Another powerful storm approaches the country just before the nation commemorates All Souls’ Day. And a ranking Chinese official pays a visit to the President’s hometown. These are the stories making the newscasts on ANC today:
ANC will continue to monitor Typhoon Rosita as it is forecasted to make landfall along the central-eastern coast of Isabela. The Office of Civil Defense said evacuations and preparations are underway in Region 2. ANC along with regional units of ABS-CBN will check preparations by various local government units in the path of the storm.
Getting a pass
President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his warning that his drug war will spare no one. But he also cleared former Customs chiefs Nicanor Faeldon and Isidro Lapena after large drug shipments slipped in during their watches. Meanwhile, Atty. Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang wants to be included in the witness protection program. Sen. Richard Gordon said his blue ribbon committee will recommend charges against those involved in the shabu shipment.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will hold a press conference at the Palace on the Philippine ID system (Philsys) at 10 a.m. The law establishing Philsys and an ID system for everyone on a voluntary basis was signed despite protests. In this age of identity theft and widespread hacking, what is the assurance our information on the system will be safe?
China in Davao
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Wang Yi is in Davao to lead the inauguration of the Chinese consulate in the President’s hometown, bypassing Manila for now. President Duterte has been courting Beijing despite the Philippines winning an arbitration case against China over the dispute in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a press briefing with AFP chief Gen. Carlito Galvez and Adm. John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations. ANC will prepare to air this live. Our newscasts will also consult our foreign affairs experts on the significance of these events.
ANC will continue to report on the exodus and activities related to the coming All Souls Day and All Saints’ Day commemorations. Focus will be given to security preparations and updates on traffic to and out of the metropolis.