(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 22 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).


Friday, 20 October 2023

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

20 October 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. PBBM Saudi Trip

-Marcos: Deals with Saudi Arabia worth $120M to benefit thousands of Filipinos

-Marcos arrives at ASEAN-GCC Riyadh Summit opening ceremony

[Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Abante, People’s Tonight, GMA News, CNN PHL, Business Mirror, Remate, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/10/20/23/marcos-to-bring-home-120-m-deals-from-saudi-arabia

2. Maharlika Investment Fund

-Marcos presents Maharlika Fund to Saudi Arabia business leaders

-Saudi businessmen interested in PH Maharlika Fund, Palace says

-Diokno determined to attract Saudi investors for Maharlika despite suspension

[Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Inquirer, Philstar, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Bulgar, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Times]

https://www.philstar.com/business/2023/10/20/2305233/marcos-pitches-maharlika-investment-fund-saudi-investors

3. Cyber tech security

-AI image generator apps banned for AFP, DND personnel —Teodoro

-Philippines ranks 5th in data breach in Asia —cybersecurity firm

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

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/10/20/2305259/philippines-bans-military-using-ai-image-generators-due-security-risks

4. Rice price cap

-DA bucks reimposition of rice price cap 

-NFA eyeing contract growing arrangement with rice farmers to boost dry season yield

-Agri group wants govt to reimpose P45 price cap for well-milled rice

[GMA News, Philstar, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Inquirer, Abante, Manila Times, Manila Standard, Bulgar, Business Mirror, CNN PHL]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/885688/da-bucks-reimposition-of-rice-price-cap/story/

5. Napoles gets 64 years in another 'pork' scam conviction; ex-South Cotabato rep Pingoy Jr acquitted 

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/885758/napoles-gets-64-years-in-in-another-pork-scam-conviction

6. Duterte urges Filipinos to call for ceasefire in Middle East unrest

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1848610/vp-call-for-middle-east-ceasefire

7. Food Stampa

-All set for 'Walang Gutom 2027' launch

-DSWD asked to allow food stamps in private stores

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/10/20/news/national/all-set-for-walang-gutom-2027-launch

8. DOE seeks temporary removal of import tariff on e-motorcycles

[Philstar, Manila Standard, Business Mirror]

https://www.philstar.com/business/2023/10/20/2305029/doe-seeks-temporary-removal-import-tariff-e-motorcycle

9. Magnitude 5.9 quake rattles Davao de Oro

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/20/23/magnitude-59-quake-rocks-new-bataan-davao-de-oro

10. ‘Amihan’ is here, says PAGASA

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/10/20/amihan-is-here-says-pagasa

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