(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 – Wednesday, May 17, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

17 May 2023, Wednesday, as of 9:00 a.m.

Teves                                                                Remulla's
1. Teves denies Remulla's claim he's returning to PHL today [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, News5, Manila Bulletin]


2. DOJ to file torture charges vs. ex-BuCor chief Bantag [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]


3. SEA Games:

-Gilas Pilipinas gets back at Cambodia, regains SEA Games gold

-Basketball, arnis, wrestling, kickboxing bring PHL's gold medal haul up to 57

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


4. Electricity problems:

-Marcos: Gov't will take back control of PH power firm if needed

-Palace: Marcos OK’d Senator Tulfo’s proposal to probe NGCP

[DZBB, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times]


5. Foreign relations:

-DFA chief promotes rules-based global order, highlights PHL-Japan ties

-PHL, Japan should engage both China, US ‘constructively,’ says DFA’s Manalo

-Manalo, Canada foreign minister to tackle West Philippine Sea issue

[Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


6. DOH: Proposed transfer of PhilHealth to the Office of the President under evaluation [Daily Tribune, News5, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


7. 400,000 bivalent vaccines arriving next week [Inquirer, GMA News, Philstar, ABS-CBN News]


8. Marcos to Ilocano solons: Keep solidarity, strength of Solid North [Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


9. Tulfo unearths ‘wide-scale corruption scheme’ in NIA, calls for probe [CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer]


10. Police official in P6.7 B shabu haul keeps mum in Senate panel probe [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Philstar, Inquirer]


11. Economic team wants MIF bill signed before SONA [News5PH, Manila Times, Philstar]


12. Heat reaches 'dangerous' levels in 27 areas – PAGASA [Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL]


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