Here’s a quick summary of today’s top stories:
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday emphasized its commitment to continue protecting Philippine territories following China’s installation of floating barriers in the West Philippine Sea.
Marcos finally broke his silence on the issue of the floating barrier installed by Chinese ships last Sunday.
The low-pressure area (LPA) east of Central Luzon has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and intensified into a tropical depression at 2 p.m. on Friday, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has named it “Jenny,” the 10th tropical cyclone to enter the PAR this year.
China manipulates global media through censorship, data collection and secret purchases of foreign news media, the United States said on Thursday, warning that the trend could lead to a “sharp contraction” of global freedom of expression.
The US State Department said in a report that Beijing has spent billions of dollars annually on information manipulation efforts, including by acquiring stakes in foreign media through “public and non-public means,” sponsoring online influencers and distribution deals to secure that unlabeled Chinese governments promote. contents.
According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, headline inflation in the Philippines is expected to have risen a bit further, somewhere between 5.3 percent and 6.1 percent in September, compared to 5.3 percent in August.
The Philippine Statistics Authority will release on October 5 the official figures for the September growth rate of the prices of goods and services commonly purchased by the average Filipino household.
Socorro Bayanihan Group Protected Area Agreement Suspended – DENR
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspends a land deal with Socorro Bayanihan Services, Inc. pending further investigation into the group’s violations.
Half or 50 percent of Filipinos are dissatisfied with the country’s K-12 education system, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported Thursday.
The 50 percent figure was a combination of respondents who said they were “very dissatisfied” and “somewhat dissatisfied” at 37 and 13 percent.
Fire at Valenzuela City Storage Facility Injures 9 – BFP
The Bureau of Fire Protection reports nine people were injured Thursday in a fire that struck a storage facility in the city of Valenzuela.