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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, April 25, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

25 April 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. SIM registration

-Marcos approves 90-day SIM registration extension; DICT targets 70% of active SIMs in 90-day extension

-Poe urges NTC, telcos to ‘double efforts’ to reach remote areas amid extension of registration

-GCash says SIM registration now available via mobile app

[GMA News, DZBB, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, News5, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Cebu Daily News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/867960/sim-registration-extended-for-90-days-says-remulla/story/

2. SC denies to issue a TRO vs. the mandatory registration of SIM cards

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/868001/supreme-court-denies-tro-bid-vs-sim-registration/story/

3. Repatriation of Filipinos from Sudan

-Marcos says gov't looking to take advantage of ceasefire to evacuate more Pinoys in Sudan

-DFA reports first batch of 50 Filipinos successfully repatriated from Sudan by land

-Ceasefire in Sudan is beneficial for the government – DFA

-OFWs in Sudan told to inform embassy if leaving on their own

-Gatchalian urges DFA, DMW to expedite repatriation of Filipinos in Sudan

 [DZBB, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Philstar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/pinoyabroad/dispatch/867996/marcos-says-gov-t-looking-to-take-advantage-of-ceasefire-to-evacuate-more-pinoys-in-sudan/story/?just_in

4. PNP Chief Acorda hold first press conference

-PNP: 917 cleared in police drug links probe, 36 under deeper assessment 

-PNP Chief Acorda: No revamp yet in police organization

-Acorda commits to more funds, strong support system for cops on the ground

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1760823/pnp-917-cleared-in-police-drug-links-probe-while-36-face-deeper-assessment

5. Ex-DFA sec Del Rosario’s funeral

Del Rosario laid to rest; Philippine leaders pay last respects to Albert del Rosario

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippine-leaders-last-respects-albert-del-rosario

6. Degamo slay case

-Degamo camp: No plans to turn suspects who surrendered into state witnesses

-Lawyer claims 2 Degamo employees ‘participated’ in plan to kill Negros Oriental governor

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/4/25/Roel-Degamo-suspects-as-state-witness.html

7. House approves HB 7409 extending period of estate tax amnesty availment

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/867973/house-panel-oks-bill-extending-availment-of-estate-tax-amnesty/story/

8. No hacking: DICT says data leak was from PNP portal

DICT exec: ‘Unsecured’ PNP recruitment portal ‘not professionally developed’

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/25/23/no-hacking-dict-says-data-leak-was-from-pnp-portal

9. COVID-19 vaccination and facemask

-Booster jabs encouraged amid slight uptick in COVID cases: DOH

-Confidence in childhood vaccines fell 25 pct in Philippines during pandemic - UNICEF

-Vergeire says COVID-19 booster shots are still not recommended for children aged 12 and below

-DOTr: Face masks still mandatory in trains, buses

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/04/25/23/booster-jabs-encouraged-amid-slight-uptick-in-covid-cases-doh

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