(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. π—¦π—¬π—‘π—’π—£π—¦π—œπ—¦: Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting southern Mindanao. Ridge of High Pressure Area extending over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. 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 Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA). Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times 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 East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

TOP STORIES – Thursday, 26 October 2023

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

26 October 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

"Any attack on Filipino aircraft, vessels or armed forces will invoke our mutual defense treaty with the Philippines," US President Joe Biden told reporters. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst/ File photo

1. West PHL issues

-US defense commitment to Philippines 'ironclad' — Biden

-PCG to urge China to probe WPS collisions

-DFA verifying reports of 2 Filipino hostages in Israel-Hamas war

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


2. Bersamin: October 31, November 3 not holidays

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


3. PH quits seeking Chinese loan for Mindanao rail 

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


4. Israel-Hamas war

-3 Pinoys remain in Gaza City; more repatriates from Israel home by Oct 30 --- DFA

-Israelis appeal for rescue of Hamas hostages, including Filipino

-DFA joins UN call for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war

-DFA: 4th batch of Filipino repatriates from Israel to arrive by end of October

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


5. Undas

-Influx of Undas travelers expected to begin on Friday; Over 27,000 PNP personnel to be deployed for Undas 2023 

-CAAP to Undas travelers: Be punctual, responsible

-Ports on alert as 1.4M passengers take break

-Naia expecting 1.2M passengers for ‘undas’, long weekend

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, Rappler]


6. Philippines ranks 100th out of 142 nations on rule of law — WJP

[GMA News, Philstar, Inquirer, BusinessWorld] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/886349/philippines-ranks-100th-out-of-140-nations-on-rule-of-law-wjp

7. EU provides €60 M for PH green economy program

[Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld, Inquirer]


8. Economic news

-BSP announces an off-cycle rate hike of 25 bps, bringing the current key policy rate to 6.5%

-PH, EU ink €60-million financing pact for ‘green economy’

[Rappler, GMA News, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News]


9. Garin unfazed by Ombudsman case, views it as a positive; says no realignment of funds for Dengvaxia procurement

[Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Manila Times, CNN PHL]


10. Sierra Madre landslide leaves 4 dead in Quezon town

[Inquirer, Rappler, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]


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