(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 – Thursday, 24 August, 2023

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

24 August 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.


1. Bongbong Marcos declares dad’s September 11 birthday a holiday in Ilocos Norte

[ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, GMA News, Rappler, Manila Times, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1821171/bongbong-marcos-declares-dads-birthday-september-11-a-holiday-in-ilocos-norte

2. PBBM affirms commitment to federalism, leads oathtaking of new members of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas

[Daily Tribune, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer] https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/24/pbbm-affirms-commitment-to-federalism-and-party-unity/

3. DEATH OF DMW SEC. OPLE

-Marcos, other gov't execs, visit wake of Toots Ople

-Ople family requests donations to migrant worker center in lieu of flowers

-House bill seeks to honor Ople’s legacy at DMW

-Senators recall Toots Ople as tireless advocate

[Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard, BusinessMirror, ABS-CBN News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/23/marcos-other-gov-t-execs-visit-wake-of-toots-ople

4.FOOD SECURITY:

-P20/K of rice, still possible -NEDA

-NEDA: PH must hike production to get P20/kilo rice

-Region 2 crafting rice industry development program

-Mandaue ensures no rice prices exploitation

-Follow PBBM's policy on rice, Romualdez tells DA exec who believes there's no 'cartel'

-Group: NFA must buy palay from farmers to beef up buffer stock

-Congress to work closely with DA on rice price policies

[ABS-CBN News, The Manila Times, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, BusinessMirror]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/24/2290925/p20kilo-rice-still-possible-neda-chief

5. Ombudsman recommends filing of graft charges vs officials tagged in Pharmally scandal

[Rappler, PhilStar, Daily Tribune, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, CNN Philippines]

https://www.rappler.com/nation/ombudsman-resolution-recommends-graft-charges-officials-pharmally-scandal

6. NATIONAL ID:

-NEDA hopes all Pinoys get national ID by yearend

-DICT now tasked with making digital national IDs

[Philstar, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/24/2290918/neda-hopes-all-pinoys-get-national-id-yearend

7. Work begins on P4.1-T infra flagship projects

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard]

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/08/24/work-begins-on-p4-1-t-infra-flagship-projects

8. WEST PHL SEA:

- OSG forms team to study legal options on West Philippine Sea issues

- AFP: BRP Sierra Madre repairs none of China’s business

- PCG: China’s calmer response to PH latest resupply mission only for ‘optics’

- Malaya: China using tactics to distract PH from issues in contested waters

- Duterte’s silence on Sierra Madre removal ‘speaks volumes’ — ex-solon

- NSC: Proposed funding for building structures on Ayungin merits Congress discussion

- Senator pushes for increased PCG funds to enhance West Philippine Sea defense

[GMA News, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, BusinessMirror, Inquirer, PhilStar] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/879898/osg-forms-team-to-study-legal-options-on-west-philippine-sea-issues/story/

9. SONA PROTEST:

- Effigies as pollutants? Police told to study law they used to sue activists

- Cops file complaints vs artist of Marcos effigy burned in SONA rally

- 14 activists charged for holding protests without permits

[ABANTE Tonite, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler]https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1821160/effigies-as-pollutants-police-told-to-study-law-they-used-to-sue-activists

10. PAGASA: TD Goring maintains strength, may reach super typhoon level

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/weather/879900/pagasa-td-goring-maintains-strength-may-reach-super-typhoon-level/story/?just_in

11. Magnitude 5.1 quake jolts Oriental Mindoro

[ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin] https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/8/24/earthquake-hits-occidental-mindoro.html

12. Japan starts releasing radioactive water into sea; Fishers fear Fukushima wastewater release will affect Philippine waters

[ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin] https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/08/24/23/japan-starts-releasing-radioactive-water-into-sea

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