(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 16 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

TOP STORIES –Tuesday, April 4, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

04 April 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Marcos eyes nat'l gov't rightsizing

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune]


2. Oil exploration

-PH, China joint oil, gas exploration talks to start in May — DFA

-Tolentino wants ‘careful’ study on planned oil and gas exploration talks with China

[Manila Bulletin, News5, One News, GMA News, DZBB, Philstar, CNN PHL]


3. PHL inflation

-PH economy seen to grow 6 percent in 2023 despite elevated inflation: ADB

-Philippine Finance Secretary: central bank has ‘probably done enough’ to tackle inflation 

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


4. Pulse Asia: More Pinoys are against Cha-cha, know little about Constitution

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


5. Holy Week preparations

-DOH urges Filipinos to mask up as it notes uptick in COVID cases; discourages flagellation, crucifixion on Holy Week

-DOTr, DOT, inspect NAIA to ensure passengers’ safety this Holy Week

-MMDA inspect terminals in EDSA-Cubao with PDEA for random drug testing

-PNP vows maximum police visibility for Holy Week travels 

-PAL says hitting 95-percent pre-pandemic capacity during Holy Week 2023

-LRT-1 and 2, MRT-3 and PNR suspend operations on April 6 to 9 in view of Holy Week

[CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, News5, Rappler, DZBB]


6. EDCA sites update and military exercise with US

-US 'not seeking permanent basing' in PH after 4 new EDCA sites identified

-US: 4 new EDCA sites to boost 'interoperability' of American, Filipino troops

-China warns Philippine-US base deal 'endangering regional peace'

-DND: Add’l EDCA sites easy access to Phl naval, air assets

-PH, US forces start largest Balikatan exercises next week

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Manila Times]


7. 9 of 10 escaped Pasay City detainees recaptured

[CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, News5, Inquirer]


8. DepEd, NTF-ELCAC condemn lawless violence near public schools; Students, teachers ‘traumatized’ by rebel attacks in Masbate

[CNN PHL, DZBB, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]


9. Degamo murder case

-Senate may soon hold hearings into the killing of Gov Degamo

-Teves brothers, Comelec eyed resource persons in Senate probe into Degamo’s killing — Bato

[GMA News, Philstar, One News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer]


10.  Brewing storm may enter Philippine area later this Holy Week

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News]


11. DOH open to NCMH Senate probe; notes facility improvements

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


12. House probe into Basilan ferry fire sought; 23 still missing’; Faulty wiring seen as cause of ferry fire

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


13. NASA reveals crew for 2024 flight around Moon

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/science/865919/nasa-reveals-crew-for-2024-flight-around-moon/story/

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