(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 - Saturday, February 04, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

04 February 2023, Saturday, as of 4PM


-AFP upbeat on deal for 4 more EDCA sites in the Philippines

-EDCA sites will be jointly operated by PHL, US – AFP

-ACT slams EDCA on 124th anniversary of PHL-American war: ‘Tila hindi umalis ang mananakop’

[Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]


2. Philippines, US to restart joint patrols in South China Sea

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, GMA News, Inquirer]


3. New DSWD chief Gatchalian bares priorities

-New DSWD chief wants more social workers, no revamp

-DSWD chief eyes dispersing more disaster response teams across PH

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, DZBB]


4. ICC 'drug war' probe

-'You can hang me,' Bato says if proven guilty by PHL court, not ICC, over drug war deaths

-Bong Go: PHL’s justice system works despite ICC’s drug war probe reopening

-Fortun: Government probe on Kian sloppy

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar]


5. After 3 straight hikes, oil prices set to drop by P2 next week

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, Inquirer]


6. MMDA releases list of common traffic violations under single-ticketing system in NCR

[PhilStar, Manila Bulletin, One News]


7. Parents of kids with disabilities to get P2,000 monthly ‘ayuda’ under House bill

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Inquirer]


8. Hontiveros to DTI, DA: Build more cold storage units for farmers

[CNN PHL, Inquirer, RMN News]


9. Chinese spy balloon ‘transits’ Latin America after first craft flies over US

[Inquirer, GMA News, PhilStar, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


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