After a series of strong earthquakes shook Mindanao in October, another strong earthquake rocked the southern Philippines. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Back to sleep
As of this writing, one person is reported dead and dozens injured in after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Mindanao. President Duterte and his family are reported to be unhurt after the tremor. Presidential Security Group chief Brig. Gen. Jose Niembra said Duterte went back to sleep after the shaking stopped. The Palace said all concerned government agencies have been mobilized to respond to those who need assistance.
Preventing collateral damage
Vice President Leni Robredo called for sobriety in dealing with issues related to the two water concessionaires. She said a “calmer” tone is needed rather than threats to prevent “collateral damage” and hurt investor confidence. In his last speech, President Duterte raised possibility of a military takeover of the water concessionaires.
New job for Nur
President Duterte has appointed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari as special economic envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In 2013, Misuari was charged for his alleged involvement in the Zamboanga siege. He was released on bail in 2016.
Pope Francis is due to lead the celebration of the traditional Simbang Gabi in the Vatican. It’s the first time a sitting Pope is celebrating Simbang Gabi, a cherished Christmas tradition in the country. What is he going to say in his homily?
At only 20 years old, billiards player Chezka Centeno is collecting titles left and right in tournaments here and abroad. Her biggest rival Rubilen Amit tells ANCX that she can be the next face of their sport.