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TOP STORIES –Wednesday, 06 December 2023

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

As of 5:00 p.m., 06 December 2023, Wednesday

VP Sara Duterte and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

1. PEACE TALKS

-Lawmakers unite behind peace talks, issue concurrence with Marcos amnesty offer

-VP Sara peace talk remark understandable, says AFP chief

-Ejercito pushes for VP-PBBM talk over renewed peace negotiations with Reds

-Communist rebels’ demands ‘premature’ —Año

[Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, People’s Journal, People’s Tonight, Pilipino Mirror, Remate, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://manilastandard.net/news/314396525/lawmakers-unite-behind-peace-talks.html

2. Marcos calls for streamlined, digitalized makeover of PH jail services

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/6/marcos-digitalization-jail-congestion.html

3. Marcos signs PPP code, Internet Transactions law

[Rappler, Manila Times, Business Mirror, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/12/05/news/marcos-signs-ppp-code-internet-transactions-law/1922915

4. MARAWI BOMBING:

-Metro Manila peace council to tackle Marawi blast, heightened alert

-Marawi bombing injuries climb to 72 — OCD

-Police tracking 4 persons of interest in Marawi bombing

-Eyewitness says MSU gym bomber placed bag under plastic chair

-No need for martial law after bombing – AFP chief

-AFP eyes ISIS retaliatory attack in Marawi blast

[Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/06/23/metro-manila-peace-council-to-tackle-marawi-blast

5. CABINET APPOINTEES:

-CA confirms Herbosa, Laurel appointments

-Cesar Chavez appointed as Presidential Assistant for strategic communications

[Abante Tonite, Bulgar, Philippine STAR, Remate, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/12/06/news/national/ca-confirms-herbosa-laurel-appointments/1922895

6. House panel adopts reso urging suspension of SMNI operations

[CNN Philippines, Rappler, Manila Standard, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/890544/house-panel-adopts-reso-urging-suspension-of-smni-operations/story/

7. Philippines still lags behind world in math, reading and science — PISA 2022

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/12/06/23/pisa-filipino-learners-still-lagging-in-math-reading-science

8. 17 dead, 12 missing as bus falls into ravine in Antique; Operator vows cooperation in gov't probe

[GMA News, Manila Times, Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/6/antique-bus-accident.html

9. SURIGAO QUAKE

-NDRRMC: Surigao del Sur quake death toll rises to 3; 132.6K families affected

-Surigao del Sur placed under a state of calamity

-Strong quake that hit Mindanao an eye-opener — Bong Go

-Timing of recent successive quakes a coincidence, says Phivolcs

[CNN PHL, DZBB, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, GMA News, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/890524/hinatuan-earthquake-death-toll-now-at-3-ndrrmc/story/

10. Marcos in isolation after getting COVID-19 for the 3rd time

[Bulgar, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Pilipino Mirror, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1871205/marcos-in-isolation-after-getting-covid-19-for-the-3rd-time

11. West PHL Sea

Joint multilateral patrols in West PH Sea in the works

China justifies maritime militia boats in WPS

-Bato urges Pinoys to pray as China ignores diplomatic protests

-Number of Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef 'drastically' down, says official

[CNN PHL, Manila Standard, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/5/brawner-joint-multilateral-patrols-west-philippine-sea.html

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