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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 01 August, 2023

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

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

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (right) and visiting European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen affirmed on Monday their respective commitment to stronger bilateral relations between the Philippines and the European Union with the expansion of trade, and enhanced cooperation on climate change, maritime security and green economy. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PCO

1. PHL, EU resume free trade talks

-More sectors eyed to be included for lower tariffs under PH-EU free trade agreement — DTI

-Marcos: PH economy to benefit from von der Leyen's visit

-Von der Leyen: Human rights environment much better under Marcos admin

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

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/01/phl-eu-resume-free-trade-talks/

2. TYPHOON EGAY

-Typhoon Egay's agri damage soars to near P2 billion

- NDRRMC: 108 Luzon areas under state of calamity due to Egay, Habagat

-NDRRMC: 2.4 million people affected by Egay, habagat; death toll still at 25

-Egay wrecks 169 schools in 9 regions

-50,000 individuals remain in evacuation centers – NDRRMC

[ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/31/23/typhoon-egays-agri-damage-soars-to-near-p2-billion

3. Philippine gov’t declares alleged Degamo slay mastermind Teves a terrorist

-Ex-Negros Oriental Gov Teves to seek lifting of ‘terrorist’ designation

-Lawyers of Teves, others tagged as terrorists push back against Anti-Terrorism Council resolution

-Families of victims in Negros Oriental killings welcome terrorist designation of Rep Teves, 12 others

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippine-government-declares-degamo-killing-suspect-arnie-teves-terrorist-roel-degamo/

4. Marcos calls on Pinoys to give significance to Filipino language

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/877532/marcos-calls-on-pinoys-to-give-significance-to-filipino-language/story/?just_in

5. Senate adopts resolution condemning China incursions in West PH Sea

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, GMA News, The Philippine Star, Rappler]

https://twitter.com/cnnphilippines/status/1686279926406664192

6. PALARONG PAMBANSA 2023

-BBM: Gov’t to fully back Palaro athletes’ dev’t

-PBBM opens Palarong Pambansa; Narag wins 1st gold

-Marcos foresees birth of new PH sports stars as Palarong Pambansa opens

[The Philippine Star, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, Rappler, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/sports/2023/08/01/2285247/marcos-hails-young-palaro-athletes

7. RICE SUPPLY

-Marcos: There is enough rice buffer stock despite effects of Egay

-DA eyes another rice importation

-DA says Sept-Oct rice harvest will boost 39-day buffer stock

-P20 per kilo of rice not within reach soon—Agri exec

-PH's rice buffer stock now seven-day short of safe level, according to NFA

-PBBM worried price of rice may rise with low PH stocks

-Typhoons drive up rice prices by P1.50 to P2: DA

-Price of rice to increase anew due to high international market prices

-DA to partner with private sector, growers to ensure rice supply

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

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/01/da-buffer-stock-of-rice-sufficient-pbbm/

8. Marcos appoints Galido as new Army chief

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Rappler, Manila Standard]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/31/23/marcos-jr-appoints-new-army-commanding-general

9. 18 senior PNP officers linked to drugs deemed resigned—Acorda

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Journal, Cebu Daily News, CNN Philippines]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1809989/pnp-to-remove-from-post-18-execs-linked-to-illegal-drugs-says-acorda

10. EU vows support for PH in WPS, open Indo-Pacific

-Von Der Leyen: China's show of force seen to have global impact

[Manila Standard, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Rappler, GMA News, Pilipino Star Ngayon, ABS-CBN News]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314355696/eu-vows-support-for-ph-in-wps-open-indo-pacific.html

11. EU pledges 60M euros for PH path to ‘green economy’

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, The Philippine Star]

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/217178/eu-pledges-60m-euros-for-ph-path-to-green-economy

12. Pimentel: State of the nation is ‘worrisome’

[Manila Bulletin, Rappler, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/31/pimentel-state-of-the-nation-is-worrisome-1

13. Hitman tagged in murder of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo shot dead

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/877521/gunman-allegedly-used-by-arnie-teves-killed-in-negros-oriental-police-op/story/?just_in

14. MAHARLIKA INVESTMENT FUND

-Maharlika Investment Fund seen cutting PH infra outlay

-Maharlika fund's implementing rules may be ready by mid-August: Diokno

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Abante Tonite, ABS-CBN News]

https://business.inquirer.net/413320/maharlika-fund-seen-cutting-ph-infra-outlay

15. 3 DA, 2 FTI officials suspended for ‘questionable procurement, doubtful deliveries’ of onion to Kadiwa food project

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/1/3-da-2-fti-officials-suspended-for-questionable-procurement-doubtful-deliveries-of-onion-to-kadiwa-food-project

16. Marcos gov’t can tap ex-president Duterte as backchannel negotiator to China, Cayetano says

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/31/marcos-gov-t-can-tap-ex-president-duterte-as-backchannel-negotiator-to-china-cayetano-says

17. LRT fares up starting August 2

[PhilStar, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror]

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2023/08/01/2285276/lrt-fares-starting-august-2

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