These are some of the stories in ANC's newscasts for today:
'Out of goodwill'
Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua was a noteworthy guest during the Independence Day celebrations in Kawit, Cavite. This given our recent entanglements with China in the South China Sea. He told reporters Filipinos are allowed to fish in Scarborough Shoal “out of goodwill” by China. But he said they will conduct a serious investigation in the reported “harassment” of Filipino fishermen. He also said the issue over the landing of a Chinese military plane is “nonsense.” Zhao was also photographed talking to Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana.
During the Kawit celebrations, President Duterte was heckled as he was starting his speech. Police arrested the hecklers. One of them is now facing criminal case despite what the President said that police must exercise maximum tolerance. In a statement, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also blasted “fake freedom”.
Priests in Dagupan led by Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on President Duterte to stop the verbal persecution of priests as this might encourage attacks on priests. ANC will continue to report on the probe into the killing of priests, particularly the murder of Fr. Richmond Nilo in Nueva Ecija. Fr. Jerome Secillano of the CBCP dismissed the idea of arming priests. He will be guest on ANC's Early Edition to talk about the killings of priests.
President in focus
There will be a series of events at the Palace with a CHED MOA signing at 3 p.m., the oath-taking ceremony of military officials at 5 p.m. and a joint AFP-PNP command conference at 6:30 p.m. ANC will air any speech the President might give during these events.