The Palace said the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa had nothing to do with freedom of expression. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa failed to post bail Wednesday night and stayed at the NBI. ANC will continue to stay on top of this story. The Palace has already released a statement on the matter. On Top Story Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said Maria’s case is not an issue of freedom of expression. In a statement, Vice President Leni Robredo denounced the arrest. There are sure to be more reactions to the arrest here and abroad, specifically from the candidates of the May elections and the free press advocates in the country and around the world. The NBI also has to answer why they supposedly told Rappler staff to stop filming Maria’s arrest.
The Comelec gave candidates until today to take down illegal campaign materials. Mar Roxas denies there is disunity within the Otso Diretso. Imee Marcos insisted she graduated from Princeton despite a fact check that revealed otherwise. And Hugpong ng Pagbabago head Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte tried to explain why the coalition is fielding 13 candidates in a race of 12 winners.
The President and his party
The Palace will hold an 11 a.m. briefing. Likely topics are the arrest of Maria Ressa, the elections, the candidates, and others. President Duterte will be at the PDP-Laban, which is technically his party, launch of its campaign in Bulacan at 5 p.m.
The Philippine Competition Commission is set to make a “market moving announcement” involving a high-profile merger in an industry dealing in a basic commodity. The announcement is set to be made at around 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, we will hear about the latest on the Super Consortium’s bid on the rehabilitation of NAIA from the group’s designated spokesman in our business newscasts.
Not just measles
The numbers of those affected by measles and the fatalities are climbing. There are reports that in San Lazaro five kids died overnight into Wednesday. And it’s not only measles. Dengue cases are also on the rise. In Eastern Visayas, there are reports of 1000 dengue cases.