Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
What’s in a name?
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said only a few tambays were arrested and the rest were only accosted. This is after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he didn’t order any arrest. And in light of the uproar against the arrest of loiterers, the PNP plays the name game. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Director Guillermo Eleazar also instructed Metro Manila police not to refer to them as “tambays” anymore, but “violators of local ordinances.” The PNP will hold a press conference at around 7 a.m. right after their flag-raising ceremony. The PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) will celebrate its founding anniversary. Also, the Ateneo Center for Policy is set to release an academic study on the war on drugs. There will be a lot of interesting information and details that will give more depth on the drug war.
Another refueling stop
A Chinese military plane made another refueling stop in Davao City. This despite the uproar of the first refueling stop last month amid the tensions between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea. The Palace has downplayed the latest refueling stop as usual. Anakpawis is asking why the Duterte government is aiding China which “snatched our territories in the West Philippines Sea.” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque will hold a press briefing at 12 noon in Cagayan De Oro. The Department of Foreign Affairs will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. We can be sure the topic of the refueling stops will come up.
God and a president
President Duterte has said a great many things about God and the Catholic Church. In one turn, he said God made him president. But in another turn, he asks, “Who is this stupid God?” Will the President continue his tirade against religion? He will be in Cagayan de Oro for the oath taking of barangay officials at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., he will be in Davao City for the opening of a hotel. ANC will be ready to air his speeches live. On Early Edition, a representative of Pro-life will talk about the President’s tirades on religion.
How low can we go?
The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has sank deeper into bear territory and the concern is at what level will see the index settle into as support. Is it the 6800 level? Or will the index go deeper? As for the peso, will we see it at P54? Either way, it doesn't look good and traders are likely to sell or stay on the sidelines. But of course, there is the possibility something might arise that might perk up the market.