The ANC Brief: Tense and nervous


Posted at Jan 07 2020 04:00 AM | Updated as of Jan 08 2020 02:47 AM

The Philippine government said it is ready to take drastic measures in case the situation in the Middle East gets out of hand. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

The Iranian general who replaced Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike, vowed to take revenge. Meanwhile, President Duterte admitted he is nervous about the situation in the Middle East and said Iran is hell-bent on retaliation. ANC will be monitoring the situation there as well as oil prices which are expected to fall.

Pulling out
Speaking of the Middle East, the House of Representatives began debates on the formation of a department of OFWs which President Duterte requested in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). But the party-list Bayan Muna said such a department is not the solution to the problems facing OFWs. Meanwhile, the government also said it is prepared for the possible repatriation of Filipinos in the Middle East.

Barely scratched the surface
According to Vice President Leni Robredo, the Duterte administration’s war on drugs is a failure and has done nothing to solve the drug problem. She said only 1 percent of the total shabu supply was seized in the 3-year drug war. The Palace, Sen. Bato dela Rosa, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino dismissed Robredo’s statement. In any case, the PNP said fighting the illegal drug trade is still a big challenge in Metro Manila and 4 other regions. They vowed to intensify the war on drugs against middle to high value targets.

Economic managers will hold a 9 a.m. briefing to present the December 2019 inflation numbers. Experts see a surge from the November 2019 rate of 1.3 percent to 2.1 percent. But Central Bank Gov. Ben Diokno is unperturbed, saying the numbers will fall within government’s target.

No country bumpkin
While it is larger than the usual, the John Cooper Works version of the MINI Countryman drives with agility—as proven by a test drive at one of Thailand’s biggest racetracks. ANCX takes its readers for a smooth ride.