The DBM has denied the existence of 'flood fund scam.' And the Comelec warns politicians from using the Black Nazarene procession for their political gain. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Flood fund scam
The back and forth between the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and House Majority Rolando Andaya is continuing with a whole lot of accusations and explanations. The DBM denied the existence of an alleged P332-billion 'flood fund scam' as alleged by Andaya. The DBM also said it doesn’t pick the projects, the implementing agency does. Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno will be on ANC’s Headstart.
The DepEd recalled letters endorsing a supposed memo from the PNP that ordered “profiling” on members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT). The DILG, which has supervision over the PNP, is set to meet with the DepEd on the issue. In interviews Monday, officials of the PNP have not denied the existence of the memo. Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said it's okay to be a member of groups like ACT but desist from acts inimical to the state. What is their definition of acts inimical to state? Is there a witch hunt against ACT and groups like it?
Looks like the travails of Sen. Antonio Trillanes have not ended. A Makati court upheld its arrest order against Trillanes. His camp said it will consider filing an appeal before a higher court.
For political gain
The Comelec warned candidates to stay away from the Nazareno procession. Also, 40 senatorial candidates have been disqualified by the Comelec.
Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo also allegedly planned to kill former Mayor Gerry Jaucian before Jaucian died of an illness. That’s according to the suspects under police custody for the murder of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe. The Comelec said Baldo is still the Lakas candidate until he gives consent to the party’s withdrawal of his candidacy. What is the status of his candidacy? Who will substitute for Batocabe who wanted to challenge Baldo? Will it be the son?