The ANC Brief: Going after the Abu Sayyaf


Posted at Jan 31 2019 02:36 AM

On orders of President Duterte, the military launched operations to get the Abu Sayyaf for the Jolo twin blasts. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today:

Military operations

The military launched airstrikes after President Duterte ordered the neutralization of the Abu Sayyaf. Also, four persons of interest who were caught on CCTV cameras acting “suspiciously” just before the Jolo cathedral blast have appeared before the Sulu police to clear their names. ANC will bring you the very latest on these stories. 

Cyber heist

Bangladesh said it will file a lawsuit before a US court against RCBC over the $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank. This is one of the world’s biggest cyber heists. RCBC hired a New York law firm to handle its defense. 

Valid franchise

In a Senate hearing Wednesday, the Mislatel consortium led by Davao businessman Dennis Uy insisted their franchise is valid. Mislatel spokesperson Adel Tamano said a “quo warranto” was needed to challenge the validity of their franchise. Tamano will be on ANC’s Headstart to explain their position.

Battle over the budget

The government is now more likely to operate on a reenacted budget this year. This after the statement of Senate President Tito Sotto who said he was “sick and tired” of allegations of pork insertions in the budget and called for a reenacted budget. Members of both houses of Congress are holding bicam meetings in a bid to pass the budget. Finance Undersecretary Tony Lambino said a reenacted budget could reduce the GDP by 1 to 2.3 points. Vital infrastructure projects will also be delayed, he said. 

Postponing the rehab

Lawmakers of the militant Makabayan bloc want the Manila Bay rehabilitation postponed until there is a complete study on the socio-economic impact on affected communities. They clarified that they are not against the rehabilitation of the bay. The Department of Interior and Local Government said the rehabilitation can’t be suspended. Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao will be on ANC’s Early Edition to clarify their position.