The ANC Brief: A grilling in the Senate


Posted at Jan 25 2019 01:39 AM

Senators put Davao businessman Dennis Uy and his Mislatel on the hot seat in Thursday’s hearing. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Senators grilled Davao businessman Dennis Uy in Thursday’s hearing on the third telco. Under questioning by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Uy admitted his ties to the President and some Cabinet members. Trillanes claimed Uy got preferential treatment in winning the government’s search for the third telco. Sen. Frank Drilon said Mislatel’s franchise is effectively revoked for failing to comply with the provisions of the franchise. The Palace said a new third telco could be chosen if Mislatel loses its franchise.

Bankers night
The BSP will be holding its yearly bankers’ night and the question is whether Gov. Nestor Espenilla will make an appearance. Espenilla has been taking leaves from work to seek treatment for cancer. The speech of the BSP governor during the occasion is highly anticipated as it provides direction of the Philippine Central Bank in the current year. ANC will bring you the latest on the event.

Senate’s turn
The Senate will hold a hearing on the Juvenile Justice Act at 10 a.m. Focus will be on ironing out the kinks in the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Earlier, the House revised its age from 9 years old to 12 in a bid to meet the Senate’s number. Expect spirited opposition on this from some senators.

Maute manhunt
At least three suspected Maute terrorists are dead and at least two soldiers are wounded in military operations in Sultan Dumalondong in Lanao del Sur. The military is chasing down the ISIS-inspired group Abu Dar who replaced the Maute Group leaders who were killed in Marawi City.

Canvassing the vote
The ARMM voted yes to the Bangsamoro Organic Law. And the Comelec defers the canvassing of the votes from Cotabato City as it takes a look at the reported discrepancies in the tally. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthina Guiani-Sayadi has yet to make good her threat to question the results of the recent referendum in her city.