(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 22 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).


TOP STORIES – Friday, 14 July, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online and print media monitoring)

14 July 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Dodong update

-PAGASA: Dodong maintains strength; 8 Luzon areas under Signal No. 1 to leave PAR over the weekend

-PAGASA sees possible storm formation in next two weeks

- Airport authorities cancel some flights due to bad weather

- Some areas declare class suspensions today due to 'Dodong'

- Alert for floods, landslides up in Ilocos region due to Dodong 

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/weather/875829/pagasa-dodong-maintains-strength-8-luzon-areas-under-signal-1

2. DOT video mess

-COA to DOT: Refund P6.1-M 'irregular, unnecessary' spending

-‘Love the Philippines’ ad firm won at least P187-M worth of tourism promotion contracts

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

3. House probe sought on Pagcor's new logo; PAGCOR denies logo plagiarized

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Philstar, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/14/2281028/house-panel-probe-possible-anomalies-behind-pagcors-p3m-logo-sought

4. West PHL Sea dispute

-PHL reiterates its rejection of China’s unilateral claim over the West PHL Sea

-China, Asean to finish sea code in 3 years

-PH must work hard to secure votes before bringing China's actions to UNGA – Carpio

-Bong Go calls for diplomatic solutions amid West Philippine Sea tension

-China's 'monster' ship joins 'swarm' in West PH Sea

[GMA News, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, CNN PHL, Pilipino Mirror, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/875739/dti-s-pascual-calls-for-stronger-philippines-china-economic-trade-relations

5. DA, DOJ ink pact on agricultural use of idle BuCor lands

[Inquirer, Rappler, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Business Mirro, Philstar]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/13/marcos-urges-gov-t-agencies-to-pursue-projects-like-rise-to-address-various-problems-in-society

6. ICC drug war probe decision to be released will not affect PH –Remulla

[Philippines Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Pilipino Star, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, Rappler]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875822/icc-drug-war-probe-decision-will-not-affect-ph-remulla/story/?just_in

7. Marcos inaugurates Samar Pacific Coastal Road; eager to see more development in the region

- Bongbong Marcos hopes new coastal road may help improve peace in Samar

-'Korea stayed': Marcos gives SoKor a shoutout for help in PH's projects

- 'They did not leave us': Marcos thanks Korea for recovery efforts, aid

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/7/14/marcos-inaugurates-samar-pacific-coastal-road-eager-to-see-more-development-in-the-region

8. Transport Strike on SONA day

-At least 200,000 PUVs to join nationwide transport strike starting July 24

-DOTr slams transport strike set on SONA day; denies failure to address transport groups' concerns 

-LTFRB appeals to transport groups to halt strike, but stands ready to assist commuters

-PRO-4B stations full alert for SoNA

[The Philippine Star, One News, Inquirer, Manila Standard, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/14/23/at-least-200000-puvs-to-join-nationwide-transport-strike

9. Missing activists

-Court to AFP, PNP: Present 2 missing activists today

- AFP, PNP lawyers arrive at CA for a hearing petition for a writ of habeas corpus by families of missing activists

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/875725/ca-orders-afp-pnp-to-produce-2-missing-up-alumni/story/

10. Pinoys in Sudan

-150 Pinoys still in Sudan; 30 Pinoys’ repatriation from war-torn Sudan delayed by Hajj

[CNN PHL, Inquirer, Malaya, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/07/14/150-pinoys-still-in-sudan

11. Sugar supply

-BOC intercepts more than P34-M worth of smuggled sugar from HK

-Refiners oppose higher sugar taxes

[Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Philstar, Business Mirror]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1801328/boc-intercepts-more-than-p34-million-worth-of-smuggled-sugar-from-hk

12. Decommissioned Navy ship runs aground near Bataan shore due to strong waves

[Inquirer, Daily Tribune, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/875828/ship-target-for-ph-us-military-exercises-ran-aground-in-bataan-pcg/story/?just_in

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