It’s a historic day for the Bangsamoro today. And the Pacman secures another victory. Here are the stories making the headlines today on ANC:
Today is the first of two days of a plebiscite that seeks to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. It’s a historic vote. If ratified, the law will give a measure of self-rule to parts of Mindanao. Areas comprising the ARMM, Cotabato City and Isabela, Basilan will vote first. The other areas are slated to vote on February 6. Authorities have raised security in these areas against parties who might sabotage the referendum. Focus will be on Cotabato City where the mayor is opposed to the inclusion of her city in the new Bangsamoro area. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have declared they are ready for the Bangsamoro government.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the International Monetary Fund are due to hold a dialogue on the financial stability of ASEAN banks at the Philippine International Convention Center 9 a.m. This could be an interesting event in light of the Hanjin loan default and bankruptcy and the recent data breaches. ANC’s Business Group will bring you the latest on the dialogue.
Storm in the South
‘Amang’ made landfall in Siargao on Sunday evening. Heavy rains are causing landslides that blocked roads in Compostela Valley. ANC will bring you updates on the effects of the storm and will stay in touch with local government and disaster officials.
The House Committee on Justice is set to tackle a bill seeking to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 years old at 9:30 a.m. Opposition to the measure is growing with Vice President Leni Robredo calling on lawmakers to help young offenders instead of punishing them. The Commission on Human Rights and the UNICEF have also expressed opposition to the measure.
Pacman conquers again
Just how good was Sen. Manny Pacquiao against Adrien Broner, who claimed he beat the Filipino boxing legend? And what’s next for the Pacman? Is a return bout with Floyd Mayweather in the offing?