Here are some of the stories landing on ANC’s newscasts today:
Was it really the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf as claimed by the AFP? Analyst Rommel Banlaoi said this is not the first time the Abu Sayyaf and that the group might be sending a message to President Duterte related to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). On the other hand, the ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. There are reports the driver of the truck was talking in an unfamiliar language and may have been foreign. Military spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said there was no basis to conclude the driver was a foreigner. ANC will monitor developments in the probe into the blast in Basilan.
Jockeying in the House
The squabble for the leadership of the House minority isn’t over and interested parties are still jockeying for position. The House of Representatives might vote on the issue on the floor today. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be guest in an NLEX event at 11 a.m. Also, Rep. Propero Pichay revealed to ANC’s Beyond Politics details of the coup against former House Speaker Alvarez, with the help of other congressmen and Sara Duterte. Rep. Rodolfo Farinas, who is allied with Alvarez, will be guest on ANC’s Headstart.
Jockeying in the high seas
Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has no secret meeting or deals with China. He also said the Philippines is enjoying economic rights gained from the arbitration. Cayetano also said the two countries are working on a framework for possible oil exploration, something that the President has mentioned or hinted at in his past speeches. If true, this deal will impact greatly on our relationship with China. But the concern should be: what does the Philippines stand to get, or lose, in the deal? Meanwhile, a spokesman of Vice President Leni Robredo also dared Cayetano to release the 50-100 diplomatic protests Cayetano said they filed against China.
Playing a familiar role
An old hand is getting involved in the country’s economy. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who taught economics, met with economic managers to discuss the economy and inflation. She and Senate President Tito Sotto have expressed support for TRAIN 2, with Arroyo saying the House will prioritize the passage of the bill. Also, ANC will cover today’s edition of “Breakfast with Ben” featuring Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno. The focus will be the National Government Disbursement performance and the fiscal report for first half of the year.
The Palace has called on anti-poverty chief Liza Maza to surrender to authorities. Does she have any regrets for supporting the President in the last elections? ANC will monitor this story for her possible surrender.
– The President is scheduled to appear at the Toyota Motors Philippines 30th anniversary at 6 p.m. ANC will be be ready to air his speech live.
- Samuel Martires is expected to formally assume his new post as the country’s top graft-buster.
- Today is the death anniversary of former president Cory Aquino. We will keep an eye out on the activities in the Manila Memorial Park.