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TOP STORIES – Sunday, 22 October 2023

TOP STORIES (from online and print media monitoring)

22 October 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 p.m.

A Philippine resupply vessel on a mission to reach Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea is blocked and hit by a China Coast Guard vessel on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Screenshot from video courtesy of Rey Powell posted on X.

1.West PHL Sea 

-China says it 'lawfully' blocked Philippine ships going to disputed shoal

-US, Canada call Chinese vessels collision with PH ships 'disruption', 'unjustified'

[Inquirer, CNN PHL, GMA News, Reuters, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, News5PH] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/885919/china-says-it-lawfully-blocked-philippine-ships-going-to-disputed-shoal/story/?just_in

2. PBBM Saudi trip

-BBM back in Philippines after ‘successful’ Saudi trip 

-Marcos back from Asean-GCC Summit 

-Marcos: Saudi now processing unpaid wages of 10,000 OFWs 

-Unite for peace, PBBM exhorts ASEAN, GCC 

-Call for Truce

[Philstar, Manila Times, Abante, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, People’s Journal, GMA New, Manila Standard, Inquirer]


3. OFW concerns

-Marcos assures support for Pinoys in Mideast countries

-Marcos Jr: PH-Kuwaiti relations to normalize; deployment bans to 'end'

-90 OFWs repatriated from Saudi

-Kuwaiti Crown Prince keen on normalizing Kuwait-PH ties—DFA

[Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Abante, Abante Tonite, People’s Tonight, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin]


4. Marcos: Gulf states want to take part in MIF 

[Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Daily Tribune, Abante, Manila Times]


5. Israel-Hamas war

-Philippine OKs voluntary repatriation in Lebanon as tension with Israel grows

-DFA hopes Filipinos in Lebanon repatriate while it's still easy

-Body of OFW killed in Israel-Hamas war arrives in PH

-Aid trucks enter Egypt's Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip

-Israel attacks Damascus, Aleppo airports, puts them out of service —report

[GMA News, Manila Times, Inquirer, Manila Standard, PhilStar]



-PNP to go on full alert before BSKE until Undas 2023

-Comelec warns BSKE 2023 candidates using gender insensitive jingles 

-341 BSKE bets tagged for illegal campaign 

[Daily Tribune, DZMM, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, GMA News]


7. Northrail abolished [Manila Bulletin]

North Luzon Railways Corp abolished [Philstar]

PBBM binuwag Northrail project ni GMA

Marcos abolishes Northrail 4 years after deactivation [Inquirer]

[Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Bulgar, Philippine Daily Inquirer]


8. 1 killed in motor tanker fire at Batangas anchorage

[ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


9. Cloudy skies, rains over norther Luzon due to northeast monsoon

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer]


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