The military continues the hunt for the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. These are stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Pounding on positions
The military continued to pound positions in Patikul, Sulu with airstrikes and artillery fire in pursuit of members of the Abu Sayyaf. The operations have been going on for a couple of days. On the Zamboanga blast, authorities have identified two persons of interest. Also, the Palace said the Philippines is safe despite the spate of bombings and that there will be no spillover of the violence.
Peace and order
President Duterte will be at a barangay peace and order summit at 4 p.m. in Tacloban. The event is timely due to the current situation in Jolo and Zamboanga as well as recent election-related killings. ANC will be ready to air this live. Expect the President to talk about his favorite topic of the war against drugs.
Fiddling over facilities
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said the Philippines should lodge a protest over the construction of China’s maritime rescue center on Fiery Cross or Kagitingan reef as area falls within the country’s exclusive economic zone. But Presidential spokesperson Sal Panelo said the Philippines should thank China instead for the facility.
New SALN rules
New rules approved by the House of Representatives make it harder to access the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) of lawmakers. Under the rules, any request for access to the SALNs will have to get a final approval from the plenary. This effectively means any SALN request is likely doomed. Will any SALN of any lawmaker ever see the light of day?
Health Sec. Francisco Duque hit back at Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta who claims that the DOH paid money to families of victims of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine to drop the charges related to the deaths supposedly from the vaccine. Duque also said attacks by the Acosta and her office has led to a decline in vaccine confidence among Filipinos and a rise in vaccine-preventable diseases like measles. This comes after President Duterte said on Tuesday that parents shouldn’t be afraid to have their children vaccinated. Where does that leave Acosta now?