The Philippine government sounds off on taking over Hanjin in Subic. And no more noise from the DFA on the passport mess, but questions linger. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:
President Duterte is open to the Philippine government taking over the local unit of Hanjin in Subic. This is according to Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana. He said the defense department can bid out the shipyard or partner with a private company to operate it. Can this work and is it supposed to work this way? What takeover plan does the department have that it can present? Is the takeover more in consideration of the strategic location of the shipyard, plainly commercial, or both? In terms of funding, Senator Ping Lacson said the P75 billion in public works funds can be used. That's a lot of money for a business that already went bottom up. Lorenzana will be in a FOCAP forum on Thursday and could discuss his proposal some more.
So much fuss
Looks like the frenzy caused by Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. on the passport data has died down. But a clear explanation still eludes us. The Department of Foreign Affairs is now asking for 10 more days to clarify what happened to the data. The Department of Information and Communications Technology said the case is more of a contractual disagreement among the contractor of the passport printing.
Preparing for a plebiscite
The Comelec will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on the upcoming Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite and the midterm elections. Military chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal will visit the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command to check on the military’s preparations. On ANC’s “Early Edition,” MILF chair Murad Ebrahim and Rep. Bai Sandra Sema will discuss the BOL plebiscite.
Road to capitulation
A bill seeking the abolition of the graft-ridden road board passed on second reading. The bill is a result of a consensus between House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya and Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Ralph Recto. Recall that Andaya once claimed President Duterte did not want the road board abolished. A few days later, the President was categorical in saying the road board should be abolished. This forced Andaya to capitulate to the wishes of the Palace.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces a confidence vote after her Brexit crashed and burned in Parliament. Where the UK will go after this is anyone’s guess. But it certainly looks like May will not be a part of this continuing story soon.