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TOP STORIES – Wednesday, 19 July, 2023

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

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

1. MAHARLIKA INVESTMENT FUND

-Marcos sees ‘progress’ with Maharlika, vows no politics

-Marcos: Maharlika fund will be well-run

-PBBM and Diokno said they won’t be part of board to manage fund

-Diokno: Finance chief to sit as an ex officio in Maharlika

-Growth, infra boost eyed with Maharlika

-MIF advocates tout ‘trillions’ in investible funds, sources

-Peso weaker after MIF okay

-Economic team assures MIF beneficial to PH

-Maharlika Fund constitutionally sound–Zubiri

-Villar: MIF timely for Phl economic recovery

-Speaker: MIF vehicle for infra financing sans new taxes, foreign debt

-'Prudent' of PBBM to shield MIF from politics—Romualdez

-Presidential appointee with ‘impeccable reputation’ should manage Maharlika fund – Villar

-'This is personal': Recto says economic managers should silence critics on MIF

-MIF law to expand gov't fiscal opportunities – Bicol lawmakers

[The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Bulgar, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Pilipino Mirror, People’s Tonight, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/07/19/marcos-sees-progress-with-maharlika-vows-no-politics/

2. MIF OPPOSITION

-Pimentel, Hontiveros slam signing of Maharlika fund law

-Maharlika Fund Law signing ‘a sad day in PH history,' says Koko

-Sen. Pimentel sees ‘tough’ legal obstacles for Maharlika Fund Act

-First year of Marcos presidency was wasted, says Hontiveros

-Maharlika seen passing SC scrutiny

-Education workers slam PBBM over ‘hasty’ enactment of Maharlika law

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Inquirer]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/18/pimentel-hontiveros-slam-signing-of-maharlika-fund-law

3.  ICC PHL CASE

-ICC rejects PH appeal to stop drug war probe

-DOJ chief Remulla to ICC: Keep off PH territory or it will be a mess

-Marcos admin 'disappointed' with ICC's decision, stresses minority position

-OSG 'disappointed' while victims' families, groups welcome ICC decision to resume drug war probe

-Ex-pres. Duterte 'shrugs off' ICC junking of PH gov't appeal

-Dela Rosa, ‘tokhang’ enforcer, unfazed by tribunal decision

-After ICC junks PH gov’t appeal, kin of drug war victims feel ‘closer to justice’

-DOJ chief nixes ICC drug probe as “unnecessary’

-Hontiveros presses PH anew to cooperate with ICC probe into killings under Duterte

-Zubiri: Without a local court order, Senate won’t allow ICC to arrest Dela Rosa

-Duterte, Bato advised not to go to countries with ICC jurisdiction

-Bato says won't travel to ICC-member countries if arrest warrant out

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Bulgar, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, Malaya, Rappler, People’s Journal, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Abante]

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/216702/icc-rejects-ph-appeal-to-stop-drug-war-probe

4. SONA 2023

-Bayan sees 'bigger' protests on Marcos' 2nd SONA

-Military intensifies security for SONA

-PNP to deploy 25K cops for SONA

-VP Duterte leads confirmed SONA guests

-Zubiri wants Marcos to bare Maharlika-funded projects in SONA

-MMDA, groups set to negate SONA strikes

-Private school teachers seek higher minimum pay

-Ex-Pres. Duterte confirmed attendance to SONA 2023 —House SecGen

-Quezon City suspends classes on July 24 for Marcos' 2nd SONA

[CNN Philippines, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Tonight]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/7/19/bigger-protests-in-second-SONA.html

5. EX PRES. DUTERTE-XI MEETING

-Marcos says he knew about Duterte’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

-Marcos ‘sure’ Duterte to brief gov’t on Xi meeting

-PBBM hopes for ‘progress’ in PH-China relations after Duterte-Xi meeting

-Marcos hopes Duterte and Xi tackled issues on West PH Sea during meeting

-Duterte offers to promote PH-China ties

[Rappler, Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, The Philippine Star, Bulgar, Manila Standard, Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/ferdinand-marcos-knew-about-rodrigo-duterte-xi-jinping/

6. GOV’T FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

-PHL rolls out food stamp program in Tondo

-Marcos confident gov't can sustain Food Stamp Program as long as PH needs it

-‘More than aid, food stamp drive to boost nutrition’

-President hopes to end 4PS soon, reach zero-hunger target by ‘28

[ABS-CBN News, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Rappler, People’s Tonite, Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/18/23/philippines-rolls-out-food-stamp-program-in-tondo

7. NAIA privatization gets green light from NEDA

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/7/19/neda-naia-ppp-project.html

8. Marcos orders agencies to look for idle land for housing

-Marcos names ‘Pambansang Pabahay’ or ‘4PH’ as his flagship program

[ABS-CBN News, News5, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/19/23/marcos-orders-agencies-to-look-for-idle-land-for-housing

9. Ex-LTFRB chair Vigor Mendoza is new LTO chief

[Manila Times, DZBB, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/07/19/news/marcos-names-new-lto-chief/1901350

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