(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 21 February 2024) Easterlies affecting the eastern section of the country. 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 Easterlies / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

TOP STORIES –Monday, 20 November 2023

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

As of 5:00 p.m., 22 November 2023, Wednesday

1. West Philippine Sea

-US, Philippines start joint patrols in West Philippine Sea

-PHL-US patrol in WPS not meant to escalate tension with China —AFP

-Xi wants China, PH to settle tensions in WPS, envoy says 

-China warns vs PHL plan to create own COC with other ASEAN members

-China admits dredging activities, but only on "own territory"

-Padilla urges PCO to counter fake news, boost PHL narratives on WPS

-PHL taps experts from other countries to 'stabilize' BRP Sierra Madre – ambassador

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


2. Vice presidency:

-Ex-president Duterte eyes Senate or VP run if Sara impeached

-VP Duterte backs dad's plan to run in polls if she is ousted

-Imee on Sara impeachment talks: 'Maawa naman kayo sa Pilipinas'

-VP Duterte declines to comment on ‘snubbing’ incident with Speaker Romualdez

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, News5, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Manila Standard, Pilipino Star NGAYON, The Philippine STAR]


3. Transport strike

-Manibela joins PISTON in nationwide transport strike vs PUV modernization

-MMDA ready for extended transport strike, says over 600 vehicles remain standby for free ride

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, News5, People’s Journal, GMA News]


4. Pinoys abroad:

-17 Filipino seafarers held hostage in Red Sea —DFA

-Israel, Hamas agree to truce, 50 hostages including 2 Filipinos to be released

-DFA: 2 Filipinos yet to be evacuated from Myanmar amid conflict

-DFA, DMW urged to help the 17 Filipinos taken as hostages in Yemen

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



5. ICC probe:

-DOJ: Marcos' stand vs ICC probe unchanged; still 'issue needs serious study'

-More lawmakers urge Marcos gov’t to cooperate with ICC probe into Duterte drug war

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


6. De Lima drug case:

-7 more inmates recant testimonies vs Leila de Lima

-Roque, Aguirre cast doubt on judge in De Lima drug case 

[News5, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer]


7. Marcos: Unity among Filipinos needed to address climate change

[Daily Tribune, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News]


8. ‘Shear line’ rains cause flooding, force 35k in Samar to evacuate, 1 dead

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Standard]


9. Mindanao earthquakes:

-DOH: Mindanao quake death toll rises to 11

-Magnitude 5.8 quake jolts Balut Island in Sarangani

-No tsunami threat to PH after magnitude 7 quake in Vanuatu

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


10. Senate ends plenary debates on proposed P5.7680-T 2024 nat’l budget

[Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, GMA News]


11. Self-rated poverty, hunger down in Q3

[ANC, GMA News, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Pilipino Star NGAYON, Philstar]


12. Prices of ‘noche buena’ products increase before Christmas

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


© Philippine Information Agency Monitoring Unit