(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 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 to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).


TOP STORIES – Friday, March 31, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

31 March 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Marcos brings 'Kadiwa' to Bataan, distributes aid to Limay residents [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Times, News5, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/31/marcos-brings-kadiwa-to-bataan-distributes-aid-to-limay-residents

2. Marcos inaugurates San Miguel energy storage in Bataan [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler]

https://www.rappler.com/business/watch-marcos-inaugurates-san-miguel-energy-storage-bataan/

3. Marcos graces Bataan-Cavite bridge ceremony; urges DPWH to finish project on time [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/31/marcos-to-dpwh-finish-bataan-cavite-bridge-on-time

4. Marcos conducts inspection of 2 C-130T aircrafts in Pampanga [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philstar]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/3/31/marcos-orders-air-force-armed-forces-to-ensure-ph-military-assets-are-in-good-condition

5. Holy Week observance:

-Malacañang declares half-day work in government offices on Holy Wednesday

-Marcos to have retreat and spend Easter with family on Holy Week

-Provincial buses allowed on EDSA from April 6 to 10 amid Holy Week —MMDA

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/865649/palace-gov-t-work-suspended-on-april-5-beginning-12-p-m-onwards/story/?just_in

6. Economy stories:

-Philippine inflation likely eased below 8% in March, says BSP

-PHL books $531-M net outflows of 'hot money' in February

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

https://business.inquirer.net/393967/philippine-inflation-likely-eased-below-8-in-march-says-bsp

7. PNP identifies suspect in killing of DLSU-Dasmariñas student [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, News5, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/31/pnp-identifies-suspect-killing-DLSU-Dasmari-as-student.html

8. Charter change:

-Padilla releases draft report on measure seeking Cha-cha via con-ass

-Padilla accepts Cha-cha's doomed fate in the Senate

[Inquirer, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/865629/padilla-releases-draft-report-on-measure-seeking-cha-cha-via-con-ass/story/?just_in

9. Looming water crisis:

-Manila Water assures customers of no service interruptions

-Reduced supply for Manila Water, Maynilad eyed

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philstar, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/31/Manila-Water-no-service-interruptions.html

10. LTO rejects group's call to defer cap on driving school fees [Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, GMA News, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/3/31/lto-april-implementation-driving-school-fees-cap.html

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