(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 – Friday, May 19, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

19 May 2023, Friday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. VP Sara resigns from Lakas-CMD party [Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, News5, Philstar, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870516/vp-sara-resigns-from-lakas-cmd-party/story/

2. House shake-up:

-Arroyo denies coup plot vs. Speaker Romualdez

-Arroyo says she's dropping 'ambition' to be Speaker again

-Lakas-CMD, NP reaffirm support to Marcos, Romualdez after House shake-up

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


3. Marcos cites importance of ties, might visit Australia next year [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


4. Canada asks for PH support in ASEAN free trade negotiations [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Standard, Inquirer]


5. Vietnam rebukes China, Philippines over South China Sea conduct [GMA News, Inquirer, Rappler, News5]



6. Marcos welcomes proposal to create body to address jobs mismatch [Inquirer, Manila Standard, GMA News, CNN PHL]


7. Philippine Heart Center bars visitors, cites rising COVID cases [GMA News, Manila Standard, Inquirer]


8. OCTA survey: 8 in 10 Filipinos still trust PNP [Manila Bulletin, GMA News, CNN PHL]


9. MRT-3 coach emits smoke, over 200 passengers unloaded at Santolan station [GMA News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer]


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