These are the top stories ANC will be covering today:
An inquisition into militarization
Senate President Koko Pimentel has said the Senate would look into the militarization of the West Philippine Sea. This after reports came out saying China installed missiles on three reefs being claimed by the Philippines. ANC will take the pulse of some senators on this including Sen. Loren Legarda, head of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Vice President Leni Robredo has called on the Duterte administration to lodge a protest with Beijing. Also, acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Chinese President Xi Jinping broke a 2015 promise not to militarize the South China Sea.
In light of the recent move by Beijing, the Balikatan joint military exercises between the U.S. military and the AFP will start today. Is this a subtle hint or message directed at Beijing? The Balikatan opening ceremonies will commence 10 a.m. in Camp Aguinaldo. ANC will air the proceedings live.
A rock in a hard place
Today is the first day of former PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). What can we expect from the tough-talking former police officer? Will there finally be a real cleansing at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)? Will he be able to put a stop to the illegal activities inside the NBP?
Rescuing the rescuers
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello is expected in Kuwait in a bid to resolve the diplomatic row between the two countries. ANC will check in with our Middle East bureau for periodic updates on Bello’s trip. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said two days ago that efforts to resolve the diplomatic row are “bearing fruit.” Reports also said talks are ongoing to extricate three Filipino diplomats involved in the rescue video who are facing kidnapping charges.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño will be on "Headstart" to talk about the coming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections as well as the recent release of the “narco list” containing the names of barangay officials said to be involved in the drug trade. What is his reaction to reports some of them are victims of mistaken identity, and worse, already dead?