(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 – Friday, April 21, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

21 April 2023, Friday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. Eid'l Fitr observance:

-Marcos urges Muslims to sustain values, teachings discerned during Ramadan

-With no crescent moon sighting, Eid'l Fitr will take place April 22

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


2. Marcos, Biden to have bilateral talks next month [DZBB, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


3. Gov't database breach:

-DICT begins probe on reported PNP, NBI database breach

-PNP seeks more time to confirm alleged data breach

-Senate probe into alleged data breach in gov’t agencies sought

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


4. Military denies torturing Tiamzon couple before killing them [GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar]


5. ACT files ILO complaint over VP Sara’s ‘red-tagging’ remarks [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CNN PHL, GMA News]


6. SIM registration:

-Smart, Globe reiterate push to extend deadline for SIM registration

-DTI backs push for SIM registration extension

-Groups opposing SIM registration protest in front of DICT

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


7. Card shortage forces LTO to temporarily print driver’s license on paper [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


8. Review of PNP courtesy resignations now complete — official [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


9. Remulla: Bantag eyeing surrender [Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


10. Sudan crisis:

-Filipino hurt in Sudan conflict but now recovered —DFA

-Filipinos in Sudan seek rescue, repatriation

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


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