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TOP STORIES – Tuesday, 20 February 2024

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

As of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 20 February 2024

1. WEST PHL SEA DISPUTE:

-Cyanide in Scarborough? PH says it would probe, China says ‘disinfo’

-PHL mulls cases vs China, Vietnam over alleged cyanide fishing

-Marcos on filing cases amid cyanide fishing: If there's enough ground, we will

-PH, US air forces hold joint patrol over West PH Sea

-PAF gets another C-130H transport from US EDCA

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, BusinessWorld, Inquirer, GMA News, Manila Standard, Philstar, Rappler]

https://rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/cyanide-scarborough-shoal-philippines-china/

2. Zubiri dismisses Senate coup rumor; Colleagues believe plot meant to damage Senate

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/02/20/2334640/zubiri-dismisses-senate-coup-rumor

3. DTI insists Marcos’ overseas visits help boost FDI inflows; Report says BSP data show otherwise

[Bilyonaryo, Radyo Inquirer, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://business.inquirer.net/446200/marcos-overseas-visits-help-boost-fdi-inflows-says-trade-chief

4. Senate OKs P100 wage hike bill on third reading

[ABS-CBN News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, News5, The Manila Times, Philstar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1906872/senate-oks-p100-wage-hike-bill-on-third-reading

5. Solon wants to pause PhilHealth contributions for minimum wage earners

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/02/20/2334783/solon-wants-pause-philhealth-contributions-minimum-wage-earners

6. SOCIAL AID:

-PBBM tasks DSWD to safeguard financial assistance amid inflation

-DSWD: Marcos says amount of gov't aid should 'not diminish'

-DSWD: 'Logistically hard' to distribute actual rice to 4Ps beneficiaries

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

https://tribune.net.ph/2024/02/20/pbbm-tasks-dswd-to-safeguard-financial-assistance-amid-inflation

7. Maharlika Investment Corp. to make first investment by end of 2024

[BusinessMirror, GMA News, Manila Standard, Philstar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/897947/maharlika-investment-corp-to-make-first-investment-by-end-of-2024/story/

8. House summons Quiboloy to panel hearing on SMNI franchise

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1906720/house-summons-quiboloy-to-panel-hearing-on-smni-franchise

9. ‘Eddie Garcia’ bill gets Senate OK on final reading

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1906827/eddie-garcia-bill-okd-by-senate-on-final-reading

10. Marcos firm on not recognizing ICC jurisdiction over PH

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/898033/marcos-firm-on-not-recognizing-icc-jurisdiction-over-ph/story/?just_in

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