(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 – Friday, May 19, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

19 May 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Marcos won't comment on speakership issue 'as of yet'

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


2. Political party update

-House blocs renew support for Marcos, Romualdez following Arroyo demotion

-'We understand': Lakas-CMD reacts to VP Sara's resignation from party

- Lagman believes Sara’s party resignation linked to Arroyo ouster 

[GMA News, Malaya, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar. Sunstar]


3. PN unveling of anti-warfare capability

-Marcos witnesses Navy's unveiling of anti-air warfare capability; says it is a game-changer

-No waste of funds due to non-firing of missile --- PN chief

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


4. PH, Canadian Foreign Ministers meet to advance bilateral relations

-DFA: Philippines, Canada to bolster ties, focus on trade, education, defense

[Philstar, Inquirer, GMA News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


5. Marcos stresses need to distinguish functions of LGUs, national gov’t at 4th GM of League of Provinces of the Philippines

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


6. VP/Deped Sec Sara Duterte attends Language and Inclusion Summit in Pasay City; vows to strengthen efforts to implement inclusion policies and programs of DepEd

-USAID Deputy Mission Director Eubanks expresses support to DepEd's Language and Inclusion Summit 

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


7. Ria Atayde recruited by MMDA acting chair as next spox

[CNN PHL, News5 Ph, DZBB, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]


8. Confiscation of license plate is prohibited, LTO clarifies

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

Gov't revokes license of firm behind tanker tagged in Mindoro oil spill

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


9. Rep Teves assylum

-Teves bares alleged order to ‘intercept’ him once he arrives in PH 

-‘Substantial evidence’ vs Rep Teves on designation as ‘terrorist’ – DOJ 

-5 more respondents involved in planning stage in Degamo slay, says DOJ 

 [CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


10. COVID-19 update

-Metro Manila’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits 26% as of May 17 – Octa Research

-DOH announces RITM resumes its COVID-19 RT-PCR testing services starting May 18

-Expert warns: Covid-19 cases ‘quietly going up’

[Inquirer, Philstar, GMA News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


11. MT Princess Empress tragedy update

-MT Princess Empress operator’s franchise revocation not yet final

-MARINA probes personnel over sinking of MT Princess Empress in Oriental Mindoro

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


12. NCR El Niño task forces to recommend water regulation measures in a week or two —MMDA

[CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Manila Times]


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