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TOP STORIES –Wednesday, April 12, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

12 April 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. PULSE ASIA SURVEY

-Marcos, Duterte maintain high approval, trust ratings in March 2023 Pulse Asia survey

-Public assessment of Marcos admin’s performance ‘generally positive’, survey says

-Zubiri, Romualdez, Gesmundo see ‘significant changes’ in their performance ratings — Pulse Asia

-High Philippine inflation dents Marcos’ approval ratings

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News Online, CNN PHL Online, PhilStar, Rappler, ABS-CBN News Online News5, Inquirer, Interaksyon]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/12/marcos-duterte-maintain-high-approval-trust-ratings-in-march-2023-pulse-asia-survey

2. Philippines to offer 2nd COVID booster to general public

[ABS-CBN News Online, CNN PHL Online, Inquirer, PhilStar, News5, GMA News Online, Rappler, Daily Tribune, ANC Online]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/12/2258390/philippines-oks-2nd-covid-19-booster-general-public

3 Senate probe sought on P6.7-B shabu haul ‘cover up’

[PhilStar, ABS-CBN News Online, Manila Bulletin, Rappler, News5, GMA News Online]

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/protected-senate-seeks-probe-on-pnps-alleged-cover-up-of-cops-arrest-in-p6-7-shabu-haul

4. PH-US ALLIANCE

-US, Philippines slam China’s ‘provocative’ acts in South China Sea, eye joint maritime activities

-China warns PH-US alliance must keep off SCS disputes

-China foreign ministry: Balikatan ‘should not target any third party’

-PH-US joint efforts in defending territories vs China's incursion assured

-Inevitable for China to look at PH-US military cooperation 'provocatively' - expert

[News5, GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News Online, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times]

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/dialogue-us-philippines-slam-chinas-provocative-acts-in-south-china-sea-eye-joint-maritime-activities

5. Marcos showed 'great interest' in watching Balikatan live fire exercise, says AFP spox

[GMA News Online, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News Online]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/866675/marcos-showed-great-interest-in-watching-balikatan-live-fire-exercise-says-afp-spox/story/?just_in

6. BALIKATAN 2023

-AFP to provide aid to Zambales fishers affected by 'Balikatan'

-Nolcom says ‘Balikatan’ won’t affect fishers’ livelihood

-Gov’t eyes expansion of Balikatan coverage to include PCG, official says

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/866693/afp-vows-help-for-zambales-fishermen-who-will-be-affected-by-balikatan-2023/story/?just_in

7. EDCA

-Over $100M allotted for EDCA sites in PH for 2023 —US Defense chief Austin

-US shouldn't use PH as staging area for war -Robin

-EDCA sites may be used by PH, US for 'emergency situations': AFP

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/866656/over-100m-allotted-for-edca-sites-in-ph-for-2023-austin/story/?just_in

8. SC approves code on lawyers’ responsibility, accountability; sets launch at Manila Hotel April 13

[Manila Bulletin, Rappler, ABS-CBN News Online, PhilStar, GMA News Online]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/12/sc-approves-code-on-lawyers-responsibility-accountability-sets-launch-at-manila-hotel-april-13

9. Ex-QC mayor Herbert Bautista faces graft raps over P57 million worth of projects

[ABS-CBN News Online, Manila Bulletin, DZBB, Daily Tribune, GMA News Online, PhilStar, GMA News Online]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/12/23/herbert-bautista-faces-graft-raps-over-p57-m-projects

10. MRT resumes operations after passenger jumps onto tracks

[Daily Tribune, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News Online, GMA News Online, News5, Rappler, Inquirer, CNN PHL Online]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/04/12/mrt-resumes-operations-after-passenger-jumps-onto-tracks/

11. 700 Bilibid guards replaced as part of prison reform

[PhilStar, Rappler, Daily Tribune, News5, Manila Bulletin, GMA News Online]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/12/2258376/700-bilibid-guards-replaced-part-prison-reform

 12. ANNUAL ITR FILING

-No extension for April 17 ITR filing deadline: BIR

-PCO to public: File returns, pay taxes anywhere

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/12/23/no-extension-for-april-17-itr-filing-deadline-bir

13. Smart, Globe seek extension of SIM registration deadline

[CNN PHL Online, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News Online]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2023/4/12/smart-globe-sim-registration-deadline-extension.html

14. TROPICAL DEPRESSION AMANG

-Signal No. 1 up in 11 areas as Amang maintains strength —PAGASA

-NDRRMC activates ‘high-risk’ emergency preparedness protocol for Amang

-PCG: Over 4K passengers stranded in several regions due to Amang

-Ako Bicol Party-list moves to assist 'Amang'-affected residents

-Sea travel, classes in Masbate resume

-PPA: Sea trips return at Western Samar; still suspended at Northern Samar ports

-Camarines Norte, Catanduanes suspend work due to TD Amang

[ABS-CBN News Online, GMA News Online, CNN PHL Online, DZBB, News5, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Rappler, Daily Tribune]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/weather/tropical-depression-amang-pagasa-forecast-april-12-2023-2pm/

15. Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts Davao Occidental

[GMA News Online, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News Online, News5]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1755392/magnitude-5-4-earthquake-hits-davao-oriental-aftershocks-expected

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