The ANC Brief: June 18, 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2018 05:00 AM

Here are the stories ANC will be reporting on today:

File photo of fighters of the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Mark Saludes, ABS-CBN News

Talks and rhetoric

Will the talks resume anytime soon? The rhetoric between the two sides is up a notch. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) claimed the peace talks with government were postponed to give way to military offensives. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison to stop acting like a “spoiled brat” after Sison said he was frustrated and exasperated with the postponement of the talks. Fidel Agcaoili of the NDF will be guest on "Early Edition" to talk about options and possibilities for talks that could end one of the world’s oldest insurgencies.

Remnants still around

Remember the Maute Group whose war with the government ravaged Marawi City? Remnants of the group are still around apparently. The military is engaging the Maute in a firefight in Lanao del Sur. ANC will give you the latest updates on this story.

Foreign Affairs

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to be at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at 1 p.m. for an event. ANC will air his speech live. Likely topics are our relations with China and the South China Sea.

File photo of a call center agent working in his office. Romeo Gacad, AFP

Making work-from-home work

The House of Representatives has approved a bill encouraging companies to establish a scheme that would allow employees to work from home. ANC will explore the possibilities of this bill with employee and employer groups, whether this scheme will be good for productivity and our economy or not.

Questionable celebration

A U.S. senator questioned the Independence Day celebration organized by the Philippine Embassy in the United States at a hotel owned by the Trump organization. Sen. Robert Menendez has asked the Philippine embassy information on the celebration to determine whether there was a conflict of interest “that may lead him (Trump) to put his own financial interests above those of the U.S. government and the American people.”