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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 22 August, 2023

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

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

Department of Migrant Workers secretary Toots Ople. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
1. Migrant Workers Secretary Toots Ople passes away

[ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Manila Standard, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philstar, Inquirer, Rappler] https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/22/23/migrant-workers-secretary-toots-ople-passes-away

2. RICE SUPPLY

- Is P20/kilo rice possible within 2 years? ‘Baka mahirap po,’ says DA

- 'Not good governance' for Marcos to miss DA meetings, says Daza 

-Farmers benefiting from high palay prices – DA

-Review of rice tariffication law pushed

-Ex-Agri chief sees rice prices hitting P60/kilo

-Some Pinoys adjust rice consumption habits due to high prices

-P7 billion fuel subsidies urged for drivers, fisherfolk, farmers

[The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Daily Tribune,  Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Manila Standard, Bulgar, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Rappler] https://www.rappler.com/nation/department-agriculture-response-rice-prices-2023-2025

3. NFA ABOLITION:

- Amid reported plan to import rice anew from India, group presses NFA abolition

- As rice prices soar, senators dare NFA: Prove your worth

- Pimentel, Escudero open to NFA abolition

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror,  Manila Times, ABS-CBN News] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1819778/as-rice-prices-soar-nfa-told-prove-your-worth

4. DOH BUDGET

- Lawmakers air concerns on slashed 2024 budget of DOH

- P2 billion allotted for cancer treatment, patient support in proposed 2024 budget

[Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1819791/senators-disappointed-over-huge-slash-in-health-budget

5. WEST PHL SEA DISPUTE:

- New resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal successful —WPS task force

- Romualdez bares smear campaign against him, other envoys

- Solons mull probe over PH's alleged promise to China to withdraw BRP Sierra Madre

- ACT: Did Duterte promise to remove ship from Ayungin?

- China ships in 'blockade positions' amid new Ayungin resupply mission —expert

- China hits US-South Korea-Japan deal: Asia Pacific not a ‘boxing ring’

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine STAR, Pilipino Star NGAYON, Inquirer]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/879656/new-resupply-mission-to-ayungin-shoal-successful-wps-task-force/story/

5. NAVAL DRILLS:

- PH, Australia hold assault drills in WPS

- Australia's biggest warship deployed in Philippine drills

- AFP chief denies report of planned trilateral exercise in South China Sea

- Diplomacy is still first line of defense for the PH, two senators say

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

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/08/22/news/ph-australia-hold-assault-drills-in-wps

6. 40th DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF NINOY AQUINO:

-BBM: Let’s transcend political barriers

-Marcos appeals for unity in Ninoy Day message

-Grandnephew asks: Is Ninoy Aquino still important?

-Atienza: Marcos Sr. didn't order 1971 bombing

[The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, The Daily Tribune, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Journal, BusinessMirror] https://qa.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/22/2290456/marcos-lets-transcend-political-barriers

7. DFA confirms 2 Filipinos killed in Hawaii wildfire, verifying 2 others

[CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philstar, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/22/2290530/dfa-confirms-2-filipinos-killed-hawaii-wildfire-verifying-2-others

8. Comelec to issue ‘revolutionary guidelines’ vs. vote buying

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/8/22/comelec-guidelines-vote-buying.html

9. Senate starts probe into unjust killing of Jemboy Baltazar

[CNN PHL, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1819879/fwd-senate-delves-into-unjust-killing-of-jemboy-baltazar

10. NPA leader behind killing of football player, 4 other rebels slain in Masbate clash

[People's Tonight, Pilipino Star NGAYON, Abante Tonite] https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/probinsiya/2023/08/22/2290427/lider-ng-npa-4-pa-todas-sa-engkuwentro

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