(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 18 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).


TOP STORIES –Thursday, 14 December 2023

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

As of 5:00 p.m., 14 December 2023, Thursday

1. Transport Strike

-PISTON starts 2-day transport strike; 18,000 cops deployed

-MMDA: Number coding stays despite strike threat

-Schools shift to online classes due to Dec. 14-15 transport strike

-Piston threatens to camp out in front of LTFRB until demands met

[Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, News5, DZBB, Abante, GMA News, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL, Rappler]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/14/December-transport-strike.html

2. Climate change

-PH seat in Loss & Damage Fund Board boosts clout in climate change advocacy --- Marcos

-Marcos commits PH to have stronger voice on climate change 

[GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Rappler]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1875345/ph-secures-a-board-seat-in-loss-and-damage-fund-says-denr

3. Gov’t measures vs El NiΓ±o

-Marcos: Gov't to carry out fiscal measures vs El NiΓ±o

-PBBM orders creation of task force vs El NiΓ±o; orders completion of water projects by April 2024 amid El NiΓ±o

-Balisacan: El NiΓ±o won’t have 'big impact' on economy

-Marcos: Tax adjustments eyed to combat El NiΓ±o 

[Manila Times, Manila Standard, Business Mirror, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, People’s Journal]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/12/14/marcos-gov-t-to-carry-out-fiscal-measures-vs-el-nino

4. Charter change

-House representatives revive charter change bid again

-Senators question timing of House’s charter change proposal

-Imee on Cha-cha: Someone wants to be Prime Minister

-Gonzales: Rekindling of Cha-cha not meant to accommodate prime minister-wannabe

-Sen Padilla files reso amending political provisions in 1987 Constitution

-Romualdez: House to focus on easing restrictions, Cha-cha in 2024 

-Drilon: Lawmakers should define anti-political dynasty in Cha-cha 

-Can People's Initiative get Cha-cha going? Gonzales says there's a chance -

[Manila Standard, GMA News, Manila Bulletin Philstar, News5, Pilipino Star NGAYON, Abante, Inquirer]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1875022/house-reps-revive-charter-change-bid-again

5. West PHL Sea

-PH, US, Japan to further beef up trilateral cooperation after China's 'unlawful' actions

-China urged to stop provocative acts in WPS, follow 2016 arbitral ruling

-China condemns Canada's support for PH over South China Sea incidents

-PH needs 'more coherent narrative' vs China's WPS 'disinformation': prof 

-Sen. Robin pushes amphibious aircraft for WPS resupply, HADR, SAR missions 

‘Cancel all deals, talks with China’

-Government urged to prioritize WPS protection amid Chinese aggression

-'Show of force': Chinese vessels spotted swarming Ayungin Shoal after water cannon incident

[CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Manila Standard, Rappler]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/14/23/ph-us-japan-to-strengthen-trilateral-cooperation-after-dangerous-china-actions

6. BSP Monetary Board keeps policy interest rate unchanged at 6.5%

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

https://twitter.com/ViktorCabuenas/status/1735193313417036149

7. Lakas-CMD gains more members from PDP-Laban, NUP

[People’s Journal, ABS-CBN News, Manila Standard, People’s Tonight]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/13/23/lakas-cmd-gains-more-members-from-pdp-laban-nup

8. Case vs Teves

DOJ summons expelled congressman Arnie Teves over ‘terrorism financing’

Teves, 15 others slapped with terror financing raps

[Rappler, Manila Standard, BusinessMirror, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News]

https://manilastandard.net/news/national/314398863/teves-facing-new-raps-for-financing-terrorism-backing-terrorists-doj.html

8. Pimentel says 2024 budget ‘bloated’ by P455B, unconstitutional; Lacson agrees

-Angara: Unprogrammed funds to still depend on gov’t revenues

[Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Inquirer, News5, CNN PHL]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/13/23/2024-national-budget-bigger-than-the-approved-p57-trillion-pimentel

9. Senate ratifies Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers

[Inquirer, GMA News, CNN PHL, BusinessWorld]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/14/senate-approves-ratified-bicam-report-on-magna-carta-of-seafarers.html

10. SMNI

-VP Duterte backs release of SMNI anchors Badoy, Celiz

-Lawmakers to invite Quiboloy to SMNI franchise hearing 

-Quiboloy camp challenges Hontiveros to file cases 

-Pimentel backs move to probe Quiboloy

-DOJ takes cautious approach on issuing lookout bulletin for Quiboloy 

[CNN PHL, Manial Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/12/14/vp-sara-duterte-on-badoy-celiz-release.html

11. SC to examine case of Dr. Iggy Agbayani

[CNN PHL, Manila Standard, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Malaya, ABS-CBN News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1875021/supreme-court-to-revisit-case-of-doc-who-died-in-jail-gesmundo

12. BI foils 2 consecutive human trafficking attempts at Naia 

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1875288/bi-foils-2-consecutive-human-trafficking-attempts-at-naia

13. DoT exceeds visitor arrival target for 2023 [Manila Times, Philstar, PJ]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/12/14/2318678/dot-over-5-million-foreign-tourists-so-far-year

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