(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 - Wednesday, December 21, 2022

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

21 December 2022, Wednesday, as of 5PM

1. Marcos vetoes three items in 2023 national budget

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


2. Marcos leads groundbreaking of housing project in Nueva Ecija; reaffirms vow to build 1M housing units yearly

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL Online, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, GMA News, News5] ©PIA-PMU


3. Marcos orders DA to expedite 64,050 metric tons sugar importation

[GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News Online, Inquirer, Daily Guardian, Business Mirror, PhilStar] ©PIA-PMU



-DFA: New Chinese construction in Spratlys violates int'l law

-Philippines 'concerned' over China's reclaimed land in disputed sea

-Marcos must assert PH’s sovereign, legal rights in WPS in state visit to China—Hontiveros

-Dela Rosa: US statement vs China’s swarming in West PHL Sea ‘a welcome development’

[Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News Online, Pilipino Star Ngayon] ©PIA-PMU



-CHR concerned by Cimatu conviction, pushes for decriminalization of libel

-Gov’t urged to protect right to expression following journalist Cimatu’s libel conviction

[PhilStar, GMA News Online, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] ©PIA-PMU


6. Jan-Nov budget deficit drops 7% to P1.24T

[PhilStar, Inquirer, GMA News Online, Manila Bulletin] ©PIA-PMU


7. LPA unlikely to develop into tropical depression; may still bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU


8. Elon Musk says he will step down as Twitter CEO once successor found

[ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, GMA News] ©PIA-PMU


—Philippine Information Agency | PIA Monitoring Unit—