The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) issued different statements on the Sulu incident. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Murder, a rubout
Who fired first in the Sulu shooting incident that left 4 soldiers dead? Officials of the military and police are contradicting each other on the matter. Philippine Army Commanding General Lt Gen. Gilbert Gapay, said it was not an encounter. It was murder, a rubout, he said. Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the national police considers the incident a “misencounter.”
Whooping it up
According to the Palace, the Philippines is winning the war against the pandemic. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was seen on TV gleefully whooping it up after saying the country beat the prediction by a group from UP that COVID-19 cases would reach 40,000 by the end of this month. Netizens pointed out that the enemy is COVID-19, not UP. In an case, a UP study also said the number of COVID-19 cases could exceed 60,000 by the end of July.
Ready to help
The search is on for 14 missing Filipino fishermen after their ship collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel. The Philippine Coast Guard said the distress call from Chinese ship came 3 hours before collision with Philippine fishing boat. The Chinese embassy in the Philippines said it was ready to assist as the Philippines probes the collision.
Many TV screens went blank Tuesday night after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to stop broadcasting on TVPlus in Metro Manila and Sky’s satellite broadcast nationwide. This would affect 1.5 million Sky subscribers and many others using the TVPlus box.
Quarantine and a lack of access to health centers will lead to a slew of unplanned pregnancies in the country, as estimated by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).