(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 26, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

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

1. Mawar update

-Super Typhoon Mawar reaches estimated peak intensity, may enter PAR today

-Classes suspended in parts of the country amid rains, threat of super typhoon

-DA gears up for Mawar’s possible impact on agri

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


2. Marcos assures PH prepared for super typhoon Mawar

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


3. Marcos: Free trade deal a 'win-win strategy' for PH, EU

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


4. Bongbong Marcos eyes pre-shipment check to curb smuggling of agri products

[Inquirer, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


5. COMELEC division junks DQ case vs. Erwin Tulfo

[Iquirer, Rappler, GMA News, Manila Standard, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


6. Joblessness down, but still above pre-pandemic levels – SWS

[PhilStar, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


7. Earthquakes

-Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes off Batanes

-Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes Uson, Masbate

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer]


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