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TOP STORIES – Friday, May 05, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

5 May 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Philippine inflation eased further to 6.6% in April

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/869058/inflation-rate-slowed-down-to-6-6-in-april-says-psa/story/?just_in

2. Foreign relations:

-Marcos says disengagement with China 'not an option'

-Marcos on China’s 'meddling' remark: I think it’s for US

-Marcos: Bilateral defense guidelines with US ‘responsive’ to present challenges

-Carlos says Marcos asks for formal review of Mutual Defense Treaty

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/869067/marcos-says-disengagement-with-china-not-an-option/story/

3. Marcos concludes ‘productive’ US trip, bags over P72 billion-worth of investment pledges

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/5/5/Marcos-US-visit-investment-pledges.html

4. PHL airspace shutdown on May 17 shortened to 2 hours

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/05/23/ph-airspace-shutdown-on-may-17-shortened-to-2-hours

5. Sudan conflict:

-US, Saudi firms want to hire OFWs from Sudan

-DFA: 131 Filipinos from Sudan expected to arrive May 5

-85 Pinoy repatriates from Sudan arrives [DZBB]

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

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/214559/us-saudi-firms-want-to-hire-ofws-from-sudan

6. Marcos admits 'abuses' in Duterte drug war, says syndicates grew 'stronger, wealthier'

- Gov't to pursue illegal drug trade syndicates --- PBBM

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/05/23/marcos-admits-abuses-in-duterte-drug-war-says-syndicates-grew-stronger

7. Weather updates:

-PAGASA monitoring 2 LPAs; LPA off Palawan may develop into typhoon

-15 towns in Iloilo affected by floods due to bad weather

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

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/05/05/news/pagasa-monitoring-2-lpas/1890049

8. ‘Prime suspect’ in ambush of Gov. Adiong killed in police op —CIDG

[DZBB, Inquirer, Philstar, Rappler, GMA News, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/869054/prime-suspect-in-ambush-of-gov-adiong-killed-in-police-op-cidg/story/?just_in

9. COMELEC en banc disqualifies Legazpi mayor in 2022 polls

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/05/23/comelec-disqualifies-legazpi-mayor-in-2022-polls

10. Rep Teves, 2 sons ask DOJ to dismiss 'illegal possession' of firearms, explosives charges

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/5/rep-teves-2-sons-ask-doj-to-dismiss-illegal-possession-of-firearms-explosives-charges

11. Health workers push for 33K minimum wage

[DZBB, CNN PHL, Manila Bullletin, Inquirer] 

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/05/05/23/health-workers-push-for-33k-minimum-wage

12. Tulfo wants Senate probe into LTO's 'anti-poor' rules and regulations

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/4/tulfo-wants-senate-probe-into-lto-s-anti-poor-rules-and-regulations

13. Authorities rescue 1,000 trafficked victims working for cyber scams in Pampanga

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Rappler]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/5/5/authorities-rescue-1000-trafficked-victims-pampanga.html

14. No 'basaan' in Wattah Wattah Festival to conserve water - Mayor Francis

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, GMA News]

 https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/5/no-basaan-in-wattah-wattah-festival-to-conserve-water-mayor-francis

15. Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Carlos Padilla dies at 78 [DZBB, Inquirer]

 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1765270/nueva-vizcaya-gov-carlos-padilla-78

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