These are the stories making ANC’s headlines today:
Who put up the mysterious banners which said “Welcome to the Philippines, province of China” hung in different locations in the metropolis? The Palace said it’s the handiwork of "enemies of the state." The banners could not have been posted at a better time, just as the country marked the second anniversary of country’s victory before a tribunal in the Hague on the rights of the Philippines in the South China Sea and dismissed China’s historical claims in the area. In a forum in Makati, former Amb. Albert del Rosario said the Philippines is a “willing victim” of China. A SWS commissioned by Stratbase said 73 percent (7 out of 10 Pinoys) want President Duterte to assert our rights in the West Philippine Sea.
Go or no go
Senate President Tito Sotto agreed with the position of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that we might have to postpone the 2019 elections to assure a smooth transition to the federal system. But the Palace said the 2019 mid-term elections should push through. Which statement will prevail and with the elections a year away? An election is an exercise of the sovereign will of the people. A “no-elections” scenario does not bode well for our democracy. All the more if it’s foisted by no less than the leaders of Congress who will have to put their posts on the line in the midterm elections and who stand to gain if there are no elections next year. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will hold its national convention starting 9:00 a.m. The issue of charter change for a shift to a federal system may crop up.
Authorities have identified the mastermind in the killing of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. The killers of Bote themselves gave police the identity of the mastermind. They also said they were hired by the mastermind. The Palace said the killings were not related to the drug war.
Presenting the President
The President will be at an event of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in Davao at 6:30 p.m. ANC will be ready to air his speech live. Aside from his usual topic of drugs, he might talk about the shift to federalism and the 2019 elections.