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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 12 September 2023

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

12 September 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. offers flowers during a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in Batac, Ilocos Norte, on Monday, September 11, 2023, in commemoration of the 106th birth anniversary of the elder Marcos. NiΓ±o Jesus Orbeta, PPA pool
1. Marcos Jr. heading to Singapore for Asia Summit, F1 race

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/11/23/marcos-jr-heading-to-singapore-for-asia-summit-f1-race

2. Leachon resigns as DOH special adviser

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/12/2295746/tony-leachon-steps-down-doh-special-adviser

3. PH Nobel winner Maria Ressa acquitted of tax evasion: court

-Maria Ressa sees ‘lifting of fear’ under Marcos admin, says acquittal ‘good sign’ for biz community

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/12/philippine-nobel-winner-maria-ressa-acquitted-of-tax-evasion-court

4. Marcos inks EO extending moratorium on amortization payments of agrarian debts

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/881891/marcos-inks-eo-extending-moratorium-on-amortization-payments-of-agrarian-debts/story/?just_in

5. RICE PRICE CAP

- PH economic execs on rice price cap: Necessary measures are needed

-Economic team backs PBBM's rice price ceiling

-Rice price cap may be lifted in two weeks –Pascual

-Pascual: Rice price cap ‘successful’

-Diokno: Economic team not consulted about rice price cap

-Lawmakers lauds PBBM, Romualdez for stabilizing rice prices

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Manila Times,  Manila Standard, The Philippine Star, Daily Tribune, Remate, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Journal]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1829963/ph-economic-execs-on-rice-price-cap-necessary-measures-are-needed

6. RICE PRODUCTION

Marcos: Increase in rice production should benefit farmers

-I hope you'll have good from my face drawn on rice paddy –Marcos

-Marcos’s vision: Double rice production with tech

[The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, BusinessMirror]

7. RICE TARIFF LIFTING

-DOF’s zero tariff plan on rice imports met with pushback from lawmakers

-Agri group rejects cutting rice tariff

-Solon urges caution in DOF plan to zero out rice import tariff

- Lower rice tariff hearings kick off on Friday

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

https://www.rappler.com/nation/marcos-administration-proposal-zero-tariff-rice-imports-met-pushback-lawmakers/

8. RICE SUBSIDY GRANT

-DSWD: Marcos wants distribution of cash grants to rice retailers finished 'immediately'

-DSWD has until Sept. 14 to give cash aid to rice retailers due to election ban

-DSWD: Aid for small-time retailers available until September 14

-DSWD appeals for exemption from BSKE spending ban

-2nd tranche of livelihood grants depends on PBBM — DSWD chief

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/881876/dswd-marcos-wants-distribution-of-cash-grants-to-rice-retailers-finished-immediately/story/?just_in

9. Local sugar production seen dropping by 10-15% —SRA

[GMA News, CNN Philippines, Inquirer, BusinessWorld]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/881873/local-sugar-production-seen-dropping-by-10-15-sra/story/?just_in

10. PBBM marks dad’s 106th birthday with vow for better public service

-Be inspired by Apo Lakay, BBM tells youth

[Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Remate, BusinessMirror, Inquirer, The Philippine Star]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314369512/pbbm-marks-dads-106th-birthday-with-vow-for-better-public-service.html

11. MOROCCO QUAKE

-Philippines offers assistance to quake-hit Morocco

-Marcos Jr. expressed sympathy towards earthquake victims in Morocco

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/12/23/philippines-offers-assistance-to-quake-hit-morocco

12. VP DUTERTE’s BUDGET

VP Sara lauds Marcos for backing OVP budget

Sara dismisses ‘lies’ on DepEd special funds

[Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/09/12/news/national/vp-sara-lauds-marcos-for-backing-ovp-budget/1909610

13. DEPED ALTERATION OF AP SUBJECT

-DepEd denies ‘political pressure’ over alteration of Araling Panlipuan subject

-DepEd cries foul over ‘historical disinformation’

-Hontiveros: ‘Diktadurang Marcos’ change? Rebrand not for all

-COCOPEA: Private schools can keep 'Marcos' in lessons on dictatorship

-Teachers group asks DepEd: If there’s no pressure, why change 'Diktadurang Marcos?’

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

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/09/12/deped-denies-political-pressure-over-alteration-of-araling-panlipuan-subject/

14. WEST PHL SEA

-Teodoro: China actions necessitate genuine modernization of Navy, PCG

-Ayungin resupply missions to continue despite sea harassment–defense chief

- China wanted to intimidate PH resupply mission, says AFP

-Brawner: Philippines lagging behind other claimant countries in Spratlys

-AFP will be ready in case of armed attack during resupply missions —exec

[PhilStar, BusinessMirror, GMA News, Daily Tribune]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/12/2295653/teodoro-china-actions-necessitate-genuine-modernization-navy-pcg

 15. COMELEC BUDGET

-COMELEC seeks return of P5.7-B budget for 2025 twin polls

-COMELEC: P5-B cut in 2024 proposed budget to delay procurement of counting machines

-COMELEC says goodbye to old VCMs

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Manila Times]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/09/12/23/comelec-seeks-return-of-p57-b-budget-for-2025-twin-polls

16. Ombudsman wants COA to keep initial audit observations private

-Solons split on suggestion to stop publication of COA’s audit memo

[PhilStar, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, CNN Philippines]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/12/2295747/ombudsman-wants-coa-keep-initial-audit-observations-private

17. LTFRB to start distribution of fuel subsidy for PUV operators on Sept. 13

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/12/ltfrb-to-start-distribution-of-fuel-subsidy-for-puv-operators-on-sept-13

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