(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 18 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 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 rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. 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 Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

TOP STORIES – Monday, 18 September 2023

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

18 September 2023, Monday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Marcos visit in Singapore

-Marcos brings home P11B in investments from Singapore; meets Singapore PM at F1 race

-President Marcos hit for attending F1 Grand Prix in Singapore

[Abante Tonite, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Pilipino Star, Remate, People’s Tonite, Malaya]


2. West Phl Sea

-PCG confirms ‘severe damage’ in Rozul Reef, Escoda Shoal corals in WPS

-Senate urged to probe China’s alleged harvesting of corals in Rozul Reef 

-Maritime expert fears collapse of Philippine fisheries

-Philippines’ reclamation in WPS doable but needs serious studies, says AFP

-China headed for global isolation amid ‘irresponsible, aggressive’ actions in WPS – AFP

-AFP: Other countries to join Philippines-United States maritime patrols

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Rappler, Philstar, Daily Tribunes]


3. 2024 National Budget

-P5.768-T national budget for 2024 enters final stage in House

-Marcos admin has no troll farms, armies —PCO

[Daily Tribune, The Philippine Star, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inquirer, Business Mirror, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, Remate, GMA News]


4. PCO budget

-Senate panel OKs P1.9-B PCO budget for 2024

-Marcos admin has no troll farms, armies —PCO

-PCO hopes to regularize over 100 COS personnel

-PTV 4 and IBC 13 in 'negotiations' with Revillame 

[GMA News, Remate, Inquirer, Rappler, Daily Trbiune. Abante]


5. Rice tariff

-Marcos bares new prices for buying dry, fresh palay

-Diokno vows balanced approach to rice import policy

-Farmers protest to denounce proposed zero tariff import policy on rice

-PH agri trade deficit up slightly in June

-Rice farmers fear losing P19-B aid 

-Escudero to BOC: File charges vs. rice smugglers, hoarders

[ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Standard, Cebu Daily News, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Abante, Bulgar]


6. Oil firms hike fuel prices by up to P2.50/liter effective Sept 19 

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


7. Supreme Court asked to declare Maharlika fund unconstitutional 

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


8. DepEd to pilot K-10 curriculum in 35 schools

[Philstar, GMA News, CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Inquirer] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/18/2297164/deped-pilot-k-10-curriculum-35-schools

9. BSKE in Negros Oriental pushes – COMELEC

[Rappler, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, DZBB, Inquirer, GMA News]


10. Acorda leads mandatory drug tests of 89 PNP senior officers

[Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]


11. Ombudsman finds Antiporda liable for harassing, oppressing NIA employees

[Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


12. Pope expels Samar priest for minors’ ‘sexual abuse’

[CNN PHL, Philstar, One News PHL]


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