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TOP STORIES – Thursday, 18 January 2024

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

18 January 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Charter Change

-PH, China seek de-escalation of tensions in South China Sea

-Comelec receives signatures from 600 towns and cities for people's initiative

-Zubiri to resigns as Senate president if political amendments in Constitution gets through

-Salceda: Senate move 'a big step forward' after decades of rejecting Cha-cha

-Barbers tells China: Don’t treat PH as your subject

[Philstar, Bulgar, Abante, Manila Times, People’s Tonite, People’s Journal, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Inqurier, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894590/ph-china-seek-deescalation-of-tensions-in-south-china-sea

2. Marcos vows 'people-centered development' in his Pasig River restoration project

[Abante Tonite, Philstar, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, GMA News, Manila Standard, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Peeople’s Tonight]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/894516/marcos-pasig-river-rehabilitation-to-be-people-centered-community-driven/story/

3. Upgrade PH maritime industry, align with global standards --- Marcos

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/01/18/2326747/marcos-orders-alignment-philippine-maritime-practices-global-standards

4. Philhealth contribution

-PhilHealth awaiting Marcos' order on appeal vs premium hike

-Senators, SBG back PhilHealth premium hike suspension

-PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig incomes still up even with no premium hikes

[Manila Standard, Abante, MB, Philstar, Remate, Inquirer, Manila Times, Business Mirror, Daily Tribune, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/894592/philhealth-awaiting-marcos-order-on-appeal-vs-premium-hike/story/?just_in

5. Rice supply

-Marcos OKs rice subsidy, medical gear for troops

-MECO hands over rice donated by Taiwan to DSWD

-Taiwan's rice donation may be used for food packs during disasters

-Rice may hit P60/kilo, group says; DA pushes P1.3t for harvest tools Marcos 

[Manila Standard, People’s Tonight, Manila Times, Business Mirror, People’s Jorrnal, Abante Tonite, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894487/marcos-reiterates-commitment-to-ensure-soldiers-cops-welfare/story/

6. DA bans poultry, live birds import from California, Ohio

Philippines bans importation of poultry from Japan due to bird flu 

[CNN PHL, Philstar, Business Mirror, Manila Standard, GMA News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/17/poultry-DA-ban-Ohio-California.html

7. Nearly half of Pinoys still consider themselves poor — SWS

[GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/17/SWS-47--Filipinos-feel-poor-December-2023.html

8. PUV modernization

-DOLE: Unconsolidated jeepney drivers, operators to receive aid

-LTO expands impound areas for colorum PUJs

-IBON predicts P30 to P35 minimum fare in coming years

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894607/dole-unconsolidated-jeepney-drivers-operators-to-receive-aid/story/?just_in

9. Cop linked to Catherine Camilon's disappearance sacked —police

[GMA News, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, People’s Tonight, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philstar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/18/24/cop-linked-to-missing-beauty-queen-sacked

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/18/cop-missing-beauty-queen-dismissed.html

10. Power outage

-NGCP: Brace for another possible power outage in Panay 

-Romualdez, 2 other lawmakers file reso to probe Palawan’s power woes

-House eyes probe on power crisis besetting Palawan 

[Business Mirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Inquirer, GMA News] 

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/894604/more-power-warns-of-potential-power-interruptions-in-iloilo/story/?just_in
11. Senate bill allowing netizens to join legislative process filed

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1890693/jinggoy-estradas-bill-on-allowing-netizens-to-participate-in-legislative-process

12. SC junks petition to recover lands from PCGG

[GMA News, Philstar, Business Mirror]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/content/894594/sc-junks-petition-to-recover-lands-from-pcgg/story/?just_in

13. 5.7 earthquake strikes off Surigao del Sur

[ABS-CBN News, GMA New, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1890731/5-7-earthquake-strikes-off-surigao-del-sur

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