With weeks to the next elections, President Duterte said he favors the release of a list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs. These are the stories ANC will be covering today:
In his speech on Wednesday, President Duterte said he favors the release of a reported list of narco-politicians. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Let’s see if Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano will release the list. The President also told alleged drug lord Peter Lim not to surrender and “just commit suicide.”
A fawning former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called presidential daughter Sara Duterte a “rising star” in Philippine politics. Hugpong candidates said they are ready to accept the challenge of the opposition candidates to a debate. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said some candidates are still running in the next elections despite their failure to submit campaign expense reports from the previous election.
Controversial National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema qualified his statement that government scholars who are “anti-government” should lose their scholarships. Cardema said he meant students who join the NPA should lose their scholarships. President Duterte said students who express dissent won’t lose scholarships. But those who “espouse destruction” of government could. Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said membership in groups critical of government would not be basis to revoke scholarships. Even some candidates under Hugpong rejected the Cardema’s idea.
Health and wealth
The new health care law could be good news for the medical industry. ANC’s Business group will explore the impact of the bill on the industry. The Department of Health will have a 1 p.m. press conference to discuss the bill.
State weather agency Pagasa said El Nino is now affecting the country and that it would be “full blown” in the country this year. In the coming months, we would see below average rainfall. This could impact the agricultural sector in a major way. How will government prepare for this?