(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 5:00 p.m.

1. 'Bikoy' found guilty of perjury over Oust Duterte plot claims

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Times, DZBB, News5, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]


2. Typhoon Mawar

-Philippines braces for super typhoon Mawar

-Mawar slightly weakens to typhoon, but may reintensify: PAGASA

-PAGASA may raise wind signals due to ‘Mawar’

-OCD tells public: Brace for approaching typhoon ‘Betty’

-CAAP airports prepare for Mawar

-MMDA starts preparations for super typhoon 'Mawar'

[ABS-CBN news, GMA News, DZBB, CNN PHL, Philstar, News5 PH, Rappler, Manila Bulletin]


3. Chinese vessel mishap update

-No survivors in Chinese fishing vessel capsizing; Five Pinoys among casualties  

-PCG saddened by reported death of capsized Chinese boat’s crew

-Coast Guard promises aid to families of 5 Pinoys on capsized Chinese vessel

-Five Filipino crew from sunken Chinese vessel recovered – DFA

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


4. Ex-sen. Pong Biazon in ICU ‘recovering from bad case of pneumonia’ – Zubiri

-Zubiri asks chamber to dedicate opening prayer for ex-Sen Rodolfo Biazon

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


5. Marcos certifies as urgent Senate bill creating Maharlika fund

[Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


6. House bill seeks regulation of surrogacy in PH

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870982/house-bill-seeks-regulation-of-surrogacy-in-ph/story/?just_in

7. Manila Post Office fire

-42 House members seek inquiry into 30 hour-long Manila Central Post Office fire

-Zubiri wants to create a "special committee" in the Senate to "look after the rehabilitation" of the Manila Central Post Office

-Escudero: Rehab of Manila Central Post Office building should come from fire insurance

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


8. Mindoro oil spill

-BFAR: Keep fishing ban in 6 oil spill-hit Oriental Mindoro towns

-Dynamic Positioning Vessel Fire Opal to arrive tomorrow in Subic to extract remaining oil from sunken MT Princess Empress

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


9. SRP for onions on hold as Panganiban orders further studies on its viability

[Phil Star, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News]


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