These are the stories ANC will be covering today:
A Congressional bicameral committee has approved the law for a national ID system. The next step is to send it to Malacanang for the signature of President Duterte. If he doesn’t sign it in 30 days, the bill will lapse into law anyway. So whether we like it or not, we will have a national ID system by the end of next month. Whether we like it or not, every Filipino from the age of 18 above and residing in the Philippines or abroad, is mandated to register their personal data. The cards will contain data from other government-issued cards and documents like driver’s license and passports. Militant groups said the national ID system might be used in the war on drugs to implement surveillance and profiling that may be prone to abuse. There are also doubts an ID system won’t make fighting crime and terrorism any easier. And what about the chance of a data breach for this just like the case of the Comelec?
The Pentagon says they have proof China deployed missiles weapons and jammers in the South China Sea. This is why China has been disinvited from joining a large naval exercise in Hawaii. ANC will get reactions from the AFP, DND, DFA and Palace on this. We also expect a response from Beijing on this.
Dealing with a deportation
Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox and her lawyers are set to appeal her deportation from the country. Given the current political environment, winning the appeal is slim. ANC will follow this story with updates from the DOJ.
It’s another Friday for the Philippine markets as the PSEi lingers above the 7500 support level, but without enough momentum to get even close to the 7900 resistance level. The volume is just not there. ANC will monitor the stock market for any change in the current trend on the last day of the trading week. Meanwhile, the peso is at its weakest since July 2006. Our business group will check on the impact on industries and exporters. Also, Rep. Dax Cua will be guest on Early Edition to talk about the package 2 of TRAIN. Groups will also launch a petition campaign against TRAIN.