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TOP STORIES – Monday, 23 October 2023

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

23 October 2023, Monday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. West PHL Sea

-Marcos leads command conference on Chinese Coast Guard blocking incident

-Teodoro: Marcos taking the collision incident off Ayungin Shoal 'very seriously' 

-China releases own video of sea collision in West Philippine Sea

-Philippines files diplomatic protest over Chinese actions in West Philippine Sea [

-More senators condemn China’s ‘bullying’ in WPS

-US, Canada, EU condemn China for collisions

[CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Rappler, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, GMA News, Manila Times] https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/10/23/23/command-conference-on-chinese-coast-guard-blocking-incident

2. PBBM’s Saudi visit:

-Kuwaiti Prince wants normal PH-Kuwaiti ties

-Romualdez cites economic gains from President’s Saudi trip  

[Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin,  Philstar, Manila Standard, Pilipino Mirror, Inquirer, Pilipino Star Ngayon]


3. Israel conflict

-Alert level 3 raised in Lebanon; Filipinos urged to leave while Beirut airport still open

-59 Filipinos in Lebanon ask for repatriation 

-20 more OFWs to arrive from Israel on October 23

-Filipina in Gaza injured amid Israeli airstrikes

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manial Standard, CNN PHL, GMA News]


4. Locsin’s comment on Palestinian kids

-PH diplomat apologizes for ‘sarcastic response’ to Israel war

-Solons slam Locsin over tweet on Palestinian kids; DFA says post not official

[Inquirer, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]


5. House detains LTFRB whistleblower after recanting statements

-Whistleblower draws rebuke from solons over fabricated raps vs ex-LTFRB chair [Inquirer]

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


6. Erwin Tulfo still most preferred bet for 2025 senatorial race — survey 

[CNN PHL, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


7. Gasoline, diesel, kerosene prices to increase Tuesday

[GMA News, Inquirer, CNN PHL]


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