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Wednesday, August 02, 2023

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

02 August 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. 2024 BUDGET

-DBM submits P5.768-T expenditure program to House of Representatives

-Marcos says 2024 National Budget key to PH transformation

-Speaker eyes House nod on proposed 2024 nat'l budget by October

-Marcos proposes bigger budget for infra, agri projects in 2024

-National Rice Program gets over P30-B in proposed 2024 budget

-Villafuerte seeks to scrutinize coconut industry budgetary outlay in ’24 NEP

-Proposed 2024 budget sets aside P20-B for healthcare workers' allowances, COVID-19 compensation

-Romualdez assures public: 2024 nat’l budget will be pork barrel-free

-P1B allotted for Marawi Siege Compensation Program in proposed 2024 nat'l budget

-DBM: P4.3-B confidential funds, P4.9-B intel funds in proposed 2024 budget

-Marcos admin wants P9.2 billion in confidential, intel funds for 2024

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



-NDRRMC: Reported deaths due to Egay and Habagat reach 27

-DHSUD extends cash assistance to ‘Egay’ victims

-151 areas under a state of calamity due to ‘Egay’, ‘habagat’ – NDRRMC

-Cagayan lists P1-B in damage after Egay, Falcon: vice gov

-Zambales suffers P18.5-M agricultural loss

-Benguet council eyes calamity state

-DICT chief pledges to help typhoon-hit areas get back online

-598 Zambales families evacuated as ‘Falcon’ destroys P18.5 million worth of rice crop

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



-Gov’t to import 1.3 MMT of rice

-NEDA chief downplays impact of Egay, Habagat on inflation, rice supply

-Rice supply enough for coming months, says Agriculture Dept. exec

-Marcos: Rice supply enough

-Planned gov’t-to-gov’t rice importation bucked

-DA admits rice supply tight

-PH gov't should brace for impact of India's rice export ban—Poe

[The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Bulgar, BusinessMirror, Pilipino Mirror Abante Tonite, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]



-Pushed into a corner, ‘terrorist’ Teves blasts Marcos, other officials, media

-Terror tag baseless, says Teves camp

-Rep Teves abandons move to seek delisting of designation as ‘terrorist’

-Anti-Terrorism Council defends tagging Teves as terrorist

-Lawmaker in hiding loses over P1M in salaries

-Assets of Teves brothers, other designated ‘terrorists’ expected frozen ‘til Aug. 5

-'No update' on Teves' whereabouts--House panel

-House to consider Arnie Teves ‘terrorist’ tag in ethics proceedings

-DOJ to Teves: Face charges in proper forums, not through media, online platforms

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


5. PH, EU to restart trade pact talks next month

-EU free trade within BBM’s term

-EU extends PH trade privileges until 2027

-DTI sets eye on finishing EUFTA negotiations before 2028

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror Manila Standard, GMA News]



-Senate adopts reso condemning China's incursions in West PH Sea

-Newly adopted Senate resolution on WPS ‘stronger’ – Cayetano

-Groups underscore WPS’s potential for food security

[Manila Bulletin, Rappler, GMA News, Inquirer, BusinessMirror, Manila Times, PhilStar]


7. US Embassy flags Chinese firm in Manila Bay reclamation

-DENR to consult with United States Army Corps of Engineers about reclamation

[ABS-CBN News Online, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune]


8. Cessna plane bound for Tuguegarao reported missing

-Missing Cessna plane may have crashed in Alcala, Cagayan: CAAP

-Missing Cessna plane bound for Cagayan possibly crashed in Pudtol, Apayao – LGU

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


9. Pag-IBIG home loan releases rose 10% to P57b in first half

[Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, GMA News]


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