The ANC Brief: Duterte warns water concessionaires again


Posted at Jan 20 2020 05:00 AM

President Duterte went after water concessionaires again with a warning. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

In a recent speech, President Duterte said he would do a “Marcos” and arrest owners of water distribution companies that he would jail them if they would try to stop him from seeking new concession deals. But in a move that could be seen as allaying fears in the business community, the Palace assured there would be due process if any official of a water firm is arrested.

Series of quakes
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is maintaining its alert level 4 for Taal Volcano. A series of quakes rocked Batangas Sunday, the strongest at magnitude 4.2. Vice President Leni Robredo said now is not the time for a congressional probe on Phivolcs. President Duterte is scheduled to visit Batangas today.

Invited to Vegas
Speaking of President Duterte, he has been invited to visit the U.S. by President Donald Trump for the US-ASEAN summit in Las Vegas in March. The invitation was made despite recent U.S. legislation that bars government officials involved in the detention of Sen. Leila de Lima from entering the U.S.

Motorcycle taxis
A Senate committee is set to discuss the regulation of motorcycle taxis today. The discussion could decide the fate of motorcycle taxi services in Metro Manila.

Woman of substance
Actress turned social entrepreneur Nanette Medved-Po talks candidly with ANCX's Ces Oreña Drilon about honoring one’s past, finding Mr. Right in Chris Po, her new role in his intensely private family, and her latest initiative that will help rid our oceans of plastics.