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TOP STORIES – Saturday, 13 January 2024

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

13 January 2024, Saturday, as of 4:00 p.m.

THE ECONOMY ON THEIR MINDS President Marcos administers the oath of office to newly appointed Finance Secretary Ralph Recto (upper photo) and Secretary Frederick Go who will serve as special assistant to the President for investment and economic affairs, beside members of their respective families in Malacañang on Friday. —MALACAÑANG PHOTO

 1. RECTO’S APPOINTMENT

-Recto’s main priority: Raise P4.3T in revenues

-Bizmen, solons upbeat on Recto appointment

-Recto commits to lawful operation of MIF

-Makati Business Club backs Recto as DOF chief

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Daily Tribune, Remate, Abante Tonite, People’s Journal, People’s Tonight, BusinessMirror, Abante, Manila Times, GMA News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1888434/rectos-main-priority-raise-p4-3t-in-revenues

2. Marcos to diplomats: Economy has recovered from pandemic

[The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, People’s Journal, Abante, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Tonight, BusinessMirror, Manila Times, Manila Standard]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2024/01/13/news/national/marcos-ph-back-on-its-feet-after-pandemic/1927917

3. Marcos turns over Bacoor housing units to relocated residents

[The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, People’s Journal, BusinessMirror, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Abante Tonite, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/13/2325485/marcos-turns-over-bacoor-housing-units-relocated-residents

4. QC prosecutor’s office junks ‘grave threats’ rap vs Duterte

-Castro dismayed at dismissal of grave threats rap vs. Duterte

-Castro on junked complaint vs. Duterte: 'I was denied justice'

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Manila Times, Manila Standard]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1888437/qc-prosecutors-office-junks-grave-threats-rap-vs-duterte

5. Marcos appoints businessman Eduardo Aliño as new SBMA head

[CNN Philippines, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News, Manila Times, Manila Standard, Inquirer]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/12/Alino-as-SBMA-chief.html

6. PhilHealth: Adjustment rate already in effect

[Daily Tribune, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Abante, Abante Tonite Pilipino Star Ngayon]

https://tribune.net.ph/2024/01/philhealth-premium-rate-adjustment-already-in-effect

7. DSWD 73rd ANNIVERSARY

-PBBM, DSWD chief launch Disaster Response Command Center

-DSWD always on ‘red alert,’ says Marcos

-PBBM reminds DSWD to continue to serve with ‘care and compassion’

[Daily Tribune, People’s Journal, BusinessMirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Times]

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2024/01/13/2325527/marcos-activates-new-disaster-command-center

8. CHARTER CHANGE

-Senators won’t go along with Cha-cha

-Marcos House allies eye Cha-cha plebiscite before SONA, says group

-People's initiative to remove consistent roadblock to cha-cha: Garbin

-Catholic bishop wary of signature drive for charter change

-Palawan bishop issues call against cha-cha signature campaign

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/13/2325477/senators-wont-go-along-cha-cha

9. Sandigan junks forfeiture vs Marcos crony-owned telco

[PhilStar, GMA News, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/13/2325481/sandigan-junks-forfeiture-vs-marcos-crony-owned-telco

10. 18 Pinoy seafarers held in Oman – DFA

-DMW coordinating with agency of Filipino crew in seized oil tanker

[PhilStar, BusinessMirror, Abante Tonite, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/13/2325463/18-pinoy-seafarers-held-oman-dfa

11. Another oil price hike looms next week

-Oil prices surge on Red Sea escalation

[CNN Philippines, PhilStar, Manila Times, GMA News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/13/oil-price-forecast-jan13.html

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