An elections watchdog warned elections violence would increase this year. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said political killings doubled in 2018. The number is sure to increase this year with the coming elections, according to elections watchdog Lente. The Palace said the PNP is doing what it can to prevent more killings. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is also calling for a stop to the killings. This is a law enforcement issue and should be confronted by law enforcement measures. And it happens every time there are elections. Authorities should have perfected strategies to prevent the killings, mapped out critical areas and identified groups involved in political violence, including those with links to politicians. The Senate will hold a 10 a.m. hearing on political killings. Let’s see if solutions will be discussed.
Military operations are ongoing against the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul. Reports said 5 soldiers are dead and 18 wounded. Some analysts like Sidney Jones of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict said the government might be in the dark over the identity of the Jolo bombers.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s partner posted a series of videos showing the President amid rumors he had died. He also made fun of those spreading the news of his passing by saying they should “pray for the eternal repose of my soul.”
The Senate will hold an 11 a.m. hearing on a fiscal regime for mining industry and increasing taxes for tobacco products. The discussions on both these issues will have a profound effect on the two industries. ANC will prepare to air this live.
So much for transparency
House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro will be on ANC’s Early Edition to talk about the stricter House rules on the release of SALNs. The issue of transparency is sure to be discussed. Sen. Ping Lacson also accused Castro and COOP-NATCCO party-list Rep. Anthony Bravo for lying to cover up the existence of pork in the proposed 2019 budget.