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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 8 August, 2023

 

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

08 August 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

In this handout photo taken on June 30, 2023 and received from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on July 5, a Chinese Coast Guard ship (R) allegedly blocks Philippine Coast Guard patrol ship Malabrigo, as it escorts a Philippine Navy re-supply mission near Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China sea. Philippine Coast Guard

1. WEST PHL SEA INCIDENT

-Government vows: Philippines will never abandon Ayungin

-Malaya: No promise made to remove BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal

-Philippines says Sierra Madre a permanent station in Ayungin

-PBBM says govt finalizing next move after latest incident at Ayungin Shoal

-Marcos asserts PH sovereignty: DFA sends verbale to China over Ayungin Shoal incident

-Not yet time to invoke MDT after water cannon attack — DFA

-DFA summons Chinese envoy over Ayungin incident

-China didn’t pick up phone during water cannon incident in West Philippine Sea – DFA

-PBBM's response to water cannon attack is 'the right decision', says Romualdez

-Expert: PCG, CCG coordination vital

-Carpio urges Marcos to be careful, says no gray area in WPS issue

-Pro-China 'political elite' in the Philippines enables Chinese aggression in WPS — expert

-China's neighbors wary on South China Sea aggression

-AFP eyes resumption of resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal ‘within two weeks’

[Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard, BusinessMirror, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Pilipino Star Ngayon, CNN Philippines]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/08/2287024/government-vows-philippines-will-never-abandon-ayungin

2. PH LEGISLATIVE ON WEST PHL SEA INCIDENT

-Senators condemn China's 'bullying' in Ayungin Shoal

- ‘Brazen attack’: House lawmakers decry China’s use of water cannons vs PH ships

-2 House reps urge Marcos to take more decisive steps vs China

-Bring China actions to int’l level, Zubiri urges Executive after Ayungin

- Senators push for executive session amid water cannon incident

-Stop bullying us, Go tells Beijing; solons chime in

-Mindanao solon up in arms over WPS water cannon incident

-Robin Padilla revives call for mandatory ROTC after China’s water cannon attack

-Don't escalate tensions in WPS, House leader tells Chinese Coast Guard

-Go urges Marcos gov’t: Secure PH's sovereign rights on West PH Sea with help from int’l partners

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/07/23/senators-condemn-chinas-bullying-in-ayungin-shoal

3. PCG to 'intensify' patrol in Ayungin Shoal after fresh tension with China

- PCG eyes more, larger vessels to escort resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/08/23/ph-to-intensify-ayungin-patrol-after-fresh-china-tension

4. China says sea clash with Philippines vessels 'professional and restrained'

-Chinese envoy: Philippines has repeatedly taken unilateral actions on disputed shoal

-China demands PH to remove grounded ship from Ayungin

-China claims PH has yet to remove BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal as promised

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer, Daily Tribune]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/7/china-says-sea-clash-with-philippines-vessels-professional-and-restrained

5. R&I upgrades PHL outlook, affirms BBB+ rating

[BusinessMirror, The Manila Times, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Rappler]

https://www.rappler.com/business/japan-debt-watcher-ri-affirms-philippines-bbb-rating-upgrades-outlook-august-2023/ 

6. Bongbong Marcos leads aid distribution in typhoon-hit Bulacan, Pampanga

Luzon flood victims get gov’t help

-Over P200M provided to ‘Egay’-hit families

[Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Rappler, Remate]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1813358/fwd-bongbong-marcos-distributes-aid-to-typhoon-struck-areas-in-bulacan-pampanga 

7. ARMY CHANGE OF COMMAND

-New Army chief says soldiers should be skilled beyond ‘tools of violence’

-Marcos hopes new Army chief will finally crush insurgency

-Army urged: Boost foreign engagements

-Army urged: Be agile, adaptable, competitive

-Marcos orders Army: Enhance interoperability, be world-class

[Rappler, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune. The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/new-army-chief-galido-assumes-post-august-7-2023/ 

8. LUZON FLOODING

-Marcos eyes long-term solutions to Luzon floods

-Elevated NLEX part, water impounding system to solve flood woes

-Fernando recommends water reservoirs, impounding areas in Bulacan to PBBM

-Marcos tells DPWH: Solve flooding in Central Luzon

-DPWH to look for funds to raise bridge crossing over NLEX

[The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, BusinessMirror, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/08/2287003/marcos-eyes-long-term-solutions-luzon-floods

9. Romualdez secures rice supply deal with Vietnam

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, Manila Standard, People’s Tonight, BusinessMirror]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/08/08/news/national/romualdez-secures-rice-pledge-from-vietnam/1904395

10. Former DILG Usec. Martin DiΓ±o dies after cancer battle

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Times, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/08/08/news/ex-dilg-undersecretary-dio-dies/1904424

11. NBI forensic expert: Bone found in Bilibid septic tank likely from chicken, not human

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/08/23/nbi-expert-bone-found-in-bilibid-septic-tank-likely-from-chicken-not-human

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