(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 – Sunday, May 21, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

21 May 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. House leadership

- Romualdez says House 'in order,' shuns 'moves to destabilize'

- Romualdez warns: 'Moves to destabilize the House should be nipped in the bud'

- Romuladez assures 'Uniteam' remains intact

- Sara mum on House leadership squabble, GMA meet

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, News5PH, Philstar]


2. Marcos leads graduation rites of PMA Class MADASIGON

- Bongbong Marcos tells PMA grads: ‘Cling to values of courage, integrity, patriotism’

- Marcos calls on PMA Madasigon class to respect democratic ideals, rule of law

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


3. AFP-NPA Negros clashes: 5 rebels slain

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


4. ‘Mawar’ may intensify to severe tropical storm in next 24 hours

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Philstar] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/05/21/2267941/mawar-may-intensify-severe-tropical-storm-next-24-hours

5. COVID-19 cases

- DOH records 2,080 fresh COVID-19 cases, nationwide positivity rate at 24.3%

- PH detects 7 new cases of Omicron subvariant Arcturus, tally increases to 11

[GMA News, Inquirer] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870650/doh-records-2-080-fresh-covid-19-cases-active-tally-drops-to-16-503/story/

6.  Aklan under state of calamity due to ASF

[GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL]https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/870646/aklan-under-state-of-calamity-due-to-asf

7. US funding $2-M fuel depot at Ebuen Airbase in Cebu

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin] https://mb.com.ph/2023/5/20/us-funding-2-m-oil-depot-at-ebuen-airbase-in-cebu-city

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