(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 22 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 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 Southwest Monsoon. 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 Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).


TOP STORIES – Thursday, January 4, 2024

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

4 January 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

Devotees attempt to climb the image of the Black Nazarene after the PNP pulls out of the procession during the annual Traslacion procession in Manila on January 9, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

1. Marcos declares Jan. 9 a special non-working day in Manila for Traslacion 2024

- Black Nazarene devotees urged to wear face masks during Traslacion

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/04/24/jan-9-2024-a-non-working-day-in-manila-for-traslacion

2. Panay power outage

-Massive power outage on Panay Island prompts Senate probe 

-Iloilo City expects 100% of electricity supply back by Friday

-Iloilo officials seek emergency meeting with DOE over Western Visayas blackouts

-Castro blames NGCP, power players for massive Panay blackout

[Manila Bulletin, Inqurier, CNN PHL, News5PH, Business Mirror, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Philstar]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883945/massive-power-outage-on-panay-island-prompts-senate-probe

3. Senior High removal in SUCs and LUCs

-CHED, DepEd told to ensure smooth transition of SHS students

-17,000 Grade 11 students facing displacement

-Castro slams lack of consultation over removal of financial aid to SHS students 

- Removing senior high school in state universities could worsen dropout rates: lawmaker

-CHED: SUCs and LUCs with laboratory schools can still offer senior high programs

[Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Business Mirror, Manika Bulletin, CNN PHL]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/4/deped-ched-shs-students-transition.html

4. Traslacion

-PNP: No-fly zone, signal jammers during traslacion

-DOH raises code white alert ahead of Traslacion 2024

-Black Nazarene steps out after three years

-PNP to deploy 13,691 policemen for Black Nazarene procession - Acorda

-Cagayan de Oro gears up for Black Nazarene procession amid security concerns

[Philstar, GMA News, Inquirer, Abante, Pilipino Star Ngayon, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Rappler]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2024/1/3/traslacion-no-fly-zone-2024.html

5. Maharlika Investment Corp. holds 1st board meeting; OKs P125 billion capitalization scheme

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883987/maharlika-investment-corp-oks-p125-billion-capitalization-scheme

6. DBM releases P550m for new NKTI building

All set for NKTI’s P1.3-B OPD facelift (B1)

[Manila Standard, Abante, Abante Tonite, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inquirer, People’s Tonite]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883689/dbm-releases-p550m-for-nkti-building-construction

7. Debt pile rises to record P14.5 trillion

[Abante Tonite, Business World, Inquirer, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Business Mirror, CNN PHL]

https://www.bworldonline.com/top-stories/2024/01/04/566724/debt-pile-rises-to-record-p14-5-trillion/

8. GAA 2024

-DBM to implement 2024 budget despite legal challenges

-Koko to raise 2024 budget constitutionality before SC

-DBM: Unprogrammed appropriations are outside nat’l budget

-DBM issues P6.12-T national budget call for 2025

[Daily Tribune, Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, People’s Journal, Inquier, Bulgar, Manila Bulletin, GMA News]

https://mb.com.ph/2024/1/3/dbm-to-implement-2024-budget-despite-legal-challenges

9. PUV modernization

-Pimentel to DOTr: Name suppliers in PUV modernization program

-PUV modernization still ‘idling’ — DoTr [DT]

-Manufacturer offers electric jeepneys with flexible payment terms to help in PUV 

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Remate, CNN PHL]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883668/pimentel-to-dotr-name-suppliers-in-puv-modernization-program

10. DOH debunks ‘COVID-19 wave alert’: It’s false information

- PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases declines by 10%

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

https://mb.com.ph/2024/1/4/doh-debunks-new-covid-19-wave-reports-circulating-online

11. DOH: 28 more hurt due to fireworks, stray bullets

[CNN PHL, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893119/doh-28-more-hurt-due-to-fireworks-stray-bullets/story/

12. Sandiganbayan denies motions to dismiss Malampaya cases

[Rappler, Philstar, Malaya, ABS-CBN News]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/04/24/sandiganbayan-denies-bid-to-dismiss-malampaya-cases

13. P10.41-B illegal drugs seized, 27k barangays cleared under Marcos' drug war

[Manila Bulletin, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1883781/illegal-drug-haul-in-2023-hits-p10-4b-says-palace

14. WPS Sea issue

-China should respect Philippine sovereignty, right to conduct activities in WPS – AFP

PH, US vessels hold joint sail anew in SCS 

[CNN PHL, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/893118/china-should-respect-philippine-sovereignty-right-to-conduct-activities-in-wps-afp/story/

15. DOJ welcomes SC rules on Anti-Terrorism Act: 'Addresses contentious topics' [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Malaya]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/03/24/doj-welcomes-anti-terror-law-rules-despite-opposition-from-critics

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