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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 16 January 2024

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

16 January 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Charter change

-Bongbong Marcos doesn't want to amend Constitution, says Imee

-Marcos tasks Senate to review Constitution; bucks Cha-cha via people’s initiative

-Senate launches own bid to amend Charter

-Retired SC justice reiterates SC ruling needed in People's Initiative enabling law

-Hontiveros hits people’s initiative route for Cha-cha

-Charter change divisive, will divert focus from real problems – Lagman 

-Easing Charter’s economic provision to attract investors — Speaker

-Salceda rules out constitutional crisis amid quest for Cha-cha

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Abante, Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Rappler, Business Mirror, Remate, Daily Tribune, Malaya,]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/01/15/24/marcos-asks-senate-to-lead-charter-review

2. Foreign relations

-Marcos congratulates Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te

-Taiwan's President-elect bats for enhanced ties with PH -OFWs in Taiwan can now apply for multiple reentry visa — MECO

-Marcos' message to Taiwan's President-elect signifies gratitude for hosting OFWs

China warns countries congratulating Taiwan's president-elect's victory

[Manila Standard, CNN PHL, GMA News, AP News, ABS-CBN News, Reuters, News5, Associated Press, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philstar]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/16/marcos-on-taiwan-presidential-election.html

3. West Phl Sea

-PH to develop islands in WPS; Marcos asks 'Reconfigure’ approach vs. threats

- Six out of 10 Filipinos agree with Marcos response to WPS row with China – OCTA

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/15/marcos-afp-reconfigure-approach.html

4. Imee Marcos’ committee: We continue to adhere to One China Policy 

[Inquirer, Manila Times, GMA News, Inquirer, Remate, Rappler] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894279/ph-reaffirms-one-china-policy-after-marcos-congratulates-taiwan-s-lai/story/?just_in

5. PUV modernization

-Phl jeepney drivers protest over phase-out plan; police blocked members en route to transport protest

-Jeepney wars: PUV modernization splits transport groups

-LTFRB to conduct random checks of PUVs by February

-DOTr urges SC to junk Piston petition vs PUV modernization

-OTC: Route rationalization, PUV modernization program to take more years to be complete

- President not misinformed on PUV modernization drive – OTC 

-No suspension of work, classes during PUJ strike

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

https://tribune.net.ph/2024/01/phl-jeepney-drivers-protest-over-phase-out-plan

6. Food supplies

-DA chief: No fund available to help farmers affected by oversupply of vegetables

-DA chief: Over P90B needed to address major issues in agri sector

-Agri chief Laurel says President set to sign rice deal in Vietnam  

-Marcos orders DA to increase PH's fish production

-Galunggong expected to drop to P130-P150/kilo in March

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

https://mb.com.ph/2024/1/16/da-admits-no-gov-t-aid-given-to-farmers-losing-sales-due-to-oversupply-of-vegetables

7. DBM releases P30B for health allowance claims

[Manila Times, Malaya, Daily Tribune, Inquirer]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894227/marcos-philippines-established-131-specialty-centers-as-of-december-2023/story/

8. Active communist forces down to ‘a little over 1,500’ — AFP chief

[Manila Standard, Manila Shimbun, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Pilipino Mirror, People’s Tonight, Bulgar, Philstar]

https://manilastandard.net/news/314407528/active-communist-forces-down-to-a-little-over-1500-afp-chief.html

9. QCPD apologizes over leaked Ronaldo Valdez video

-Ronaldo Valdez's family demands public apology from PNP

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/894247/qcpd-apologizes-over-leaked-ronaldo-valdez-video/story/

10. AFP, PNP deny reported ban on ex-generals inside camps

[GMA News, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/894218/afp-pnp-deny-reported-ban-on-ex-generals-inside-camps/story/

11. AFP names first female spokesperson

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/15/afp-female-spokesperson.html

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