Here are the top stories ANC will cover today:
President Rodrigo Duterte made the OFW deployment to Kuwait permanent. He also called on OFWs in Kuwait, numbering around 260,000, to come home. There will be a forum at 9 a.m. Monday on the diplomatic row between the Philippines and Kuwait. ANC will report on the latest on the issue from this forum. Also, there are four senior diplomats hiding inside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait and others facing arrests. What is the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) doing for them? How are they now? ANC will try to reach out to them and talk to them on the air.
Various groups are preparing for a massive protest action on Labor Day. Judging from reports, labor groups belonging to different factions are joining forces, something that doesn’t happen a lot. A probable focal point for the protests include the government’s perceived lack of action on “endo” after President Duterte made getting rid of endo a campaign promise. ANC will cover this and other advancer stories leading up to Labor Day on Tuesday.
No comfort for comfort women
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has yet to give its side on the controversy over the removal of a statue for comfort women in Manila. President Duterte said it’s not the country’s policy to antagonize other nations. The President also said he didn’t know about the statue or its existence, adding that the Japanese already paid for what it did to comfort women during World War II.
Conflict of interest?
Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said that she and the Department of Tourism (DOT) had nothing to do with the placement of DOT ads aired by a media company owned by Teo’s brother Ben Tulfo. She said the deal was between PTV and her brother’s company. In a statement, PTV said the ads were above board and supported by documents. But is the placement of the ads ethical? Is the DOT going to withdraw the ads given that this could be a case of conflict of interest? ANC will talk to the officials concerned to get answers.
PSE closed above the 7500 support last Friday. Analysts think there may be a pullback with the PSEI testing the 7200 and 7000 support levels. But the pullback could be a prelude to an attempt to test the 8000 resistance level. ANC's Business group will monitor market movements in Philippines and in the region.
- The PDEA will have a 9 a.m. press conference on the narco list. Stay tuned to ANC for live coverage of this press conference.
- President Duterte had lifted limits on rice importation. ANC will talk to experts on the effect on the agriculture sector.
- Fr. Mark Ventura was shot in Gattaran, Cagayan after saying mass. The priest is said to be anti-mining and pro-indigenous people. The CBCP has condemned the killing. ANC will stay on top of this story and the investigation into the killing.
- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to hold a 10 a.m. presscon on land reform coverage in Boracay.