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TOP STORIES – Monday, 15 January 2024

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

As of 5:00 p.m., Monday, 15 January 2024

1. CHARTER CHANGE:

-Zubiri says PBBM thinks Cha-cha via people's initiative 'too divisive,' asks Senate to lead lead review of charter’s economic provisions

-Romualdez backs Senate move to amend Constitution's economic provisions

-Imee says PBBM lukewarm on PI; Cha-cha signature campaign is Romualdez surprise gift for PBBM’s SONA

-House bloc wants probe of 'Cha-cha for sale' claim

-DOJ seeks formal letter, evidence on ‘bribed initiative’

[Abante Tonite, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Philstar, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894181/president-marcos-thinks-proposed-amendments-in-people-s-initiative-too-divisive-says-zubiri/story/

2. ANTI-INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN

-CPP: PBBM ‘in dreamland’ over zero active NPA front claim

-AFP: 13 ‘weakened’ NPA guerrilla fronts remaining in PHL

-Int'l rights group seeks end to red-tagging

[, Inquirer, Manila Times, People's Journal, Pilipino Star NGAYON, CNN Philippines]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/15/cpp-npa-marcos-guerrilla-fronts.html

3. PUV MODERNIZATION:

-Manibela, PISTON to hold another transport strike on Jan. 16

-CHR: Gov’t responsible for subsidy on modern PUVs

-Unconsolidated PUVs to ply routes beyond franchise merging deadline

-OTC: Marcos not misinformed on real situation of PUV modernization program

-Pasang Masda, other transpo group express support to PUV modernization program

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Bulgar, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894121/manibela-piston-to-stage-transport-protest-on-jan-16/story

4. RECTO’S DOF APPOINTMENT:

-PBBM confident DOF under Recto to carry out new ideas; Recto vows to hit P4.2T revenue target in 2024

-Imee hopes Recto won’t push for additional taxes

-Recto urged to prioritize reforms to boost tax compliance, not new taxes

-PSE looks forward to capital market reforms with Recto

[Abante Tonite, Business World, People's Journal, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2024/1/14/new-ideas-to-be-implemented-in-dof-under-recto-s-reign-marcos

5. Pump prices up in 3rd week of January

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/15/fuel-price-hike-jan15.html

6. Marcos back in PHL after attending Abdul Mateen’s wedding

[Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, People's Tonight, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894158/marcos-back-in-ph-after-attending-abdul-mateen-s-wedding/story/

7. Group seeks suspension of PhilHealth premium hike

[Malaya, Remate, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/15/2325865/group-seeks-suspension-philhealth-premium-hike

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