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Friday, 15 September 2023

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

15 September 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. OFW Ranara case

-OFW Jullebee Ranara’s killer sentenced to 16 years in prison

-Ranara family displeased with 15 year sentence

-NCRPO OKs dismissal of 8 cops in Jemboy Baltazar killing

-Jullebee Ranara's kin yet to receive compensation from her employer —DFA exec

-More OFW protection pushed despite Ranara killer’s sentence [Inquirer]

-Marcos commends Ph Embassy in Kuwait, DMW, and Kuwaiti Authorities "for their continued pursuit of justice" for Ranara

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/14/jullebee-ranara-killer-convicted-dfa.html

2. RICE SUPPLY

-Philippines may import rice all the way from Argentina

-Farmers groups call for resignation of Diokno, Balisacan

-Phl pushes to reduce rice imports — Sebastion

-BOC forfeits P42 M smuggled rice in Zamboanga

-Farmers lament ‘haste’ in rice tariff hearing

[CNN PHL, Pilipino Star Ngayon, The Philippine Star, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Rappler, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror]

3. WEST PHL SEA

-AFP bares ‘concerning resurgence’ of China vessels in West Philippine Sea

-‘Maritime zones bill can be basis for updated PH map’

-Tolentino jokes about renaming WPS to ‘Greater West Philippine Sea’

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/13/nsc-philippines-new-standard-map.html

[Philippines Star, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, CNN PHL,]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/15/2296453/afp-bares-concerning-resurgence-china-vessels-west-philippine-sea

4. Sara-Hontiveros

-Sara, Risa continue to trade broadsides

-Hontiveros to VP Sara: I don’t need your respect, just your accountability

- Castro lashes back at VP Duterte: 'Hindi siya karespe-respeto rin' [MB]

[The Manila Times, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, Inquirer]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314370434/risa-hits-vp-on-accountability-for-confidential-funds.html

5. Marcos: Politicians could cause Maharlika fund failure

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Remate]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314370424/politicians-barred-from-handling-maharlika-fund.html

6. OFW remittances up 2.5% in July

[Inquirer, GMA News, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/882245/bsp-overseas-filipinos-cash-remittances-hit-seven-month-high-at-2-992b-in-july/story/

7. OVP’s confidential fund

-P125-M confidential, other funds released to OVP in 2022 above board, DBM tells House panel

- Sara’s 2022 secret funds were from ‘contingent fund’–DBM

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Inquirer, Rappler]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/14/p125-m-confidential-other-funds-released-to-ovp-in-2022-above-board-dbm-tells-house-panel

9. Lawyer shot dead in Abra; PNP forms special body to probe lawyer’s murder in Abra 

[Rappler, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Pilipino star Ngayon]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/luzon/lawyer-shot-dead-bangued-abra-september-14-2023/

10. Grace Poe: Enhancing SIM registration process better than halting it

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/882253/poe-rejects-paocc-s-proposal-to-pause-online-sim-registration/story/

11. Nigerians caught with P6M in drugs

[The Manila Times, GMA News, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/882209/2-nigerians-arrested-in-pdea-buy-bust-op-in-cavite/story/

12. Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Bukidnon

[Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1832004/fwd-magnitude-4-2-earthquake-shakes-bukidnon

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