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TOP STORIES – Wednesday, 21 June 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online and print media monitoring)

21 June 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

Health Secretary Ted Herbosa gets his bivalent COVID-19 jab. Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

1. Bivalent vaccine rollout:

-Marcos tells LGUs: Make sure vulnerable Filipinos get bivalent COVID-19 shots

-Herbosa gets first bivalent vaccine jab in NCR

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Manila Times]


2. Marcos says PHL making progress in talks with China, downplays recent Chinese coast guard shadowing [Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times]


3. Zubiri signs Maharlika Investment Fund bill [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


4. PBBM vows bonus for DA personnel, cites agriculture role in development  [Bulgar, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard]


5. Sandiganbayan junks bid to present addt'l witness testimony in Marcos ill-gotten wealth case [Abante Tonite, Manila Standard, CNN PHL]


6. Senators reject DOH chief’s plan to hire nursing board flunkers [Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, CNN Philippines]



-PHL decision on housing Afghan refugees seen next month

-Duterte weighs in on Afghan refugee issue

-Bishop calls for compassion for Afghan refugees

-Housing Afghans in PHL the highest form of compliance to human rights – senator

[GMA News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pilipino Mirror, ABS-CBN News]


8. Impending LRT fare hike opposed [Bulgar, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer]


9. ‘FE.1’ COVID-19 Omicron subvariant:

-FE.1 variant may cause severe COVID infections

-New Omicron sublineage FE.1 no cause for alarm –expert

[GMA News, Manila Times, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin]


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