(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 – Sunday, March 26, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

26 March 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 p.m.

Children swim at the Silonay Mangrove Conservation and Ecopark swamp in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro oblivious to the oil spill that has crept into its shores from a sunken oil tanker.  PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

1. Mindoro oil spill

- NDRRMC: Over 170k now affected by MT Princess Empress oil spill

- PCG collects over 8,000 liters of oily water mixture in Oriental Mindoro

- Fishers want sunken motor tanker owner, negligent gov’t agencies held liable for oil spill

- Environment scientist: Oriental Mindoro oil spill effects may last years

[Manila Times, Philippine Star, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, GMA News, News5]


2. UN expert urges passage of law protecting human rights advocates

[CNN Philippines, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


3. P1.2-M reward up for info on San Miguel, Bulacan police chief’s killers

[GMA News, News5, Philippine Star, Manila Times, ABS-CBN News]


4. More firearms seized from ex-guv Teves property

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, News5, CNN Philippines, Manila Times]


5. Residents OK split of Brgy. Muzon, SJDM in Bulacan into 4

[Inquirer, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Rappler, Manila Bulletin]


6. Oil prices to go down next week

[Philippine Star, GMA News, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News]


7. Magnitude 4.6 quake jolts Abra

[Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Philippine Star, GMA News, Manila Times]


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