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TOP STORIES – Wednesday, 12 July 2023

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

12 July 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. West PHL Sea update

-16 countries back PH claims in West PH Sea on 7th anniversary of WPS ruling

-Hontiveros: National WPS Victory Day should be held every July 12

-Pulse Asia: 80% of Pinoys want alliances to defend West Philippine Sea rights 

-Marcos admin urged to assert SCS ruling more vigorously

-DFA launches microsite marking 7th anniversary of West PH Sea arbitral ruling

[Manila Standard, Inquirer, Rappler, GMA News, CNN PHL, Philstar, Journal News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/7/12/nations-reaffirm-support-wps-ruling-7th-anniversary.html

2. ‘Inflation, wage hike still urgent concerns of Pinoys’

[PhilStar, Manila Standard, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/12/2280466/inflation-wage-hike-still-urgent-concerns-pinoys

3. Marcos graces Lake Mainit Hydroelectric Power Plant inauguration in Agusan del Norte

- Marcos wants stronger ties with Japan in renewable energy

- PHL should favor renewable energy, battle climate change

[CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/07/12/marcos-graces-lake-mainit-hydroelectric-power-plant-inauguration-in-agusan-del-norte/ Read more Daily Tribune stories

4. Marcos helps unveil new PAGCOR logo; Tells PAGCOR: Be socially impactful, responsibly lead gaming practices

-PAGCOR celebrates proud achievements for the past 40 years

-Marcos urges PAGCOR to promote programs that will benefit the youth

[The Philippine Star, Inquirer, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Business Mirror]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/12/2280438/marcos-pagcor-be-catalyst-greater-achievements

5. Frasco going on 9-day leave, will be back to attend SONA, assures Palace

[Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314349060/frasco-going-on-9-day-leave-will-be-back-to-attend-sona-assures-palace.html

6. SONA Update

PNP: Gun ban imposed in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, NCR on July 24 for SONA 2023

Transport groups to hold 3-day transport holiday in time for PBBM SONA

[CNN PHL, DZBB, GMA News, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875562/pnp-gun-ban-imposed-in-calabarzon-central-luzon-ncr-on-july-24-for-sona-2023

7. SC cites PAO Chief Acosta in contempt, requires explanation

[Rappler, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune] 

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/12/23/sc-requires-pao-chief-to-explain-why-she-shouldnt-be-disciplined-over-position-on-lawyers-code

8. Maharlika Investment Fund

Marcos set to sign Maharlika bill on July 18 —Zubiri

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/ne8ws/topstories/nation/875570/marcos-set-to-sign-maharlika-bill-on-july-18-zubiri/story/?just_in

9. After inhibition of 2 judges, De Lima case re-raffled to new Muntinlupa court

[CNN PHL, Rappler, GMA News, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/12/2280556/de-limas-last-pending-case-re-raffled-new-muntinlupa-judge

10. 4 Cordillera activists tagged as ‘terrorists’

-ATC’s terrorist tag on Cordillera activists condemned

[Inquirer, CNN Philippines, News5, Business World, Manila Times]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1800367/4-cordillera-activists-tagged-as-terrorists

11. MTRCB allows ‘Barbie’ screening in PH despite 9-dash line controversy

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

MTRCB finds no basis to ban ‘Barbie’, gives movie PG rating

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875481/mtrcb-finds-no-basis-to-ban-barbie-gives-movie-pg-rating/story

12. Bataan under state of calamity due to ASF outbreak

[Philstar, Pilipino Star, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/875459/bataan-under-state-of-calamity-due-to-asf-outbreak/story/

13. BARMM governors urge Marcos Cabinet to tackle MILF’s full decommissioning

[GMA News, Inquirer, One News Ph]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875486/barmm-governors-urge-marcos-cabinet-to-tackle-milf-s-full-decommissioning/story

14. POGO

Gatchalian sends report seeking total POGO ban to Malacañang

-PNP hurt by allegations of lapses, extortion in Las Piñas POGO raid

[Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875458/gatchalian-sends-report-seeking-total-pogo-ban-to-malacanang/story

15. MMDA's P300-million command center in Pasig

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1800627/fwd-mmda-bares-statethe-art-command-center

16. Mayon’s volume of sulfur dioxide emission up, quakes more frequent

- PHIVOLCS: More volcanic earthquakes, plumes observed over Taal Volcano

- More villages affected by Mayon ashfall

[Inquirer, GMA News, Philstar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1800503/mayons-volume-of-sulfur-dioxide-emission-up-quakes-more-frequent

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