Elizabeth Zimmerman told her daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to stop “bullying” critics. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Anatomy of a sacking
Why was Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan sacked and who wanted him out? The Palace said he was dismissed due to allegations of corruption. Balutan said he would resign if someone from the Office of the President or Congress asked him to do something he “could not stomach.” He also said powerful people wanted him out. Let’s remember Balutan was engaged in a very public spat with PCSO director Sandra Cam over alleged irregularities in the agency’s 2016 Christmas party.
Mommy knows best
On orders of her mother, Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will stop attacking the opposition, which means a stop to her ongoing word war with Vice President Leni Robredo. Candidates of Otso Diretso said she is making noise for the next presidential elections.
Special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo is getting hit for calling Filipino workers lazy. After he was criticized online and by labor groups for his statement, he said would not apologize.
Crimes against humanity
Human rights lawyers said the International Criminal Court can still go after President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity despite the withdrawal of the Philippines. The withdrawal is set to take effect in about a week.
A drop to drink
Dry weather and El Nino are drying up La Mesa dam, Metro Manila’s source of drinking water. Customers of water concessionaires are also complaining about the short supply. Let’s keep checking the status of our water supply.