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TOP STORIES – Saturday, 02 September 2023

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

02 September 2023, Saturday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. RICE PRICE CEILING:

- Price cap on rice to take effect Sept. 5

- Gov’t asks retailers to ‘sacrifice’ for a while, DTI exec says amid rice price cap woes

- Abalos, market administrators to launch information drive on rice price caps

[ABS-CBN News, The Philippine STAR, Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Manila Standard]  https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/2/price-cap-rice-effective-september-5.html

2. ‘Rice price cap to affect farmers, consumers’

- Farmers' group wary about Marcos Jr's cap on rice prices

- Rice retailers groaning under new price caps

- Marcos’ order to set price cap on rice draws mixed reactions from senators

- Marcos move worries agri biz groups, think tanks

- Rice traders ready to work with gov't in implementing rice price ceiling

- Amid Marcos’ rice price ceiling order, solon says PH must be self-sufficient

[ABS-CBN News, The Philippine STAR, Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA News, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/02/2293214/rice-price-cap-affect-farmers-consumers

3. CHINA'S 10-DASH MAP:

- Marcos vows to respond to China's 10-dash map

- Calls mount for PH's own 'standard map'; Marcos says global support a ‘big help’ in asserting West PH Sea claims

- ‘Good for now’ : Four American lawmakers see no need to amend US-PHL defense treaty amid China’s aggression

- Allies won't stand by PH vs China over WPS — Locsin

- Think tank: New ‘map’ reflects China’s desperate attempt to legitimize sweeping territorial claims

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

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314366484/marcos-vows-to-respond-to-chinas-10-dash-map.html

4. ANTI-INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN:

- CBCP confirms office to join NTF-ELCAC to ‘raise social, church issues’ in gov’t

- Christian youth group criticizes CBCP panel's inclusion in NTF-ELCAC

- President declares Palawan 'insurgency-free'

- 5 CAFGU men slain in Quezon Province clash

[Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Business Mirror, The Philippine STAR, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Times, GMA News] https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/09/02/cbcp-joins-ntf-elcac-to-address-church-issues/

5. WEATHER UPDATE:

- Hanna slightly intensifies; Batanes still under Signal no. 1

- ‘Hanna’ may exit PAR on Sept. 4

-'Hanna,' 'Goring' and habagat displaces 51,200; agri damages now at P421.2-M

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philstar]  https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/weather/880875/batanes-remains-under-signal-no-1-as-hanna-slightly-intensifies/story/

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