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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 29 August, 2023

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

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

Students attend a flag-raising ceremony before singing the national anthem on the first day of in-person classes after years-long Covid-19 lockdowns at Pedro Guevara Elementary School in Manila on August 22, 2022. AFP / Maria Tan

1. School opening

-22.7 million students troop back to school

-DepEd: Teachers who violate bare walls policy could face sanctions

-Public school students welcome new school year as gov't pilot tests decongested curriculum

-DepEd records 5-million drop in number of enrollees for SY 2023-24

-PNP spox: Opening of SY 2023-2024 smooth, peaceful so far

-Lack of facilities hound first day of classes in public schools

[Rappler, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Business Mirror, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/29/2292114/deped-22-million-students-returning-school-today

2. Rice smuggling

-Marcos tells BOC to boost efforts vs. hoarding, illegal rice importation

- Informants are entitled to cash rewards—BOC

-BOC: 20 pct commission awaits tipsters on smuggled, hoarded goods

[Philstar, Abante Tonite, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Inquirer]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/29/23/marcos-orders-customs-to-beef-up-efforts-vs-hoarding

3. PBBM approves Regional Specialty Centers Act

[Daily Tribune, CNN PHL, Manila Times, Rappler, Inquirer, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/29/2292281/marcos-signs-laws-establishing-specialty-centers-government-hospitals

4. PH, UK relations

- PBBM meets UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in Malacañang

-PH, UK agree to bolster defense, maritime security ties amid ‘pressing issues of mutual concern’

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Rappler]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/29/23/ph-uk-agree-to-boost-defense-maritime-security-ties

5. Unleash the hero in us, Marcos urges Pinoys

[The Philippine Star, Manila Times, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/29/2292110/unleash-hero-us-marcos-urges-pinoys

6. No evidence for plunder in Pharmally case – Ombudsman

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Rappler, Philstar, GMA News, Malaya, Daily Tribune]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/29/2292099/no-evidence-plunder-vs-ps-dbm-pharmally-execs

7. Calatagan oil spill

-Oil spill feared after fishing vessel sinks off Calatagan, Batangas

-PCG dismisses oil spill fear in Calatagan vessel sinking

[ABS-CBN News, Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Times, Daily Tribune, CNN PHL, Rappler]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/08/29/23/oil-spill-feared-after-fishing-vessel-sinks-off-batangas

8. Typhoon Goring

-Typhoon Goring maintains strength; Signal No. 3 in two areas

-‘Goring’ brings heavy rainfall, triggers flooding in several PH provinces

-Miaa: Local flights canceled due to Typhoon ‘Goring,’ southwest monsoon

-Several flights have been canceled this today due to unfavorable weather condition

-Classes, work suspended in Occidental Mindoro due to Goring [Inquirer]

-SC: Courts in Batanes, Occidental Mindoro suspend work due to inclement weather

-DA expecting minimal agricultural damage from Goring

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1823430/typhoon-goring-maintains-strength-signal-no-3-in-two-areas

9. Ex-cop road rage

-PNP eyeing more criminal raps vs. ex-cop in viral road rage video

-Ex-cop in road rage clip stripped of gun license

-Gun-toting ex-cop dismissed from service for similar offense: PNP

-LTO suspends license of driver in viral road rage video

-Ex-cop says he and cyclist settled differences; lawyer says deal forced

 [GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/29/23/ex-cop-in-road-rage-incident-faces-alarm-and-scandal-raps-from-qcpd

10. Foreign Affairs:

-Philippines, US, Japan, Australia 'not ganging up' on China over joint drills: AFP

-Brawner says joint exercises with China looks 'murky'

-‘PHL not provoking China

-Brawner bares massive presence of Chinese vessels in South China Sea

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/28/brawner-bares-massive-presence-of-chinese-vessels-in-south-china-sea

11. BSKE

-First day of COC filing generally peaceful —PNP

-Printing of BSKE ballots complete

-Garcia: Special polls in Negros in December after BSKE

-Tragedy on candidacy day: Albay barangay chairman shot dead amid police deployment

 [Manila Times, Manila Standard, Rappler, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/880392/first-day-of-coc-filing-generally-peaceful-pnp

12. August 30 declared nonworking holiday in San Juan

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/29/august-30-declared-non-working-holiday-in-san-juan/

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