(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 – Wednesday, April 19, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

19 April 2023, Wednesday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Marcos joins lawmakers, foreign embassies in mourning loss of 'true patriot' Albert Del Rosario [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Rappler, Philstar, Inquirer]


2. Amid furor over EDCA sites, China’s FM coming to PHL [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Business Mirror]


3. PNP drug ties review to end in around two weeks —Marcos [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


4. Bongbong Marcos orders peace and order councils to address pol violence, illegal drugs [BusinessWorld, Daily Tribune, Inquirer]


5. Senate probe on Degamo slay:

-Senate detains cop who allegedly refused to write a blotter report on slay try

-Victims detail Negros Oriental ‘reign of terror’ on 2nd day of Degamo inquiry

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler, Inquirer]


6. CA junks Ampatuan’s bid for hospital confinement [Daily Tribune, News5, Rappler, Inquirer]


7. Marcos orders creation of team to mitigate El Niño impact [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Philstar, Inquirer]


8. COVID-19 pandemic:

-DOH releases guidelines for 2nd COVID-19 booster shots to general population

-DOH: Wearing of masks still voluntary

-DOH logs 287 new COVID-19 cases; active tally climbs to 10,263

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CNN PHL, GMA News]


9. Austria open to hire over 200,000 Filipinos in coming years [Remate, GMA News, CNN PHL]


10. Hontiveros seeks Senate inquiry into proposed LandBank-DBP merger [Inquirer, Manila Times, GMA News]


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