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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, March 14, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

14 March 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Degamo slay case update

-Raps filed vs. Teves secretary, 5 others arrested during raids —CIDG 

-Supreme Court OKs transfer of Degamo cases to Manila RTC

-Teves tells Romualdez reason why he refuses to come home;  Will only return to PH if assured of fair play, counsel says

-House cancels probe into absence of Degamo security when he and others were killed

-Ejercito to Teves: Come home, face accusations on Degamo slay; Urges AFP, PNP: Urges crackdown on private armies after Degamo slay

-Lawyer says cops threatened woman to testify vs. Teves

[DZBB, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, ANC, DZMM, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Manila Times, Business Mirror] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/03/14/2251628/raps-filed-teves-aide-5-more-over-guns-and-grenades-seized-his-properties

2. DOJ prosecutors indict Bantag, Zulueta for murder over Percy Lapid slay

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/03/14/2251641/doj-indicts-bantag-several-others-over-killing-percy-lapid-inmate-jun-villamor

3. Senate hearing on MT Princess Empress oil spill tragedy

-Ship that caused Mindoro oil spill has no permit to operate – MARINA

-PCG should face raps for allowing MT Princess Empress to sail sans permit to operate —Tulfo

-Oriental Mindoro reeling from impact of massive oil spill

-UP experts: Oil spill may reach Verde Island, Batangas due to weakening of amihan

-68 areas affected by the oil spill, 122 people fall ill, over 13,500 fishermen affected – OCD

-VP Duterte leads relief ops in Antique town affected by oil spill, gives school supplies 

[Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, News5, DZMM, DZBB, Inquirer, Manila Times]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/14/Ship-that-caused-Mindoro-oil-spill-has-no-permit-to-operate-.html

4. Journalist, ex-UP CMC dean Luis V. Teodoro passes away

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1742404/journalist-luis-v-teodoro-dies-at-81

5. Philippines posts biggest trade deficit in 5 months 

[Philstar, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Reuters, GMA News, Channel News Asia]

https://business.inquirer.net/390976/philippines-posts-biggest-trade-deficit-in-5-months

6. Build 11 fish ports in coastal provinces – PBBM

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/14/marcos-wants-cold-storage-facilities-at-ports-to-counter-fish-spoilage

7. Palace press briefing on infrastructure update

-DPWH has over 70,000 projects in 2023, says Bonoan

-DPWH to push through with P25.24-B CTBEX project; to start in late 2023

-Six bridges will also be built across Pasig River

-DPWH starts demolition of 150 houses in Caloocan City

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/863796/dpwh-has-over-70-000-projects-in-2023-says-bonoan/story/?just_in

8. Cessna plane crash victims' remains brought to Cauayan, Isabela

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/14/bodies-of-6-people-in-isabela-cessna-crash-flown-to-cauayan-city

9. Makabayan Bloc has filed a resolution for a return to face-to-face plenary sessions

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/14/medyo-nakakahiya-makabayan-solon-calls-for-return-of-full-face-to-face-sessions

10. House approves "National Government Rightsizing Act " via 292-3-0 votes

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/863819/house-oks-government-rightsizing-bill-on-final-reading/story/?just_in

11. House hearing on alleged recycling of illegal drugs

-20-year modus: Barbers slams recycling of seized illegal drugs

-PDEA chief clarifies there’s no policy of rewarding informants with ‘recycled’ drugs for successful operations

-Hontiveros on drug war cop’s guilty verdict: ‘Partial victory, but not the end’

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/14/20-year-modus-barbers-slams-recycling-of-seized-illegal-drugs

12. Over 17K troops to join largest PH-US ‘Balikatan’ exercise

[GMA News, CNN PH, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/14/ph-us-balikatan-2023.html

13. BJMP to add new jail libraries as it includes reading as part of PDL's rehab program

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/14/23/bjmp-un-office-collaborate-to-support-creation-of-new-jail-libraries

14. Zubiri files a bill proposing a P150 wage hike for private sector workers 

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Philstar]

https://twitter.com/PhilstarNews/status/1635550356901072896

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