(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of 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 to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

TOP STORIES – Monday, May 22, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

22 May 2023, Monday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Fire hits Manila Central Post Office, highest alarm raised [DZBB, DZMM, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


2. Fire hits residential area in Quezon City's Old Capitol Site [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


3. COVID-19 pandemic:

-PHL detects 7 more cases of 'Arcturus'; total now at 11

-DOH logs 1,912 new COVID-19 cases; active cases dip to 16,422

-PHL COVID-19 positivity rate at 24.3 percent

-Sen. Villanueva tests positive for COVID-19

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


4. PAGASA monitoring potential 'super typhoon' outside PAR [ABS-CBN News, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


5. President Marcos reorganizes task force tackling hunger [GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar]


6. Romualdez says House 'in order,' shuns 'moves to destabilize' [Inquirer, Manila Standard, Philstar, ABS-CBN News]


7. Makabayan 'dismayed' with Senate's MIF Bill as this contentious provision returns [GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


8. Four more ‘NPA rebels’ killed as Negros clashes continue [Inquirer, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Philstar] https://www.philstar.com/nation/2023/05/22/2267997/4-more-npa-rebels-killed-negros-clashes-continue

9. Belmonte, Singson emerge as top performing city mayors [Manila Standard, Philstar, Inquirer]


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