The country’s top diplomat made a spirited defense of the Duterte administration in the world stage. Here are the top stories making the headlines on ANC today:
A strong government is better. This was the message of Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. before the United Nations General Assembly. He also told the UN not to interfere in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its handling of the West Philippine Sea issue. He defended the detention of Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges despite growing criticisms. Locsin made the statements just as American lawmakers banned the entry into the U.S. of Philippine officials involved in the detention of de Lima. The Palace and its allies slammed the ban. The opposition lauded the U.S. Senate’s move. The president is to hold bilateral talks in Sochi, Russia with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a six-day visit. The government said it would seek other bilateral partners after the Palace said it would shun aid from countries that supported a UN resolution on a probe on the bloody war on drugs.
President Duterte is set to reveal the identity of “ninja cops,” or police officers recycling illegal drugs, upon his return from Russia. The Senate had already given the go signal for this. Meanwhile, anti narcotics agents nab a man who abandoned his luggage at the airport containing shabu. Authorities said the drugs might have come from the “Golden Triangle”
A University of the Philippines (UP) frat member who is said to be implicated in a recent hazing incident has died. Police in Baguio said they have identified a 7th suspect in the hazing of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Also, Dormitorio revealed his beating in journal entries. Finally, authorities are probing a hazing incident in Laguna.
Transport groups are holding a strike today against the government’s jeepney modernization program. Many areas have suspended classes. Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank will hold a forum on urban transport.
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