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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]


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]


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]


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

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


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]


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]


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]


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]


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

[Rappler, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer]


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

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


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

[Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer]


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