(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 – Friday, March 31, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

31 March 2023, Friday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Degamo slay:

-Days before assassination, SC clears Degamo of graft

-Belongings of alleged Degamo gunmen found in Teves sugar mill

-Suspects' statements point to Rep. Teves' involvement, Remulla says

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


2. Oriental Mindoro may be placed under state of calamity as oil spill spreads to more towns – governor [Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CNN PHL, GMA News]


3. Vanessa Hudgens named PHL global tourism ambassador [Business Mirror, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer]


4. Marcos leads launch of 'Kadiwa' program in Bataan [Inquirer, Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]


5. 'Bato' holds on to Marcos vow he won't be arrested by ICC [Manila Standard, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News]


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