The ANC Brief: Cautious as Taal quiets down


Posted at Jan 17 2020 04:01 AM

There’s a lull in Taal volcano’s activity. But experts said the worst may yet to come. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Taal Volcano is showing signs of calming down but experts warned the volcano could be gathering strength. Residents of some areas placed on lockdown in Batangas were allowed to check their homes and feed their livestock. The DOH said it was checking for signs of trauma and disease among evacuees.

The Palace said the total deployment ban on Kuwait will stay until its government strictly enforces an agreement that protects overseas foreign workers. Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello said the “cover-up” in the death of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende led them to decide on the ban. 

Ninja cops redux
A Department of Justice panel has indicted former PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde and 12 other cops for graft over the 2013 botched drug raid in Pampanga. In a recent speech, President Duterte has expressed his disappointment and frustration over the PNP. He cancelled the PNP’s procurement of speed guns and has yet to designate a permanent PNP Chief.

Purveyor of fake news
Why are we paying the salary of a purveyor of fake news? This is question of Vice President Leni Robredo as she threw shade at OWWA deputy executive director Mocha Uson for sharing “fake news” regarding her visit to residents affected by Taal. Uson criticized Robredo for prioritizing publicity rather than helping out evacuees.

Pedaling around
Jeeves de Veyra counts himself as one of the few, proud, brave, masochistic, and crazy people who choose a bicycle as their main means of transport in Metro Manila. He defends his mobility choices—and how he actually does it—in a piece for ANCX.