(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 19 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 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 partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 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 East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).


TOP STORIES – Friday, 18 August, 2023

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

18 August 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Rice supply

-Marcos assures public of ‘stable’ rice supply, price stability as palay harvest starts

-Govt inaction blamed for rice price hike

-Senator asks gov’t to draft back-up plan on rice supply

-DA: Palay harvest to hit record high this year

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/8/18/palay-harvest-to-peak-late-september-october-2023.html

2. DFA: Elderly Filipino among Hawaii wildfire dead

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/18/23/filipino-killed-in-hawaii-wildfire-dfa

3. SC reprimands five lawyers for homophobic socmed posts

[Business Mirror, Inquirer, CNN PHL, Manila Times, Philstar, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Rappler]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/08/17/sc-reprimands-five-lawyers-for-homophobic-socmed-posts/

4. PH-Japan relation

-BBM wants deeper defense, trade ties with Japan

-NoKor’s ICBM test worries Marcos

-Stronger PH-Japan maritime security cooperation eyed

- Marcos calls for deeper partnership on defense, security with Japan

[The Philippine Star, The  Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, One News PH]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/08/18/news/national/marcos-seeks-deeper-trade-security-ties-with-japan

5. PH-Germany relation

-Germany to boost ties with PH; backs relaunching of PH-EU free trade agreement talks

-German’s help on ecology sought

[The Manila Times, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/18/germany-backs-ph-eu-free-trade-agreement-negotiations

6. West PHL Sea

-China using ‘operators’ to divide PH on WPS — NSC

-PH must learn to live with China, says Salceda

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribunes]

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/218006/china-using-operators-to-divide-ph-on-wps-nsc

7. Choice of Locsin as special envoy to China draws praise

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, GMA News]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/08/18/choice-of-locsin-as-special-envoy-to-china-draws-praise

8. Senate probe into Bilibid 'mass grave' to now focus on Cataroja's escape —Tolentino

[Rappler, Manila Bulletinm Inquirer, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, GMA News]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/18/missing-nbp-detainee-arrested

9. MUP pension

-Defense chief Teodoro against mandatory contribution for military pension

[GMA News, Rappler, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/879269/gibo-concerned-over-proposed-mandatory-pension-contributions-for-soldiers

10. DepEd: Aug. 29 class opening to push through in EMBO schools despite Makati-Taguig row

-VP Sara stops Taguig takeover

-Taguig insists writ of execution not needed to exercise jurisdiction over 10 barangays

[GMA News, Inquirer, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Philstar]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/metro/879279/deped-aug-29-class-opening-to-push-through-in-embo-schools-despite-makati-taguig-row

11. Apollo Quiboloy's Facebook, Instagram pages unavailable

[GMA News, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/17/23/quiboloys-facebook-instagram-pages-appear-unavailable

© Philippine Information Agency Monitoring Unit