The President was on a warpath on Tuesday, blasting the COA and warning establishments near Manila Bay. He also raised alcohol and tobacco taxes. These are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Kidnap and torture
In his last speech on Tuesday, President Duterte, blasted the COA for allegedly hampering the work of local government officials, saying he would have COA personnel kidnapped and tortured. As usual, Presidential spokesperson Sal Panelo said the President was joking. The President also warned companies and hotels near Manila Bay to either observe environmental regulations or face closure. The President will be Masbate for a 4:30 p.m. event. Panelo claimed the Duterte administration accomplished more than the Arroyo and Aquino administrations. It’s a lofty claim. There’s also trouble inside the Palace as Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello called for the dismissal of PACC commissioner Manuelito Luna for alleged "abuse of authority." Luna announced Bello and two other Cabinet members were under investigation.
Budget Sec. Ben Diokno will hold his regular forum and will be talking about issues like the salaries of government employees, flood control projects, the country’s infrastructure performance and more. He might talk some more about the budget and his tiff with House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya. Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino will also be on Headstart to discuss the second tranche of excise taxes. President Duterte has already approved an increase in alcohol and tobacco taxes.
Suspect in custody
Police have in custody one suspect in the Cotabato City mall blast. The suspect has denied any involvement in the blast that killed two people and injured 35 others. Will charges be filed against the suspect? And what of the other suspect in the bombing?
Discriminatory and prejudicial
The DepEd will hold a 10 a.m. to talk about the recent issue of "profiling" members of the militant Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT). The CHR called on the PNP to stop the "discriminatory" and "prejudicial" profiling of the teachers.
Professors Clarissa David of UP and Cheryll Soriano of DLSU will be guest on Early Edition to talk about combatting campaign disinformation in the May elections. This should be an interesting discussion and should be the topic of a good story.