The ANC Brief: June 8, 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2018 04:32 AM

These are the stories ANC will be reporting on today:

President Rodrigo Duterte listens to a query from the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following his official visit to South Korea. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo

Radical change
In his speech upon his arrival from South Korea, President Duterte said he will carry out “radical changes” to fight rising crime, including possibly imposing a state of national emergency. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said he has no idea what the President meant and that he would check with the President. Does this mean the President is thinking of martial law? Not really, says Roque. And the President has already nixed the idea. Critics like Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao think otherwise. ANC will keep reporting any other additional clarification on this by the Palace as well as the new steps the President wants to undertake to fight crime.

Monkey wrench 
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he will seek clarification on the proposed stand-down agreement with CPP-NPA in preparation for the continuation of the peace talks between the two sides. Could this serve as a monkey wrench on the resumption of the talks? 

Members of the partylist group Anak Mindanao hold a prayer rally outside the House of Representatives in Quezon City on April 16, 2018. The group asked lawmakers to pass the original version of a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). ABS-CBN News

No BBL, no decommissioning
The MILF warned it will stop decommissioning its armed forces if the Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed. MILF Vice Chair Ghazali Jaafar also cautioned against a “useless” BBL. Lawmakers already gave assurances the BBL would be ready by the President’s next SONA in July.

Rainfall warning
We are seeing a lot of rain lately due to the effects of Tropical Depression Domeng. MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Calabarzon, the Bicol Region and the western section of Central Luzon will see cloudy weather due to the southwest monsoon that is enhanced by Domeng. Metro Manila might see some rain showers.