leading to remaining Degamo slay suspects' arrest

-PNP to remaining suspects in Degamo slay: We know your identities, surrender to authorities

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1743740/romualdez-tells-teves-lawyer-to-ask-client-to-return-its-not-good-for-him-to-flee-ph

4. PDEA says P19.9 billion worth of seized narcotics destroyed

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/16/23/pdea-says-p199-billion-illegal-drugs-destroyed

5. Salilig hazing case

-Salilig's father seeks death penalty for fraternity hazing

-NBI recommends filing of charges in DOJ vs 20 officers and members of Tau Gamma Phi

-Zubiri, Gatchalian: Charges vs frat men in Salilig death proves no one can get away from law 

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/16/23/saliligs-father-seeks-death-penalty-for-hazing

6. Magnitude 4.7 quake strikes Zambales, felt in Metro Manila

[DZBB, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/16/23/47-magnitude-quake-strikes-zambales-felt-in-ncr

7. PHIVOLCS says no tsunami threat in PHLs after a magnitude 7.1 quake hits Kermadec Islands Region in New Zealand 

[ABS-CBN News, Philstar, News5, Inquirer, GMA News] https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews/status/1636177006890225665

8. Phivolcs: Mayon Volcano’s status down to Alert Level 1

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1743729/fwd-phivolcs-mayon-volcanos-status-down-to-alert-level-1

9. SC: Senior citizens discount covers interment services

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/16/sc-senior-citizens-discount-interment-services.html

10. MT Princess Empress oil spill

-Makabayan solons seek Mindoro oil spill probe

-Palace: Oil spill-hit areas receive over P43-M aid

-Pola mayor: Owner of tanker that caused oil spill should provide us complete recovery plan

-PH doing oil spill control, clean-up right, Japanese experts say

-Binay calls for organized action to contain Mindoro oil spill

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/864087/makabayan-seeks-house-inquiry-on-mindoro-oil-spill/story/?just_in

11. Supreme Court raises Bar admission fee to P5,000 from P3,750

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1743901/sc-increases-bar-admission-fee

12. Regulated police checkpoints pressed for motorbike riders’ sake

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar] https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/16/tulfo-files-bill-to-stop-discrimination-vs-motorcycle-riders

13. BIR files P25.5B tax evasion charges vs. four corporations ‘selling fake receipts’

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/864077/bir-files-complaint-vs-ghost-companies-with-p25-b-tax-liability/story/

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