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TOP STORIES – Thursday, 28 September 2023

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

28 September 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Marcos signs ‘Trabaho’ Act into law to craft job generation masterplan

-SFMR: Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act shows PBBM’s dedication

[ABS-CBN Newsm Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, People’s Tonight, The Manila Times, The Philippine Star, People’s Journal, Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/09/28/23/trabaho-para-sa-bayan-act-nilagdaan-na-para-maging-batas-ni-pang-marcos-jr

2. SOCORRO BAYANIHAN

-'Itong mga bata, nagyayabang lang': Alleged cult leader denies child abuse allegations

Alleged Socorro cult leader personally attends Senate hearing

-Socorro 'cult' victims bare ordeal, abuse in Senate hearing

-Senate orders detention of 4 leaders of alleged Socorro cult

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/28/23/alleged-cult-leader-denies-child-abuse-allegations

3. House approves 2024 budget on final reading

[CNN Philippines, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/27/house-approves-2024-budget.html

4. MARCOS-MACRON TALK

-Marcos, Macron tackle WPS issue over phone call

-Marcos thanks Macron for supporting PH in WPS issue

-French ministers to visit Philippines to strengthen bilateral ties

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/28/french-ministers-visit-ph.html

5. PH universities drop in Times rankings, Ateneo still on top

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

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/09/28/news/ph-universities-drop-in-times-rankings-ateneo-still-on-top/1912234

6. Zero tolerance for corruption, human rights abuse in PNP – PBBM

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Philippine Star, Daily Tribune]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/09/27/pbbm-zero-tolerance-policy-for-corruption-human-rights-abuses-within-pnp/

7. Prioritize farm-to-market roads

[The Manila Times, The Philippine Star, BusinessMirror]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/09/28/expanding-fmr-network-will-hike-farm-output/

8. Over P76M worth of 'cocaine' seized at NAIA; 2 suspects arrested

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines, Manila Times]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/883506/over-p76m-worth-of-cocaine-seized-at-naia-2-suspects-arrested/story/?top_picks&order=5

9. PH launches 10-year innovation plan

-Marcos: Changes in education curriculum, strengthened spending for development to drive PH forward

[Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines, Manila Standard]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/27/ph-launches-10-year-innovation-plan

10. OVP BUDGET

-Sara insists P125 million confidential funds spent in 19 days

-Lagman on confidential funds for OVP: Invalid but not impeachable offense

-Did the OVP's confidential funds go through proper channels? Lagman says SARO shows otherwise

-Lawmaker guarantees reallocation of OVP, DepEd confidential funds

-OVP says it has yet to get COA memo on 2022 spending

[PhilStar, Inquirer, GMA News, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/28/2299520/sara-insists-p125-million-confidential-funds-spent-19-days

11. Congress to realign OVP, DepEd confidential funds to security forces

[PhilStar, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/28/2299543/congress-realign-secret-intel-funds-security-agencies

12. WEST PHL SEA

-Wescom wary: China’s next barriers may be at Ayungin

-PH to remove floating barriers if China installs them in Ayungin Shoal

-PH bent on retaking Scarborough Shoal

-Coast Guard urges fishers to continue operations at Scarborough

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, CNN PHL Online, Manila Times, PhilStar]

13. China on PH's removal of floating barrier: 'Nothing more than self-amusement'

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/883514/china-on-ph-s-removal-of-floating-barrier-in-scarborough-shoal-nothing-more-than-self-amusement/story/

14. Ex-NEDA chief 'disappointed' after Marcos rejected proposal to cut rice tariffs

-‘Tariff cuts could slash rice farmers’ income by P8/kg’

[CNN Philippines, Bulgar, Pilipino Star Ngayon, BusinessMirror]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/28/ex-neda-chief-disappointed-on-marcos-decision-not-to-cut-rice-tariffs.html

15. Senate ratifies bicam report on PPP bill

[CNN Philippines, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/28/senate-ratifies-ppp-bill.html

16. Senate adopts bicam report on Ease of Paying Taxes bill

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, BusinessMirror]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/28/senate-adopts-bicam-report-on-ease-of-paying-taxes-bill

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