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TOP STORIES – Friday, May 12, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

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

This photo taken April 28 shows former Sen. Leila de Lima on her way to attending a hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204, where her second drug case is pending. Office of Leila de Lima / released

1. De Lima’s drug case

-De Lima, former driver acquitted on 2nd drug case

-Remulla welcomes De Lima’s acquittal

-Lawmakers, netizens, groups, patymates laud de Lima’s acquittal

-Lagman calls for De Lima's 'full exoneration, final liberation'

-Robredo: De Lima acquittal shows her only sin was to stand up for what’s right

-Diplomats welcome De Lima’s acquittal

-De Lima’s brother on her acquittal: Judge did the right thing

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


2. Deployment ban in Kuwait

-DFA: PH eyeing to lift deployment ban in Kuwait 

-PHL seeks 'mutually satisfactory solution' with Kuwait on deployment, visa issues

-DMW says it is prioritizing welfare of OFWs amid Kuwait visa suspension

-Pro-OFW solon wants answers on Kuwait visa suspension

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


3. SEA Games update

Sara Duterte wants end to communist insurgency during Marcos admin – exec

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


4. Hontiveros meets Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipe

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


5. Marcos says 'open' to nuclear power technology

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


6. COVID-19 update

-Marcos: No need to adjust COVID-19 health status after WHO declaration

-Philippines detects 3 more cases of Arcturus; total now 4 [GMA News, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News]

-Gatchalian: Education recovery a must as global Covid-19 emergency ends [MB]

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


7. SC suspends afternoon work Friday for disinfection amid increase in COVID-19 cases



8. Insurgency

-Sara: Time to end insurgency problem

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar]


9. National Privacy Commission receives bomb threat on Facebook post, workers evacuated

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


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