Here are some of the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
'Destab' and the Church
The Palace disputed a claim by Pastor Boy Saycon that Church leaders may have links to an alleged destabilization plot against President Duterte. Speaking of the President, in his last speech in Bohol, he vowed to be quiet for now in his ongoing tiff with the Catholic Church. Will the President keep his promise?
Speaking of the President, President Duterte will be in Tacloban to visit the wounded and killed in the misencounter between police and soldiers in Samar. ANC will bring you the latest on the President’s visit. Policemen who survived the Tacloban misencounter are raising questions as to how soldiers involved in the incident failed to recognize them.
No more peace
In a statement, CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison said there will be no more peace talks with the Duterte government and that the Left will just join efforts to oust the President. The Palace response? “Spoken like a true terrorist,” said presidential spokesman Harry Roque. At 9:30 a.m., DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello will be in a forum to discuss the peace process among other things. ANC will bring you the latest from Bello’s statement.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping told U.S. Defense Sec. Jim Mattis in their meeting that China won’t yield one inch of territory. Meanwhile, RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is underway around the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a massive joint military exercises consisting of with 52 ships belonging to the U.S. and other countries.
No longer hostile
Pork barrel scam whistleblower Marina Sula, a previous “hostile” witness, testified that she did not personally see former Sen. Bong Revilla receive money from Janet Lim Napoles. She said she was coached before testifying to just corroborate the testimony of Benhur Luy. But government prosecutors said they still have a strong case against Revilla. How will this affect the prosecution of the pork barrel cases?