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TOP STORIES – Friday, 12 January 2024

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

12 January 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Cabinet Appointment

-Diokno back to Monetary Board as Recto new Finance chief

-Senators laud PBBM’s choice of Recto as new DOF chief

-Diokno says PH economy, DOF are in better state than when I inherited them

-Businesses, bankers laud Recto's appointment as DOF chief

-SBMA head resigns from post

[Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Manila Times, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Business Mirror, Rappler, CNN PHL, Abante, Bulgar, DZBB, News5, Businessworld, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/01/12/24/diokno-back-to-monetary-board-as-recto-new-finance-chief

2. Charter change

-Charter change not a panacea to PH's ills: CBCP

-Bishop tells Filipinos: 'Reject push for Cha-cha via people's initiative' 

-More senators react to ongoing push for Cha-cha through People's Initiative

-Cha-cha foes slam TV ad: 'Distasteful wordplay'

-Cha-cha signature push akin to a scam, solon says

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/12/24/charter-change-not-a-panacea-to-phs-ills-cbcp

3. PHL-Germany relations

-Marcos welcomes German minister, reveals March trip; hopes to develop more cooperation

-Germany willing to work with PH on climate disaster fund, envoy says

-DFA thanks Germany for ‘unflinching support’ for int’l law amid WPS tension

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893834/bongbong-marcos-to-visit-germany-in-march/story/

4. Widodo commits to review death row case of Veloso

[Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Daily Tribune, People’s Tonight, Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://www.manilastandard.net/news/314406561/widodo-commits-to-review-death-row-case-of-veloso.html

5. Marcos urges housing program beneficiaries to use units to improve lives; vows to build more housing for Filipinos

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Manila Standard]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893925/marcos-urges-housing-beneficiaries-to-utilize-benefits-to-improve-lives/story/

6. DSWD 73rd anniversary

-Marcos leads launch of 2 DSWD disaster management programs

-Marcos to DSWD: Serve Pinoys with kindness, compassion

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Manila Times, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893937/marcos-to-dswd-continue-serving-with-care-compassion/story/?just_in

7. PhilHealth: Premium rate adjustment already in effect; Benefits plan won't be affected should Marcos suspend premium hike

[GMA News, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893939/philhealth-benefits-plan-won-t-be-affected-should-marcos-suspend-premium-hike/story/?just_in

8. Marcos in vin d’honneur: PH ‘back on its feet’ following pandemic, amid conflicts [GMA news, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Remate, Summit Express]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893876/marcos-in-vin-d-honneur-philippines-back-on-feet-after-covid-19-pandemic/story/

9. Coup vs. Marcos

-Sen. Marcos says she advised, cautioned President on destab plots 

-PNP officers urged to shun adventurism  

- Destab plot futile

[Manila Standard, Inquirer, Abante, Philstar, Manila Times, People’s Tonight, Bulgar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1887889/imee-marcos-on-destabilization

10. PUV modernization

-50% of Metro Manila jeepneys could be considered ‘colorum’ starting Feb. 1 Solon: LTFRB not ready to implement PUVMP 

-House panel urges PBBM to reconsider lapsed PUV consolidation deadline

-LTFRB stands firm on PUV modernization

-Solon: LTFRB unprepared for PUV modernization

-CHR to gov't: Address issue of potential income loss due to PUV modernization 

-PUV modernization ‘legitimate but should not burden public' – CHR [MB]

-MMDA: Senator, congressman among EDSA busway violators

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin,Philstar, People’s Journal, GMA News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/transportation/2024/1/12/unconsolidated-jeepneys-considered-colorum-ltfrb-says.html

11. Erring cops

-NCRPO ‘clean up’ assured after indictment of 177 Metro cops in drug-related offenses

-Stiffest sanctions for ‘narco-cops’ 

-985 erring cops dismissed, 3.9K sanctioned

-108 cops dismissed over illegal drugs in Marcos admin so far — PNP

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Business Mirror, Inquirer, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893919/108-cops-dismissed-over-illegal-drugs-in-marcos-admin-so-far-pnp/story/

12. Education

-Marcos wants PHL ranking in PISA to improve faster

DepEd told to elevate PH students’ global standing

DepEd begins training for teachers to spot bullying red flags 

[Business Mirror, People’s Journal, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Philstar, Malaya, Inquirer, Manila Times, People’s Tonight, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Abante Tonite]

https://mb.com.ph/2024/1/11/it-s-never-their-fault-dep-ed-to-strengthen-efforts-for-teacher-training-development

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