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TOP STORIES – Monday, 24 July, 2023

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

24 July 2023, Monday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. SONA 2023

-Marcos delivers 2nd SONA

-Sandro Marcos: Pa’s 2nd SONA to last 1 hour and 25 mins, had 'a lot' of revisions

-Ex-President Duterte, Imelda Marcos skip Marcos' 2nd SONA

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, Pilipino Star Ngayon, GMA News, Bulgar, Remate, Rappler] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/24/2283031/live-updates-marcos-state-nation-address-2023

2. Beyond the first year: Expectations for Marcos’ second SONA

-Marcos urged: Present 'battle plan' for nation

-Ease of doing business tops business sector’s wish list in SONA

-Address housing woes, says urban poor groups

-Business groups say: A year after, it’s game time for BBM

-Labor wants to hear BBM agenda for workers

-Marcos pressed to state 'concrete' plans for teachers, education sector

-Solon hopes Marcos will include Mindanao railway plan in his 2nd Sona

-Amnesty for ex-Moro rebels is Bangsamoro’s wish during President’s SONA

-Marcos must issue strong message against climate polluters, says group

-Legarda hopes PBBM to tackle PH's environmental issues  

-‘Concrete ways to address food security woes needed’

-‘Proactive steps needed vs. El Niño’

-SONA, Fed decision seen driving market

-Globe presents proposed reforms in telecom sector

-‘PHL digitization successful if Marcos’s order followed’

[Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Manila Standard, Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, Pilipino Star Ngayon, GMA News, Bulgar, Remate, News5]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/876675/marcos-to-deliver-2nd-sona-amid-lifting-of-covid-19-emergency-icc-disengagement/story/

3. Groups mark Marcos’ second SONA with protest to call for urgent actions

-Activists burn "Doble Kara" PBBM effigy

-Groups call for human rights protection, wage hike in SONA 2023

-Marcos urged to legislate wage increase like MIF

-Bayan leads 'People's Sona' ahead of Marcos' address

-PNP targets zero-violence SONA, but says ready for the worst

-High-tech drones, 22,000 police secure SONA 2023

-AFP deploys 500 personnel to augment PNP during SONA

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune. GMA News, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/walang-bago-groups-mark-marcos-second-sona-with-protest-to-call-for-urgent-actions

4. Transportation strike pushes through on day of Marcos’ second SONA

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, The Philippine Star, Pilipino Star Ngayon, News5]

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/unmet-demands-transportation-strike-pushes-through-on-day-of-marcos-second-sona

5. TYPHOON EGAY:

-More areas in Luzon, Visayas under Signal No. 2 as typhoon Egay moves closer

-OCD: Over 6,700 barangays nationwide may be affected by Egay

-PCG on heightened alert

-Private sector employees may opt to skip work – DOLE

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/24/more-areas-in-luzon-visayas-under-signal-no-2-as-typhoon-egay-moves-closer

6. Pinoy families rating themselves as poor down to 45%

[Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines, Rappler]

https://malaya.com.ph/news_news/pinoy-families-rating-themselves-as-poor-down-to-45/

7. COVID-19 threat:

-Wearing face masks voluntary on public transpo as Marcos lifts public emergency

-Senators call for vigilance despite lifting of public health emergency

-Concepcion: COVID-19 spawned Pinoy unity

-Marcos maintains policy on use of COVID-19 jabs

[Philippine Star, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, Remate]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/07/24/house-to-pass-20-bills-this-2023-including-reforms-identified-by-ledac/

8. LEGISLATIVE:

-Senate, House open for second regular session

-Budget, Ledac bills priority as Congress reopens today

-No coup: Zubiri opens Second Regular Session of Senate

-Senate to ‘sail against the wind,’ won’t be dictated by ‘political weathervane’ — Zubiri

-House to double efforts vs agri smuggling in 2nd regular session — Romualdez

-Speaker cites reduced inflation, unemployment under Bongbong Marcos administration

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, GMA News, Rappler, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/876702/house-opens-2nd-regular-session-lays-down-priority-bills/story/?just_in

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/07/24/look-ma-no-coup-zubiri-opens-second-regular-session-of-senate/

9. MAHARLIKA INVESTMENT FUND:

-Pimentel in talks with groups to question Maharlika; says he's willing to be co-petitioner

-All eyes on composition of Maharlika fund’s board

-MIF could attract Malaysian investors

-House Speaker starts Maharlika promo blitz; says Japan, US, Middle East interested

[CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, Business World, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, BusinessMirror] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/7/24/pimentel-maharlika-co-petitioner.html

10. 2024 NATIONAL BUDGET

-DBM to submit P5.7-T nat’l budget to Congress

-House eyes approval of P5.76-T budget by October

[The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, The Manila Times] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/24/2283355/dbm-submit-p57-trillion-national-budget-congress

11. MUP PENSION REFORM:

-Teodoro: Pension reform law for soldiers passed by yearend, implementation takes time

-Pensions for retired uniformed personnel assured

[GMA News, Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, Pilipino Star Ngayon] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/876727/teodoro-pension-reform-law-for-soldiers-passed-by-yearend-implementation-takes-time/story/

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