(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 06 December 2023) Easterlies affecting the eastern section of the country. Northeast Monsoon affecting Extreme Northern Luzon. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

TOP STORIES - Tuesday, December 20, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

20 December 2022, Tuesday, as of 5PM

1. West PHL Sea

-US backs Philippines amid reported swarming of Chinese vessels in Spratlys

-PBBM should bring up West PHL Sea issue in Beijing visit—Tolentino

[PhilStar, Inquirer, CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin] ©PIA-PMU


2. Daphne Paez named as Palace's 'press briefer'

[ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, One News, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU



-AFP says no need for ceasefire with NPA: ‘We don’t know who to talk to’

-PNP heightens security in certain areas ahead of CPP anniversary

-Joma Sison died of heart failure, says NDFP exec

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, ABS-CBN News] ©PIA-PMU


 4. Yuletide exodus

-Over 57M passengers expected in PHL ports as Yuletide exodus begins

-PITX estimates passengers to reach up to 170,000 for Christmas rush

-PNP: 115,000 cops to be deployed nationwide for Christmas season

[Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News] ©PIA-PMU


5. 5 cops dismissed over disappearance of online ‘sabong’ master agent in Laguna

-Remulla: No clear mastermind yet on missing sabungeros

[ABS-CBN News, DZMM, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] ©PIA-PMU


6. PDEA destroys P7.27B worth of drugs, chemicals

[CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer] ©PIA-PMU


7. Catapang to file charges vs. Bantag on alleged torture of inmates

-‘Probe stabbing of 2 Bilibid inmates’ — Remulla

[Manila Bulletin, ANC, CNN PHL] ©PIA-PMU


8. Over 600 flee homes in Bicol amid massive flooding

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, DZMM] ©PIA-PMU


—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—