Here's a quick summary of today's top news:

The Philippine Navy observed the presence of two Chinese Navy ships as US and Philippine troops conducted joint patrols in the West Philippine Sea last Friday.

West Philippine Sea Navy spokesman Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad said on Tuesday that the two People's Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy ships appeared to be monitoring the latest maritime cooperation activity (MCA) between Manila and Washington.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) criticized Chinese Consul General Zhang Zhen's claims, belittling the arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines' position in the West Philippine Sea.

“The Philippines and China are parties to UNCLOS [United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas]”, he pointed out in a message to journalists, stressing that he makes “serious exceptions” to the diplomat’s observation.

An expression of regret was all over Atty. Anthony Abad was able to speak when asked on Tuesday what his message was to the Filipinos, who were promised financial aid in exchange for their signature used in the popular initiative to change the Charter (Cha-cha).

Abad, whose name was written only on Cha-cha's signature campaign forms, was questioned during the Senate committee on electoral reforms and hearing on public participation.

All the bomb threats that targeted several government offices across the country on February 12 were a hoax, the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Tuesday.

The PNP, however, still advised the public to remain vigilant.

“The worker has no heart.” (No compassion for workers.)

This is how the militant labor group May One Movement (KMU) on Tuesday described government officials and members of the House of Representatives as opposing a proposed P100 legislated salary increase.

President Fernando Marcos Jr. will seriously consider a proposal that would give rice – instead of cash – to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

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Department of Agriculture (DA) Usec. Roger Navarro revealed this in a press conference that followed a meeting between agricultural officials and the President in Malacañang on Tuesday.