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TOP STORIES – Wednesday, 3 January 2024

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

3 January 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. GAA 2024

- Koko Pimentel, House solon to question 2024 nat'l budget law before

-Salceda confident 2024 budget will pass SC scrutiny

-2024 budget infirmed, says Lagman

-Marcos should have vetoed P450-B unprogrammed funds hike — Lagman

[Abante Tonite, Inquirer, Business World, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, Bulgar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News5PH]


2. Education

-CHED halts SHS programs in SUCs, LUCs

-DepEd checking on affected students as SUCs stop senior high program; SHS learners in SUCs, LUCs may transfer to public schools

-Villanueva: Suspension of SHS program in SUCs, LUCs should not disrupt students’ education, calls proper transition

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


3. Japan quake update

-PH Embassy checking if Pinoys affected by Tokyo runway collision

-Japan quake toll at 48 and rising; Filipinos unharmed

-PHL working with Japan to ensure safety of Filipinos after earthquake, PBBM says 

-Filipinos in Japan on alert after massive quake

-DMW to provide financial aid to Filipinos affected by Japan earthquake

[Manila Standard, Inquirer, Abante, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, ABS-CBN News, Remate, GMA News, News5, CNN PHL]


4. MRT-3 ridership increased by 30% in 2023, says official 

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883218/mrt-3-ridership-increased-by-30-in-2023-official

5. PUV modernization

-Noncompliant PUVs: We’ll stay on road until barred

-More PUV consolidation applications before deadline — DOTr

-Manibela threatens wider strike next week amid PUVMP problems

- Transport group calls for deadline extension of franchise consolidation

- P50 minimum jeepney fare 'seen in 5 years' under PUV modernization 

[Inquirer, News5PH, Abante, People’s Journal, ABS-CBN News, One News PH, Sunstar]


6. PH books 5.45 million tourist arrivals, P482.5 billion receipts in 2023: DOT

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, ABS-CBN News, Pilipino Mirror]


7. NPA now weak, on the run – AFP

[Philstar, GMA News, Business Mirror, Inquirer]


8. Marcos welcomes new envoys from Vietnam, Timor-Leste

[Abante Tonite, Inquirer, Philstar]


9. PSE halts trading

[Manila Standard, Inquire, GMA News]


10. PHL quake

-Magnitude 5.3 quake hits the waters off Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur Wednesday morning –PHIVOLCS

-Magnitude 4.8 quake jolts Ilocos Sur — Phivolcs

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


11. Alert Level 2 likely over Bulusan as seismic activity increases – Phivolcs

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Manila Times]


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