(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 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 – Thursday, 13 July, 2023

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

13 July 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. West PHL Sea dispute

-PBBM administration urged to vigorously assert arbitral ruling on maritime dispute

-80 percent of Filipinos back alliances defending Philippine territory —survey

-China says it does not accept PH’s 2016 South China Sea arbitration 

-Pimentel, Poe warn vs. filing another case against Beijing on WPS 

-File new WPS case vs Beijing, Jardeleza urges Marcos admin

[BusinessMirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine STAR, ABS-CBN News, Journal, Business World, People’s Tonight, Rappler]


2. Marcos welcomes PH-France direct flight initiative, scholarships

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Sunstar, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Remate, Pilipino Star]


3. Investment/Economy

-Investment ‘green lanes’ to allow PH to compete in Asian market —Marcos

-Most Filipinos say PBBM must focus on PH economy — survey

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


4. Renewable energy

-Marcos sees energy-secure future, vows easier processes for energy investor; hopes for more renewable energy projects 

-Rep. Co bares availability of P10-B fund in GAA for development of solar-powered projects 

-Japanese firm backs PH shift to renewable energy

[The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Manila Standard, Business Mirror]


5. South Commuter Railway:

-Marcos leads signing of 3 more contract packages for south commuter project worth P52B

-South commuter railways to benefit 800,000 commuters by 2029 —Marcos

-Marcos sees 3,000 new jobs from South Commuter Railway Project R

-Marcos assures gov't aid for informal settlers along railway route

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


6. SONA Update

-Transport strike planned for SONA

-DOTr denies jeepney drivers are being deprived of routes

-Transport strike will not solve anything — Pasang Masda, ALTODAP 

-PISTON plans to march on July 17; urges Marcos to reconsider the Omnibus Franchising

[Manila Standard, Inquirer, CNN PHL, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Bulgar, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, GMA News]


7. PAGCOR Logo controversy

-Poe asks: Did new Pagcor logo undergo proper bidding?

-Netizens suggest better Pagcor logo designs

-Marcos lauds PAGCOR on 40th year

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, News5]


8. SC junks petitions challenging government’s COVID-19 regulations

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


9. ICC chamber to decide PH's appeal on July 18; Guevarra says ICC may indict ‘certain individuals’ if PHL loses appeal

[GMA News, Rappler, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer]


10. Water supply issue

-Poe to launch probe into water supply issues; pushes for department to manage PH water supply

-DA eyes cloud seeding in Angat; DENR to adopt short-term water supply fixes

-Maynilad to address water supply cut

-NIA: Irrigation allocation cut in wake of falling water level in Angat Dam

[CNN PHL, Philstar, GMA News, Manila Standard]


11. LPA may become tropical depression ‘Dodong’ within 48 hours — PAGASA

[Philstar, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin]


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