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TOP STORIES –Monday, 16 October 2023

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

16 October 2023, Monday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. Bongbong Marcos vows to bring home remains of Filipina slain near Gaza

-Gov't readies financial aid to families of Pinoys killed in Israel-Hamas war

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/10/16/Marcos-assures-prompt-repatriation-of-remains.html

2. OFWs IN ISRAEL

-Marcos urges Pinoys to leave Gaza; Filipino evacuees await crossing into Egypt

-PH calls for opening of Gaza's border with Egypt

-DFA: Filipinos leave Gaza City, head south to border with Egypt

-DFA hopes Egypt, Israel will agree on safe exit of foreign nationals

-DFA: Gaza now in Alert Level 4; Pinoys required to leave

-131 Filipinos in Gaza City move closer to Egypt

-78 Pinoys in mad dash out of Gaza

-Imee cautions PH gov’t from taking sides in Israel-Hamas conflict: ‘We have Muslim brothers’

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/10/16/marcos-urges-pinoys-to-leave-gaza

3. PBBM SAUDI ARABIA TRIP

-Marcos to attend ASEAN-GCC Summit in Saudi Arabia

-Saudi Arabia summit sets tone for ASEAN-GCC cooperation --- DFA exec

-Maharlika Investment Fund to be tackled during Marcos' Saudi Arabia trip — DFA exec

-Marcos' Saudi trip may indirectly roll back oil product prices –DFA

-DFA exec: Unpaid salaries of OFWs will be tackled during Marcos' Saudi trip

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/885286/marcos-to-attend-asean-gcc-summit-in-saudi-arabia/story/?just_in

4. TRANSPORT STRIKE

-Big jeepney groups skip transport strike, Manibela says protest still successful

-No classes on Monday in San Pedro, San Pablo in Laguna due to jeepney strike

- 'Libreng Sakay' options on October 16 amid ongoing transport strike

-Transport strike vs jeepney modernization causes 'minimal' disruption: MMDA

-QCPD provides 'Libreng Sakay' amid transport strike

-Northern Mindanao transport group snubs call to join nationwide strike

-MMDA downplays effects of transport strike in Metro Manila

-DILG belittles transport strike

-NCRPO provides free rides, deploys 2,245 cops amid transpo strike

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

https://www.rappler.com/business/big-jeepney-groups-skip-transport-strike-manibela-protest-october-2023/

5. WEST PHL INCIDENT

-Philippine Navy warns off China Navy vessel shadowing it near Pag-asa Island

-AFP accuses China of dangerous maneuvers in Pag-asa Island

-Philippines denounces China for ‘dangerous and offensive’ actions in South China Sea

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Rappler, PhilStar, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/885256/philippine-navy-warns-off-china-navy-vessel-shadowing-it-off-pag-asa-island/story/

6. Solons hail PBBM's 'bloodless drug war' 

[Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, People’s Tonight, Abante Tonite]

https://manilastandard.net/news/national/314380354/solon-cites-pbbms-bloodless-anti-drug-war.html

7. PBBM graces International Rice Congress

-'Rice is life': Marcos urges gov't agencies to work with IRRI, solve rice woes

- Marcos commits to ensuring growth of PH rice industry

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/10/16/rice-is-life-marcos-says-as-he-urges-gov-t-agencies-to-work-with-irri-to-solve-rice-woes

8. PBBM leads National Cooperative Day in Palace

-Marcos vows support to cooperatives to boost agricultural sector

-Cooperatives to boost farmers’ livelihood — Bongbong Marcos

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

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/10/16/pbbm-leads-national-cooperative-day-celebration/

9. EX-PRES. DUTERTE’S ATTACK VS. HOUSE

-House party leaders say realignment of confidential funds not an affront to VP Duterte

-House won't back down amid threats over P1.23-B confidential fund realignment

-Mindanao solon says ex-president Duterte's attacks vs House 'uncalled for'

-'No disallowances, no confidential funds': Albano stands by Romualdez's leadership

-Ex-president Duterte has 'gone too far' with 'murder' threat--House leader

-Lawmaker urges Ex-Pres Duterte to file raps if he has proof House is rotten

-Grave threat complaint eyed vs ex-president Duterte

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, GMA News, Rappler, PhilStar, BusinessMirror]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/15/23/realignment-of-confidential-funds-not-an-affront-to-vp-duterte

10. HOUSE WEBSITE HACKING

-House website back 'within the day', probe into hacking continues

-Local hackers may be behind House website cyberattack — DICT

-DICT probes House of Representative hacking incident

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, The Philippine Star, GMA News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/16/23/house-website-expected-back-online-within-the-day

11. HACKING ON GOV’T WEBSITE

-Hontiveros seeks Senate probe into ‘troubling’ gov’t websites hacking

-Congress will augment DICT funding amid data leaks, cyber-attacks to govt agencies

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, CNN PHL Online]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/885304/hontiveros-seeks-senate-probe-into-troubling-gov-t-websites-hacking/story/?just_in

12. Palace declares food stamp as flagship program

[The Philippine Star, ABS-CBN News, Abante, Rappler, Manila Standard]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314380376/palace-declares-food-stamp-as-flagship-program.html

13. SRA pushing for full P2B budget for sugar industry dev't in 2024

[GMA News, Inquirer, BusinessMirror]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/885272/sra-pushing-for-full-p2b-budget-for-sugar-industry-dev-t-in-2024/story/

14. Gasoline prices up 55¢ per liter, diesel and kerosene down by 95¢

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

https://business.inquirer.net/426559/gasoline-prices-up-55%c2%a2-per-liter-diesel-and-kerosene-down-by-95%c2%a2

15. New bill makes EDSA anniversary permanent holiday

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/10/16/2304187/new-bill-makes-edsa-anniversary-permanent-holiday

16. MAHARLIKA

-LBP: Capital adequate even with investment in MIC

-Contributions to Maharlika fund may threaten state lenders’ financial stability

[BusinessMirror, Business World, PhilStar]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/10/16/lbp-capital-adequate-even-with-investment-in-mic

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