These are the stories that will be included in ANC’s newscasts throughout the day:
Of corals and no concessions
Fishermen from Zambales said Chinese fishermen are destroying corals in Scarborough Shoal. The Palace said it won’t file a case against China on this. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque also said Thursday that the Philippines is not conceding its fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal to China. There are still critical statements coming out of the Senate. Sen. Dick Gordon said China is not a reliable ally. Sen. Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, said the Philippines must review its “policy of appeasement” toward China. ANC will continue to report on the recent dialogue in Zambales between military officials and fishermen. The mayor of Masinloc called on President Duterte to stop China from bullying Filipino fishermen.
Disappointed and exasperated
President Duterte said he is not ready to resume talks with the communist movement in June. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza confirmed that the resumption of the talks has been pushed back. NDF consultant and CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison was clearly not happy with the new development. An angry Sison said he was disappointed and exasperated. Rey Casambre, NDF peace panel consultant, will be on Early Edition.
A dialogue and a burial
The Palace said President Duterte is open to dialogue with the Catholic Church. The current CBCP president is from Davao. Are the chances of the dialogue high? There will be a 10 a.m. mass for Fr. Richomond Nilo before he is laid to rest. ANC will continue to keep track of the probe into his killing.
End of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan will end tomorrow with the Eid’l Fitr. ANC will bring you stories on this from both Metro Manila and the regions.
ANC will give you the latest on the effects of the southwest monsoon as rains over parts of the country may persist. This includes keeping track of weather systems in and around the country.