The ANC Brief: PNP changes tune on Sulu incident


Posted at Jul 02 2020 05:00 AM

The Sulu incident makes apparent a rift between the military and the police. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Covering their tracks
The Philippines National Police (PNP) now calls the deaths of four soldiers in Sulu a "shooting incident" after initially calling it a "misencounter." The police chief of Jolo has been relieved. Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said the Sulu policemen were trying to cover their tracks after the shooting.

The good and the bad
Cases of COVID-19 in the country are still rising and under orders of President Duterte, Metro Manila will stay under general community quarantine until July 15. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Department of Health (DOH) had good guidelines but compliance by local governments was poor.

Tussle over taxes
Some congressmen have been unrelenting on the issue of the ABS-CBN franchise. In Tuesday's congressional hearing on the network's franchise, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) told lawmakers network has no current tax delinquency. This despite allegations the network isn't paying taxes properly. In fact, the ABS-CBN Group paid P71.5 billion in taxes in 17 years. 

Comedy of errors
Is there anything that will save us from poor internet service? The country's third telco DITO said it would miss its July 8 technical launch due to the coronavirus. As if on cue, a comedy of errors in the Senate showed just how pathetic internet service is in the Philippines. A Senate hearing on internet service in the country, staged through video conference, had to be cut short because of, well, poor internet connection.

Eagle's flight
In his first year in the professional ranks, Thirdy Ravena will be taking his talents to the Japanese B.League for its 2020-2021 season. He is the first Filipino import of the league.