The ANC Brief: Visiting Beijing, again

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Posted at Aug 05 2019 05:20 AM

What will Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Duterte talk about now? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Through the Great Wall

The Palace has announced President Duterte will visit China again this month. This is the fifth time the president is going to China in his presidency. It comes after the rhetoric of some of his Cabinet members against China and after two protests were sent China’s way regarding its actions in the West Philippine Sea. Will the rhetoric and policy of the administration change again after this trip? There are reports the president will watch Gilas play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Foshan, China.

Death at sea

ANC will continue to provide updates on the sea mishap in the Iloilo-Guimaras strait. At least are 25 are dead after three boats capsized. Why were the boats allowed to sail in bad weather?

Monsoon mood

Speaking of the weather, Tropical Depression Hanna is maintaining its strength as it moves north. ANC will be tracking this weather system. The slower it moves away from the country, the more it will enhance the southwest monsoon, the more rains it will bring over Luzon and parts of the Visayas.

Speaking easy

A survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) revealed that most people polled think freedom of speech is very strong under the Duterte administration. However, 51 percent also said it was “dangerous” to print or broadcast anything critical of the administration. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he found this curious. Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security and columnist John Nery will be guest on Early Edition to debate the points raised by the survey.

Renaissance man

A stopover in a driftwood café called The Beehive allowed ANCX to meet Raphael Lemmens, a beekeeper/farmer/designer/culinary whiz who’s doing so much to improve the lives of the people of Camiguin.