There's confusion on the plebiscite results in Cotabato City. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:
Based on a final and unofficial tally, the “yes” vote has won in Cotabato City. But there are reports of a potential a discrepancy between the total of yes and no votes versus the total number of voters who actually voted, as evidenced in the COC from Cotabato. ANC will make sure to clarify this with the Comelec, other officials and our reporters on the ground. ANC will also report on the tallies in other areas. An SWS survey said 79 percent of Muslims are in favor of BOL. The Palace told opponents to accept the poll result. Will Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani heed this advice? The MILF denied the claim of Guiani that the group resorted to intimidation and vote buying to influence the plebiscite.
Worse than prisons
According to Juvenile Justice Welfare Council Executive Director Tricia Oco, some Bahay Pag-asa centers for the rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law are “worse than prisons.” Rep. Doy Leachon said the bill will cut the number of kids involved in crimes. The Palace said President Duterte will let Congress decide on the issue. The House is set to hold plenary debates on the measure to lower the age of criminal liability at 3 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has suspended the issuance of certain categories of temporary work visas for Filipinos for one year. The Palace said it respects the decision of the U.S. government. An immigration lawyer said the decision is temporary and will not affect current visa holders.
The fourth quarter GDP is set to be released on Thursday. Analysts think easing inflation might have propped up the GDP with analysts pegging the number at 6.2. On the budget, a bicameral committee is set to meet on the appropriations law. DPWH Sec. Mark Villar will be guest on Headstart to talk about the agency’s budget. The House Committee on Ways and Means will also have a hearing on the Bureau of Customs collection performance.
Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was arrested on charges of illegal possession of firearms. He was set to be brought to the CIDG-Bicol offices for further investigation. Baldo has been accused of masterminding the killing of Ako Bico party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. The two officials were rivals in the coming May elections.