Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the occasion of Fil-China Friendship Day. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
In his letter, President Duterte said the COVID-19 pandemic showed the “greater significance” of the relations between the Philippines and China. Xi’s government has been criticized for trying to cover up the extent of the spread of the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic. Meanwhile, fishermen from Pag-asa Island said their traditional fishing ground were no longer accessible because of the presence of Chinese sea vessels.
Last ditch appeal
Members of the opposition made one final appeal to President Duterte to veto the anti-terror bill. Sadly, a presidential veto is not likely to happen given that Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Meanwhile, protest actions are being scheduled for June 12, the country’s Independence Day.
Speaking of new laws, Congress has yet to get on the President’s table the economic stimulus bill that could’ve helped the country’s economy recover from the pandemic. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez urged President Duterte to call for a special session to get the bill done. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said over 2,000 establishments reported that they were closing due to the pandemic, leaving around 69,000 workers jobless.
Spreading a virus?
Marawi City reported 8 new cases of COVID-19 after being coronavirus-free for the past 46 days. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the new cases were those who returned home after availing of government’s Hatid Probinsya program.
The man who won against Jollibee in court a few years ago, Jolly Ting, also started the now iconic entertainment establishments like Pegasus decades ago—which, yesterday, were reported to be closing down.