The oil and gas development deal signed recently between China and the Philippines is still under scrutiny by critics. So is the recent order by the President Rodrigo Duterte to deploy more troops in parts of the country. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Still under scrutiny
Critics of the Duterte government’s current policy on China have been very vocal in the past few days. This is especially after the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the signing of the oil and gas development deal. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a vocal critic of China, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay will be guests of a forum in Congress on the issues related to the West Philippine Sea at 9:30 a.m. Stay tuned to ANC for the live airing of the proceedings. Also, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will be guest on ANC’s Headstart to talk about the deal. ANC’s business group will also cover the China-Philippine business forum in Manila.
Labor from abroad
Sen. Koko Pimentel said a looming Senate hearing on the issue of Chinese workers in the Philippines is not about relations between China and the Philippines. Also, Labor Secreatry Silvestre Bello is set to hold a press conference on companies involved in labor-only contracting.
No peace, no order
Critics like Vice President Leni Robredo are still up in arms over the President’s order for more deployment in certain areas in the country to go after lawless elements and terrorists. The order, she said, is bringing back memories of Martial Law. National Democratic Front of the Philippines consultant Rey Casambre will be on ANC’s Early Edition to talk about the order.
Several people have died due to measles in Sarangani. Yet in July of this year, officials conducted an immunization program there. What happened to this program? The Senate will conduct a hearing on health and demographics at 10 a.m. The issue of the measles in Sarangani may be discussed.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is due to brief Congress on updates on their traffic plans for the Christmas season. ANC will bring you updates on this.