After talking tough on Chinese intrusion in disputed waters recently, the Philippines piped down on the rhetoric during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte. Here are the stories ANC will be following today:
Not so tough talk
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea was one of the topics discussed during the president’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to Panelo, both Xi and President Duterte that the situation can be managed through bilateral negotiations. He also said the Philippines remains an ally of China in Southeast Asia and allies strengthen and not destroy each other. Are bilateral negotiations still the smart way forward? Does this mean China will still have its way in the disputed area or will the Philippines protest Chinese intrusions some more?
Presidential daughter Sara Duterte reiterated her opposition to federalism, saying it will only embolden warlords in Mindanao. Federalism was a campaign promise of the president. So Sara’s opposition could still amount to nothing. But does it really?
The resignation of journalist and former managing editor of the Manila Times Felipe Salvosa casts more doubt over the supposed plot to oust the president. The Times said it is standing by its story. The Palace is not likely to stray from its confirmation of the plot. Salvosa will be guest on Early Edition.
In a phone interview on Top Story, Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario said President Duterte’s remark that rich Marawi residents should take up the full restoration of Marawi City was only in reference to private homes. Del Rosario said they have the funds to rehabilitate public structures.
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