The ANC Brief: Preparing for an eruption


Posted at Jan 16 2020 04:00 AM

Taal Volcano is still restive and towns around it are nearly emptied by authorities. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Ashes to ashes
The worst isn’t over for Taal Volcano as the Phivolcs said it is preparing for a powerful eruption. The agency maintained its alert level 4 on the volcano. Cracks are appearing on the ground in towns around the volcano. Three towns are on lockdown and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated. President Duterte has declared Taal Volcano island a “no man’s land.” Industries in the province are taking a hit. Cavite is now under a state of calamity.

Total deployment ban
The Philippines has imposed a total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait after the release of an autopsy report on Filipina Jeanelyn Villavende. The report details numerous injuries to Villavende that indicate she suffered prolonged abuse. Kuwaiti authorities have put her employers behind bars but formal charges have yet to be lodged against them.

Wanting to move on
While a Chinese Coast Guard ship paid a friendly visit to a port in Manila, another vessel was spotted lurking near Ayungin Shoal. The Philippine Coast Guard said it was best to move on from incidents of harassment by the Chinese in the West Philippine Sea. Vessels from the two sides conducted a joint maritime rescue exercise, where the Chinese vessels used its water cannons to fight a fire onboard. Ironic since Philippine fishermen have reported these kinds of water cannons were used to shoo them away from waters of the West Philippine Sea.

Money gripes
Lawyer Jude Sabio, who dropped his International Criminal Court communication against Duterte, said the complaint was just for propaganda. He also detailed his gripes about money in his withdrawal. The ICC said the withdrawal would have no impact on the complaint. Former Sen. Antonio Trillianes IV will be guest on Early Edition to talk about the ICC complaints against the President.

Cross-cultural comedy
Dave Chapelle won his audience over last Tuesday at the Theater at Solaire by dishing out jokes that touched on the Filipino experience. ANCX was on hand for the first of a two-night gig, where the comic wax poetic over our beaches and his mother-in-law.