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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 04 July 2023

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

4 July 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Despite fiasco, ad agency of DOT could still get paid

-Cebu officials: Tourism campaign mess demolition job directed at DOT chief

-Salceda won't seek Frasco's resignation, vows to help her instead 

-DDB vs DDB: Dangerous Drugs Board distances agency from tourism campaign mess 

-Senators see DOT’s termination of contract with ad agency as a right step

-Gordon says DOT should not scrap contract with DDB, let agency redeem itself

[Daily Tribune, Manila Times, GMA News, BusinessMirror, ABS-CBN News, Interkasyon, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Cebu Daily News]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/07/04/despite-fiasco-ad-agency-of-dot-could-still-get-paid

2. PAGASA: Weak El Niño begins, may get stronger in coming months

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, DZBB, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Manila Times, Daily Tribune]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/weather/pagasa-declares-start-el-nino-tropical-pacific-philippines-july-2023

3. SONA preparation update

-SONA invites to be sent out by July 10, says House exec; Soriano will direct SONA 2023

-PNP prepares for July 25 SONA

-Velasco says unvaccinated guests and symptomatics are discouraged to attend SONA on July 24

-LEDAC meeting to be held before SONA —Balisacan

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/4/sona-invites-to-be-sent-out-by-july-10-says-house-exec

4. Marcos backs Air Force modernization

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pilipino Mirror, Pilipino Star Ngayon, The Philippine STAR, Manila Times]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/07/04/news/national/marcos-backs-air-force-modernization/1899029

5. Illegal drugs issues

-PDEA hauls P21.72b in illegal drugs, lauds PBBM's anti-drugs accomplishments

-SC notes ‘reprehensible’ handling of drug case leading to acquittal of accused

[GMA News, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, People's Tonight, Pilipino Mirror, Inquirer, Malaya, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1796835/p21-72-billion-worth-of-illegal-drugs-seized-in-10-months

6. National housing

-PBBM leads housing project inspection in Pampanga; vows to resolve housing backlog

-Gov't to deliver over 100,000 housing units by 2024 —Acuzar

[Abante Tonite, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, The Philippine STAR, People's Journal]

https://journalnews.com.ph/pbbm-leads-housing-project-inspection-in-pampanga

7. COA flags VP’s office, MMDA on procurement

[GMA News, Inquirer, Rappler, Manila Times, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin]

https://manilastandard.net/news/national/314346091/coa-flags-vps-office-mmda-on-procurement.html

8. PBBM, VP Sara’s ratings remain ‘stable’–survey

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Business Mirror]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/07/04/pbbm-vp-saras-ratings-remain-stable-survey/

9. Mayon Volcano shows increased seismic activity; Alert Level 3 remains

- Albay seeking help from national gov't as Mayon fund runs out

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/science/874740/increased-seismic-activity-observed-at-mayon-volcano-alert-level-3-remains

10. Bongbong Marcos says COVID health crisis ‘de facto’ lifted – DOH chief

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Times, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/04/23/marcos-to-order-lifting-covid-emergency-soon-herbosa

11. Valenzuela City bans POGO operations

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/874716/valenzuela-city-bans-pogos

12. MTRCB to review ‘Barbie’ after ban

-Hontiveros: "The movie is fiction, and so is the nine-dash line”

[GMA News, Manila Standard, CNN PHL]

https://manilastandard.net/news/314346098/mtrcb-to-review-barbie-after-ban.html

13. CHR urges better protection for media workers after latest attack

- Photojournalist's shooting: 5 persons of interest watched

[GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Business Mirror]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1796926/chr-urges-better-protection-for-media-workers-after-latest-attack

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