The ANC Brief: Red flags


Posted at Jan 18 2019 04:05 AM

An international human rights group makes an unflattering assessment of the human rights situation in the country last year. And red flags go up on the proposal for the government to take over Hanjin in Subic. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

HR in PH
According to the international human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW), the human rights crisis in the Philippines “deepened” in 2018 under President Duterte. This comes after police are said to be profiling militant teachers and student groups. The HRW report is sure to spark debate and a comment from the Palace.

Red flags on Hanjin
Opposition Sen. Trillanes warns against letting the Chinese take over the Hanjin shipyard in Subic. Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno said the proposal needs further study especially on the cost. Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez will be at an event in Pampanga and could talk about the takeover.

Inflation numbers
Economic managers will hold a 10 a.m. press conference on 2018 fourth quarter inflation. This could cap a hard year for the country’s economic numbers with inflation quickening to the fastest in years. With a new round of fuel excise tax increases at the start of this year, could the worse be over?

Presidential push
Police and the military are gearing up for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on Monday, January 21. President Duterte will be in Cotabato City at 3 p.m. Friday to attend a peace assembly. Expect him to make a push for the BOL. Last month, a blast in a mall in the city killed two people.

Malampaya fund scam
ANC will report on updates on the 8:30 a.m. arraignment of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles on the Malampaya fund scam at the Sandiganbayan.