(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 – Wednesday, May 24, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

24 May 2023, Wednesday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Weather disturbance:

-Philippines braces for as 'Mawar' intensifies into super typhoon

-DSWD bracing for super typhoon; relief, disaster response set

-PAGASA: Super typhoon unlikely to make landfall

-PAGASA: Super typhoon to stir habagat rains despite unlikely direct hit

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


2. House panel OKs bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity [Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


3. Bato dela Rosa kneels, asks cops to tell truth in Senate drug haul probe [Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


4. Go floats idea of Duterte becoming as anti-drug czar [GMA News, Inquirer, News5, Manila Standard]


5. Marcos commits to continue rebuilding Marawi [Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


6. DOJ still confident of winning case vs Teves despite suspects’ recantations [CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


7. Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Sarangani [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


8. One dead as fire hits residential area in Quezon City [DZBB, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News]


9. It’s time to legalize motorcycles as taxis —Poe [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer]


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