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TOP STORIES –Sunday, April 16, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

16 April 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 p.m.

A handout photo provided by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense shows Taiwan Navy vessels FACG (Fast Attack Craft, Guided missile) sail at an undisclosed location on April 10, 2023. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is holding a military exercise in the Fujian Province, Pingtan County, the closest point to Taiwan after China announced three days of military drills around Taiwan on April 9. Hotli Simanjuntak, EPA-EFE/handout

 1. PHL-US relation

-NSC condemns Chinese envoy’s ‘fear-mongering, intimidation’ over Taiwan issue

-PH won't interfere in China-Taiwan row, NSC assures

-Hontiveros to Chinese envoy: Leave PH, take your ships with you

-Migrante condemns Chinese envoy’s statement

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/16/23/ph-wont-interfere-in-china-taiwan-row-nsc-assures

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/16/nsc-condemns-chinese-envoy-s-fear-mongering-intimidation-over-taiwan-issue

2. China launches satellite after setting no-fly zone north of Taiwan

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Reuters, Daily Tribune]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1757126/china-rocket-launch-sends-debris-into-sea-near-taiwan-taipei-authorities

3. LTO drops periodical medical exam requirement after obtaining driver’s license

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1757111/lto-cuts-periodical-medical-exam-as-requirement-after-obtaining-drivers-license

4. Mindoro Oil Spill

-Tourism, fishing bans in Puerto Galera loom as it failed water quality tests due to oil spill – governor

-DOH not yet recommending to ban water activities in Puerto Galera

-PBBM vows long-term rehab of Mindoro Oriental

-Gov't to launch training programs for oil spill-affected fishers – Marcos

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/4/16/tourism-fishing-bans-puerto-galera-loom-oil-spill.html

5. Oil spill damage, losses nearing P1 billion

-70 pct of sludge from Mindoro oil spill cleared: governor

-At least P20-M worth of assistance dispensed to families affected by oil spill in Mindoro — DSWD 

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/16/2259170/oil-spill-damage-losses-nearing-p1-billion

6. Shabu mess cover-up

Romualdez pushes for PNP's drug unit reorganization following alleged cover-up in P6.7-B shabu haul  [GMA News, Inquirer, News5, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CNN PHL, DZBB]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/16/2259318/romualdez-pushes-pnps-drug-unit-reorganization-following-alleged-cover-p67-b-shabu-haul

7. Maynilad announces week-long water interruptions in parts of NCR, Cavite

[CNN PHL, GMA News, DZBB, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/4/16/maynilad-water-interruption-april-16-to-22.html

8. Pagasa: Cloudy Sunday, hot and humid mid-day and possible rain showers

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philstar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1757103/partly-cloudy-overcast-skies-with-rain-to-prevail-over-ph-due-to-easterlies-pagasa

9. BJMP congestion rate down by 367%

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/16/bjmp-congestion-rate-down-by-367

10. Marcos wants 83 maritime school reevaluated

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/867072/marcos-wants-83-maritime-schools-reevaluated-in-2-years/story/?just_in

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