A bloody Sunday in the south as twin bombs rock Jolo in Sulu. These are the stories ANC will be covering today:
Sunday bloody Sunday
Twin blasts in Jolo on Sunday have left at least 18 people dead and around 80 injured. The military said the attack might have been perpetrated by the Ajang-Ajang group affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf. ANC will try to get more info on this group from local terrorist experts. The military also said the bombs also have the signatures of the Abu Sayyaf. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit Jolo today with the heads of the military and police. The Palace vowed it will show no mercy to the perpetrators. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, has issued a travel warning for Mindanao.
Will the Jolo blasts and other recent similar incidents affect the formation of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)? National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said they have to establish if the blasts are linked to the recent Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. ANC will shift focus to the challenges in the transition to the BARMM.
Still on the economy
There will be a World Bank presentation and discussion on East Asia in the morning and a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) briefing at 2 p.m. on the economy. The topic and the discussions will likely focus on the recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers for 2018 released by economic managers which showed the Philippines posting its weakest growth in three years.
Cease and desist
The rehabilitation and cleanup of Manila Bay has started. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has collected 45 tons of garbage. Also, several establishments have received cease and desist orders and six more were given notices of violation.
Aid to workers
Employees of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Philippines Inc. are set to hold a dialogue with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on their jobs. ANC will monitor the results of this dialogue. What actions will government take to help cushion the impact of Hanjin’s rehabilitation on workers?