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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, May 16, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

16 May 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

Foreign tourists from the Silver Spirit cruise ship are given a Philippine Fiesta-themed welcome as they arrive at the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Manila on Feb. 15, 2023. The event marks the restart of cruise tourism in the country after a 3-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Tourism. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
1. Marcos OKs tourism dev't plan; new slogan out in 'few weeks'

[CNN PHL, Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Inquirer, News5]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/16/23/marcos-oks-tourism-devt-plan-new-slogan-out-in-few-weeks-dot-chief

2. CA approves appointments of DSWD’s Gatchalian, 50 AFP officials

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870210/ca-approves-appointments-of-dswd-s-gatchalian-50-afp-officials/story/?just_in

3. In meeting with Marcos, Tulfo suggests gov’t to take back operations of power grid

[PhilStar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/05/16/2266722/meeting-marcos-tulfo-suggests-govt-take-back-operations-power-grid

4. COVID-19 cases

-'Do not panic, be cautious': DOH confirms local transmission of XBB.1.16 in Western Visayas

-DOH: 43% of COVID-19 deaths in 2023 unvaccinated

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, BusinessMirror]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/16/do-not-panic-be-cautious-doh-confirms-local-transmission-of-xbb-1-16-in-western-visayas

5. ‘Don’t make a fool out of us’: Senators tell cop involved in drug ops ‘cover-up’

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1769798/dont-make-a-fool-out-of-us-senators-tell-cop-involved-in-drug-ops-cover-up

6. Philippine officials travel to Kuwait to discuss entry ban

-Ahead of visa talks with Kuwait, DFA firm that OFW shelters are non-negotiable

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, PhilStar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/16/23/ph-officials-travel-to-kuwait-to-clarify-entry-ban

7. DBM: Gov’t allots P138.77B for higher education, student subsidies

[Inquirer, GMA News, SunStar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870162/dbm-gov-t-allots-p138-77b-for-higher-education-student-subsidies/story/

8. Around 4,000 inmates freed under Marcos admin so far — BuCor

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, SunStar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1769670/around-4000-inmates-freed-under-marcos-admin-so-far-bucor

9. Wrestler Lobreguito wins PH's 52nd gold in Cambodia

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/05/16/23/wrestler-lobreguito-wins-phs-52nd-gold-in-cambodia

10. Grab says ready to refund but ‘surprised’ by P9-M fine

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/16/23/grab-says-ready-to-refund-but-surprised-by-p9-m-fine

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