These are the stories on ANC’s newscasts today.
In arms they trust
The PNP has received 246 requests for permits to carry firearms outside their homes from the religious sector. Of this number, 188 are from priests. This comes after the killings of three priests in the past six months. But CBCP President Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles has rejected the idea of arming priests. Will the PNP grant these requests? PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde will be at the NCRPO for an event at 9:30 a.m. Also, there will be a mass and a procession to Mendiola in remembrance of the three priests killed.
Dilemma over DAP
The Ombudsman has indicted former President Benigno Aquino over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). ANC will be sure to report on his side. At 9 a.m., Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will be at an event in the PICC.
In pursuit of the Maute
ANC will continue to monitor the developments in Lanao del Sur as government forces pursue remnants of the Maute Group. Advocate Samira Gutoc will be on Early Edition to talk about the conditions of residents who have been evacuated.
From out of the loop
Veteran anchor Tina Monzon-Palma conducted an exclusive interview with Vice President Leni Robredo who talked about her efforts to be relevant despite being out of the loop in the Duterte administration. Robredo also insisted she won the vice presidency in the last elections. ANC will be airing stories from this interview. Watch out for the full replays. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque will be guest on ANC's Headstart. At 11 a.m., the Palace will hold a press briefing. At 3:30 p.m., the President will be in Isabela to visit the wake of a dead policeman. ANC will watch out for any statements he may make.
Bears are back
The Bangko Sentral raised the key borrowing rate for the 2nd time this year amid rising prices of consumer goods. This could prop up both the currency market and the PSEi. The local index entered bear market territory on Wednesday. Will investors stay on the side to wait for the bottom? Will there be buying? Worse, will the index stay in bear market territory and track lower in search of support levels? ANC’s business group will be alert on the possible effects of these rate hikes both in the short and long term.