(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 16 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 – Saturday, 17 February 2024

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

As of 4:00 p.m., Saturday, 17 February 2024

Filipino fishermen fetch MV Kapitan Felix Oca at a designated rendezvous point in the West Philippine Sea on December 11, 2023.  Michael Varcas / The Philippine STAR
 1. WEST PHL SEA:

-More PCG, BFAR vessels to be deployed in Bajo De Masinloc to protect fishers vs China

-BFAR: China using cyanide to ‘intentionally destroy’ Bajo de Masinloc

-PH, China exchange radio challenges in WPS anew

-Chinese ships block passage to Ayungin Shoal as PH holds another resupply mission

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Philstar, Business Mirror, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Manila Standard]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/02/17/2334035/more-pcg-bfar-vessels-be-deployed-west-philippine-sea

2. SC nixes WPS oil pact with China, Vietnam

[Manila Standard, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Remate]

https://www.manilastandard.net/news/314417544/sc-nixes-wps-oil-pact-with-china-vietnam.html

3. PBBM signs new laws on state universities' upgrading, new medical school

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, News5PH]

https://mb.com.ph/2024/2/17/pbbm-signs-new-laws-upgrading-state-universities-establishing-college-of-medicine-program-1

4. PBBM vows to finish land reform program started by dad

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Manila Times, Abante Tonite, People’s Tonight]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1905687/marcos-fears-ghosts-if-land-reform-idled

5. PIRMA head faces Senate contempt raps

[Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2024/02/17/2334033/pirma-head-faces-senate-contempt-raps

6. Military personnel banned from using TikTok

[Philstar, Abante, GMA News, Manila Times]

 https://www.manilatimes.net/2024/02/17/news/ph-military-bans-use-of-tiktok-among-uniformed-personnel/1932903

7. Prosecutors push arson charge vs director Jade Castro, companions

[GMA News, Rappler, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.rappler.com/philippines/prosecutor-pushes-arson-charge-director-jade-castro-companions

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