These are the stories ANC will be reporting on today:
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.
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?
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.
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.