(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 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 LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to 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 Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

TOP STORIES – Wednesday, 19 July, 2023

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

19 July 2023, Wednesday, as of 5:00 p.m.


-Marcos sees ‘progress’ with Maharlika, vows no politics

-Marcos: Maharlika fund will be well-run

-PBBM and Diokno said they won’t be part of board to manage fund

-Diokno: Finance chief to sit as an ex officio in Maharlika

-Growth, infra boost eyed with Maharlika

-MIF advocates tout ‘trillions’ in investible funds, sources

-Peso weaker after MIF okay

-Economic team assures MIF beneficial to PH

-Maharlika Fund constitutionally sound–Zubiri

-Villar: MIF timely for Phl economic recovery

-Speaker: MIF vehicle for infra financing sans new taxes, foreign debt

-'Prudent' of PBBM to shield MIF from politics—Romualdez

-Presidential appointee with ‘impeccable reputation’ should manage Maharlika fund – Villar

-'This is personal': Recto says economic managers should silence critics on MIF

-MIF law to expand gov't fiscal opportunities – Bicol lawmakers

[The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Bulgar, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Pilipino Mirror, People’s Tonight, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Pilipino Star Ngayon]



-Pimentel, Hontiveros slam signing of Maharlika fund law

-Maharlika Fund Law signing ‘a sad day in PH history,' says Koko

-Sen. Pimentel sees ‘tough’ legal obstacles for Maharlika Fund Act

-First year of Marcos presidency was wasted, says Hontiveros

-Maharlika seen passing SC scrutiny

-Education workers slam PBBM over ‘hasty’ enactment of Maharlika law

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Inquirer]



-ICC rejects PH appeal to stop drug war probe

-DOJ chief Remulla to ICC: Keep off PH territory or it will be a mess

-Marcos admin 'disappointed' with ICC's decision, stresses minority position

-OSG 'disappointed' while victims' families, groups welcome ICC decision to resume drug war probe

-Ex-pres. Duterte 'shrugs off' ICC junking of PH gov't appeal

-Dela Rosa, ‘tokhang’ enforcer, unfazed by tribunal decision

-After ICC junks PH gov’t appeal, kin of drug war victims feel ‘closer to justice’

-DOJ chief nixes ICC drug probe as “unnecessary’

-Hontiveros presses PH anew to cooperate with ICC probe into killings under Duterte

-Zubiri: Without a local court order, Senate won’t allow ICC to arrest Dela Rosa

-Duterte, Bato advised not to go to countries with ICC jurisdiction

-Bato says won't travel to ICC-member countries if arrest warrant out

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Bulgar, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, Manila Standard, Malaya, Rappler, People’s Journal, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Abante]


4. SONA 2023

-Bayan sees 'bigger' protests on Marcos' 2nd SONA

-Military intensifies security for SONA

-PNP to deploy 25K cops for SONA

-VP Duterte leads confirmed SONA guests

-Zubiri wants Marcos to bare Maharlika-funded projects in SONA

-MMDA, groups set to negate SONA strikes

-Private school teachers seek higher minimum pay

-Ex-Pres. Duterte confirmed attendance to SONA 2023 —House SecGen

-Quezon City suspends classes on July 24 for Marcos' 2nd SONA

[CNN Philippines, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Tonight]



-Marcos says he knew about Duterte’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

-Marcos ‘sure’ Duterte to brief gov’t on Xi meeting

-PBBM hopes for ‘progress’ in PH-China relations after Duterte-Xi meeting

-Marcos hopes Duterte and Xi tackled issues on West PH Sea during meeting

-Duterte offers to promote PH-China ties

[Rappler, Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, The Philippine Star, Bulgar, Manila Standard, Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin]



-PHL rolls out food stamp program in Tondo

-Marcos confident gov't can sustain Food Stamp Program as long as PH needs it

-‘More than aid, food stamp drive to boost nutrition’

-President hopes to end 4PS soon, reach zero-hunger target by ‘28

[ABS-CBN News, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Rappler, People’s Tonite, Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin]


7. NAIA privatization gets green light from NEDA

[ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Manila Times, Inquirer, Manila Times, CNN Philippines]


8. Marcos orders agencies to look for idle land for housing

-Marcos names ‘Pambansang Pabahay’ or ‘4PH’ as his flagship program

[ABS-CBN News, News5, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer]


9. Ex-LTFRB chair Vigor Mendoza is new LTO chief

[Manila Times, DZBB, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, Manila Bulletin]


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