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TOP STORIES – Thursday, 21 December 2023

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

21 December 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. FAKE PALACE MEMO:

-Palace debunks fake memo declaring Dec. 22 a special half-working day

-Palace official takes blame for 'fake' half-day holiday announcement

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/21/fake-memo-december-22-special-half-working-day.html

2. Marcos signs P5.768-T spending law for 2024

[Abante, Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, People’s Journal, Pilipino Mirror, Pilipino Star NGAYON, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1877874/marcos-signs-p5-768-t-spending-law-for-2024

3. WEST PHL SEA ROW:

-China warns PHL to ‘act with caution’ after maritime clashes

-Some PHL politicians accused of 'poisoning' Manila-Beijing ties

-China denies funding ‘pro-China trolls’ in PHL

[CNN PHL, Daily Tribune]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/12/china-warns-phl-to-act-with-caution-after-maritime-clashes/

4. Marcos names 4 new ‘Maharlika’ directors

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, The Philippine STAR, BusinessMirror]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/12/21/marcos-names-4-new-mic-directors/

5. Frederick Go steps down from RLC to be new economic czar; Lance Gokongwei takes over

[BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, Inquirer]

https://business.inquirer.net/438020/frederick-go-steps-down-from-rlc-lance-gokongwei-takes-over

6. Marcos appoints new MIAA acting general manager

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, GMA News] 

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/891999/marcos-appoints-new-miaa-acting-general-manager/story/?just_in

7. PBBM vows more aid programs for OFWs; jobs open up abroad

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314401059/pbbm-vows-more-aid-programs-for-ofws-jobs-open-up-abroad.html

8. SUSPENSION OF SMNI SHOWS

-SMNI to appeal 14-day MTRCB suspension

-PDP-Laban condemns MTRCB suspension of Duterte's SMNI show

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Times, Philstar, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/12/21/2320391/smni-appeal-14-day-mtrcb-suspension

9. DE LIMA DRUG CASE:

-Ex-cop Valeroso to recant accusations against De Lima

-Muntinlupa court orders transfer of 11 PDLs in De Lima case

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1877958/fwd-ex-cop-on-plan-to-recant-accusations-against-de-lima

10. COVID-19 INFECTIONS:

-PHL logs 440 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 20 —DOH

-Metro Manila’s COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 22%; infections may peak ‘next week’ — OCTA

-New COVID-19 variant JN.1 may enter Philippines in due time

[BusinessMirror, Philstar, GMA News, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/12/20/ph-logs-440-new-covid-19-cases-on-dec-20-doh-1

11. TRANSPORT WOES:

-Jeepney owners ask High Court to stop PUV program

-PISTON-Manibela 'joint transport strike' to last until December 22

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Philstar, Manila Standard]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314401072/jeepney-owners-ask-high-court-to-stop-puv-program.html

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