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TOP STORIES –Friday, 01 December 2023

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

As of 5:00 p.m., 01 December 2023, Friday

1. Marcos apologizes to OFWs in UAE for canceling trip due to Red Sea hostage crisis

[Daily Tribune, Philstar, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Abante, Pilipino Star NGAYON] https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223723/marcos-apologizes-to-ofws-in-uae-for-canceling-trip-due-to-red-sea-hostage-crisis

2. ICC DRUG WAR PROBE

- Marcos, Remulla yet to discuss ICC drug probe amid House reso —DOJ spox

- Solgen Guevarra: Gov’t won’t stop CHR from cooperating in ICC probe

- De Lima to Marcos: PH must join ICC 'for justice, accountability' on drug war deaths

- Bong Go: Rejoining ICC an affront to Phl justice system

-Lawyers: PH able, but not willing to do justice to every man

[ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, People’s Tonight] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/890107/marcos-remulla-yet-to-discuss-icc-drug-probe-amid-house-reso-doj-spox/story

3. Marcos vows to 'exhaust all remedies' to free 17 Filipino seafarers

- DFA: 17 sailors held hostage 'in good condition

- Philippines eyes expanding risk areas in Red Sea

[ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Pilipino Mirror. Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philstar, People’s Tonight] https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/12/01/news/marcos-vows-to-exhaust-all-remedies-to-free-17-filipino-seafarers

4. Marcos signs law protecting caregivers' rights

[Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines, Inquirer]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/12/1/marcos-signs-law-protecting-caregivers-rights

5. Emulate Bonifacio daily, Marcos urges Filipinos

Inquirer, Manila Standard, Philstar, Pilipino Star NGAYON, Manila Times, Abante, Manila Bulletin] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1868688/emulate-bonifacio-daily-marcos-urges-filipinos

6. IRR for streamlined telco, internet infra construction out

Manila Times, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1868842/malacanang-irr-for-streamlined-telco-internet-infra-construction-out

7. BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

-Bicameral panel starts work on final 2024 budget version

-Speaker asks for bicam panel's swift action on 2024 budget

-Bicam panel: '0' secret funds for OVP, Deped

[Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times] https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/12/01/bicameral-panel-starts-work-on-final-2024-budget-version

8. House starts grilling of SMNI show, franchise

-Celiz admits P1.8-B travel spree claim vs Romualdez is false; says his source is from Senate

-KBP: SMNI not observing Code of Conduct, program host unaccredited

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philstar] https://manilastandard.net/news/314394965/house-starts-grilling-of-smni-show-franchise.html

9. PEACE TALKS

-House Resolutions on amnesty for insurgents being hastened

-Senate panel hails renewed peace talks

-Progressive fishers group supports peace talks between PH gov’t, NDFP

-NDFP negotiator: Preconditions should not be set for resumption of peace talks

[Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Abante] https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/12/01/house-resolutions-on-amnesty-for-insurgents-being-hastened

10. Plane carrying 2 people missing in Isabela

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/1/missing-plane-2-persons-isabela.html

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