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TOP STORIES – Thursday, 8 February 2024

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

As of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 08 February 2024

1. DAVAO FLOOD, LANDSLIDES:

-Marcos OKs release of P265 million for Davao flood, landslide victims

-Marcos conducts aerial inspection of Davao de Oro landslide site

-7 dead, 31 injured in Davao de Oro landslide; 2 buses with over 20 passengers still buried

-Families face uncertainty as search continues for 48 missing in Davao de Oro landslide

[Abante Tonite, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Standard, The Manila Times]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/2024/2/7/marcos-authorizes-release-of-p265-million-for-davao-flood-landslide-victims-1732

2. PBBM: Find funds for Mindanao railway project

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Rappler, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard]

https://manilastandard.net/news/national/314414345/pbbm-find-funds-for-mindanao-railway-project.html

3. WATER SUPPLY/MANAGEMENT:

-Over 1M Davao residents finally get 24/7 access to potable water

-Shift to surface water will cut scarcity problem –PBBM

[BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, People’s Tonight, The Philippine Star, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1901152/over-1m-davao-residents-finally-get-24-7-access-to-potable-water

4. Marcos joins Muslim community in observing Isra Wal Mi'raj

[Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Standard, The Manila Times]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2024/02/08/news/marcos-joins-muslim-community-in-observing-isra-wal-miraj/1931632

5. Marcos: Gov’t to continue upskilling, reskilling Filipino workers

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, SunStar, Inquirer]

https://business.inquirer.net/444693/marcos-on-labor-force

6. LAND REFORM:

-PBBM sets goal for completion of CARP within his Palace term

-Marcos distributes land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Davao City

-DA won’t rein in rice prices; PBBM wants more land titles for farmers

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, People’s Tonight, BusinessMirror]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2024/02/07/pbbm-sets-goal-for-completion-of-carp-within-his-palace-term/

7. ICC ARREST WARRANT VS DUTERTE:

-No need for Marcos to issue memo on ICC arrest warrant vs. Rody —SolGen

-PNP won't enforce any ICC arrest warrant vs. ex-president Duterte

[BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Manila Standard]

https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/314414370/no-need-for-marcos-memo-on-icc-arrest-warrant-vs-rody-solgen.html

8. House panel subpoenas Quiboloy after repeated snub of hearings

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, The Philippine STAR, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1900855/fwd-breaking-house-panel-subpoenas-quiboloy-after-repeated-absences-in-house-hearing

9. Marcos OKs Nat’l Cybersecurity Plan to ward off attacks, threats

[Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2024/2/7/marcos-o-ks-nat-l-cybersecurity-plan-to-boost-ph-s-cyberdefense

10. Meralco power rate up by 57 centavos in February

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/896847/meralco-power-rate-up-by-57-centavos-in-february/story

11. House committees OK medical marijuana use, but health experts oppose legalization

[ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Manila Times, BusinessMirror]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2024/02/07/house-committees-ok-medical-marijuana-use-but-health-expert-leachon-sees-risks/

12. P28.4-M marijuana, shabu found in abandoned car in Kalinga

[Abante, BusinessWorld, Remate, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, The Manila Times]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2024/02/08/regions/abandoned-car-yields-p28-m-marijuana/1931559

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