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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 19 September 2023

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

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

1. Rice supply issues

-Marcos leads the distribution of seized smuggled rice in Zamboanga City

-Bongbong Marcos: No place for smuggled rice in local market

-PBBM-led NFA sets new buying price range for palay to help local farmers

 -Marcos Jr. defends rice price cap: Public must be able to buy affordable rice

-Marcos on P20 per kilo of rice: May chance lagi 'yan

-Diokno: Tariff cuts on rice imports discussed with eye on ‘greatest good’

[CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Business Mirror, People’s Journal, Pilipinos Mirror, Philstar, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/19/pbbm-distributes-smuggled-rice-to-zamboanga-peninsula-indigents

2. Diokno: Fuel tax suspension favors wealthy

-Giving confiscated rice to poor families 'best deterrent' vs smuggling, says lawmaker

-Speaker Romualdez to oil players: Find ways to reduce fuel prices – or else

[Daily Tribune, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Manila Standard, Rappler, Philstar, Business Mirror]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/19/diokno-fuel-tax-suspension-favors-wealthy

3. Missing activists

-Environmental activists deny surrendering to authorities, claim military abducted them

-Parents of Jonila Castro arrives with lawyer at Plaridel, Bulacan Municipal Hall

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Rappler, GMA News, Philstar]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/9/19/Environmental-activists-deny-surrender-military-.html

4. 13.2M Filipinos rated themselves poor in 2nd quarter of 2023 —OCTA survey

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, GMA News, CNN PHL]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/09/19/news/poverty-incidence-up-in-q2-octa/1910763

5. National Budget

-House plenary opens debates on Marcos government’s proposed 2024 budget

-Co, Quimbo to House members: Help us craft best budget bill for 2024

-Solon proposes tighter audit of confidential funds in 2024 budget law

-Quimbo: VP Sara entitled to P125M confidential fund in 2022

-DMW’s proposed P15.542-billion budget in 2024 gets Senate nod

-Senate panel approves CHR budget for 2024

-DICT seeks add’l P5.6 billion in 2024 national budget

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Rappler]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/house-plenary-opens-debates-marcos-administration-proposed-2024-budget

6. West PHL Sea

-Gibo wants to know if coral destruction in WPS a prelude to artificial island reclamation

-DFA expresses ‘serious concern’ over massive coral harvesting in WPS

-Senators warn of China ‘playbook’: Reef damage, then reclamation

-Destruction at Rozul Reef, Escoda Shoal troubling: US ambassador

[Inquirer, The Philippine Star, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Manila Times]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/9/19/gibo-wants-to-know-if-coal-destruction-in-wps-a-prelude-to-artificial-island-reclamation

7. Maharlika investment fund

-Pimentel, ex-solons file petition vs. Maharlika

-Diokno on quit calls: I serve at the pleasure of the President

[Manila Standard, Remate, Daily Tribune, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/09/18/declare-mif-unconstitutional-group-asks-sc

8. Marcos Jr. administers oath-taking of newly promoted star rank PNP officers; says “no room for cops who tarnish PNP reputation

Marcos to newly appointed PNP officials: Lead by example

[Philstar, Manila Times, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/882592/marcos-no-room-for-cops-who-tarnish-pnp-reputation/story/?just_in

9. House bill excluding active MUPs from mandatory pension contribution OK'd on 2nd reading

[Rappler, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1833544/fwd-house-oks-revised-military-uniformed-personnel-pension-bill-on-2nd-reading

10. 'This sorcery should stop': Senate probe sought to vs 'cult' in Surigao town

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/19/2297449/hontiveros-calls-senate-probe-cult-surigao-abusing-minors

11. Phl gets brand-new C-208B from US

[Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/19/23/us-turns-over-new-surveillance-aircraft-to-ph-air-force

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