(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 – Saturday, May 20, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

20 May 2023, Saturday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. Sara, Arroyo get together after VP leaves Lakas-CMD

[GMA News, Inquirer, CNNPHL, News5PH, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]


2. Bongbong Marcos on Sara leaving Lakas: She has too much work to do

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1771599/bongbong-marcos-on-sara-leaving-lakas-she-has-too-much-work-to-do

3. President Marcos: Arroyo demotion run of the mill in House

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/05/20/2267634/president-marcos-arroyo-demotion-run-mill-house

4. Marcos inaugurates 160-MW wind farm in Ilocos Norte

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


5. Marcos wants ‘self-regenerating’ pension plans for AFP, PNP

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/870613/marcos-wants-self-regenerating-pension-plans-for-afp-pnp/story

6. President Marcos promises EO on LGU functions by year’s end

[Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer] https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/19/marcos-to-issue-new-eo-on-mandanas-ruling-2


7. Bantag faces new coercion case after torture raps

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


8. Don't participate in 'sangla-ATM' schemes, BSP tells cardholders

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News,  Philstar] https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/20/23/dont-participate-in-sangla-atm-bsp-tells-cardholders

9. Gasoline, diesel prices to increase next week

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News] https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/20/23/gasoline-diesel-prices-to-increase-next-week


- Rainy season may start end of May or early June — PAGASA

- Approaching LPA now a tropical depression, may enter PAR next week

[CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/20/rainy-season-may-start-end-of-may-or-early-june-pagasa

11.  QUAKES:

- 4.8 magnitude earthquake damages schools, roads in Romblon town

- PHIVOLCS says no tsunami threat as 7.1-magnitude quake strikes east of New Caledonia

[CNN PHL, News5PH, Philstar, GMA News, ABS-CBN News] https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/20/23/m48-quake-strikes-romblon-damaging-school-buildings

12. DOH flags disinformation on hypertension ‘cure’

[ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1771922/doh-flags-disinformation-on-hypertension-cure

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