The ANC Brief: Ghastly and gray


Posted at Jan 14 2020 04:00 AM

The country woke up to a Batangas province coated with the gray pallor of ashes from a volcano. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Ghost towns
Taal Volcano is still restive with lava fountains, according to Phivolcs. Thousands of residents in Batangas were evacuated, turning communities around Taal into ghost towns. The province is under a state of calamity. NAIA is open with the resumption of partial operations. Prices of face masks shot up due to hoarding and sellers out to make a quick buck. Phivolcs said we could experience repeated Taal eruptions for months or even years. 

Disaster funds
Where is the President Duterte? Sen. Bong Go had selfies with the Chief Executive inside an aircraft heading to Manila. He later paid a visit to the Marines to give away awards. When are we going to see him take charge of the relief effort? And why is the Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano calling on the public to donate food and water despite government’s considerable resources at its disposal? 

Pressing the attack
A new survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said a majority of Filipinos believe government violated human rights under drug war. Meanwhile, the Palace continued to press its offensive against Vice President Leni Robredo saying her short stint in the ICAD does not make her an expert to make an “objective and credible” analysis of the drug war. Panelo was reacting to reports Congress plans to invite Robredo to testify on the war on drugs.

Warm welcome?
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel is set to be welcomed to Manila ports. In June, a Chinese Coast Guard vessels rammed a Filipino fishing boat and abandoned the fishermen who were left floating out in the West Philippines Sea. In November, a Marine biologist from the US said China was responsible for most of the destruction in the West Philippine Sea.

Water crisis
After last Sunday's eruption at Taal Lake, Phivolcs gave out a high alert warning of the possibility of a volcanic tsunami. What kind of devastation can we expect? ANCX gives an idea.