These are the big stories on the newscasts of ANC today:
The administration will lead the country in celebration of Independence Day. But the question as always is: are we really free? The President will be Kawit at 8 a.m. while the Vice President will be in Luneta. This looks strange, as the President usually raises the flag at the Rizal Monument. There will also be protests at the Chinese consulate, Luneta, and Liwasang Bonifacio.
Free to fish
Are the Filipinos who fish the waters of Scarborough Shoal really free to fish? In Monday’s briefing, the Palace addressed the issue of the “harassment” of the fishermen. Fishermen in the area, who were at the briefing, said the Chinese still control Scarborough. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque confirmed that members of the Chinese Coast Guard boarded Filipino fishing boats and got fish from the fishermen in exchange for noodles, cigarettes, and water. Roque said they would not stand for this and have raised this with the Chinese ambassador. But he also said at least the fishermen were able to fish from the area, unlike the time of the Aquino administration. Local fishermen who were also at the briefing also called on the Philippine government to address so-called “bartering” of the goods. Former Solicitor Gen. Florin Hilbay said the public must have access to protests filed against China. Something DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano must answer, among other things. And Aquino’s spokesperson Abi Valte has a riposte to Roque’s statement.
Free from crime
Last Saturday, 5 men were killed in Quezon City in a span of 24 hours. Another priest is dead in Nueva Ecija. But according to Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order report, the Philippines maintains its ranking from last year, putting it at par with South Korea and Australia. The report determines people’s sense of personal security and experience with crime and law enforcement.
The President will be in Pampanga for oathtaking of barangay chiefs at 2:30 p.m. ANC will air his speech live. Likely topics will include the usual war on drugs, corruption, Independence Day, maybe the South China Sea issue, and others.
There is no weather system affecting the country at the moment. But ANC will continue to monitor monsoon rains and weather advisories from PAGASA as heavy downpour leads to flooding and landslides in certain areas.