The ANC Brief: Duterte’s case before the International Criminal Court


Posted at Jan 15 2020 04:00 AM

A case filed against the president for alleged crimes against humanity took a curious turn. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Major development
Lawyer Jude Sabio said he has withdrawn his case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity.” Sabio said he did not approve of former Sen. Antonio Trillianes and other members of the opposition besmirching the president. Trillianes and others involved in the filing said the withdrawal of Sabio was pointless. Lawyer Larry Gadon, who seems to be helping Sabio, will be guest on Early Edition.

False news on Taal
Officials denied reports Taal Volcano has been placed under alert level 5, which means a violent eruption. Animals left behind in the island have been rescued. There are cracks on the road caused by volcanic quakes. The DOH warned the public from eating fish from the lake. The Palace assured there are enough funds for disaster relief and response. In a briefing on relief efforts with LGUs and Cabinet officials, President Duterte talked about many other topics, including the war on drugs.

Goodwill visit
Philippine Coast Guard will ask the Chinese Coast Guard to leave Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea alone. A Chinese Coast Guard ship is in town for a “goodwill” visit. The two sides are set to hold joint exercises today.

Trying to make it to Doha
The first batch of 9 OFWs in Iraq has not been able to leave the country for Doha, Qatar as of this writing after they were held in Baghdad International Airport. There is still no word when the OFWs will be able to fly to Doha. President Duterte sent off Philippine Navy troops to the Middle East to assist in the evacuation. Duterte said if things go bad, he will be there for the troops.

An artist’s artist
While Gabby Barredo was described as a recluse by some of his peers, he was able to realize artistic concepts and movements way before they became buzzwords in the 2010s. On the occasion of his passion, his good friend Trickie Lopa writes for ANCX about the privilege of his friendship and the realization that there was no one quite like him.