The ANC Brief: Conflicting claims


Posted at Jan 30 2019 03:59 AM

Differing statements by officials on the Jolo blasts. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Syncing their stories
Officials can’t seem to get their stories on the Jolo twin blasts in sync. President Duterte said suicide bombers carried out the Jolo twin bombings. The AFP said otherwise. AFP public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said a woman left a bag with a bomb inside the church. PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac also said the incident wasn’t suicide bombings. PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde will hold a 10 a.m. press conference. Lorenzana will also have one at 11:30 a.m. Will these officials follow the President’s line on the issue?

Presidential axe
In a speech in Malabon on Tuesday, President Duterte said he will fire two officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform for holding up the land conversion program. Who are these officials? He also advised parents to have their children vaccinated despite the Dengvaxia mess.

Show costs
Budget and Management Sec. Ben Diokno will hold his usual forum on social services spending and the budget for agriculture. His nemesis Rep. Rolando Andaya of the House appropriations committee approved on Tuesday a show cause order for Diokno to explain his continuous snub of the chamber’s inquiry into the 2019 budget. Meanwhile, the Senate ways and means committee will continue its hearings on increasing excise tax rates on tobacco products and fiscal regime for the mining industry at 11 a.m. 

Also at the Senate, the committee on public services will also continue its hearing on the third telco at 10 a.m. In its last hearing, the committee grilled Mislatel and Davao businessman Dennis Uy. Sen. Grace Poe said it might be better to restart the search for the third telco. Also, the issue of the Globe data breach might also be discussed.

Passport problem
The Department of Foreign Affairs will give a briefing 10 a.m. at the House on its passport processing system. The issue of the recent passport data breach could crop up.