The ANC Brief: Congress buckles


Posted at Jan 24 2019 01:27 AM

Congress buckles to public uproar on lowering the age of criminal liability. GDP numbers for the last quarter of 2018 come out today. These are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Arbitrary affair

After public uproar over a measure seeking to lower the age of criminal liability, Congress approved a bill on second reading pegging the age at 12 years old. Earlier, the House Justice Committee was pushing for the minimum age of 9 years old. At 12 years old, the House matched the same measure pending in the Senate. President Duterte said he is okay with 12 years old. But was this Congress’ play all along? Was 12 years old the real target? And was the decision to bring the age down to 12 years old based on any kind of scientific or academic study?

Below target

The GDP numbers for the 4th quarter will be announced. Easing inflation should have been enough to raise expectations. But analysts are looking at 6.2 percent for 4Q. For the whole of 2018, government’s initial target was at 7 to 8 percent. This has been revised to between 6.5 to 6.9 percent. This means that for the government to hit the low end of their 2018 target, the GDP for 4Q should come in at 7.2 percent, a far cry from the current expectations. Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno said they are still optimistic the number could settle down in the lower end of their adjusted target and is still bullish for 2019.

Clerical error

The Comelec attributed the discrepancy in a certificate of canvass from Cotabato City to a clerical error. The agency also said it has yet to decide on sanctions on poll officers involved in the alleged discrepancy. On the statement of Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani that she will question the results in her city, the Comelec said they will wait for any petitions. Guiani said the result in her city, which showed the “yes” votes won, does not reflect the will of the city’s residents. MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal will be guest on Early Edition.

Third telco

The Senate will hold a 9 a.m. hearing on the third telco. It’s an exploratory hearing meant to study possible legislation on this. The Senate is also expected to check Mislatel’s compliance with the 90-day period given by regulators to fulfill its requirements as the third telco. ANC will be monitoring developments here.

Clean up

Members of the House Metro Manila Development Committee will conduct an ocular visit of Manila Bay at 10 a.m. as part of the bay’s rehabilitation. They will be accompanied by Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu and Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Ano. ANC will bring you the latest on efforts to clean up the bay.