More quakes are shaking the Mindanao region. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Cotabato and neighboring areas Thursday morning. The epicenter was located near Tulunan town, the same area where a magnitude 6.6 temblor occurred on Tuesday and a magnitude 6.3 quake happened last Oct. 16. The effects of Thursday’s quake were felt in Davao City where it left cracks on the home of President Duterte. The powerful quake damaged a row of condominiums in the city. In Kidapawan, a hotel was left crumbling and twisted by the quake. The town of Makilala, North Cotabato is said to be in a “state of panic” and officials are appealing for tents, food, medicine and other vital items. The Palace said response and relief are the President’s top concern.
Front and center
Speaking of the President, he is due to leave for Thailand to attend the ASEAN Summit, which means he would be leaving the response efforts to other government officials and chiefly, local government units. Under the disaster response protocols, the local government units are in charge. But would it help if the President was seen front and center on the efforts?
The exodus to the provinces will continue as the city’s denizens journey to pay their respects to their dearly departed. In the city, cemeteries are expected to be crowded. ANC will provide the latest updates on the traffic situation as well as the situation in Metro Manila cemeteries.
Oil and gas
Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said the joint oil and gas exploration deal between Manila and Beijing could work in favor the Philippines since it would mean China would recognize our sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea. But he also renewed his call for Manila to bring the country’s arbitral victory over China before the United Nations. Foreign policy analyst Renato De Castro said he doubts a code of conduct between China and the ASEA will solve disputes in the South China Sea.
On promoting mystical tourism, paranormal expert Jaime Licauco argues that it is the esoteric that defines the Filipino. And, as he tells ANCX, our ability to see the unseen can be accessed with proper training, discipline, and procedure.