(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 31 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 320 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (21.2°N, 124.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward slowly. Southwest Monsoon affecting 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 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 – Thursday, March 30, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

30 March 2023, Thursday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. At least 12 dead after ship catches fire off Basilan; coast guard checking for oil spill signs [DZBB, News5, Philstar, GMA News, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News]


2. West PHL Sea dispute:

-US to transfer two patrol ships to Philippines amid China tensions

-PCG: More than 20 Chinese, Vietnamese vessels spotted in Sabina Shoal

-Philippine vessels drive away China militia boat, say fishers

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Business World]


3. ICC drug war probe:

-SolGen clarifies Marcos quip: ICC appeal still on

-Duterte says ready to 'face the music' and 'rot in prison' amid ICC probe on drug war

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer]


4. Complaints vs Teves family:

-Suspects claim police pressuring them to pin Teves brothers in sugar mill raid

-PNP files raps vs Teves brother over guns, explosives

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


5. CPP denounces additional EDCA sites on NPA's 54th anniversary [Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL]


6. Cavite student killing:

-Graduating student stabbed to death in Dasmariñas dormitory

-DLSU Dasmariñas to impose stricter security measures after killing of student

[CNN PHL, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]


7. Marcos wants to boost PHL medicine production [CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer]


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