(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 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 LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to 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 Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 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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