(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 02 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAWAR {2302} (FORMERLY "BETTY") LOCATION: 945 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.9°N, 128.3°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 95 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 145 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEASTWARD AT 25 KM/H FOR. 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 Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 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—