(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 23 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).


Monday, 18 December 2023

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

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

 1. 2024 NATIONAL BUDGET

-Bongbong Marcos may sign 2024 nat’l budget bill on Dec. 20, says Speaker

-Zubiri hopes PBBM won’t veto proposed 2024 budget of DND, PCG

-Romualdez: 2024 budget includes funds for 'robust defense of WPS'

-Public pushback vs Sara’s confidential funds kept it out of 2024 budget — Senate finance panel chair

-Pimentel backs call to veto excess ₱450 billion unprogrammed funds in 2024 budget

-Budget bill lawful, Zubiri insists

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, The Philippine Star, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Daily Tribune]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/891658/speaker-romualdez-marcos-to-sign-p5-678-t-2024-budget-into-law-on-wednesday/story/

2. WEATHER

-Thousands flee as Kabayan hits southern Philippines

-Kabayan makes landfall in Manay, Davao Oriental

-Kabayan strands passengers, topples trees in Central Visayas

-Over 6,700 displaced due to Kabayan, shear line —NDRRMC

-PCG-7 cancels all sea trips from Cebu to other provinces

-Kabayan downgraded into tropical depression; Signal No. 1 up over 30 areas

[Rappler, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines, The Manila Times, Manila Standard, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, PhilStar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/18/23/thousands-flee-as-kabayan-hits-southern-philippines

3. PH condemns North Korea's missile launch

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines, Manila Times]

https://www.mb.com.ph/2023/12/18/ph-condemns-north-korea-s-missile-launch

4. WEST PHL SEA

-ASEAN, Japan agree to uphold int'l law, UNCLOS to maintain peace in WPS

-BBM pushes peace in WPS amid tensions

[The Philippine Star, Pilipino Star Ngayon, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/17/23/asean-japan-agree-to-uphold-intl-law-unclos-to-maintain-peace-in-wps

5. ASEAN-JAPAN SUMMIT

-Marcos urges ASEAN: Craft 10-year food security roadmap

-Romualdez cites Marcos’ push for Filipinos’ food security

-Solon bares govt move to pursue alliance for growth

-Marcos calls for ASEAN's collective action vs violations of int'l laws

[The Philippine Star, CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, People’s Journal, BusinessMirror, Abante Tonite, People’s Journal, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/17/climate-resilient-food-security-help.html

6. PH-JAPAN JOINT MILITARY DRILLS

-Phl, Japan start talks on joint military drills

-Marcos: Reciprocal access deal with Japan to bring greater capacity in maintaining peace in WPS

-Marcos Jr., Kishida look to reach early conclusion of RAA negotiations

[The Philippine Star, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/891655/marcos-reciprocal-access-deal-with-japan-to-bring-greater-capacity-in-maintaining-peace-in-wps/story/

7. 6 rebels, soldier killed in Batangas clash

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News, Abante Tonite, Remate]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1876551/6-rebels-soldier-killed-in-batangas-clash

8. Transport groups begin 2-week strike vs jeepney phaseout

-'Pinakamalungkot na Pasko': 50,000 jeepney drivers could lose jobs – Manibela

-Two-week transport strike extension starts, PNP readies peace and order contingency measures

[The Philippine Star, Abante Tonite, ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/12/18/2319708/transport-groups-begin-2-week-strike-vs-jeepney-phaseout

9. MalacaΓ±ang opens doors to public for entire ‘Simbang Gabi’

[Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Manila Times]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/12/18/malacanang-opens-doors-to-public-for-entire-simbang-gabi

10. Diesel prices up, kerosene down Tuesday

[GMA News, ABS-CBN News, CNN Philippines]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/891663/diesel-prices-up-kerosene-down-tuesday/story/

11. New suit vs SMNI hosts show how hard it is to legally beat red-tagging

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

https://www.rappler.com/philippines/teddy-casino-sues-badoy-celiz-red-tagging-december-2023/

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