U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the country. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:
Visitor from Washington
On Thursday night, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the country and was welcomed by President Duterte. The two reportedly talked about terrorism, the Mutual Defense Treaty and other security issues. Today, the DFA will hold a press conference on the visit at 10 a.m.
Former lawmaker and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares exposed a loan agreement between the Philippines and China that he called “one-sided.” The loan is for the Chico River Pump Irrigation project worth P3.6 billion. Meanwhile, in a rare statement to media, the Chinese embassy said there would not be a “tit-for-tat” if the Philippines deport illegal Chinese workers in the country.
Obsessed with debate
Hugpong head Sara Duterte is on the war path against opposition candidates over the issue of a debate between the two sides. She called the Otso Diretso people “black holes,” depressing and “obsessed with debate.” Also, the members of the next House of Representatives have yet to be elected but there’s already a short list for the next House Speaker. And Sara doesn’t want Pantaleon Alvarez on the list.
Refusing a request
Solicitor General Jose Calida has blocked a request by a lawyers group Centerlaw to release documents related to the war on drugs despite an order from the Supreme Court. ANC will get the details from Centerlaw as well as the reaction of Calida.
Victims of human rights abuses during martial law joined the opposition in hitting back at President Duterte for doubting the ill-gotten wealth amassed by the Marcoses. This despite the cases filed and decisions reached by certain courts on the issue. Etta Rosales said the president’s admiration for Marcos is getting the better of him.