The ANC Brief: May 17, 2018
No woman for Ombudsman
The President Duterte said a whole new set of controversial and newsworthy statements on Wednesday. He lifted the ban on OFW deployment in Kuwait. He named more officials under investigation for corruption. He denies having a hand in the ouster of former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. And he said he doesn't want the new Ombudsman to be a politician and a woman. What is the response of women’s groups to this? Stay tuned to ANC and find out.
Speaking of the Sereno case, 13 senators signed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision on the ouster of Sereno. Does this overstep the separation among branches of government? Could this be the start of a constitutional crisis? ANC will try to talk to the Senators who signed the resolution. Meanwhile, Sereno will be at an 8 a.m. event in the Ateneo and a 2 p.m. IBP event. Stick to ANC and find out the latest on these events.
Up in smoke
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called on energy firms to settle back income taxes from the Malampaya gas project amounting to P146 billion. Did the money just go up in smoke? ANC will try to get the explanations of these gas firms.
Up in the air
Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes will be at North Luzon Area Business Conference in Pampanga today. Recently, Fernandes apologized for endorsing former Prime Minister Najib Razak in the last elections. How will Fernandes wiggle his way out of this PR mess? He just might give a statement on this during the event.
Research on the Rise
Oceana PH, the group conducting marine research in the Philippine Rise, will hold a 10 a.m. event to talk about efforts to protect the Rise. President Duterte recently signed a proclamation declaring the Rise as a protected area. Stay tuned to ANC for more on this topic.