(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 275 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.9°N, 124.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

TOP STORIES - Thursday, October 20, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

20 October 2022, Thursday, as of 5PM

 1. TD Obet update

-3 areas under Signal No. 1 as Obet maintains strength

-Obet to trigger heavy rain in Northern Luzon 

-LGUs suspend classes in selected public and private schools TD Obet

-MIAA cancels some flights due to bad weather

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2. SC says President Marcos named 3 new associate justices

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3. 78th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary

-Marcos pays tribute to Filipino World War II veterans; 31 awarded with US medals; commits to promote welfare of war veterans

- Marcos vows to boost PH’s peace-building efforts

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 4. COVID-19 update

-Marcos urges public to get COVID booster shot amid Omicron XBB, XBC threats as he graces Ormoc City’s 75th Charter Day commemoration

-Current vaccines could still protect vs. serious illnesses due to XBB, XBC —health expert

-WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

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 5. Lapid killing update

-DOJ chief open to inclusion in WPP of Percy Lapid’s self-confessed gunman, possible

-PNP secures middleman in Percy Lapid killing

-Murder raps filed vs. Lapid’s self-confessed gunman, cohorts; preliminary probe on October 24

-Police verifying if kill order for Percy Lapid came from inside NBP - PNP exec

-DOJ Chief Remulla confirms death of alleged middleman on killing of Percy Lapid

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6. Senate Blue Ribbon Committee wraps up probe on DepED laptop mess; Sen Tolentino sees "conspiracy" involving government officials and private individuals

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 7. MMDA: Motorcycle lane along QC’s Commonwealth Ave. ‘approved in principle’  

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8. SC releases 14 schools as local testing centers for 2022 Bar exams

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 9. Undas preparation

-MMDA: ‘No absent, no day off’ policy for traffic personnel during Undas 2022

-LTO 7 gears up for ‘Undas’ exodus in Central Visayas 

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 —Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—